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Deal 900: The Fisherman

In the end, there was no other way it could have come to be. But at the beginning, it wasn’t clear at all.

In my travels, I found I was always aware of fish. Fish that most people were unaware were even present.

I discovered that if I concentrated, I could find fish near to hand anywhere. Even in tall buildings or on city streets. Sometimes the source was obvious, such as a street vendor selling fish and chips. But often, the fish I could sense was invisible to others. I swiftly learned to keep my discoveries to myself.

When my motives were pure at heart, I could even occasionally hear the fish talking. Sometimes they had interesting things to say. Sometimes they were even helpful to me, either providing information that was directly useful, or simply pointing me in the right direction. Of course, the clearer the fishy directions seemed to be, the more likely I was to have misunderstood and set myself up for a bit of comic relief for others around me.

I swiftly learned that this was worse when I was not pure of heart.

And yet, it began to sink in eventually that the rest of the city thought of me as a villain. Apparently having invisible fish swimming around and gathering information makes you a particularly noxious villain no matter how pure your motives are.

It only takes a couple of lawsuits over leaked information before embracing the darkness becomes more attractive than continuing to defend one’s innocence.

And so I became what you see now. The Fisherman. Casting my nets far and wide, gathering secrets and holding them until the time is ripe. Blackmail is the simplest form of profit, made safer by my scaly minions who by this point are devoted to my well-being and highly unlikely to allow my victims any quarter.

And if nothing else, I will never go hungry.

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New Spread: Superpowers

What is a superhero or supervillain?

A superhero is someone who would likely be ordinary without their superpower, who also chooses to act. It isn’t enough to just be different. You have to also take action. The power need not be “magical” (whether of the sufficiently advanced technology sort or the other sort) but can simply be the ability to see a need and approach it.

The rise of a superhero is often matched by a supervillain.

So find the cards, deal five, and find your superpower.

That’s Super!

Every superhero has an origin story. Many have a secret identity. Most have some special means to transform from one to the other. With this spread, find a hero (or villain) in the cards, and tell something about their story.

The Deal

Shuffle the entire deck, reversing halves so that the cards are randomly oriented. Deal five cards:

  • Two cards: Side A. Lay out overlapping with the point up.
  • One card: The Difference. Lay this card horizontally, connecting A to B.
  • Two cards: Side B. Lay out overlapping with the point down.

Interpretation

The first pair is the A side. This pair describes our actor before his transformation, before his discovery of his powers, or while passing as normal.

The last pair is the B side. This pair describes our actor after his transformation, after his discovery of his powers, or while super.

In between we have The Difference, which connects A to B. This card represents some key element of the transformation, and as such, both words on the card are important.

Example

Side A: Loyalty, sock
The Difference: Stagnation—Transformation
Side B: Lawsuit, Untruths

Clarence, a laundromat attendant by day, transforms from his dull and humdrum life into the flamboyant bus bench lawyer by night. Witness the boredom of the laundromat, where nothing more exciting than the occasional missing sock or lost quarter ever happens. Contrast that with the high stakes and flamboyantly dressed underworld of the sleazy lawyer cutting deals with gangsters and arranging ransom for kidnappers. Sometimes the law just needs to clean up!