Something about this smells off, especially coming from a known anarchist - but the bare-faced appeal to Obris' ego doesn't go unnoticed. "I don't consort with commoners," he huffs, "but thank you nonetheless. If you really want to impress me, come back when you're ready to swear fealty."
Taxation Engine Artifact , : Gain control of target artifact or enchantment until end of turn. , Sacrifice a permanent you control but don't own: Draw a card.
On Furtive Gift: Interesting! Missing a rarity (my guess would be rare for this), but an enjoyably weird little build-around conspiracy. 8/10.
"Ah, you are oh so stubborn - and so attached to the past. I used to be noble too, you know - but chains like that tend to melt in the fires."
She turns to leave, then pauses. "You're just lucky that I have a thing for stubborn fools."
Taxation Engine is pretty neat and looks fairly priced. It's also a perfect way to deal with a deck running Zedruu (or, more to the point, Furtive Gift). I give it a 9/10
Unfortunately, I intended Furtive Gift to be Uncommon (I left out the rarity by accident, and you had already judged by the time I noticed). Could you please revise how you scored that?
"You speak as though you deserve the respect you have yet to earn. All you have is by the strength another. A kingdom beneath a Rook promises to be as fruitful as the hair atop its crown."
Blind Ambition Enchantment - Aura Curse Enchant player Whenever enchanted player casts a spell, that player sacrifices a permanent. Nothing was ever good enough for the monarch. All was tossed asides for more, until finally, nothing remained.
Post by shiftyhomunculus on Apr 6, 2018 14:30:25 GMT
@ amechra: I'm going to leave my rating as-is, because any extra credit you'd have gained by including the rarity would be counteracted by the fact that I don't think uncommon is a good spot for it - it'd still be an 8/10, I feel.
Obris never needs an opportunity to talk about himself some more, but he'll still pounce on the opportunity.
"I am Obris Rook, Heir to the House of Rook, sometime ruler of a hundred kingdoms, son of His Eternity Veldan Rook IV, rightful Emperor of Elnoch, may his soul be exalted. The throne of Elnoch on the plane of Arrale belongs to me, and soon I shall reclaim it from the wicked Consensus and their treasonous regime. I respect no laws but those of my mother nation, no authority but my late father's, and I do not..."
This continues for some time.
Fate Tablet Artifact (was initially missing rarity and card type because I can't proofread for shit, edited for post-hoc reading) Players can't scry. "It shall be as it shall be, and never else." - Inscription on back of tablet
(Granted, this won't stop you from cycling the Journal, but it does make it nothing more than a four-mana cantrip.)
On Alabaster Journal: Pretty interesting cycle piece. This would get way too time-consuming to resolve if the scry number was any higher, but scry 1 is perfect for it. 9/10.
Obris raises a quizzical eyebrow at the lost pangolin. "What manner of creature is this?" he mutters to himself - he vaguely recalls seeing an animal a little like this in his father's menagerie, but it certainly didn't speak!
As they draw close, he clears his throat a couple of times, waiting for some kind of gap in the speech, until, at last, Wiejis seems to have finished. Not his usual style of address, but this visitor has caught him off guard. "I am Obris Rook, Heir to the House of Rook. You're in the Arena. Some sort of meeting place for all manner of strange folk. And I'm afraid that if there's any kind of pattern behind the goings-on here, I've yet to find it."
Bluster Doctrine Sorcery (formerly an artifact due to creator oversight) Each creature you control that's been the target of a spell or ability this turn can't be blocked this turn. "The more you do, the less they notice it. Do everything, and nothing is notable." - Jader, Rook commando
(A synergistic gift response.)
On Impetuous Inquisition: While I really like this effect, it's such a huge downgrade from Warriors' Lesson (granted, this is the kind of effect you wouldn't expect to be that cheap!) that I don't think I can give it more than a 6/10.
Rooks are not known for their even tempers. Obris has learned to moderate his, to an extent, but there are a few things which cut through that veneer of calm.
Any mention of his line's persistent male-pattern baldness, for example.
Liberating Cry Sorcery Destroy any number of permanents attached to you and up to one target permanent you control. Remove any number of counters from you and that permanent. Asren felt much better once his throat had recovered from the yelling. He felt much looser, more relaxed, and, strangely enough, his left arm seemed to have grown back.
On Blind Ambition: Probably wants to be more expensive, as compared to Spelltithe Enforcer. I'd consider this effect a bend for black, since "sacrifice a permanent" effects are usually red, but there have been enough Torment effects and the like that I'll give it a 7/10.
Armiger's Sphere - Looks cool and nicely priced I would say. 9/10. For my card's flavour, it's completely my bad. When I wrote Conundrum what I really meant was "Conundrum Quartz", which is a particular purple/brown gem, but, translating it from italian, I wrote it simply as Conundrum >w< I need to research gem stuff deeper (?)
"The Arena?... This is quite confusing... I haven't heard of the House of Rook. Must be... very far away from my homeland. I'm Morien, cadet son of the Duke of Avane. I guess I will see you again, if I am confined here.", he says, and so he walks off.
"You seem like a man adrift, waiting and biding rather than acting. Maybe this will help you set your course."
Compass to Glory Artifact Whenever one or more creatures you control become tapped, reveal the top card of your library. If a land card is revealed this way, you gain 1 life. Then put that card back on top of your library or into your graveyard. The stronger one's ambition, the more steady the needle.
"Of course, offered a challenge and all you can do is scream. And at a little girl no less. One who can't handle the taunts of a child should not aspire to a throne."
While it didn't impress Okus, it was a good counter, tho I'd try to reword that because it looks like you're destroying the permanent you control. It does get brought down a bit by the counter removal though, as it's really only removing poison counters and it does so way better than it should at 1G, likely even without the Aura clear. 7.5/10
(and re: Blind Ambition I was comparing Painful Quandary but black 'sac a permanent' is indeed rarer than I remembered)
"You want to rule, but I've seen you give no answers to what you'd do upon the throne. I may not have led long, but the lives under my command are more important than my own. Can you say the same for your would-be subjects?"
Tactical Map Artifact - Equipment Equipped creature has "Your opponents play with the top cards of their libraries revealed" and ": Scry 1." Equip
"Ya know, I know a guy named Rook myself. He's not like you though: built like a mountain, hit like one too, but knew a thing or two about artifice. Ya say yer lookin for trinkets? I hope this is acceptable tribute."
Emerald Soulstone Artifact , Add . ,,Sacrifice ~: Create a 3/5 green Treefolk creature token.
Post by shiftyhomunculus on Apr 7, 2018 11:04:39 GMT
"You will not instruct me!" snarls Obris with a dismissive flick of the wrist. "A Rook needs no tutelage!"
Crypt Staff Artifact : You choose a card in target opponent's graveyard, then that player chooses a card in your graveyard. Exile those cards. It makes sure the dead rest in one piece.
On Thaumic Reiteration: Costing is tricky, but I think having it at sorcery speed makes the current cost reasonable. Clean and potent. 8/10.
Obris sneers at the trinket. "I have my direction. How dare you presume that I would take yours! Still, this'll fetch a pretty price..."
Extortionate Deal Sorcery As an additional cost to cast Extortionate Deal, sacrifice an artifact. Draw three cards. In the technophobic realm of Khanzan, even the simplest devices command a healthy premium.
On Compass to Glory: This is questionable at common and doesn't work as well as it seems like it should with multiple tap outlets (since you're likely to hit a card you want to keep on top and render further activations mostly superfluous), but clean enough that I think it deserves a 7/10.
"You want to know what I'll do when I return? Look at Elnoch now! Plague, starvation, revolt, and a government too bound up in its own squabbles to help! The Consensus is a shadow of the old Empire, and it needs a strong hand to set it right. The hand of a Rook."
Perplexing Talisman Artifact You draw cards from the bottom of your library. : Add . "And all we seek is this: a world turned upside down." - Aleyano Drent, The People's Lantern, canto XII
On Tactical Map: A fascinating unconventional Equipment. Comparing Witches' Eye, part of me thinks it should have a cost attached to the scry, but I don't recall Witches' Eye ever being all that powerful and the first ability isn't strictly upside (since your opponent also knows their draws in advance), so this is a solid 9/10!
Obris holds the gemstone up to the light, appraising it. "A competent cut, no flaws to speak of... ah, and bound with mana. This will be an excellent addition to my collection." He pockets it. "What was your name again? I need it for my ledger."
Bountiful Levy Sorcery If an effect would create one or more tokens under your control this turn, it creates twice as many of those tokens instead. Obris called, and the provinces responded with vigor.
On Emerald Soulstone: I like mana rocks that still have utility when they've outlived their ramp usefulness, and this is a very good example. The activated ability could be a little cheaper given that you've already sunk three mana into casting the rock, but this is definitely an 8/10.
"One man can't save the world alone, nor can he rule it alone. I hope you know what you're getting yourself into - heavy is the head that wears the crown."
Perplexing Talisman: This is a neat way to get around the Map, and opens up a world of interesting with your own scry effects. Ever since Grenzo, Dungeon Warden I've wanted to see more effects like this, and Talisman is probably the cleanest way to do it. 10/10.
Post by shiftyhomunculus on Apr 7, 2018 14:26:59 GMT
Oof. Dropped the ball hard on that one.
He's really losing his calm now, breathing fast and shallow. "How dare you! How very fucking dare you presume to give orders above your station! You will not - you will - you will -"
Imperial Censorship Sorcery Search target player's graveyard, hand and library for any number of nonland cards with the same name as two or more cards in that player's graveyard. Exile those cards, then that player shuffles their library. "We have identified the patterns of rebellion, and now it falls to us to stamp them out." - Myckel Ress, minister of print
On Iterative Tutelage: There are very few situations where this card is better than Locket of Yesterdays, even given the initial price reduction. I think it's a 6/10.
Post by shiftyhomunculus on Apr 7, 2018 15:04:38 GMT
While your narrative of the five eternal Sins of the monarchy is most certainly compelling, it lacks the necessary nuance to elucidate the true nature of the hated Absolutist. For it is not any one of these faults that makes the Absolutist such a pernicious foe; rather, we must take his whole body of faults in aggregate, to convey to our cause that the Emperor is worse than even the sum of his Sins. Might I suggest, therefore, a sixth canto before your conclusion, to ensure that the importance of how these Sins intersect is not overlooked.
- Onach Ralf, in a letter to Aleyano Drent
I do not appreciate your efforts to improve what is already a timely and incisive revolutionary work. That you presume your rhetorical superiority makes you little better than an Absolutist.
- Aleyano Drent, in a letter to Onach Ralf
Aleyano Drent's Sins of the Absolute was published shortly after he was found dead in his study. His killer remians unknown.
- Olivau Corande, Poets and Partisans: An Anthology of Elnish Revolutionary Poetry
Obris Rook has spent 100 Valor to increase his Multicolor Level to 2.
"I think we started on the wrong stitch. You goal might be worthy, but the piece has proved disappointing. The throne will always be yours 'soon', the empire is ruined but the Rook never makes its move. What is holding it back?"
Curse of Hesitation Enchantment - Aura Curse Enchant player At the beginning of enchanted player's upkeep, tap target creature that player controls. The quest for perfection often leads to complete inaction.
"So, everyone around here seems to be interested in you" says a young woman with purple hair who seems to be surrounded by a sandy aura pointing at Rook "My name's Aylin, and I'm here to see what makes you special..." As she finishes speaking, the sand surrounding her forms a spike around her finger and shoots at Rook.
Impaling sands Land ~ enters the battlefield tapped. : Add . , , Sacrifice ~: target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn. Some places in the Multiverse are hostile, and willingly so.
Post by shiftyhomunculus on Apr 8, 2018 12:45:31 GMT
"Mark my words, I have my plans. The time is near, and, when it comes, you will understand why I have waited so long."
Khanzan Wisdom Sorcery Destroy target artifact or enchantment. Scry 2. "In time, you'll know you never needed this." - Ier, Khanzan hierarch
On Curse of Hesitation: It's like a tapper you can't toss a kill spell at! I can picture this getting really annoying, and that's a good sign for a Curse. 9/10.
Obris can't help but puff out his chest a little at the chance to be patriotic. "The law of great Elnoch is built upon the Salnen Code, that first set of axioms laid down by Monis I centuries ago. It is amended by imperial decree with the consent of the Council of Many, speaking for the interests of the Emperor's loyal subjects, and the Council of Few, speaking for the nobility. In times of great need, the Councils are dissolved, but only when we are sure that absolute control is in the public interest." Of course, every Emperor since Veldan II has ruled in a permanent "time of great need", but Obris opts to omit that detail.
"That's the law as it should be. Alas, not as it is under the damnable Consensus."
Writ of Amendment Sorcery Each player returns a nonland permanent they control to its owner's hand. "The Salnen Code is what we make of it." - Nera Vallenstein, minister of public order
(A friendly-ish approach, thus a friendly-ish response.)
On Caravan of Cures: A Vehicle with power equal to its crew cost feels kind of strange, since almost all Vehicles give you a boost in that regard, but this is a fun way of making lifegain relevant in a Lone Missionary kind of way. 7.5/10.
"What a welcome!" retorts Rook, pulling a mirrored talisman from his belt. "If you can't see what makes me worth your attention, you need to get your eyes checked!"
Disk of Warding Artifact As Disk of Warding enters the battlefield, choose a card type. As long as Disk of Warding is untapped, you have hexproof from the chosen type. : Target permanent you control gains hexproof from the chosen type until end of turn.
On Impaling Sands: Removal on lands always makes me wary, but this is close enough to Ifnir Deadlands that it looks safe enough. A perfectly solid utility land. 8/10.
"Trust me, my eyes are fine, and all they're showing me is a man who hides behind a talisman instead of facing a problem head-on..." she counters with evident sadistic delight in both her tone and smile.
Disk of Warding: really cool idea, but it makes me hate you for actually liking a card with "hexproof from" XD. Comparing it to Witchbane Orb it's making me think it could cost since it does less in protecting you, but at the same time it does give you the ability to protect your stuff (I love the detail of giving up your own safety to do so, btw). 9/10.
Khanzan Wisdom: Nothing flashy but neat flavor to a solid effect, 9/10
"Yes, there it is again, soon it will be time but soon never becomes now. You've got nothing but words, Rook, and you know that better than anyone else, don't you?" "You probably couldn't even beat a little girl in a fight."
Okus's Lash Enchantment When Okus's Lash enters the battlefield or at the beginning of your upkeep, you may have it become a copy of a creature you control until end of turn. "The flesh is weak but the mind is willing."
(Okus is physically ~a kid rn but hasn't bothered to work with the "disguise" when dealing with Obris)
"That's quite enough from you, hat. I'm not going to just stand by while you goad a grown man into hitting a little girl."
Chaos Snap Instant Shuffle target creature into its owner's library. Then that player reveals cards from the top of their library until they reveal a creature, then puts that creature into play and the rest of the cards onto the bottom of their library in any order. Chaos Snap deals damage to that creature's controller equal to number of cards revealed this way.
Post by shiftyhomunculus on Apr 9, 2018 18:49:02 GMT
Obris examines the curious plants with some trepidation. He's sure he's seen something similar in the imperial greenhouses, but he can't quite put a name to them. Ultimately, after a couple of basic magical screenings, he concludes that they're unlikely to harm him, and carries them through to the overgrown garden of the run-down manor he's taken up residence in, noting that he needs to seek out a gardener when he sorts out his staff.
Back inside, he reaches for a piece of parchment and scrawls a quick response, sending it on its way with a word of transmission:
"Your apology is noted. - Rook"
Vitality Exchange Sorcery As an additional cost to cast Vitality Exchange, sacrifice X creatures. Target opponent sacrifices X creatures.
On Crystalblossom Seedling: It's simple enough to get creatures to die that I think this wants to be three mana, but I do like a good unconventional token. 7/10.
Kirino steps in with her entropic retort before Obris has even finished summoning up his full volume. "Ms Oblay!" he blurts out. "About time someone stood up to this insolent whelp... what was it you said about her hat?"
Veilguard Seal Artifact Whenever a noncreature permanent becomes a creature, destroy it. "You are not to be." - Seal inscription
On Okus's Lash: An unconventional take on a changeable clone, certainly. Being immune to sorcery-speed removal is a nice touch. 8/10.
On Chaos Snap: Hrm. This may be more limited in targeting options than Chaos Warp, but the damage potential is huge, especially if you're against a creature-light control deck. This is a 7/10, but remember that defensive assists only score half (and you don't need to rate me).
Obris began a spell, but before it was done the empath's spell had already torn through the illusion and now followed through to knock Okus and the host off her feet. Even Obris seemed caught off guard. The child growled as Okus brought them back up. "Well done, Rook. You, or at least your trinket there, can see through a spell. Maybe there's something worth knowing in your head after all."
Veilguard Seal: While this would have been overly narrow not too long ago, this hate rock is pretty effective at impounding vehicles, tho maybe a touch too effective. 7/10 Lady Mapi
"And you again." Okus was growing too frustrated to feign subtly around Kirino. "You know, we're really not as terrible as you make us out to be." "I was never in danger, except from you. My fancy hat has always kept me safe, and now you're trying to take it! Just leave me alone before you really hurt me."
Attacker rates the assist cards, but shifty said exactly what I was going to so go ahead and keep that one (if you're doing anything off of this be sure to take it to my thread tho)
cajun and shiftyhomunculus "You've been talking to the hat, Obris. The hat is currently working that little girl like a puppet - it's disgusting, but I can't see a way to get rid of it without hurting her at the moment. And as for you..." She turns to Okus. "I would suggest antagonizing someone else. The Rooks aren't known for emotional restraint, and I'd hate to see Karina get seriously hurt."
She turns to walk off, and then pauses.
"And by the way, Obris? Baldness looks good on you, so I'm not sure why you're so upset."
In a moment that would have shocked and ashamed his ancestors, Obris stands completely silent and stock-still as Kirino walks away. Once she's out of sight, he turns, very slowly, to the one servant he's managed to hire and keep thus far.
He takes a deep breath.
"The hat! I've been talking to the bloody hat! A hat!"
There is a long, pregnant pause.
"I'm fighting a hat!
This continues for several minutes.
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Obris Rook has used his free unlock from reaching 150 Valor to unlock the ability to Call for Aid from Conspiracy: Take the Crown.
Obris ponders the question. "It takes a very specific sort to rule. You need to be certain that you're worthy. A nervous ruler, one who doubts their own authority, is worse than one whose subjects doubt them. Just look at the Consensus - none of them know whether they're fit to rule Elnoch, and so none of them are." He laughs, but there's barely a sliver of humor in it. "Even a rough and graceless king can prosper if he doesn't occupy himself with doubt."
Iron Resolve Sorcery Target creature gains trample and indestructible until end of turn. Draw a card.
(Taking your card as a gift.)
On Weight of the Crown: A very smart card, though the buff's big enough that you probably don't get the chance to use it profitably on your opponent's creatures as much as I might like. That's a very minor quibble, though. 9/10.