Investments/Round 1: Up to the party split

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You're not meant to know the effects of the investments, or to have a firm grasp of your financial future. I understand the desire for it, but that's what wikis and guides are for.
 
— Sierra Lee[1]
A brand new Ledger.

This page presents a compilation of all investments offered in the game, both those that can be funded by ProN, and Discretionary funds, and that one investment that is paid in Sx.

In addition to monetary profits and other effects, most investments also affect your relationship with your companions. Speaking with them will give you some hints.

Investment options become available after you arrive in Ari-Yhilina and foil the coup against the Widow Queen. The initial amount of ProN available to make investments depends on the amount of ProN you've given to Megail in Stineford. The minimum value is 50,000 and the maximum is 120,000[2]. Megail also offers you a ledger to keep track of your investments.

Sierra Lee has stated that you can make similar investments (for instance contracting two mercenary companies) to get better results, but it will be with diminishing returns.

You can spend your ProN in other avenues that don't appear as such in the Ledger[3]. They won't give profits in the form of ProN, but there will be other advantages to investing in them (most of them won't be shown in the game as such, but in the form of hidden advantages).

During Round 4: Discretionary funding and Round 6: Chapter 4 & 5 Investment smorgasbord you will receive funding several times during the round, these "sub-rounds" are referred to as "cycles" after this point.

Switches that look like this are named after the in code switches, some walkthrough pages will use them others won't. If there is only a single switch in both "Conditions" and "Advantages" sides it is likely the switch is used to indicate the switch for the investment itself. If there is more than one switch in either column, the other switches will have a foot note on how to set them ON.

So far, you get ProN returns from Megail at these points:

  1. At the start of chapter 2, although only 2 investments do so. They are marked in bold
  2. During the party split, Megail collects returns from some first-round investments in Ari-Yhilina. They are marked with this color.
  3. Near the end of chapter 2, when Simon returns from the Orgasmic Empire. They are marked with this color.
  4. During chapter 3, If Simon has the 2nd House of Petitions built, some of their personal assets will be turned into ProN before being shifted to the personal DF. These ProN returns are marked with this color
  5. At the end of chapter 3, after you have attended to the petitioners and pay your respects to the Fallen. They are marked with this color.
  6. In chapter 4 and 5, when you meet Megail in Stineford, and after major plot sequences. They are marked with This color

Pricing and other stuff associated with certain rounds are marked with that round's color (Note: To combat issues for the color blind pricing and Return on investment prices get an "RX:" in front of their numbers)

  1. Bold for round 1
  2. This color for round 2
  3. This color for round 3
  4. This color for Core Discretionary Funding
  5. This color for Personal Discretionary Funding
  6. This color for round 5
  7. This color for round 6
    • This color for the round 6 Erosian war bonus Cycle

The following symbols are also used to provide information on investments

  • N First time this investment is available
  • ◀ This investment is only available during this round
    • ◁ This investment is only available for about a cycle or less
    • ◁(1) This investment is only offered once before becoming unavailable
  • ▲ This investment has a (generally stronger version) available in (a) previous round(s)
  • ▼ This investment has a (generally weaker version) available in (a) later round(s)
  • ∞ This investment can be repeated indefinitely as long as the condition is met

Round 1: Up to the party split

Here is where your investing journey truly begins, talking to Megail after foiling the coup will have her return the ProN you gave her three fold, before advising Simon to invest in an Arms Dealer for 100,000 ProN. Leaving you the player with between 50,000 and 95,000[4] to spend. And an option to increase your ProN by an additional 25,000 (for a maximum of 120,000) at a cost, after you save Megail.

Megail's options[edit | edit source]

After rescuing Megail and talking to her twice (Initial talk, and investment option), you will get access to two additional one use options of your ProN.

Acquire Money[edit | edit source]

This action sets Megail Take ON, gives 25,000 ProN and 10,000 Sx that helps you now but you will have less available money later;

Giving this option a fair number of advantages and disadvantages.

Convert ProN to Sx[edit | edit source]

This once again dubious option can now be done to convert 10,000 of your ProN to Sx at a 1:2.5 rate (the highest it will ever be, resulting in a total of 25,000 Sx), and several RP Gains.

It can only be done once this round.

Actual investments[edit | edit source]


Ari-Yhilina[edit | edit source]

Here is where the majority of your investments are during this round. Although you may want to hold off on spending the ProN you just received, until you have completed the Merchant Trouble Quest, since it allows access to 2 new investments, and cheapens the cost of another. You should spend the majority of your ProN, possibly holding some back for the Stineford Magic shop, before starting chapter 2, as some investments become disabled and others have reduced gains.

Profitable investment[edit | edit source]

Name Location Condition Availability Price Advantages RP changes Profits[5][6] RoI per return
Yhilini Arms Dealer N  Talk to Megail[7] Bought automatically Bought automatically 100,000 (Mandatory[8])

Arms Dealing ON

-

R2: 150,000[9] to 200,000[10][11]
R3: 700,000 (450,000)[12]
R5: 115,000
R6: 20,000

Lifetime[13]: 875,000 to 975,000

R2: 150% or 200%[14]
R3: 700% (450%)
R5: 115%
R6: 20%

Lifetime: 875% to 975%

Yhilin Bank N  Merchant Quarter

Yhilin Bank OFF
V9 RETREAD OFF[15]

Chapter 1 25,000[16] or 50,000

Yhilin Bank ON
+5 Economy
+1 Yhilin
50,000 discount for Yhilini Bank Core Lender

+5 Trin (if used)
+5 Megail

R1: 5,000[17]
R2: 5,000 or 10,000[17][18]
R3: 200,000
R4(PDF): "200,000"[6]

Lifetime[19]: 200,000 to 215,000

R1: 10% or 20%
R2: 10% or 40%
R3: 400% or 800%
R4(PDF): 400% or 800%

Lifetime[19]: 400% to 860%

Premium Steel N  Premium Steel

Megail joined the harem
Premium Steel OFF

Late chapter 1 to early chapter 2 20,000

10% shop discount.
Manufacturer[20]
Helps during Battle of Yhilin
Ability to craft Custom Equipment

If bought before the start of chapter 2

+5 Aka
+5 Hilstara

R3: 100,000
R4(PDF): "100,000"[6]

Lifetime[19]: 100,000

R3: 500%
R4(PDF): 500%

Lifetime[19]: 500%

Yhilini Mine Processing N  Miners' Junction

Mine Processing OFF

Chapter 1 25,000[21] or 50,000

Mine Processing ON
Processor[22]
+2 Economy
+2 Yhilin
Helps during Battle of Yhilin

+5 Megail

R2: 10,000[17]
R3: 200,000
R4(PDF): "200,000"[6]
R5: 200,000
R6: 100,000

Lifetime[19]: 1,200,000 to 1,210,000

R2: 20% or 40%
R3: 400% or 800%
R4(PDF): 400% or 800%
R5: 400% or 800%
R6: 200% or 400%

Lifetime[19]: 2,400% to 4,840%

Flower speculation[23] N  Outskirts

Once in a Lifetime OFF

Late Chapter 1 to early chapter 2 10,000

Once in a Lifetime ON
2,500 sx at the start of chapter 2

-

R1: 2,500[17][24]

Lifetime: 2,500

R1: 25%

Lifetime: 25%[25]

Cache excavation N  Miners' Junction

Cache Excavation OFF

Chapter 1 to early Chapter 2 10,000

Cache Excavation ON
At the start of chapter 2:

  • Severals succubi consumables, and equipment pieces[26]
  • A cache of corruption for Simon[27]

+5 Yarra
+5 Qum

R3: 25,000

Lifetime: 25,000

R3: 250%

Lifetime: 250%

Gift to Megail
(Special Suplier)
 N  ◁(1)
Palace[28] Talk to Megail after completing the Merchant trouble Quest Chapter 1 25,000

Megail Investment ON
Supplier[29]
+2 Economy[30]
Helps during Battle of Yhilin
Helps during Third Arclent War

+5 Megail

R3: 25,000
R4(PDF): "25,000"[6]
R5: 25,000
R6: 25,000

Lifetime[19]: 250,000

R3: 100%
R4(PDF): 100%
R5: 100%
R6: 100%

Lifetime[19]: 1,000%

Non-profitable investments[edit | edit source]

Name Location Condition Availability Price[32] Advantages RP changes
Bridge Repair N  House of Petitions

Bridge Repair OFF

Chapter 1 to early Chapter 2 10,000

Bridge Repair ON
Cheapens some Yhilini investments[33].
Allows Yarra to Ambush the enemy in the Battle of Yhilin, adding +1 victory point[34]

Enables Infrastructure Project investment during Round 4
If bought before the start of Chapter 2:

Prevents the gain of +1 Ambassador evaluation during govern Yhilin I.

+5 Janine
+5 Carina

Yhilini Public Works N  House of Petitions

Yhilin Public Works OFF

Chapter 1 to early Chapter 2 5,000

Yhilin Public Works ON[36]
Allows access to Yhilin Public Works II during Round 3
If bought before the start of Chapter 2

+5 Janine

Anti-corruption campaign N  House of Petitions

Fight Corruption OFF

Chapter 1 to early Chapter 2 10,000

Fight Corruption ON
If bought before the start of Chapter 2

+10 Janine
+5 Sarai

Shrine renovation N  Cathedral[37]

Shrine Renovation OFF

Chapter 1 to early Chapter 2 10,000

Shrine Renovation ON
If bought before the start of Chapter 2

+20 Carina
-5 Sarai

Iron Cudgel N  Outskirts

Iron Cudgel OFF

Chapter 1 to early Chapter 2

10,000
(R3: -30,000 upkeep)
(R4(PDF): -"10,000" upkeep[6])

Iron Cudgel ON
If GotMercenaries OFFthen GotMercenaries ON which has the following effects

  • Saves Carina's soldiers,
    • Who in turn provide +2 to the Battle of Stineford and -1 Instability in the Third Arclent War[38]
    • RP gains in the next column

+2 Army Size, +1 Army Quality for the Horde battle[39][40].
Helps during the Battle of Yhilin
Helps during the Third Arclent War
Makes Iron Cudgel available for service at HQ in round 6.

+5 Hilstara[41]
+5 Yarra[41]

Dusty Horde N  Outskirts

Dusty Horde OFF

Chapter 1 to early Chapter 2

15,000
(R3: -45,000 upkeep)

Dusty Horde ON
If GotMercenaries OFFthen GotMercenaries ON which has the following effects

  • Saves Carina's soldiers,
    • Who in turn provide +2 to the Battle of Stineford and -1 Instability in the Third Arclent War[38]
    • RP gains in the next column

+5 Army Size for the Horde battle[39][42].

Helps during the Battle of Yhilin[43] and removes one petitioner in its immediate aftermath. Also adds one human detachment to deal with a petitioner.

+5 Hilstara[41]
+5 Yarra[41]

AriGarda N  Outskirts

AriGarda OFF

Chapter 1 to early Chapter 2

25,000
(R3: -75,000 upkeep)
(R4(PDF): -"25,000" upkeep[6])

AriGarda ON
If GotMercenaries OFFthen GotMercenaries ON which has the following effects

  • Saves Carina's soldiers,

+2 Army Size, +3 Army Quality for the Horde battle[39][40].

Helps during the Battle of Yhilin[44] and removes one petitioner in its immediate aftermath.
Increases reward from clearing the House Rose Warehouse in chapter 4.[45]

+5 Hilstara[41]
+5 Yarra[41]

Stineford[edit | edit source]

Profitable investments[edit | edit source]

Name Location Condition Availability Price Advantages RP changes Profits ROI per return
Magic Shop N  Stineford Magic Shop

Stineford: Magic Shop OFF

Early chapter 2 10,000

Stineford: Magic Shop ON
20% shop discount
Increased returns when paired with Stineford Magic Shop
Can help during the Return to Stineford

+5 Megail

R3: 25,000 or 50,000[46]
R4(PDF): "25,000" or "50,000"[46][6]
R5: 25,000 or 50,000[46]
R6: 25,000

Lifetime[19]: 250,000 or 300,000

R3: 250% or 500%
R4(PDF): 250% or 500%
R5: 250% or 500%
R6: 250%

Lifetime[19]: 2,500% or 3,000%


References[edit | edit source]

  1. https://ulmf.org/threads/sierra-lee-the-last-sovereign-updated-1-7-100-illustrated-scenes.6640/page-13#post-744377
  2. Provided that you have done all the quests and ask Megail for more money.
  3. For instance, if you chose not to invest in the Cache excavation before leaving Ari-Yhilina at the start of chapter 2, you have the option to buy the remnants of the expedition for the original price: 10,000.
  4. 80,000 if you got all the ProN that didn't involve whoring out Qum
  5. During chapter 2, and Megail's route, you will need to visit your investments to collect your profits.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 The dark teal colored ProN between double quotes "" is ProN used to calculate how large the personal Discretionary funds will be.
  7. It's the mandatory investment for this part of the game. You can see it with the Ledger and you get it just before she gives you back ProN to invest.
  8. This investment will be bought whether the player likes it or not
  9. Asked Megail for ProN in Round 1
  10. These number also includes money made from Megail's personal investments.
  11. Up to 115,000 of this money can be withheld for plot necessary investment:
    Megail Investment OFF -40,000
    Mine Processing OFF -50,000
    Premium Steel OFF -25,000
  12. Megail reserves 250,000 of this for equipping the army, making the returns effectively 450,000.
  13. This calculation includes the R3 reserved 250,000 for equipping the army, making the R3 returns effectively 450,000.
  14. Even if Megail holds back 115,000 Pron, it still made 150,000 to 200,000 Pron. (And that held back ProN is still getting invested)
  15. This flag basically means started chapter 2
  16. Fund with Trin uses a Duplicate.
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 Has to be collected manually.
  18. 10,000 if Yhilin score ≥ 6.
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 19.5 19.6 19.7 19.8 19.9 Excludes the R4(PDF) values as those are not actual funds.
  20. Therefore Megail does not reserve 25,000 for Eustrin Manufacturer when going to Aram.
  21. After completing the Merchant trouble Quest.
  22. Therefore Megail does not reserve 50,000 for Eustrin Processor when going to Aram.
  23. It has been speculated that this investment is a reference to the tulip bubble.
  24. It disappears from the ledger after the reunion.
  25. Yes, this is a loss since it is below 100%.
  26. 3x Lust draught, 3x Collar, 1x Slave Collar, 1x Slave's Pin, 1x Charm of perversion, 1x Fetish whip
  27. It adds +10 AGI and +10 LUK to Simon's stats and increases his SP gain per turn to +2.
  28. One-time deal, only available in the talk with Megail after her rescue in the palace.
  29. Therefore Megail does not reserve 40,000 for Eustrin Supplier when going to Aram.
  30. This bonus is not applied until the start of Megail's Path.
  31. 1x Yhilini Orc Sword, 1x Yhilini Orc Armor, 1x Yhilini Orc Shield
  32. The upkeep is deducted from the total of your profits (matches color at time of return) in the case of the mercenary companies
  33. Ardoheim Magic Trade:
    From 25,000 ProN to 15,000 ProN
    From 25,000 ProN to 15,000 ProN
    Yhilini Supplier:
    From 10,000 ProN to 5,000 ProN
    From 20,000 ProN to 15,000 ProN
  34. Also makes the enemy formation more scattered, which can be good or bad.
  35. Can be good or bad depending on if you have to overextend your human forces or not.
  36. Places statues all over the city
  37. Not available before you finish the Merchant trouble quest.
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 Not cumulative with other mercenaries saving them.
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 This has no effect on the battle itself, but does improve the rewards gained from it. Army Quality improves the equipment gained from the Succubi Village (potentially including a Shining Sword), while Army Size and Synergy improves the Sx gained from Orcent.
  40. 40.0 40.1 And +1 Army Synergy if you hire both AriGarda and the Iron Cudgel, who can learn from their professionalism.
  41. 41.0 41.1 41.2 41.3 41.4 41.5 Only if GotMercenaries OFF when hiring the company
  42. 42.0 42.1 But -1 Army Synergy if you hire both Dusty Horde and AriGarda, who are frustrated at the Horde's unprofessionalism.
  43. Hiring them gives up to +2 victory points (good), while not hiring them gives an extra +2 chaos and +1 collateral damage to Yhilin (bad).
  44. By avoiding a +1 chaos and -2 army size penalty if neither you nor House Rose hired them.
  45. Gain +2 with one of Ardoheim, New Givini, Chalice States, or Tak'Kan.
  46. 46.0 46.1 46.2 Magic Sales Synergy ON (Ardoheim Magic Trade ON andStineford: Magic Shop ON)