Encounters at the Court

Delve deep into intrigues, rumors, and scandals present on any court deserving the name. Get involved in complex schemes and power struggles, entertain the courtiers, and partake in libations and discussions. Whether you prefer to witness, facilitate, or stop political upheavals, this deck will keep you busy.


Take a Bow

The crowd parts as the servant announces your arrival. Masked faces turn towards you, and heated whispers start when you take the first step into the court. In the crowd, you notice a couple of familiar faces – wealthy traders, nobles, career politicians, and thieves; all are making rounds in the hopes of achieving their goals. You breathe in the heavy scent of mixed perfumes and smile. In the dance you’re about to start, a false step can mean social death – but oh, how exciting the experience will be…


1. The Challenger

A shining sword pointed at the sky.

One of the guests had one drink too many and took to loudly insulting others, sword in hand, causing a scene. To your chagrin, though not surprise, the oaf eventually directs their ire at you.


2. Lost and Found

A bejeweled gold heart-shaped pendant.

A shrill voice pierces the hall, and the crowds disperse around you. An ancient matron points a finger in your direction, loudly proclaiming you a jewelry thief. As you raise your voice to defend yourself, you feel the cold weight of a gold necklace in your pocket.


3. The Sage

An open oyster full of pearls.

An ancient-looking sage bestows their philosophy to the group of eager courtiers, intent on catching their every word. Having seen a bit of life outside high society, you recognize the “pearls of wisdom” as common farmer sayings.


4. The Dilemma

A young woman in a yellow court dress.

Two coteries argue the values of cultural trends in high fashion. While one favors toned-down conservative attires, the other leans towards the looser, more provocative trend. They reached an impasse, leaving the choice in your hands to break the tie.


5. Cat Burglar

A literal cat hiding in the rafters.

You spot movement up in the rafters while casually strolling towards the buffet. Looking up, you lock eyes with a stealthy, masked figure putting their finger on the lips.


6. Old Friend

A man in a fancy hat looking suspicious.

You stumble upon an old acquaintance, though you never knew them to be fond of high society. They act strange, as if surprised to see you here and eager to end the conversation. You can’t help but wonder why?


7. Desperate Plea

A ruined colonnade.

An exhausted-looking traveler has been allowed to speak to the gathered guests. Her town was struck by a disaster and lacks the funds to recover. The wealthy courtiers could help, but the woman fails to convince them on her own.


8. Secret Police

A statue of a bald man with a hand touching his ear as if he was listening intently.

One of the courtiers strolls between chatting groups, never staying long. You hear whispers he’s the ruler’s agent looking for dissidents—right before he approaches you.


9. The Plot

Two chess figures staring one another down.

You overhear a group of courtiers discussing a plot to overthrow another noble from their elevated position. They’re unaware of your knowledge—perhaps you can gain influence by getting yourself involved?


10. Whodunit?

A smiling human skull with blood dripping on the side.

At some point during the evening, all the lights go off. When they come back, one of the court’s most respected members lies dead on the floor. The guards step in to begin an investigation, demanding everyone stay in the room until the murderer is found.


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Wayfarer’s Deck: Courtly Whispers invites you to delve into intrigues, rumors, and scandals present on any court deserving the name. Get involved in complex schemes and power struggles, entertain the courtiers, and partake in libations and discussions. Whether you prefer to witness, facilitate, or stop political upheavals, this deck will keep you busy.

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