Harrow of the Week: The Cyclone

Harrow of the Week: The Cyclone

Stormy weather…

This week’s Harrow card, The Cyclone, is the embodiment of the phrase “force of nature.” The Cyclone itself is a towering, menacing whirlwind, complete with a pair of clawed hands and a pair of glowing red eyes. At its base, a village is being ripped apart and slowly burned to the ground.

Few things are more frightening than a natural disaster, since there is little we can do to control it, and it’s impossible to place human motivation behind its destructive nature. The Cyclone card at first seems to add that motivation by anthropomorphizing the storm itself, but that’s a little deceptive. The card is aligned Chaotic Evil, which is associated with acts of pointless cruelty, destruction, and malice. However, the alignment applies not to The Cyclone but to the perception of it and its behavior from humans on the ground.

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Harrow of the Week: The Liar

Harrow of the Week: The Liar

Love makes you do the wacky.

This week’s Harrow card, The Liar, definitely has something to hide. The card shows a monstrous creature called a lamia, which has the upper body of a beautiful woman and a long serpent’s tail where her legs should be. She wears a flared headdress, and in her hands she holds a bouquet of dead, colorless roses.

If you haven’t guessed by just the image on the card, The Liar is someone who should not be trusted. It comes from the suit of Crowns, which governs Charisma, the ability associated with love and emotional expression. However, the card is aligned Chaotic Evil, the alignment of selfishness, cruel impulse, and supreme self-interest. Thus, The Liar typically represents a deceitful or treacherous kind of love, or a love bordering on obsession, the kind that drives people to dangerous extremes. It can also represent an unrequited love, since that kind of love makes it easy to see the object of affection as cruel or heartless for not returning our affections.

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Harrow of the Week: The Inquisitor

Harrow of the Week: The Inquisitor

NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition! 

This week’s Harrow card, The Inquisitor, is rarely a welcome guest. He appears dressed in a black and red uniform covered in arcane markings, with chains loosely wrapped around his body. In his right hand, he holds a book overflowing with pages, and his right hand points with an accusatory finger. What little skin of his we can see his is a stark white color.

Despite his imposing demeanor, The Inquisitor is not a malicious being. Of course, he isn’t necessarily a benevolent one, either. The card is aligned Lawful Neutral, which takes no definite stance for or against the person he confronts. Instead, The Inquisitor is bound entirely to the suit he represents, that being the suit of Books which governs intellect and reason. To The Inquisitor, knowledge is all there is. It’s not his job to determine if that knowledge is right or wrong, just if it is correct and true.

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