Here Again, Gone Again

HERE AGAIN GONE AGAIN

A popular card game throughout the lands.

A deck consisting of five suits: talons, scythes, rivers, jukes, and the pantheon.

The first four suits have 15 cards numbered one through fifteen. The pantheon consists of ten un-numbered cards, depicting gods.

The Pantheon, from highest to lowest ranked:
King Lional the Benevolant (replaced Arbus, God of the Sun)
Gavrielle, Lady of Justice
Jopha, God of Strength (tied in importance)
Sacha, God of Cunning (tied in importance)
Bale, Goddess of the Harvest
Sandail, Lord of Knowledge
Goma, God of Indulgence
Zuriel, The Goddess of the Hunt
Arban, Lady of the Lost
Celore, Goddess of the Night

Players are dealt 3 cards with one remaining face down. Players are not allowed to look at this card before the last play. This card is called “Fate’s hand”. Betting continues for three more rounds with players being dealt an additional card each round. After the last card is dealt, Fate’s hand is revealed.

Jukes are the most valuable suit, followed by rivers, then scythes, and finally talons. God cards have no value on their own, but improve hands if played with other cards. This is called “throning”. Throned hands are ranked by the god involved.

Scoring:

“All’s Right In Heaven” – consists of five juke’s running, throned by the Lord of the Sun. By all sources, this hand has never been played unless Eversea sailors are to be believed.

“The Pantheon” – a hand consisting of nothing but god cards.

“The Dragon” – consists of five talons running.

“The Beacon” – a path of five throned by the Lady of the Lost.

Four Running – four sequential odd numbered cards of one suit.

Wave of Four – four sequential even numbered cards of one suit.

Path of four – four sequential cards of any one suit. (throned it becomes a “highway”)

Quartet – four of any number. (throned it becomes a “court”) ex. Lional’s court of fives.

Three Running – three sequential odd numbered cards of one suit.

Wave of Three – three sequential even numbered cards of one suit.

Path of three – three sequential cards of any one suit. (throned it becomes a “highway”)

Trio – three of any number. (throned it becomes a “party”) ex. Goma’s party of threes. (The Norvali consider any of Goma’s parties ranked just under The Dragon!)

Box – four cards of any suit. (throned it becomes a “Fort”)

Cup – three cards of any suit. (throned it becomes a “barrel”)

Two Running – two sequential odd numbered cards of one suit.

Wave of Two – two sequential even numbered cards of one suit.

Path of two – two sequential cards of any one suit. (throned it becomes a “highway”)

Duet – two cards of any number. Ranked by face value of the cards. (throned it becomes a “Marriage”)

Couple – two cards of any suit. Ranked by combined face value, then by suit. (throned it becomes a “family”) ex. Batu’s family of jukes.

If all hands are losing hands, then the players divide the pool equally amongst each other. This is extremely rare.

Bad Things To Get:

With the exception of All is Right in Heaven, and The Dragon, five cards running is a losing hand, regardless of throning. 5 jukes running is called a “Juke Fight”, 5 rivers running is called a “Flood”, 5 scythes running is called a “Blight”.

Five sequential cards of the same suit is called a “Maze” and is a losing hand, unless it is throned by the Lady of the Lost.

Any five card wave is called a “Storm” and is a losing hand. Not even the gods can help you in a storm.

Here Again, Gone Again

Desire and Derision LadyDM