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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Harrow of the Week: The Big Sky

Harrow of the Week: The Big Sky

We’re looking at the big sky, now… 

This week’s Harrow card is like a burst of sunshine on a cloudy day. The Big Sky shows two people in chains, one of whom has broken his shackles and is reveling in the beaming, brilliant sun above. The other person looks on with a sense of wonder and curiosity. The sky itself is mostly cloudless, allowing the sun to shine down on everything.

As might be obvious from the image on the card, The Big Sky is about freedom and casting off restraints. However, like every card in the Harrow, there is much more going on than the surface suggests.

The Big Sky is aligned Chaotic Good, a philosophy that combines benevolence with independence. It is the alignment of people who follow their passions, regardless of what society or the law says, and still remain of good heart. It is the alignment of rebels and visionaries, people who do the right thing regardless of what others say. Certainly, the man at the center of The Big Sky is such a person, happily casting off the shackles that have bound him.

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