00. THE FOX
The mask, the divine; All things in their time.
Mercenarium Function: The Fox 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. Since The Fox does not share suits with any other cards, cards with a face value less than (L) cannot field summon using The Fox as a base except when the Fox Die shows the (seed of life) icon (see below). The Fox is not a Mercenary, and cannot be bought.
When The Fox is initially summoned, set the Fox die to (5) and place it on the card. This is the number of turns remaining before The Fox is automatically discarded from play.
The Fox can move like any other summoned card. It has a persistent aura of (7) on every edge, and its suit (the Flowers) consumes all other suits. This makes it unbeatable in all standard capture interactions. It can be annihilated with use of Meatwar, or by The Fool when the Fool die shows the (0) void icon. It can be discarded from play with Arcanum or Kintsukuroi, and it can be moved with Optimo, The Shade, Visionaire, or Kintsukuroi, so long as the Fox die remains set to the same number before and after its movement.
The player that controls The Fox reduces the value of the Fox die by (1) at the beginning of each of their turns. This will continue until the Fox die shows the (seed of life) icon (effectively zero), meaning that this turn is The Fox’s last. On this turn only, the Fox can be used to summon as if its face value were zero (0), allowing one card of any face value to use it as a base for field summoning. At the end of this turn, if The Fox is still in play, discard it from play.
Laughter / Understanding, Ease, Serenity / THE FOOL
The Fox represents pure joy, the energy of divine creation and the motivator for profound understanding. It symbolizes the moments in which we recognize the beauty of the universe, and bring our awareness to the present moment.
Its core meaning (Laughter) embodies moments of childlike bliss in which we are delighted to simply experience things, unconcerned with the past, future, projects and obligations. Its secondary themes (Understanding, Ease, Serenity) refer to the state of mind brought about by peaceful awareness, in which egoistic pursuit gives way to a formless and light sensation, and through which all great and powerful works are possible. Its alteration (THE FOOL) represents the lurking fears that can so easily plunge us back into ignorance, as we ebb and flow through lessons and laughter, ignorance and bliss, in the eternal dance of duality.