Harrow of the Week: The Rakshasa

Harrow of the Week: The Rakshasa

The smile hiding sharp teeth.

This week’s Harrow card, The Rakshasa, is one to watch out for. On the card, we see a strange creature with the body of a human and the head of a crocodile. It’s dressed in a sharp business suit, and it sits calmly with a cup of tea in one hand. A pair of glowing red eyes regards the viewer with unnerving intensity. Most disturbing of all, the creature sits atop the prostrate form of a naked human.

The rakshasa in the Harrow is a creature based on the demonic shapechangers of Hindu legend, but it is distinct from those beings in several ways. The rakshasa is possessed of a malicious cunning and a skill for deception. Its card comes from the suit of Books, which corresponds to intelligence. In the legends of the Harrow deck itself, the rakshasa takes the form of an old man who comes to a village asking for hospitality in exchange for knowledge and wisdom. After receiving food, drink, and lodging from the villagers, he asks them to bow and serve as a place to rest himself, and the villagers comply, having been awed by his intellect and advice.

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Harrow of the Week: The Tangled Briar

Harrow of the Week: The Tangled Briar

Every thorn has a rose.

This week’s Harrow card, The Tangled Briar, is a card that appears slightly foreboding at first. On the card itself, we see a mass of thorny vines and overgrowth covering the ground. In the center, a lone, tattered skeleton scarecrow rises up. Tied to its shoulders is a large sword. The sky appears to be overcast, as the skeleton looks slightly washed out.

The Tangled Briar is a card about obstacles in our path, but it is also about what lies beyond those same obstacles. The Briar itself is a dangerous thing, thick and dense, seemingly insurmountable. Within it, however, lies what we seek, and it is only by braving the tangled vines that we can attain it. The card is from the suit of Shields and corresponds to Constitution, the ability that covers endurance, especially if it’s physical.

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Harrow of the Week: The Locksmith

Harrow of the Week: The Locksmith

Are you the Key Master?

This week’s Harrow card, The Locksmith, is the person with the keys to every door. The Locksmith themselves is dressed in a form-disguising cloak and hood, although the hands and face that can be seen suggest an older person. In their right hand, they hold a key ring that seems to be made out of a creature’s hand, with the keys set in the fingers. Directly above them is a stained-glass window illuminated from the inside.

The Locksmith is, for lack of a better term, a mercenary of sorts. The card is aligned Lawful Neutral, so while the aim of the Locksmith is to help, they only do exactly what has been asked of them and nothing more. Likewise, they would offer the same type of help to anyone else who employed them. The Locksmith has no allegiances to anything or anyone except their mission.

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