Cavalcade

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“Alright, I’m gonna assume this is the first time you are playing this game, PC,” Estevan says as he pulls out a deck of old cards. He expertly shuffles and flares the deck, showing you the cards.


Locations


  • Nomads (Available from 15:00 - 3:00)
  • Outlaws' Camp (Random event when searching inside the camp)


Rules


“There are fifteen cards split up into three different suits; Light, Darkness and Shadow.”

You see that each card has a small picture on it, and a color that indicates its suit. In the corner, you see a number on each card, and you ask the satyr what it means.

“Just in case you are like wolfie and have a hard time keeping track of all the cards and how many points your hand is worth, you can use these numbers,” he explains.

“The best card of each suit is number one, going down to number five in decreasing value.” Cale growls at the cheap jab, but lets the satyr continue his explanation of the game.

“You get two cards in your hand. I then place three cards face down, like this,” he explains, handing out two cards to you, Rosalin and Cale each, and placing another three in front of him.

Estevan:

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“You each place your bets - we usually play for small coins, more for the enjoyment of the game really - and you either call, raise or fold. Each turn of betting, I reveal another card of the house hand.” Saying so, he flips the hidden cards one by one.

You glance at your hand; one of your cards has the number one on it, and depicts a beautiful lady with blonde hair, wearing a crown and a blue gown - possibly a depiction of Lady Aria. The other one has the number four, and depicts a stag.

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The cards on the ground show a sultry lady with lilac hair and impressive assets, a maiden in white and a strange creature made out of pure energy. “The Harlot of Darkness, D5. The Maiden of Light, L5. The Avatar of Shadow, S1.” For some reason, the last card gives you an unsettling feeling.

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“The name of the game is to have the best hand, and make the most out of it. It’s a game of bluffing, really, but for now lets see your hands so I can explain the scoring.”

Rosalin and Cale show their cards:

Rosalin has three of Shadow (an old man) and two of Light (a knight of some sort).

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Cale’s got one of Darkness (a red haired queen) and four of Light (a white horse).

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“Rosie’s got nothing of value, so her hand defaults to the pair of five in the house deck. Not likely to win you anything, as it’s the worst possible hand you can get. Wolfie has more luck, since his Queen of Darkness gives him two pairs.”

You look at your hand again. If you understand the rules correctly, you have exactly the same hand. “Correct, you both have two pairs of one and five, and a four. Usually, this’d be a draw, but you have a special card, PC. The four of Shadow - the Shadow Stag - works as a wildcard. It can morph and take on the shape of any card, in almost all cases giving you a huge advantage.” Estevan puts your cards next to the house hand.

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“In this case, you’d get a threekind of one and the pair of five, giving you a full house and winning you the game.”


Scoring System


  • Least is a Pair

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  • After that comes Two Pairs

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  • Then Threekind

L4-Steed.png D4-Beast.png S4-Stag.png


  • Followed by the Mixed Cavalcade. That last one is when you have the cards one through five of any suits.

S1-Avatar.png D2-Slayer.png D3-Zealot.png S4-Stag.png L5-Maiden.png


  • Then comes Full House

D5-Harlot.png L5-Maiden.png S5-Dancer.png L3-Priestess.png S3-Wanderer.png


  • Followed by a Mixed Flush. This is when you have four cards of the same suit.

L2-Champion.png L3-Priestess.png L4-Steed.png L5-Maiden.png


  • Next is Fourkind - a hand only possibly with the stag.

L1-Lady.png D1-Queen.png S1-Avatar.png S4-Stag.png


  • And lastly Full Cavalcade, which is when you have all the cards of one suit.

S1-Avatar.png S2-Trickster.png S3-Wanderer.png S4-Stag.png S5-Dancer.png


“Finally, a hand with the stag is not necessarily a win. If I have a hand that evaluates to a threekind, and you have a pair plus the stag, I will win the hand even if your threekind happens to be better than mine. The Shadow Stag can take on many forms, but is thus weaker than a pure hand.”

“That’s about it for the rules. The game itself is pretty simple, you just got to be able to quickly evaluate your hand and figure out if it’s worth betting on. Everyone ready?” You all nod.

“Here we go then!” the satyr says as he starts dealing out cards.


Suits



Light

L1-Lady.png L2-Champion.png L3-Priestess.png L4-Steed.png L5-Maiden.png


Darkness

D1-Queen.png D2-Slayer.png D3-Zealot.png D4-Beast.png D5-Harlot.png


Shadow

S1-Avatar.png S2-Trickster.png S3-Wanderer.png S4-Stag.png S5-Dancer.png