I like this piece. Normally I despise story pieces as often the narratives get in the way of transmitting information about the character/ things. This was exceptionally done, so it mullifies my normal complaints about it (though it was a tough read). This has a number of great hooks and dramatic plotlines (historical or world current) which have an impact. The character is useful, and who knows maybe a PC might need to be the John Bloodycoat of his generation. Go to Comment
I agree with my peers here. While it was a good account of folklore, it was a pain to read. Not so that it was hard, as I could continue on without much pause in determining words, but reading text in such abundance in that manner is difficult on the eyes. Otherwise a great sub in my book. It rings of a political headless horseman. Go to Comment
Ah, the rogue philosopher is very close to my own doorstep :P
This is well written, and the decline of the Zhâo Wén Jûn in the prolog is quite poingant. While the idea of a elemental of culture is not new to me, this is without a doubt the best presentation of a intellectual/societal spirit that i have ever read. Go to Comment
Tarot Cards are used by Magic folks to predict the future (cartomancy). Since the present becomes the future through the interplay of elementally alligned forces, the tumble of cards can give clues to the way the pattern of elements will be in the future.
This means a wizard will have a deck of cards with them. Since cards were used to train wizards in legerdemain, Since they have cards with them, they frequently know how to use them. Guild magic users often have a knack for fancy shuffles, palming cards, and a variety of card tricks and games.