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I've got the last Keen-Eyed Lapidary card, but I need 5 venom rubies to play it.

Where can I find such things? The wiki doesn't seem to be much help in this regard...

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I just went through a story line in Mahogany Hall that can result in Venom Rubies! (This was added to the game only recently, and is only available for pretty advanced characters.)

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You can buy them on the Bazaar Side Streets once you become a Person of Some Importance. (You do that by getting to very high levels and using Opportunity cards.)

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It sounds like there may be no way to get them without spending Fate, people seem to say that only Shroom-Hopping will do it. (Having never bought Fate, I can't say.)

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Ugh! If there's one word that's driving me away from that game it's Fate. Thanks for the insight, though. –  Stuart Pegg Mar 5 '11 at 9:52
    
I've been enjoying the game for months without needing to buy Fate. For now, I've been treating the Lapidary as a "uses Fate, must discard" card, but there aren't that many in this category. (I vaguely recall shroom-hopping is cheap, and might be playable at the free Fate level.) –  David Dunham Mar 8 '11 at 22:41
    
Shroom-Hopping costs only 3 Fate, and it moves you to a new area where you can repeat all of the involved storylets, earning as many Venom-Rubies as you'd like from a single Fate use. You won't be sent to the places of Menace, either, so you won't leave until you're good and ready. It's affordable just from the Fate you earn in-game. –  Paul Marshall Jan 4 at 2:24
    
I eventually did play Shroom-Hopping, and it is definitely worth the small amount of Fate. (Which you can occasionally earn for answering surveys.) –  David Dunham Jan 4 at 15:24
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