0. THE FOOL
Manifold mask; There is no face.
Mercenarium Function: The Fool must be summoned into play as a Lord, with a face value of (L). Because it is a Lord, you may field summon other Lords adjacent to it, as they have the same face value. However, The Fool does not share suits with any other cards, and so cards with a face value less than (L) cannot field summon using The Fool as a base. The Fool is not a Mercenary, and cannot be bought.
When The Fool is initially summoned, roll the corresponding Fool die and place it on the card. Whatever number was rolled becomes the number of aura dots (representing combat strength) on every edge of the card. For instance, if a 4 is rolled, then The Fool is considered to have 4 dots on every edge. The Fool deadlocks in all aura dot ties. If the (0) void icon is rolled on The Fool die, any capture interaction involving The Fool becomes an annihilation.
The player who controls The Fool may choose to use their turn action to re-roll The Fool die and place it on the card. In addition, whenever The Fool successfully captures an enemy card, the player who controls The Fool must re-roll the Fool die and place it on the card. Whatever number was rolled becomes The Fool’s new aura value until the next time the die is rolled.
The Fool can be moved with use of Optimo, The Shade or Visionaire, and can be discarded or re-summoned with Kintsukuroi (though its die value must remain the same before and after in these instances).
Lessons / Ignorance, Toil, Anxiety / THE FOX
The Fool represents suffering and ignorance, and the masks that we hide behind for protection. It calls towards unresolved trauma, recurring struggles, and lessons that we have yet to learn.
Its core meaning (Lessons) suggests opportunities for growth that we do not recognize or take advantage of, which forces us to relive painful trials. Its secondary themes (Ignorance, Toil, Anxiety) elicit the most difficult parts of life, in which our perspectives punish us for things that we have no control over. Its alteration (THE FOX) means a flash of awareness – a sudden recognition – that lets us laugh at, savor, and alchemize our pain into something better.
Lords represent LESSONS: opportunities to transmute pain or discomfort into spiritual growth. When Lords appear, they give us a chance to reflect on the ways we can improve or balance our energy within their sphere.
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