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I've noticed that there are a few Storylets that start Ambitions. Their descriptions say that Ambitions are major storylines with huge rewards and that they're hard to change after you start them.

I assume this means that you can only follow one Ambition at a time? Can you do more Ambitions afterwards? Approximately how long do they usually take? Can you complete an Ambition without leveling up a lot or progressing in other places, or do they take a long time?

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I don't have all the answers, having played quite a while ago and not having finished all the content.

Ambitions are definitely unique and take many steps to go through. Such steps are sprinkled throughout the game, across the span of skill levels you will acquire.

Basically, your first choice will give you access to a number of Storylets that start this particular storyline with beginner-level tasks. Once you're done with this, the next step will have a task requiring a much higher skill level, so you will have to go through a good deal of the other content before you come back to it. At some point, the "next step" will require access to restricted locations which, again, requires a certain skill level or acquiring unique items.

You can cancel your Ambition by going to the NEX tab and buying the Nethean Tea Leaves. This costs 50 Nex, which means it will quite certainly cost you real-life money. I have no idea if doing this once done with a first Ambition (most likely at the "end" of the game) allows you to start anew with a different one. It's possible, but be aware that your skills would be such that you would most likely breeze through it, which may dampen enjoyment.

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    One small update: Ambitions are not yet complete. As of Feb 2014, each one will hit a content boundary at some point, beyond which each Ambition's story does not progress (and which promises that, someday, it will progress, once the writers of Fallen London create it). – PotatoEngineer Mar 5 '14 at 4:47
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    This is still the case as of December, 2016. – Snowskeeper Dec 22 '16 at 4:31

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