Decadents spend painstaking years accruing wealth enough to attain Cynosure upon their return to the Luminous Body. The most common way for a decadent to make his fortune is through labour or mercenary work, and he will often endure unnecessary hardship or even physical danger for comparatively little pay. This hardship can create a certain attachment in a decadent to his glass, and one will occasionally decide not to return to the Luminous Body at all, denouncing his commitment to honour Nyue and keeping his riches for himself.

However, this is not common, as Cynosure is believed by the Luminous Body to be the only way to survive the Abrogation—the return of Ybris and the calling of the world back into the Void.