A sage’s smile; The dragon flies in heaven.
Mercenarium Function: When you Sing the Zodiac Hymn, place the hymn face-up in front of you (off the board) and roll the 12-sided Zodiac die. The die will land on a roman numeral from I to XII, which determines the hymn that Zodiac may function as. Set the die on the card, turned to the numeral that was rolled. These hymn effects can be activated immediately, or they can be ‘saved’ and activated as a later turn action. A player that has the Zodiac hymn and die set in front of them at the start of their turn may use their turn action to re-roll the Zodiac die, and they may choose to activate the effect of the new hymn that was rolled, or wait until a later turn.
If a player has the Zodiac card face-up in front of them, they may not hold another hymn until Zodiac’s effects have been activated, or Zodiac has been discarded as an offering.
In the event that IV – Seasons – is rolled, whenever the player chooses to activate these effects, attach the Zodiac card itself to the chosen materia, and use Zodiac’s hymn title as that materia’s new orientation line, as with the Seasons hymn. If a card has the Zodiac hymn card attached to it, then it functions as if it has the Seasons hymn attached.
In the event that XII – Druid – is rolled, whenever the player chooses to activate these effects, place the Zodiac die on the chosen Mercenary to indicate its protected status. If a card has the Zodiac die placed on it, then it functions as if it has the Druid hymn attached.
Meatwar Special: A player that is holding the Zodiac hymn in their hand (not face up on the table) may attempt to use it reactively as II. Meatwar. To do this, announce your attempt to use it in reaction to a player’s capture action and roll the die. If the die lands on II. then the hymn activation is successful and II. Meatwar’s effects take place. If any other number is rolled, the activation fails, and Zodiac must be discarded.
After Zodiac’s effects have been activated, unless it has been attached to a card as the Seasons hymn, discard it.
Wisdom / Mastery, Guidance, Ascension / Humility
Zodiac represents the completion of cycles and the gaining of wisdom; surviving ordeals may bless us with knowledge that we may then share with others. It symbolizes teachers, victories, and the ongoing pursuit of growth.
Its core meaning (Wisdom) speaks to true knowledge, in which our exposure to struggle shows us what we are capable of, who we really are, and where we still have room to grow. Its secondary themes (Mastery, Guidance, Ascension) suggest that the noblest course of action after mastering something is to guide others in their own quests. Its alteration (Humility) means an acceptance that we can still grow, and no matter how much we learn, we will always be fools; a true master understands that they are no better than the next.
Kings are TEACHERS: mentors, sages, and respected elders. These individuals have lived through hardship and gained deep wisdom related to their sphere. They glow with a nurturing presence, helping those around them to be better. Their knowledge is represented in their illustrations by tomes of elemental energy.
Barely alive, but the
moody blue animus gets high.
Going up, and never coming down.
Zodiac, Heart attack.
Of all the faces that I've ever seen,
up close, a foreign force is freedom; I’m
tied, to the back, controlling a silvery sound,
until the old caliphate is all we know,
so the story goes.
Zodiac, Heart attack,
leaving us, forever underground.
if you listen, you can almost hear the sound;
The forests they, are lamenting
the tragic way a soul undoes itself.
It's foreign still, our resistance to kill
But all is well.
All is well.
All is well.