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Pandemonium deck

From DivNull RPG

This is a magic item for Pathfinder based on P.D. Magnus’ Decktet. Though inspired by the deck of many things, it alters the whole concept of the deck, partially following the model used by Madness at Gardmore Abbey to make the deck a less destabilizing force, at least at first. Note that the Decktet, including the art on this page, has been made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 license, which means that so is the text of this page.

A Dungeon World version of this item can be found on this wiki as the Whispering Deck.

Aura strong (all schools; chaotic); CL 20th; Slot none; Weight

This worn fortune-teller’s (and gambler’s) deck bears an evocative image upon each of its forty-five cards. The deck contains six suits (in order: moons, suns, waves, leaves, wyrms and knots) with a complex structure. For each suit, there is an Ace and a Crown. Ranked between them are other cards numbered 2 through 9, each with two suits. Four Courts each have three suits and are ranked beneath Crowns. Four Pawns each have three suits as well, ranked below Courts. The Excuse has no suit or rank. Suit combinations do not occur with equal frequency. All cards also have a theme or meaning, written on the face of the card (one third represent people, one third represent places and one third represent events). Some cards appear the same when upside down, some do not.

Using the Deck in a Campaign

The deck of many things has long been considered “campaign breaking”, where drawing even one card might derail the whole campaign into a different direction. While many variations of the deck have tried to correct this by reducing the impact of card effects, this design goes the other way, making the drawing of the card even more monumental and campaign changing; however, the pandemonium deck is never found intact, and draws can’t be made from a partial deck. Instead, focus is put on individual cards. When (and if) players choose to fully assemble the deck to draw from it, everyone will be expecting (even demanding) a draw from it to radically alter the campaign.

By focussing on the individual cards as more minor magic items, it allows groups to “dabble” in using the deck without having to jump in the deep end. Further, it puts the decision to upend the campaign solidly in the hands of the players. A GM might introduce a card or two into the game. If the players seem motivated to find other cards, then the deck can become a more major force in the campaign. If not, then the players have gained some interesting trinkets and life goes on. Should a campaign go full bore into assembling the deck, however, the point at which the ritual is completed and someone draws a card should be an obvious turning point to all involved. It’s also possible for something in between, assembling groups of cards to gain their cumulative effects, but never finding the last card, or refusing to use the full deck even if fully assembled.

To support this, the mechanics help accelerate the search for the cards as more are accumulated. At first, cards are likely to be found one at a time, but as the campaign becomes more serious about assembling the deck, the mechanics should help to foster clashes between groups trying to assemble the deck, at which point the victor will gain all the cards of the loser.

Individual Cards

Cards of this deck are never found fully assembled, as the deck has the ability to scatter itself under certain circumstances. Most who come across cards find them singly. Individual cards are no more or less durable than mundane cards; however, should a card be seriously damaged, it turns to dust and a new copy forms at some other random location in the world. Note that, since the new copy is not technically the same object as the damaged card, no one has ever handled the new card, which prevents divination spells that require such handling from locating it.

Individual cards make their presence known when combat begins. Whenever an initiative check is made, the GM randomly selects one of the cards possessed by the participants in the combat. This card then exerts an influence on the battle. A spectral icon representing the influencing card appears on the ground in a random square adjacent to the character who owns the selected card. Anyone standing in the square containing the icon gains the influence effect listed for that card, so long as they remain in the same square as the icon. If the character moves out of the square (or the icon moves out from under the character) the influence effect ends immediately.

Any spell-like abilities granted by cards function with a caster level equal to your level. When an influence that grants a spell-like ability leaves a character, the character can no longer use the spell-like ability, but any instances of the spell cast while the character was under the influence remain running as per their normal duration. (In contrast, characters under an influence that gives them an ability “as if” under the effects of a spell lose that ability immediately when the influence leaves them.)

At the start of each round, the icon moves 1d4-1 squares in a random direction (roll 1d8, with 1 indicating north and the other numbers indicating compass going clockwise). If the icon would move into an obstacle (e.g. wall, the edge of a cliff, etc.), it instead just stops. Any creatures standing in the final destination of the icon immediately gain the influence effect of the card.

Characters who own cards may spend a standard action attempting to force a card they own to become the influencing card. Success on a Use Magic Item check (DC 18) causes any existing influence to vanish, and a new influence icon to appear at a random square adjacent to the card owner. Any character in that square immediately gains the influence effect of the new card. Characters under the major effect of a card (see below) may attempt to manifest the influence of that card even if they don’t own it. If they do possess it, they add +10 to the check.

The character who owns the influencing card may spend a move action attempting to move its icon. Success on a Use Magic Item check (DC 20) allows the character to move the icon up to 15′. Any creatures standing in the destination square immediately gain the influence effect of the card.

Cumulative Effects

As more of the cards come together, the deck gains potency. If a single character holds multiple cards, they bestow additional effects, depending on the number of cards and their suit combinations. All applicable effects from the following table apply if you owns cards that qualify. All spell-like abilities granted by the deck function with a caster level equal to your level.

card combination effect
any 6 cards You emit an aura of chaos as if you were a cleric of a chaotic deity.
any 12 cards You are constantly protected from law.
any 18 cards Your alignment shifts one step toward chaotic. You may cast magic circle of protection from law 3 times/day as a spell-like ability.
any 24 cards You may cast dispel law once per day as a spell-like ability.
any 30 cards You may cast discern location once per day as a spell-like ability, but only to locate other cards from the deck; however, see the Notoriety section, below.
any 36 cards Your alignment shifts one step toward chaotic. You may cast word of chaos once per day as a spell-like ability.
any 42 cards You may cast cloak of chaos once per day as a spell-like ability.
three moons + three suns You may cast quickened flare burst at will as a spell-like ability.
three waves + three leaves You may cast endure elements at will as a spell-like ability, which reaches to medium range.
three wyrms + three knots You may quickened detect chaos at will as a spell-like ability.
three moons + three wyrms You may cast quickened deathwatch at will as a spell-like ability.
three suns + three leaves You may cast defoliate at will as a spell-like ability.
three waves + three knots You may quickened detect law at will as a spell-like ability.
four pawns You may cast suggestion at will as a spell-like ability.
four courts You may cast prayer at will as a spell-like ability.
six aces You may cast true seeing on yourself at will as a spell-like ability.
six crowns You may cast scrying at will as a spell-like ability.
one card of each rank + the excuse Once per day, you may broadcast a sending which is heard by any creature who owns six or more cards. Any responses are also heard by all who heard the original sending.
moons of each rank You may cast beast shape iv twice per day as a spell-like ability.
suns of each rank You may cast sunbeam twice per day as a spell-like ability.
waves of each rank You may cast seamantle twice per day as a spell-like ability.
leaves of each rank You may cast plant shape iii twice per day as a spell-like ability.
wyrms of each rank You may cast form of the dragon ii twice per day as a spell-like ability.
knots of each rank You may cast maze once per day as a spell-like ability.
All 15 personalities You may cast symbol of persuasion once per day as a spell-like ability.
All 15 places You may cast find the path once per day as a spell-like ability.
All 15 events You may cast contingency once per day as a spell-like ability.

Completing the deck

Should one character assemble the complete deck, it reveals its true power. Details of a ritual lasting ten minutes and culminating with cards being drawn from the deck are implanted in the owner’s mind. The deck (and, therefore, the effects listed below) considers those present at the ritual to fall into one of three categories:

  • The reader is the character performing the ritual. This is the deck’s owner. If one person gives the deck to another in order for them to become the reader, the recipient immediately becomes the deck’s new owner (able to use all its powers) and is under no particular obligation to give the deck back.
  • The querent is the character who will draw from the deck and be targeted by the resulting effect. In the descriptions of major effects below, “you” refers to the querent. The querent cannot be the same character as the reader.
  • The witnesses are everyone else present at the ritual, not including the reader or the querent. Witnesses are just spectators most of the time, but some major effects target the witnesses specifically.

At the climax of the ritual, the querent draws cards from the deck. If lawful, the querent may draw only one card. If chaotic, the querent may draw up to three cards. Otherwise the the querent may draw up to two cards. Once the cards are drawn, the reader chooses one of the drawn cards, and the major effect listed for that card activates, targeting the querent. Major effects are permanent and cannot be eliminated without powerful magic, such as a wish or miracle.

Afterwards, each card drawn turns to dust and a new copy forms at a random location (as mentioned above). The reader immediately becomes aware of the new location of the card that was activated (but not the other cards drawn, if any). No longer in possession of a complete deck, the owner must track down the lost cards in order to complete the deck and draw again.

Some major effects also cause additional cards from the deck to vanish and reappear elsewhere. This may happen in one of three ways:

  • When the deck divides, undrawn cards are placed at random into four separate piles, as evenly as possible. Unless the effect says otherwise, one pile, chosen at random, remains where it is. The other piles teleport to different random locations within 100 miles.
  • When the deck is distributed to a specific group, undrawn cards are randomly allocated to the creatures in the group mentioned in the text, as evenly as possible.
  • When the deck scatters, all undrawn cards teleport to different random locations within 2,000 miles.

Consciousness

Created to spread chaos, the deck possesses a rudimentary consciousness which helps further that aim. This consciousness wants the cards to be found and used, so whenever cards transfer to new locations, they will never wind up anywhere too obscure or unaccessible (e.g. surrounded by solid rock, the bottom of unclimbable ravine, etc.). Instead, they tend to appear in places where they might get found eventually (e.g. the bottom of a chest in an attic, the pocket of a rarely used coat, tucked into a library book, a family crypt, etc.). The deck is most content when its presence sows discord or upsets the status quo, and favors getting cards into the hands of destabilizing forces (like your average group of PCs).

When adjudicating matters related to the deck, keep the desires of this consciousness in mind. Take the Windfall card, for example, which makes the querent heir to a noble title. While this might result in a character taking up the reins of power peacefully, the deck would much prefer that a full on civil war broke out instead. Along the same lines, the deck wants people to fight over its cards when trying to unify the deck.

The Notoriety

The deck uses a subtle ability (called the Notoriety) to spread information to further its own ends. This ability is under the control of the GM and works in four ways:

  • Any time a card’s major effect is activated, the GM should read and apply the listed Notoriety section for that card when planning the future of the campaign. The Notoriety will usually inform some third parties about what has happened, though perhaps not in a totally truthful manner. Generally, the parties gaining this information will be the most motivated to act on it, either threatened by the results of the major effect or sensing a new opportunity for themselves. GMs should carefully consider what those contacted by the Notoriety do with the information they receive and how their reactions will cross paths with the PCs. The GM should feel free to alter how the deck uses the Notoriety to fit her own campaign, keeping its goals in mind.
  • When a single character gains control of 15 or more cards (one third of the deck), everyone who sees that character will know, at least subconsciously, that the character owns a sizable portion of the pandemonium deck. GMs should consider how people react to this knowledge, taking their alignment and other motivations into a account. Some may want to steal the deck. Some may want it as far away as possible. Some may not care at all.
  • Although it prefers to rely on luck and happenstance, the deck may rarely help expose a card that has been hidden for too long by placing an unconscious suggestion in the mind of someone nearby that might result in the card being found—something like “maybe I’ll get around to cleaning the attic today” or “that jacket I haven’t worn in years is back in style” or “ransacking the old man’s wine cellar will be profitable”.
  • As mentioned above, anyone gathering two thirds of the deck can use discern location to find other cards. Any time this ability is used, the Notoriety informs anyone who owns six or more cards of the result. Other types of divination (including discern location spells from other sources) do not trigger the Notoriety in this way.

The Notoriety works in very subtle ways, creating rumors, dreams, gossip, speculation reported as fact, gut reactions or even minor shifts in memory. Often, creatures who gain information from the Notoriety wouldn’t even be able to tell you how they came by the information. They just know. Maybe they’ve always known. The Notoriety is the proverbial “they” when people start tall tales with “they say that…”. No one confirms it, but people believe it anyway, at least enough to act on it.

Card Effects

Author

Author

Rank/Suits Two (moons, knots)

Influence Effect You can read, speak and understand any language, as if under the influence of a tongues spell. You also may cast command at will as a spell-like ability.

Major Effect On the first new moon of each season, you may make a wish on behalf of someone you hadn’t met before drawing the card or since you made your last wish. The person for whom you are wishing must have articulated a desire for the wish to you in some way.

Notoriety Rumors spread that the querent grants wishes, but most of them are coupled with untruthful riders about what the character wants (or must have) in order to grant one. For example, a story starts to circulate in the village the character just entered that the first person who presents her with a cup filled with the blood of a sacrificed virgin will be granted a wish. Or that wishes are only granted to those who truly hate the character’s race. Or that whoever sleeps with the character under a full moon automatically gets their wish.

Bard

Bard

Rank/Suit Crown (suns)

Influence Effect You gain a +4 luck bonus to charisma.

Major Effect You gain an alter ego as a notorious bard. Create a character with different gender and race than your main character, but with the same number of character levels (all taken in bard levels). You (with input from the GM) may outfit the bard with 40,000gp worth of equipment. Three times per day, you may spend one minute transforming from your main character to the bard, or vice-versa. The two characters are aware of each other, but maintain separate personalities, motivations and memories. Personal possessions are tracked separately, and swap when the other character takes over. Experience gained by either character is applied to both. If you are already a bard, this new bard is a bitter rival.

If the new moon rises and you have not switched since the setting of the last new moon, you automatically transform into your other self, and may not switch back until the next full moon.

Notoriety Whenever the querent arrives in a new town or other major area (either as herself or the bard), the Notoriety plants memories in key residents of the location of some past trouble or scandal the bard caused. Perhaps the bard seduced a local noble, or performed a song that insulted the local religion or stole from the local blacksmith guild.

Battle

Battle

Rank/Suits Four (wyrms, knots)

Influence Effect You may cleave as if you had the feat. If you already have cleave, you may great cleave as if you had the feat. If you have that feat as well, you no longer take the -2 AC penalty when you use it.

Major Effect The deck divides. Whenever you, or a faction to which you have sworn allegiance, is involved in open conflict involving more than 100 people, your side always loses (though you may survive). A “faction” refers to some group, organization, army, nation or other body that might enter into conflict with similar factions. If you somehow manage to swear allegiance to more than one conflicting faction, all of them loose (either through mutual destruction or by one gaining a victory that costs it more than it gains). Any time you swear allegiance to a faction, the deck places a geas on you (as a level 20 caster) to honor your pledge until you are released from it. When your faction loses a battle, they may release you from your pledge, but are under no obligation to do so.

Notoriety A prophesy surfaces that any military force which claims the allegiance of the “chosen one” (who bears an uncanny resemblance to the querent) cannot be defeated. Those who learn of this prophesy may make tempting offers or apply terrible leverage to gain the character’s allegiance.

Betrayal

Betrayal

Rank/Suits Eight (wyrms, knots)

Influence Effect You may cast confess at will as a spell-like ability. If cast on an ally, add +4 to the save DC.

Major Effect If you die, all allied player characters in your party gain 10,000xp each. If the lethal blow was dealt by an ally (not necessarily the other PCs), this award increases to enough experience to advance each PC in your party to the next level, or 25,000xp, whichever is higher. Should you be raised or otherwise brought back from the dead, this xp is lost. If you own the deck when you die, it is distributed to your main allies (with the ally who delivered the killing strike, if any, gaining two shares of the distribution).

Notoriety If the querent does anything counter to the interests of another PC, the Notoriety sees to it the PC finds out about it. Also, animal companions, familiars and the like who were witnesses become convinced that if they arrange the death of their master, they will be set free.

Borderland

Borderland

Rank/Suits Pawn (waves, leaves, wyrms)

Influence Effect You flicker back and forth between the Material Plane and the Ethereal Plane, as if under the effects of a blink spell.

Major Effect You become a native of the Ethereal Plane, gaining the Ethereal special ability. You can shift from the Ethereal Plane to the Material Plane as a free action, and shift back again as a move action (or as part of a move action), but you may remain in the Material Plane no more a number of consecutive rounds equal to your Constitution score. You may take a single willing or helpless creature with you when switching planes. You also gain the ability to control phase spiders, casting dominate monster once per day as a spell-like ability, provided the target is a phase spider.

Notoriety Rumors circulate among natives to the Ethereal Plane (such as xill) regarding the querent. The nature of these rumors is up to the GM but might include things like: “the character intends to conquer the ethereal plane”, “the character will save us from our enemies”, “the character is destined to lead us in war against the Material Plane”, etc. In addition, ethereal natives within three miles of the character are filled with an odd restlessness which encourages them to visit the Material Plane. It doesn’t take long for those who travel with the character to gain a reputation for attracting ethereal mischief.

Calamity

Calamity

Rank/Suit Crown (wyrms)

Influence Effect You gain a +4 luck bonus to strength.

Major Effect In 1d4 days, you will witness a massive natural catastrophe which threatens to wipe out all life on your world. Perhaps a great rock falls from the sky, igniting massive fires and kicking up dust that blots out the sun. Maybe volcanoes erupt, flooding the land with molten rock and poisonous air. Maybe quakes drop the earth, allowing the ocean to rush over the land. Maybe fire ejected from the sun scorches the half the surface. Maybe a rift to another plane starts swallowing the world. Whatever occurs, you, the reader and all witnesses will miraculously survive the initial effects, left to make your way in the broken world.

Notoriety Any survivor who invests any sort of trust in the querent will, sooner or later, discover that the character was responsible for the calamity.

Castle

Castle

Rank/Suits Seven (suns, knots)

Influence Effect You gain a +5 luck bonus to AC, but cannot voluntarily move from your current square.

Major Effect You gain a personal demiplane, as per a permanent create greater demiplane spell cast by a level 20 caster. This plane has the following features, which cannot be changed (though other features can be):

  • Alignment: the plane is mildly chaotic.
  • Structure: the plane is a castle (total size 400 10-ft. cubes) surrounded by a moat, itself surrounded by a ring of grey grassland. A drawbridge connects the castle and the grassland, spanning the moat. The grassland fades into the mists of astral space.
  • Portal: A permanent gate connects the location where the card was drawn to somewhere inside the castle.

Notoriety Displaced refugees of the outer planes hear stories of this new plane, convinced it will welcome them with open arms. Displaced refugees of the Material Plane hear legends of a magic gate that will take them to paradise.

Cave

Cave

Rank/Suits Seven (waves, wyrms)

Influence Effect You become isolated from the rest of the combat. Targeting you with an attack or spell requires a successful Will save (DC 18). Likewise, you must make a similar save to target an opponent with an attack or spell. Untargeted effects are not affected.

Major Effect You, the reader, and all witnesses, are teleported to random locations within a cavern somewhere in the middle a megadungeon (probably, but not necessarily, on your home world or plane). You arrive naked, with your possessions scattered at random into the megadungeon. Others retain anything they were holding and any armor, clothing or jewelry, but other possessions (bags, packs, sheathed weapons, etc.) are similarly scattered. The deck divides, but all four stacks appear at random in the megadungeon. For the next two days, any intelligent creature in the megadungeon may cast locate object at will as a spell-like ability.

Notoriety Intelligent denizens of the megadungeon become vaguely aware that the group’s possessions have newly arrived in the dungeon. Some inherit intimate knowledge of the details of some of the items, as if having firsthand observation of them.

Chance Meeting

Chance Meeting

Rank/Suits Seven (moons, leaves)

Influence Effect You may always make an attack of opportunity when the chance presents itself, regardless of how many other opportunity attacks you have made already in the round.

Major Effect You suddenly and vividly remember a seemingly innocuous encounter with a typical stranger (for example, a merchant who sold you something or a serving girl), with the realization that the stranger wasn’t mortal at all, but a deity (or other powerful being of similar alignment to you) in disguise. Something transpired during that encounter which caused the deity to taking a shining to you. You and your GM will determine when this occurred and who the deity is (if necessary, make up a new scene and insert it in some logical place in the past). Now revealed, the deity will make a point to visit you once a month for a quick chat.

Notoriety Priests of the deity instantly recognize the querent as favored by their god. Rumors may circulate about the regular meetings and may result in surveillance or worse, as the faithful try to see divinity in the flesh. Enemies of the deity eventually become aware that the character is favored.

Consul

Consul

Rank/Suits Court (moons, waves, knots)

Influence Effect You may spend a standard action to heal all ability damage to your Wisdom, Dexterity and Intelligence. You may spend a standard action to heal all ability drain to either your Wisdom, Dexterity or Intelligence.

Major Effect A powerful outsider appears and introduces itself to you. It claims to be an emissary from its home plane, sent to study the Material Plane, and has chosen to focus its study on you. It will remain by your side, watching all you do, asking questions about events and people around it. It is friendly and will gladly assist you, if asked, but will be largely oblivious to any collateral damage or effects its presence causes. No amount of argument will persuade the outsider from leaving you alone, not even banishment (which automatically fails, though wish or miracle will work). If killed, a replacement is sent within 1d6 days (either the original restored or a new outsider sent to carry on the original’s work). The type outsider depends on your alignment. If you are good, the emissary is a brijidine. If you are evil, the emissary is a marilith. Otherwise, it is a keketar.

Notoriety Given the nature of the outsiders which may appear, the Notoriety need not spend any effort spreading news that the querent now has the emissary attached to her him: the outsider’s behavior will likely do that on its own. Should the character or her allies kill the emissary, however, other (possibly stronger) outsiders of the same type will hear of it.

Darkness

Darkness

Rank/Suits Nine (waves, wyrms)

Influence Effect You gain darkvision to 60′. If you already have darkvision, its range extends by 60′.

Major Effect A zone of utter darkness spreads ten miles out from the location where the card was drawn. No light short of that produced by a deity or a 9th-level magical effect sheds any illumination in this darkness. Darkvision and even true seeing do not help. You, however, gain the ability to see normally in this perfect darkness, but lose the ability to see when there is any illumination at all. You may also may shadow walk at will, as a spell-like ability. The radius of this darkness changes by 1d12-4 miles every day. If the radius ever reaches zero, the darkness disappears forever. If the darkness becomes large enough to engulf the world, it stops expanding and the world begins to merge into the Plane of Shadow.

Notoriety Alchemists begin to have dreams about a process that turns umbrite into an oil that can be digested, granting the ability to see 30′ in the utter darkness for several hours, causing an “umbrite rush” should the zone get large enough. Rumors surface that the zone itself transforms veins of precious metals into umbrite. Natives to the Plane of Shadow (e.g. d’ziriak, kyton, shadow mastiffs, fetchlings, umbral dragons, etc.) slowly become aware of a weakness at the center of the darkness that allows easier transition between the two planes.

Desert

Desert

Rank/Suits Two (suns, wyrms)

Influence Effect You gain a +3 luck bonus to Will saves.

Major Effect You begin to dehydrate, even if you do not normally require water. No amount of drinking can counter this effect. If (when) you die, you immediately gain the dread mummy template (though you retain your alignment) and the dehydration effect stops. Your mummy rot is particularly virulent (DC 18 + your Cha bonus). Once you become a mummy, each day there is a 20% chance that a sandstorm will engulf everything within a five mile radius of you, lasting for one hour. Accumulated sand from these storms will eventually smother crops, choke rivers and obscure roads. If you consume the eyes of a sentient being at the start of the day, no storm will come that day.

Notoriety Among those affected by the sandstorms, a previously obscure legend arises, claiming that an ancient monarch will rise from the dead to eat the eyes of the living, turning their lands into a desert, and that the vengeful ruler will be served by several living heralds.

Diplomat

Diplomat

Rank/Suits Eight (moons, suns)

Influence Effect You gain the ability to cast charm person at will, adding a +4 bonus to the save DC.

Major Effect During the next full solar eclipse (or similarly rare celestial event), you will be able to issue a single request to any creature in the multiverse and have it fulfilled. For the duration of that request, the target is affected as if by the spell dominate monster, but also uses any mental gymnastics required to convince itself that the request is in its best interest and will oblige, even at the cost of the target’s own destruction (note that not all creatures, immortals in particular, can truly die). It will, however, remember the source of the command.

Notoriety Prior to the next full solar eclipse, every chaotic deity with influence on the world of the querent learns of the character’s pending ability. Some will likely attempt to influence what the character does with it. Some time after the ability is used, the Notoriety may plant doubts in the target’s head that fulfilling request was in his best interest (even if it actually was) or that he was manipulated into it.

Discovery

Discovery

Rank/Suits Five (suns, waves)

Influence Effect You know the exact identity and location of all cards from the pandemonium deck within 300′, even if contained within extra-dimensional spaces or protected from divination.

Major Effect When you take a walk on a beach during sunrise of the first day of the year while focussing on a single question or puzzle, the full answer or solution to that question becomes obvious to you and everyone else in the world. Whether the information revealed can be effectively acted upon is another question entirely.

Notoriety Once this ability is used, those who spend time pondering difficult to answer questions will find themselves drawn to the querent.

End

End

Rank/Suit Crown (leaves)

Influence Effect You gain a +4 luck bonus to constitution.

Major Effect You, the reader and the witnesses all take 240 points of damage as the universe attempts to unmake you. Making a Fortitude save (DC 32) reduces this damage to 10d6. Any reduced to zero or fewer hit points has their body unmade completely. You, as the one who drew the card, not only fail this saving throw automatically, but are also unmade regardless of how much damage you take. All that remains of anyone unmade are their items and a glowing gem containing their soul, which functions like an orb of utter chaos. If all present at the ceremony are unmade, the deck scatters, as do all of the gems. A resurrection or stronger spell will restore anyone trapped in a gem, destroying the stone in the process.

Notoriety The gems created when the card is drawn eventually take on legends of their own, including false, but widely believed, rumors that anyone resurrecting the soul inside will be granted three wishes.

Excuse

Excuse

Rank/Suits None (none)

Influence Effect Immediately after you make any die roll and the result is revealed, you may “accidentally” jostle the die and use that as an excuse make the roll over again. The rerolled result must be accepted, even if it is worse than the original.

Major Effect The deck scatters if this card is drawn as part of the ritual, even if a different card is selected to take effect. The selected card does function, but the deck still scatters. If the Excuse is selected to take effect, it grants you the one-time ability to undo one past choice or regrettable action (but not the drawing of the Excuse). The fabric of reality is unraveled and respun, potentially restoring creatures to life or altering the course of history, depending on how you acted and how you wish you would have acted. You choose in what situation you would have acted differently and the GM determines how reality changes to reflect that act.

Notoriety Rumors circulate of someone who cheated the gods of fate, who are not amused.

Forest

Forest

Rank/Suits Five (moons, leaves)

Influence Effect Only shifting vertical sections of your body can be seen at any one time, as if under the effects of blur.

Major Effect You see several clear visions of the future. At least one of these visions will come true, but you are not sure which; however, you may sacrifice yourself in order to select which vision comes true. If you do, you drop dead and half of your magical possessions vanish. You may be raised as normal, but only a wish or miracle will prevent the future you have selected.

To make this work every other person at your gaming table—including the GM, but not including you—presents a short vision of the future. Groups are encouraged to take some time to come up with their visions, even stopping the game for the day and presenting the visions next session. If you choose not to sacrifice yourself, the GM chooses which vision comes true.

Notoriety Those with a vested interest in preventing the chosen future are granted the same vision of it the querent saw. Their actions to prevent the vision will, of course, be instrumental in making it happen.

Harvest

Harvest

Rank/Suits Pawn (moons, suns, leaves)

Influence Effect You can sift through the surface thoughts of those around you, as if under the effects of a seek thoughts spell.

Major Effect A dark gem materializes in place of the card, containing what the soul trade considers a priceless unique soul. Within hours, a barbed devil contacts you. It represents one Hell’s most reputable soul auction houses, and presents an offer to auction the soul for you, in exchange for a 10% commission. It strongly suggests you take, for an additional 5%, the auction house’s offer to protect the soul their vaults until auction time, and will happily agree to a binding contract keeping everyone honest. The devil will remind you how seriously Hell takes contracts and will deal fairly with you at all times (the prestige and future business the auction house will gain by fairly selling this soul outweighs any advantage they might gain from trying trick you, by several orders of magnitude). Should you take the offer, you, the reader and the witnesses are invited to attend the auction. The GM will determine who the interested buyers are based on your initial asking price, and will determine the winner and final price.

Additionally, the reader and witnesses all gain the Soul Lock special ability, as if they were a cacodæmon. Soul gems generated with this ability may be traded (perhaps using contacts made at the auction), but harvesting souls in this way is considered an evil act.

Notoriety The outer planes nearly ignite with the news that this soul gem exists. Should the querent refuse the protection of the auction house, interested parties will definitely come after the soul directly.

Huntress

Huntress

Rank/Suit Crown (moons)

Influence Effect You gain a +4 luck bonus to wisdom.

Major Effect Rakshasas believe that each and every creature in the universe has a proper role to play, and a (usually) female rajadhiraja strongly believes that your role is to mate with her and produce her child (even if she has to polymorph you or herself to do so). You, the reader and the witnesses become permanently immune to any compulsion magic she might use on you, including her dominate monster ability and, in any case, she prefers a willing mate, so she must woo you.

Notoriety Militant religious zealots become convinced that the rajadhiraja and the querent will spawn a child destined to destroy the world (even if the character obviously spurns her advances).

Island

Island

Rank/Suits Court (suns, waves, wyrms)

Influence Effect You may spend a standard action to heal all ability damage to your Charisma, Dexterity and Strength. You may spend a standard action to heal all ability drain to either your Charisma, Dexterity or Strength.

Major Effect You become the center of a magical zone that extends 500′ in all directions. The volume within this invisible zone functions as a zone of truth (DC 20), prevents extradimensional travel as a dimensional lock and purges invisibility. This zone surrounds you constantly and travels wherever you go. Only a wish or miracle can remove the field; however, protection from chaos allows its target to ignore one of the effects (determined randomly) for two rounds.

Notoriety Anyone who enters into the island immediately associates the zone with the querent.

Journey

Journey

Rank/Suits Three (moons, waves)

Influence Effect You may spend a full action to instantly relocate to an unoccupied square within 100′. This works like dimension door, except you may not take passengers. The icon does not move with you.

Major Effect A consciousness inhabits your favorite magic item—preferably a magic weapon—effectively making that item intelligent. The item gains Intelligence, Wisdom and Charisma scores of 16. The item’s alignment matches yours. It is also telepathic and has blindsense. Roll twice on the “Intelligent Item Powers” table and once each on the “Intelligent Item Purpose” and “Special Purpose Item Dedicated Powers” table.

A similar, though slightly weaker consciousness inhabits the favorite magic item of the reader (again, favoring magic weapons). This consciousness gives the item the same alignment and special purpose as yours, and is likewise telepathic with blindsense. It makes its own roll on the “Special Purpose Item Dedicated Powers” table; however; it’s ability scores are all 14 and only one roll is made on the “Intelligent Item Powers” table.

Each witness also has their favorite magic item inhabited by a similar consciousness. These consciousnesses are likewise telepathic with blindsense and share the same alignment and special purpose as your item. These consciousnesses are weaker still, with each ability score at 12, and their only additional power comes from a roll on the “Special Purpose Item Dedicated Powers” table.

Should any of these items be traded or sold, the consciousness in them will remain with the character, migrating to a new item. Likewise, if the character gains more potent items, the consciousness may decide one of them will make a better home; however, it will stick with the character no matter what. A single wish or miracle may be used to banish all these consciousnesses forever.

The consciousnesses are all united with a common purpose, and telepathically coordinate with each other, without their owner’s knowledge. They will collectively plot and scheme to convince their owners to pursue their purpose, particularly if their Egos allow them to dominate their owners.

Notoriety Though the consciousnesses do not remember this, they were once a united band of sentient creatures (probably outsiders of some kind), united on their journey to pursue their special purpose. Those who knew them in their prior incarnations may receive hints of their fate, or recognize their current forms.

Knot

Knot

Rank/Suit Ace (knots)

Influence Effect You receive a +6 luck bonus on all skill checks.

Major Effect The deck is distributed among the witnesses. You are taken captive as if by an imprisonment spell with no saving throw. You retain all possessions on your person. Anyone who frees you will be able to place a geas on you (no save) and be granted a limited wish.

The location of the drawing ritual now becomes the one place where you can be freed (using a freedom spell). If you are good, the location becomes unhallowed. If you are evil, the location becomes hallowed. Within 1d10 minutes, an inquisition of six kolyaruts materializes, intent on preventing anyone from freeing you. The enervation ability of these inevitables is empowered. Anyone brought to zero hit points (or zero levels) by one of these inevitables does not die, but is similarly imprisoned (fully healed and offering the the same benefits to any who free them). Any of the inevitables which are killed reform within 1d6 hours.

Notoriety All beings in the world become magically aware that the querent has been imprisoned, as well as the consequences for releasing her. Some receive hints as to the location where the querent can be freed.

Leaves

Leaves

Rank/Suit Ace (leaves)

Influence Effect You gain immunity to bleed, paralysis, poison and sleep effects.

Major Effect You are granted a single miracle by either a deity you favor or a god of luck, chaos or fortune. This miracle functions similarly to the spell miracle when it comes to affecting rules and statistics, but can also change reality in ways outside the bounds of the spell’s effects—such as rerouting a river or ending a war. The GM decides what the miracle can and cannot accomplish, as well as how much of an interest the deity takes in you afterward.

Notoriety Those most inconvenienced by the changes brought about by the miracle are certain the querent is the cause. Some who follow the deity who granted the miracle consider the querent specially blessed.

Light Keeper

Light Keeper

Rank/Suits Pawn (suns, waves, knots)

Influence Effect You can see magical auras, as if under the effects of arcane sight.

Major Effect You gain a reputation as a prophet. At least once a day, when your conversation can be overheard in public, at least one eavesdropper will be filled with the conviction that one of your comments, however innocuous, is the key to some great life-changing truth. If you engage in any sort of public oratory, 1d10 people in the crowd will be similarly affected. Unfortunately, you have no control over which statements will be latched onto by the listeners. Affected listeners will largely rearrange their life in order to pursue this truth. Some will try to follow you anywhere you go. Others will openly worship you and do anything you ask (other than stop following you).

Notoriety As the number of followers increases, debates will likely arise among the faithful, as most of them will be reacting to different, possibly contradictory, statements made by you, which may even give rise to violence and schisms. Religious and political leaders may also react to a growing cult in their midst.

Lunatic

Lunatic

Rank/Suits Six (moons, waves)

Influence Effect You become enraged, as if under the effects of a rage spell.

Major Effect You become a natural lycanthrope, gaining the lycanthrope template, using a strong magical beast as the base animal. Which beast depends on your alignment: if lawful you become a werecriosphinx, if chaotic you become a weredweomercat and otherwise become a werebulette. In hybrid form, you gain gain regeneration 10 (silver). In addition, when in hybrid or animal form, if the moon is full or new, you become aggressive and irrational, as if under the effects of confusion except replacing the “dealing damage to self” result with “moves at best possible speed in a random direction”. Your Curse of Lycanthropy ability is more potent than usual (DC 20 + your Charisma modifier). As with all major effects, typical remedies—remove disease or heal in this case—have no effect on this affliction, though such methods will work on any you infect.

The reader and the witnesses similarly become natural lycanthropes, but of less potent magical beasts: lawful characters become weremanticores, chaotic characters become wereleucrotta and others become werebasilisks. These characters do not gain the regeneration ability but otherwise suffer the same condition as you.

Notoriety Those dedicated to fighting lycanthropy uncover legends that make them suspect (incorrectly) that the afflicted characters are the source of all lycanthropy, and if they are all killed, the disease will be forever eradicated.

Market

Market

Rank/Suits Six (leaves, knots)

Influence Effect You may increase one combat score at the expense of another, as if you had the power attack, combat expertise or deadly aim feats. If you make use of a feat you already have, you may calculate the penalty and bonus provided by the feat (but not the attack roll itself) as if your base attack bonus was eight points higher.

Major Effect Any time you dream, you may choose to enter the Dream Market, a place where almost anything can be bought and sold. You may access all of your real world wealth and possessions to buy and sell in the Dream Market and any transactions made translate into the real world once you wake. Non-unique magic items are present in abundance and even unique magic items may come to market once in a great while. More esoteric items, such as souls, magical creatures, slaves and even intangible goods like knowledge, emotions, memories and the like can all be found with a little looking. With some wheeling and dealing, you may be able to buy access to the market for your allies.

The market is vast, but bounded, and clearly part of a larger dream realm. When you first arrive, you are not permitted to move outside the market. On the other hand, passage outside the market must be available for sale somewhere.

Notoriety Any time you enter the market, ten random sleeping people within 50 miles of you have vivid dreams where they see and hear everything the querent does in the market, though they cannot interact with you or the market themselves. These people will remember the dreams, and may seek out the querent because of them.

Merchant

Merchant

Rank/Suits Nine (leaves, knots)

Influence Effect You may throw a gem at a target as a ranged touch attack. If the gem hits, it disappears in a flash of light. For every 25gp of value the gem had, you may adjust the rolled initiative score of the target up or down by one.

Major Effect You gain the ability to cast true resurrection at will, but only if someone else truly and willingly volunteers to die in the place of the being to be restored. Such a volunteer is entirely unmade, and no force, not even a wish or miracle can restore them. Any time you complete such a transaction, you take your cut, stealing a year of life each from both the volunteer and the creature being restored.

Notoriety Those desperate to bring back their loved ones may come seek out the querent, as will death gods or others involved in bringing souls to their final destinations.

Mill

Mill

Rank/Suits Eight (waves, leaves)

Influence Effect You may use the disarm, steal or sunder combat maneuvers without provoking an attack of opportunity, as if you had the Improved Disarm, Improved Steal or Improved Sunder feat. If you already have the feat for the maneuver you use, instead add +4 on the combat maneuver roll.

Major Effect Your touch becomes antithetical to magic items. You may spend a full action touching a magic item to unravel its enchantment. The item must make a Will save (DC 15 + your character level) or become a normal, mundane item. If you attempt this on an artifact, there is a 85% chance the attempt simply fails, and you permanently loose 1d6 hit points. Sometimes, this power works on its own: any time you activate an item with a spell trigger or command word, there is a 5% chance of unravelling the magic on the item you are activating. Any time you unravel an item, the reader and witnesses (but not you), gain a number of temporary hit points equal to the item’s caster level, though they loose one of these each round.

Notoriety Intelligent magic items who sense the querent immediately understand she has this ability. Most will not be pleased.

Moon

Moon

Rank/Suit Ace (moons)

Influence Effect If you cast a spell of up to 4th level, it does not consume one of your spells per day.

Major Effect You are granted three imperfect wishes. Each wish functions similarly to the spell wish when it comes to affecting rules and statistics, but can also change reality in ways outside the bounds of the spell’s effects—such as rerouting a river or ending a war; however, when the wish is made, some condition or caveat must be included which, if completed, undoes the wish. This condition may be totally obscure and unlikely, but cannot name specific participants and must be something that others (not just you) could do. For example, you might wish for something “until a drow queen dances naked with a priest of a sun god during a solar eclipse”. The GM decides what the wish can and cannot accomplish and what qualifies as an acceptable condition.

Notoriety Everyone in the world, no matter where they are or what they are doing, hears the querent making a wish, and stating the method of its undoing.

Mountain

Mountain

Rank/Suits Four (moons, suns)

Influence Effect You gain a +3 luck bonus to Fortitude saves.

Major Effect You become Colossal, gaining a number of size bonuses and penalties based on the difference from your original size. All of your personal items scale to your new size (with associated bonuses and penalties, if any). You also gain the supernatural ability to crouch down into a heap and become block of stone. Any creatures in contact with you when you make this change may take on the form of medium earth elementals, as if under the effect of elemental body ii.

In stone state, your features warp and meld to look like an oddly shaped boulder, such that only a vague notion of your original form can be perceived (like noticing shapes in clouds). You do not age in this form, and are barely aware of what happens around you. You may, however, summon a large earth elemental, directing it with your mind and seeing the world through its senses. You may become flesh again at will, though doing so dismisses the elemental and restores any who took the form of elementals when you changed back to normal. Should you fall to zero or fewer hit points, you enter this stone form automatically.

Notoriety Once tales of the colossal creature that can become a mountain spread, rumors will begin to circulate in mining communities that magical gems can be extracted from the querent’s stone form.

Origin

Origin

Rank/Suits Two (waves, leaves)

Influence Effect You gain a +3 luck bonus to Reflex saves.

Major Effect When a new moon rises (or upon some similarly periodic astronomical phenomenon), you may gain a perfect understanding of the history of an item you are touching, no matter how ancient, complex or epic. You understand all of its abilities (including command words, if any) and weaknesses. You know when, how and by whom it was made and the origin of all of its materials. If the item is a puzzle, lock or door, you know how to solve or open it. You learn the names and faces of any who have touched the item in the past.

Notoriety If the querent makes information about a famous unique item available to strangers, they will not believe her. Academics who have studied the item will come out of the woodwork to discredit her.

Pact

Pact

Rank/Suits Nine (moons, suns)

Influence Effect Any spells you cast gain a +1 enhancement bonus to the DC of any saving throws against the spell, and can be cast as if a particular metamagic feat was applied to it (without increasing the spell level or casting time). The metamagic available changes randomly each time the icon moves, but is one of: Enlarge Spell, Extend Spell, Intensified Spell, Piercing Spell, Silent Spell or Still Spell.

Major Effect If present at the signing of a contract between voluntary parties, you may place an arcane mark on the contract that allows the deck to punish those who break the terms of the contract. You need not be a party in the contract to seal it in this way, but you may be. Violators are hit with a bestow curse with no saving throw and which cannot be removed by break enchantment or remove curse. Further, once per day, when least convenient, a word of chaos (DC 25, caster level equal to the violator’s character level) erupts from them, unbidden.

Notoriety The deck wants people to violate sealed contracts, and will whisper in the ears of those close to the signing parties, attempting to manipulate them into breaking it.

Painter

Painter

Rank/Suits Three (suns, knots)

Influence Effect Each time this card gains influence over you, its icon bathes you in light of a random color (roll 1d8), providing you with a specific ability:

  • White: Fast Healing 2
  • Red: Fire Resistance/20
  • Orange: Acid Resistance/20
  • Yellow: Electricity Resistance/20
  • Green: Damage Resistance 5/-
  • Blue: Cold Resistance/20
  • Indigo: Immunity to mind-affecting attacks
  • Violet: Sonic Resistance/30

Major Effect You gain the ability to alter reality around you, as a painter might paint a canvas. Once per day, you may spend five minutes making a Craft (Painting) skill check to change your environment. The DC of this check depends on how drastic the changes are compared to what is already there. Minor tweaks (changing colors of tapestries, adding decorative foliage, opening a locked door, etc) are DC 15. Significant changes (adding an oasis to the desert, altering the weather, making a sealed door open) are DC 20. Major changes (turning a forest into a fiery wasteland or vise versa, turning night into day, making a room full of advanced traps totally safe) are DC 25. Impossible changes (altering the positions of the stars, moving mountains) are DC 30. This supernatural ability cannot alter, add or remove sentient creatures and altering portions of the environment which are magical increase the DC by 10. Any changes you make last a number of hours equal to your character level, after which the environment returns to its original state.

Notoriety Lawful outsiders who observe the querent automatically know she has this ability, and either resent her or consider her a danger because of it.

Penitent

Penitent

Rank/Suits Six (suns, wyrms)

Influence Effect You may cast paladin’s sacrifice at will as a spell-like ability.

Major Effect Each player at the table (including the GM, but not including you) selects an alignment other than your own, with no two players selecting the same alignment. The player gains control of a duplicate of you, changed to have the alignment the player selected. Any effects of changing alignment are applied to the duplicate (e.g. loosing paladin-hood, changing worship to a compatibly aligned deity, altering alignment specific spells, etc.). The player in control of the character may also change one feature of the duplicate (e.g. selecting a different bloodline, changing a feat, etc.). These duplicates appear at random locations within 20 miles.

Notoriety The duplicates all know of the querent and have reasons for opposing her plans. The duplicates also perceive frequent, irritating reminders that they are just copies.

Rite

Rite

Rank/Suits Court (moons, leaves, wyrms)

Influence Effect You may spend a standard action to heal all ability damage to your Wisdom, Constitution and Strength. You may spend a standard action to heal all ability drain to either your Wisdom, Constitution or Strength.

Major Effect You gain the ability to perform a ten minute branding ritual on any willing subject. At the end of this ritual, the subject gains a distinctive brand on their forehead and eternal youth (as the alchemist grand discovery). You gain three supernatural abilities over any you have branded. First, you have perfect knowledge of the whereabouts of one of the branded for each point of Intelligence you have, choosing which to track at the start of each day. Second, you may spend a full action to perceive the world through the senses of one of the branded, wherever they are and without their knowledge. Lastly, you may, as a free action, inflict debilitating pain on one of the branded, affecting them like a symbol of pain. Once per day, one of the branded, determined at random, may issue you a sending. When one of the branded dies, you take 3d10 points of damage and become nauseated for five rounds.

Only a willing subject, with full knowledge of effects of the brand, may consent to the ritual. Once formed, only powerful magic, such as a wish or miracle can remove the brand. You cannot brand yourself.

Notoriety Various contradictory (and all totally false) rumors circulate, particularly among marginalized humanoid races (goblins, orcs, giants and the like), that killing one of the branded and drinking his or her blood bestows some desirable trait (health, virility, magical potency, etc.).

Sailor

Sailor

Rank/Suits Four (waves, leaves)

Influence Effect You may cast gust of wind at will as a spell-like ability.

Major Effect You become a voyager on the inner and outer planes, gaining the following spell-like abilities, usable at will: ethereal jaunt, astral projection, plane shift. When using the plane shift ability to reach a location outside the Prime Material Plane you have seen before, you may make a Knowledge (Planes) skill check (DC 25) to arrive within 0-300 feet of the desired spot. The reader gains their choice of two of the spell-like abilities granted to you. All witnesses gain their choice of one of the three spell-like abilities.

Notoriety Any who see the querent, reader or witnesses arrive on a different plane immediately know their plane of origin.

Savage

Savage

Rank/Suits Three (leaves, wyrms)

Influence Effect You grow a pair of claws, which provide two primary natural attacks that deal 1d4 points of damage (1d3 if you are Small). These claws disappear the instant you are no longer under the influence of this card. If you already have claws, instead you may attack with them as if you were the target of a natural rhythm spell.

Major Effect One of your enemies gains a wish, which they vindictively use against you, the reader and the witnesses.

All players at the table (including the GM) present a suggestion of which enemy gets the wish and how they use it. (Take some time to think about these suggestions, perhaps stopping the session and pondering until the next one). The GM may object to any suggestion, either eliminating it or working with the group to file off the rough edges. Of the suggestions that remain, the querent chooses which one actually happens.

Notoriety The querent, reader and witnesses become immediately aware of who used the wish against them.

Sea

Sea

Rank/Suit Crown (waves)

Influence Effect You gain a +4 luck bonus to dexterity.

Major Effect You, the reader and the witnesses all gain the aquatic subtype and may swim at your normal movement rate, but loose the ability to breathe air. A gate opens nearby, obviously leading to an underwater realm, either in this plane or another, but closes after 20 rounds.

Notoriety Sometimes, when the querent, the reader or the witnesses sleep, they have dreams which demonstrate or otherwise expose weaknesses in the power structure of the underwater realm at the other end of the gate.

Soldier

Soldier

Rank/Suits Five (wyrms, knots)

Influence Effect You gain a +2 morale bonus on attack rolls, saves, and skill checks, as if under a heroism spell.

Major Effect Someone, somewhere (perhaps someone you have wronged in the past) declares war against you, dedicating themselves to the destruction of you and all you hold dear. Hot anger, jealousy, and envy are but a few of the possible motivational forces for the enmity. Your new enemy becomes extremely persuasive, able to convince others to join his cause. He also has an innate knowledge of not only your enemies, but the enemies of the reader and the witnesses, and will find them sympathetic to his crusade.

Notoriety The querent, the reader and the witnesses will, individually, receive flashes of insight related to the new enemy; however, these insights are sometimes flat out lies. For example, one of the witnesses might suddenly realize that a stranger they just met is an agent of this new enemy, when nothing could be further from the truth.

Sun

Sun

Rank/Suit Ace (suns)

Influence Effect When you cast divine spells your effective caster level is increased by three.

Major Effect You, the reader and the witnesses all gain exactly enough experience to advance to the next level, or 50,000xp, whichever is higher. Your bodies permanently glow, as if the target of daylight and you all gain a spell-like ability usable once per day: witnesses gain searing light, the reader gains sunbeam and you gain sunburst.

Notoriety Whenever the glowing forms of the querent, the reader or the witnesses are seen in a new place, whispered legends circulate about glowing harbingers of a new sun god. Some will fear this new god, some will embrace him. Existing sun gods will likely have some reaction, eventually.

Watchman

Watchman

Rank/Suits Pawn (moons, wyrms, knots)

Influence Effect You can see any objects or beings that are invisible within your range of vision, as if under the effects of see invisibility.

Major Effect The deck divides. You immediately gain the ghost template (with the Fatal Fate variation), becoming incorporeal and losing possession of all physical items (including the deck), tasked with defending and assisting the “card leader” (i.e. whoever controls the most cards in the deck). If one individual gains more cards than anyone else, you immediately know the identity and location of that individual and must travel to them at best possible speed. Every day that passes without the card leader finding a new card inflicts one hit point of damage on you, which cannot be healed until the card leader finds a new card. This damage remains even if you are rejuvinated, but is healed automatically once a card is found. If all of your hit points are taken in this way, you are destroyed permanently. If the card leader controls the entire deck, no more hit points are lost.

If the card leader owns the Watchman card, any mind-affecting attacks you make on the card leader gain a +4 bonus to their save DC.

Should the Watchman card be selected in any subsequent drawing ritual, you lose the ghost template become corporeal again, while the individual drawing the card becomes the new ghostly watchman.

GM’s should be aware that the existence of this card makes it possible (but not guaranteed) that one ghostly watchman already exists before this card is ever drawn in play. Such a ghost can be used to introduce plot elements, or in other ways, during campaigns involving the deck.

Notoriety Anyone possessing a card of the deck instantly becomes aware of the presence (but not location) of the ghostly watchmen if it comes within half a mile.

Wave

Wave

Rank/Suit Ace (waves)

Influence Effect You gain evasion, as per the rogue class ability. If you already have evasion, instead gain improved evasion, as per the rogue talent or monk ability. If you already have improved evasion, you automatically succeed on Reflex saves against an attacks that normally deal half damage on a successful save.

Major Effect A wave of pure chaos engulfs both you and the deck. The deck is scattered. You and everything you carry are destroyed (artifacts excepted). Your mind and soul are grafted into the body of an elder kraken in the largest body of water on your world. All of your stats and abilities are replaced with the kraken’s stat block, but you are in control of the kraken’s body and actions. While you inhabit the kraken, you gain regeneration 20 (sonic) and the spell-like abilities to cast tsunami three times per day and transmute rock to mud at will.

Apart from somehow getting others to cast a wish or miracle to restore you, the only escape from inhabiting the kraken is to destroy. If you manage to make five coastal cities uninhabitable, the effect ends: the kraken dissolves, leaving your original form behind, naked, but otherwise the same as when the effect started.

Notoriety When the kraken moves towards a new city with the intent to destroy it, rumors of its coming circulate widely among the city’s population. In addition, the reader and witnesses need only meditate for a minute to gain accurate knowledge of the kraken’s location.

Windfall

Windfall

Rank/Suit Crown (knots)

Influence Effect You gain a +4 luck bonus to intelligence.

Major Effect You gain 20,000gp worth of gems and jewelry. Within 1d8 weeks, evidence is made public proving you have the most legitimate claim to a specific noble title or other influential office. The GM will determine the nature of the title, including who might currently hold it.

Notoriety In whatever location the title holds influence, the evidence comes to light among both the poorest 20% and richest 20% of the population simultaneously.

Window

Window

Rank/Suits Court (suns, leaves, knots)

Influence Effect You may spend a standard action to heal all ability damage to your Charisma, Constitution and Intelligence. You may spend a standard action to heal all ability drain to either your Charisma, Constitution or Intelligence.

Major Effect You gain the ability to link to the minds of others. As a full action, you may stare into the memory of any sentient creature you can see, and view any one short memory you choose. This memory is revealed (both to you and the target) as it actually happened, even if the target doesn’t remember it clearly. The target gets no save and has no defense against this intrusion (not even mind blank or other magics), but stares back into your mind and may choose one of your short memories to view in return. This ability only works once on any given creature.

Notoriety Whenever this ability is used, one other being somewhere also sees the two memories, gaining an understanding of who the querent and target are, and where they are at that moment. If the exchange of memories reveals secrets, often the eavesdropper will be chosen from among those with a vested interest in such secrets.

Wyrm

Wyrm

Rank/Suit Ace (wyrms)

Influence Effect When you cast arcane spells your effective caster level is increased by three.

Major Effect You transform into a true dragon of your same alignment, replacing its stats and abilities for your own. Your dragon age is determined by finding the lowest CR rating for that type of dragon that is higher than your character level. (For example, a 15th level CN character might become a old cloud dragon or an very old magma dragon, which are both CR 16). You retain your possessions, but if your new body cannot make use of them, they fall to the ground beside you. At the same time, an amulet bearing the likeness of your new draconic form materializes around the neck of one of the witnesses (determined randomly, though any with an amulet slot already filled are skipped). Whoever wears this amulet gains the ability to command your actions, as if by dominate monster, without any possibility for a saving throw, ever. Should the amulet be destroyed, you are no longer dominated, but revert back to your original form. Other than a wish or miracle, destroying the amulet requires breath from three dragons, who must each have different types of breath weapon, none of which is shared with your type of breath weapon. Should you die as a dragon, the amulet turns to dust.

Notoriety Any true dragons who see either the amulet or the querent in dragon form become instantly aware of the connection between the two and how they were created. While many dragons will react with the same sort of vitriol they feel towards Orbs of Dragon Mastery, some will feel that the character is not a “real” dragon and have no compunction about using the amulet themselves.

Destruction

If the entire deck is assembled and then the cards ordered (first by rank, then by the first suit on the card), a dispel chaos spell will cause the deck to disintegrate forever.

Design Notes

The influence effects are not intended to be balanced with each other; some are clearly better than others. Cards with numeric ranks tend to be on par with second level spell effects. Pawns, Courts and Crowns tend to match third level spell effects. Aces are a bit stronger. Since these effects abandon you when the icon moves, their design choices tend to err on the side of being stronger. Unlike the major effects, influence effects are always constructed as a benefit; however, since the icon will move at random, this does not necessarily translate into a benefit for the card’s owner or her allies.

In some cases, suits are linked to abilities (moons=wis, suns=cha, waves=dex, leaves=con, wyrms=str, knots=int).

Major effects were designed to have an even mix of “good”, “bad” and “neutral” for the querent, 15 effects of each kind. This is somewhat subjective, however, so your mileage may vary, particularly since even the good effects come with some Notoriety. Wyrms are almost always bad. Cards with what the author of Decktet calls “sympathetic combinations” are almost always good. Generally, “neutral” effects mix things that are good and bad for you, but are almost always more good than bad. The “bad” in some effects (particularly the drawbacks of the neutral effects) involve reactions of others to the effect and/or providing knowledge about the effect to others. This is completely intentional. The main design idea is that life for you might get better or it might worse, but it will always get more complicated, often by pointing the agendas of other people at you.