Anorost [Full Set Release!]

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Sun, 2017-04-16 03:34
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Set Name : Anorost

Abbreviation : ANO

Release : June 1, 2017

Set : 1 of 2 in the Anorost block

Cards : 249

Design & Development : Xenagos

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Scout -- Put the top card of your library into your graveyard. If it shares a type with a permanent you control, <effect>.
Since Anorost is based loosely on Don't Starve and Sunless Sea, I wanted to keep the main themes of exploration and insanity in the design of this set. Scout represents the uncertainty in exploring a new land and one's journey toward insanity while doing so.

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Horror counters (A player's maximum hand size is reduced by the number of horror counters he or she has.)
Another recurring theme in Don't Starve and Sunless Sea is the limit to the number of resources and knowledge available to players. What better way to represent this mechanic than a smaller maximum hand size?

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Solitude -- <effect>. Only activate this ability if you control no other untapped creatures.
When one is all alone in the wilderness of Don't Starve or on the ocean of Sunless Sea, the solitude really affects you. It makes you do things you wouldn't otherwise, which is why Solitude abilities can't be activated unless a creature doesn't have any untapped companions.

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Renovate (Tap this artifact and another untapped creature you control: Put a durability counter on this artifact.)
Since a big theme of Anorost is the ocean, there had to be Ships. Renovate is a flavorful way of having creatures you control pilot a Ship on a journey and accomplish something while doing so.

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Delirium -- As long as there are four or more card types among cards in your graveyard, <effect>.
Delirium is the perfect mechanic to represent the insanity players feel as they continue to survive in the wilderness of Don't Starve and the seemingly endless ocean of Sunless Sea. What's more, the exploratory Scout mechanic makes one's Delirium approach faster... both mechanically and flavorfully!

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Sun, 2017-04-16 21:29
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CRACK!

Wilson froze and whipped his head around to see what had made the sound. Out here, in the wilds of Anorost, the snap of a twig could mean the difference between life and death.

It wasn’t difficult to see what had caused the tree branch to fall. Only the blindest of folk could miss noticing the catcoon that was trundling quickly through the forest not far from where Wilson had been gathering berries. He quickly hid behind the nearest glimberry bush. Hopefully the smell of the glims will cover my scent, Wilson thought fervently. Catcoons were notorious for their sense of smell.

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Luckily enough, the ‘coon had it’s eyes on something else, and pawed off away from where Wilson had hid himself. Wilson breathed a sigh of relief and turned back to the job at hand: clearing the bushes of glimberries to bring back to Camelia.

As soon as he began, however, he noticed another catcoon go by, this time too quickly for him to react to. But this one was intent on something else. Wilson turned around, searching for whatever prey the catcoon was after, but he couldn’t see anything at first glance. Not really sure what he expected; catcoons had much more advanced eyesight than humans. However, with another glance at the swiftly receding catcoon, Wilson realized, It’s not hunting for something; it looks like it’s running from something. Escaping.

That was when he heard the explosion.

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Sun, 2017-04-16 03:48
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Cool. There's not much to go off of, but sunless sea makes me thing delirium is coming back.
Sunless sea is kinda weak, though. Maybe it's strong inside the set, but I can't imagine it triggering on more than four or five types in a good day.

Sun, 2017-04-16 03:59
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Note that Sunless Sea at best is 4 mana to get 8. It should be fine at 2 mana symbol, Tap symbol.

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Sun, 2017-04-16 05:17
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@Cajun and Simon: Yes, Sunless Sea's ability costs 3 mana symbol, Tap symbol. I based it off Nykthos, which was very powerful and could go in any deck. Unlike Nykthos, however, this is for a specific archetype, and of course I don't want any one archetype to be more powerful than the others.

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Sun, 2017-04-16 10:43
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Nykthos also had to go in a specific type of deck it was just that there were five different ones. I think it could be ok at 2 mana symbol as well considering it will most likely be doing nothing early game which is when mana boost is most dangerous.

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Sun, 2017-04-16 12:31
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Sunless sea? Is this Fallen London?

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Sun, 2017-04-23 05:25
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Yes indeed, this set (and block) is based on the video games Sunless Sea and Don't Starve. The main themes of both of those games are exploration and insanity, and those are what I hope this block to encapsulate.

That said, here's the next story blurb.

That came from home, Wilson thought to himself. He abandonded his berry-picking and began to run, retracing his steps. No, no, no… that can’t have been Camelia… right?

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As he rushed through the undergrowth, the thickly matted branches slashed his face. The pain didn’t faze him, however - the only thing he could think about was the well-being of his mother. He dodged trees, leaped brooks, and jumped over rocks and roots. How far had he gone into the woods? Farther than he had thought, to be sure.

He finally broke through the treeline, and the hot summer sun blinded him. He blinked the stars out of his eyes and searched frantically for his home. What greeted him was nothing short of chaos.

What had once been his home village of Camelia was now a raging wildfire.

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Mon, 2017-04-17 10:35
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Isn't a bit too much to be able to scout endlessly as long as you're unlucky?
Efficient Destruction is meant to destroy nonland permanents that share a type with any card in your graveyard or only with a specific one?

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Mon, 2017-04-17 14:25
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@Tempest it costs 1 mana symbolGreen/wite mana symbol to activate, so unless you have infinite mana you can't do it endlessly.

Efficient Destruction seems like a really powerful card, being able to destroy all nonland permanents for 2 mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbol. I guess it depends on how easy it is to get everything in your graveyard, but seeing scout as the first mechanic its looking really powerful. Maybe it should cost 3 mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbol.

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Sun, 2017-04-23 05:27
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@Tempest I use Artifice - it's like MSE but for Mac. That's where the card frames are from, and yes, they are beautiful.

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After a sleepness night of grieving, Wilson climbed to his feet. He stretched, sore after sitting in the same position for what seemed like eternity. The ruins of Hunter’s Keep lay at his feet. No one, it seemed, had survived. Except for him.

*munch, munch*

Wilson jerked his head up, instantly coming to his senses. Where had that sound come from?

*crunch, slurp*

He ducked into the shadows of the ruined building and crept around the corner, into what used to be the hallway leading to the kitchen. Peeking around a burned beam of wood, he searched for the potentially dangerous animal that was eating nearby.

“Chester?”

His pet portable chest turned its head and leaped toward Wilson happily, barking at him in recognization.

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“Good boy, Chester! Good boy!” Wilson hugged Chester in pure exultation. He wasn’t alone.

What Chester had been eating, it seemed, was an underground cache of goodies. Berries, vegetables, and dried meat were immediately apparent, and that was only the first layer!

He immediately began to chow down, not aware of how hungry his nightly vigil had made him. Chester joined him, munching happily on the remains of the dried meat stash.

“Despite how much food this looks like, Chester, it won’t last at this rate.” Wilson spoke through a mouthful of berries. “We need to find a reliable source of sustenance and shelter, and this isn’t it. I hate to say it, but there’s a journey ahead of us that we can’t avoid.”

He shouldered his berry-picking backpack and began to scavenge any materials he could find among the catastrophic ruin around him. It would be an indefinitely long expedition, and he would need to be prepared.

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Thu, 2017-04-20 01:57
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The booms began softly, not loud enough to hear. As soon Chester detected them, he began barking at the top of his lungs. Wilson, unaware of the dangerous booming sounds, shushed Chester and continued through the grasslands following the edge of the woods. However, when Chester wouldn’t cease barking, Wilson knew something was wrong. He put his ear to the ground and listened closely.

BOOM! BOOM!

Where are those sounds coming from? He thought to himself. What animal is capable of such noise? “Who is it, Chester? Where are they?” he whispered. Chester barked in confusion. It feels like they’re… everywhere.

The booms were now loud enough to hear, and increasing in volume rapidly. Whatever was coming was heading right for them. Wilson got down into a crouch, lay down his backpack to have more mobility, and readied his makeshift spear of flint.

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The ground itself was shuddering every time a BOOM was heard. Wilson could see the branches of trees and berry bushes around him rattle. Pebbles shook. Wilson’s eyes darted from side to side as he swiveled on his feet, still unsure of where exactly whatever was making the sound was coming from. BARK, BARK! Chester growled at a specific spot in the brush toward Wilson’s left. Wilson swiveled to face it, and none too soon. For not a second later, two large hounds leapt out directly at them!

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The first hit Wilson directly in the chest, knocking the wind out of him. oof! He swung his spear and met flesh. The hound howled in pain and leaped off. Wilson, heaving for breath, flipped to his side to check on Chester. The second hound, mangy and red, had its teeth around Chester’s leg, trying to rip it off. Chester was howling in pain, striving to turn around and sink his teeth into the hound’s leg. Wilson, from his position on the ground, heaved his spear at the red hound with all the strength he could muster, but it glanced off its hide, leaving hardly a scratch. The only thing that he achieved was catch the attention of both hounds.

The red hound loosened its grip on Chester, sensing larger prey. Chester whimpered, cowering in defeat. The black hound pawed towards Wilson, lusting for revenge. Wilson got on his hands and knees, his breath returning slowly. The hounds leaned back on their haunches, preparing for the killing pounce. Wilson scuffled backwards as fast as he could, only to feel the bark of a birchnut tree behind him. He closed his eyes frightfully as the hounds leaped into the air, two bodies as one, towards Wilson, and

WHACK! WHACK!

A spear came flying out of nowhere, sinking its tip into one, and then both of the hounds as they were in the air. Wilson, expecting pain but feeling none, opened his eyes in surprise. The bushes rustled, and out walked a woman and two men dressed for the hunt.

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“Greetings, young man. How ever did you find yourself in a situation such as this?” the woman chided Wilson.

Wilson, at a loss for words, sat with his eyes wide and his mouth even wider.

The woman chuckled. “Looks like we’ve got a realistic looking statue in our midst, fellas.” The men chuckled. “Look, pal, if you answer my questions, there’s a chance we can take you,” she looked at the sniveling mess that was Chester, “and your buddy here back to our village.”

Wilson snapped to attention. “Gladly, sir- I mean miss- sorry- I came from a few days that’a’ways, miss,” - he pointed - “from Camelia, that is, with my pet Chester- our village burned, right to the ground, miss, and everyone in it as well, miss, save for me and Chester, that is.”

“Not a statue after all, then,” she said. “Come on up, we could use the extra hands.”

Wilson, relieved to be in the company of someone who spoke the same language for once, got to his feet, grabbed his pack, took Chester into his arms, and followed the hunters into the forest.

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Wed, 2017-04-26 03:32
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EDIT: Changed Sunless Sea's activation cost from "3 mana symbol, Tap symbol" to "2 mana symbol, Tap symbol" as per people's suggestion.

Wilson woke with a start, opening his eyes wide and gasping audibly in shock at the THUMP that woke him. “GIANT!” someone screamed, and after that chaos ensued.

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“RUN!” Wilson heard, and he scrambled to his feet to do so. He saw a foot the size of a horse crash down on one of the tents in camp and cringed at the sheer power it encapsulated. Chester, Wilson thought, and glanced his head from left to right, conducting a quick search for his beloved pet before another CRASH jarred his body from head to toe. He saw the giant stoop down to reach for something with its fingers, and fervently hoped that that thing wasn’t Chester.

From the middle of the clearing that they had set up camp in, Wilson ran to the edge of the treeline calling Chester’s name at the top of his lungs. Each time he did, however, his voice got whipped away by the sounds of everyone else screaming and running and noises of destruction. He heard the crunch of branches, or bones, he thought to himself.

All of a sudden, he felt a softness on his thigh and a bark of mixed fear and happiness. “Chester!” Wilson yelled in happiness. He picked up the portable chest and began to run into the woods away from the devastated camp. He hazarded a glance backwards. The thumps and crashes had stopped, at least for the moment. The giant was concentrating on tearing flesh from a bone he had ripped from something that could’ve been anything from a catcoon to a horse to a person. It was a strange quiet - empty of noise but full of dissapating sorrow. Wilson didn’t notice anyone else on the scene - hopefully they had all made it out alive. He took a breath, shaking from fear and exhilaration, and sprinted away from the site of devastation.

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After a few hour’s trek through the marsh, fatigue overcame Wilson. He stumbled under an overhang on the side of a bluff and fell to his knees. The last thing he remembered before sleep overtook him was Chester’s whimper of defeat.

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Sun, 2017-04-23 11:29
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Wilson's first ability says attack with this guy, while his second ability says don't attack with this guy. It's a little anti-synergistic. I would suggest replacing menace with a more defensive keyword.

Sun, 2017-04-23 15:38
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@Simonbarsinister I had made two versions and that was the one I decided upon. What do you think about this one?

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Tue, 2017-04-25 21:46
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That's a lot more synergistic. I feel like he could be more powerful, though. Maybe draw 2 cards?

Thu, 2017-05-25 15:10
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Wilson woke to a growling stomach. Check that, two growling stomachs. Chester whimpered hungrily. Wilson blinked the sleep out of his eyes, then jerked awake, remembering the events of yesterday. I ran, he thought, I ran like the coward I am. He frowned, wondering who out of their group had survived. His empty stomach interrupted his reverie, however, and he jumped to his feet, eager to search for some woodland grub.

After a few mouthfuls of glimberries off a nearby bush and a few wild carrots he found in the ground, he and Chester felt like they could face the world. As he headed toward another glimberry bush, though, Wilson felt the ground shift beneath him. He stopped, quivering. Chester bounced toward him, unaware of the unstable ground Wilson was standing on. “Chester, no!” Wilson shouted, but it was too late. the extra weight of Chester’s small body was enough to open the sinkhole chasm they had been standing on.

Wilson and Chester fell into darkness.

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SPLASH!

It wasn’t long before the two felt a layer of water cushion their fall. Wilson sunk deep, thrashing his arms and legs. It was difficult to tell up from down in the darkness of the underground ocean. He opened his eyes to orient himself, and found himself face to face with the ugliest sea creature he’d ever seen in his life. He felt his lungs tighten as he began to breathe in the salty ocean water, and then darkness.

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The next thing Wilson remembered was the feel of stones against his body and the soft splash of waves against his face. He struggled to open his eyes against the crust of salt that had formed on his eyelids Reaching up to brush his eyes clean, he suddenly doubled over, coughing up seawater. After emptying what seemed like tons of bile and seawater, Wilson’s stomach was finally empty, but he couldn’t get the taste of salt out of his mouth.

He blinked the last of the salt and dirt out of his eyes and hazarded a look around. What he saw stunned him. Lit by the glow of thousands of crystals on the cave ceiling was a city.

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Sun, 2017-05-21 02:04
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I've been going slow with the spoilers but today is a big post!

Boats to each side, as far as the eye could see. Given, because of the darkness, Wilson couldn’t see very far, but the number of ships in the harbor he was in astounded him nonetheless.

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EDIT: Armored Boat now requires twenty counters to win the game (reduced from fifty)

As Wilson stepped closer and closer to the docks, the muffled hustle and bustle of the harbor’s market square grew in volume. He walked slowly past colossal ships that floated in the docks, as well as smaller dinghies at the piers.

He noticed a rugged woman wearing a pirateer’s hat standing next to a huge ship with colossal sails. She was shouting as loud as the hustle and bustle around her would let her, just loud enough for Wilson to make out what she was saying as he walked closer.

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“Step up, come one, come all! Aelna the Pirateer is looking to recruit a crew for an expedition, and you might be exactly what she’s lookinf for! Pull your pants up and get ready for an adventure like no other on the high (actually low) seas!”

This might be axactly what I need, Wilson thought to himself, to clear my mind of recent events… He took a step towards the pirateer recruiter, raising his eyes to meet hers.

“Looks like we have a volunteer!” The pirateer locked eyes with Wilson. ”What’s your name, son, and why do you think you’re someone we need for this trip?” Wilson paused, at a loss for words in the presence of this intimidating woman. “Wilson,” he stuttered. “My name is Wilson and…” He paused again. “I have a destiny to fulfill.” She burst into laughter. “Aelna’s going to like that one. That’s a hoot.” Then Wilson heard a voice. “What am I going to like?”

Wilson looked upwards sharply. Walking down the gangplank was a startling brunette with a saucy gait. “Captain Aelna!” the recruiter saluted playfully. “This young man here says his reason for travel is… to fulfill his destiny!” she chuckled again, then stopped when she realized Aelna hadn’t joined in. “Is that right?” Aelna cocked an eyebrow. “Come aboard, young man. That’s my reason too.”

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Sun, 2017-04-30 05:21
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I don't think Fallen Caves should have to enter the battlefield tapped, because you only have a chance of getting the second color, meaning it already has a drawback for being a dual colored land.

Also you are aware that The Sea Legs will exile anything that would be normally cast as well? Or permanents that get destroyed? also anytime you use the Scout mechanic, right?

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Sun, 2017-04-30 05:38
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If it didn't enter tapped then it'd be better than a Plains.

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Mon, 2017-05-01 16:51
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@MadLuckKingg what Herzi said. Also I was worried about The Sea Legs being too powerful so I think that aspect of it is a drawback that keeps it in check.

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Thu, 2017-05-04 04:02
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After a couple days of hectic preparing for the voyage - including recruiting more pirateers, stocking the cupboards with grub, and testing the ropes to see if they were seaworthy (and replacing those that weren’t), Wilson and his fellow crewmates set sail. Aelna stood at the helm and let out a whoop!

“Onwards ladies and gents, fellow pirateers! To our awaiting destiny! To freedom!”

The crew cheered in accompaniment.

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The weather was perfect to sail on - sunny with barely a cloud in the sky, and a light breeze to set them on their way. However, when Aelna turned away from the rest of the crew, Wilson could have sworn he saw a shadow cross her face, a momentary grimace of fear.

She yelled “Avast! To your stations, pirateers! I want us to Stranty-Town in a week’s time, so we'd better get going!” and made her way across the deck to retreat to her quarters.

Wilson, manning the mainsail rope, overheard her mumbling to herself incoherently. He couldn’t make out any definite words from the trickle of mumbling that he heard, but he knew one thing for certain - he heard the name Maxwell.

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Thu, 2017-05-04 05:54
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Longshanks Gunner's ability doesn't really feel red or white

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Mon, 2017-05-15 23:24
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It's been a busy couple of weeks, and my presence on the forums has been spotty... but it's finally time for another story update. Also, @Herzi, both red and white get conditional removal... It may be a bit of a color pie bend now that I think about it but it seems fine to me especially because flavor.

HURRGGLLGH!

Wilson heaved up the remains of his last meal and watched from half-closed eyes, mouth hanging open, as the bilge and stomach acid splashed into the ocean next to the ship. It trailed away towards the back of the ship to join the wake as they pushed forward into the great unknown waters.

Ugh… it’s been two weeks and I’m still seasick… Wilson closed his eyes and groaned. He knelt on the deck of the ship and began to crawl painstakingly back to his quarters. It took ages, but after he crawled underneath his bedsheets he immediately fell into the darkness of sleep.

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He started falling.

He got a short glimpse of the marshy forest he had come from before darkness consumed his view. Only this time, his fall wasn’t as short as it was when he fell into the ocean last time. It went on and on. Endless darkness, endless feeling of wind rushing past his face as he fell deeper and deeper into nothing.

It began as a whisper - so quiet he had to check whether he had actually heard it. A small chuckle - maniacal, like nothing he had ever heard before. As the wind rushing past him became faster and faster, the chuckles became louder and louder until they evolved into a fully fledged villainous laugh.He twisted around in the darkness, turning his head every which way to see who or what was making the dreadfully terrifying sound. As he turned his head to look the other way, a veiled face loomed out of the darkness, mouth open in a maniacal smile. Wilson opened his mouth in a silent scream as the mysterious face grew larger and larger, enveloping him in its evil aura—

Wilson gasped awake, lurching upright in his bed. His breath came quick and ragged.

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“You ok?” his crewmate in the bed above his asked.

“Nightmare,” responded Wilson.

“I knew it,” his colleague said. “Everyone’s been having them. Aelna says to report any suspicious dream activity - this ship is governed by strange presences at night, and she’s not one to ignore them.”

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Wilson tossed his legs over the side of the bed and stood up shakily, his breathing slowing from its previously frenetic pace. “Is that right?” he raised his eyebrows. “I’ll have to ask her about it.”

Wilson made it a point to sit near Aelna at the crew’s next meal all together. When he brought up the topic of his nightmare, she nodded gravely. “I’ve always believed that Blue Prophets govern the air during the night. They know everyone’s future, you know— and it’s up to them if you’re allowed to know it or not.”

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Wilson elaborated on his dreadful dream - falling endlessly, maniacal laughter, and the looming face of veils. Aelna looked at him the entire time he was telling his story, her gaze becoming more and more intent. After he finished telling his nightmare, she had only one response.

“Now that is something. You just described the very same dream that I’ve been having… almost every night since the beginning of the voyage.”

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Mon, 2017-05-15 23:20
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Just want to say I really like the story so far and Renovate mechanic!


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Tue, 2017-05-16 01:40
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I like what you are doing here with the story and horror counters. I have toyed with the idea of horror counters and effecting the hand size is really elegant. Only issue is aggro doesn't care but whatever.

Wilson, as a character doesn't really feel black OR menacing? Are we getting to that?

So Armored Boat takes like fifty turns to win right? That seems a bit much...

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Wed, 2017-05-17 05:16
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Thanks @Zephyr!

@Guitarweeps Wilson doesn't really seem black or menacing in the story - that's a fair point. His card design may have come about before I really knew where the story was leading. Maybe I made him like that because many things seem black and menacing to him?

Armored Boat is hard to win with because of effects like Proliferate and Unwinding Clock - better to be safe than sorry (especially because it's difficult to be removed).

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Wed, 2017-05-17 05:21
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Low-sanity Wilson might act more in line with Black mana symbol in terms of mentality; as is he seems relatively stable as far as I can tell.


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Wed, 2017-05-17 10:05
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Twenty counters would probably be both fine and almost impossible to win with even with help.

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Mon, 2017-05-29 03:24
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@GuitarWeeps I designed it with Darksteel Citadel in mind. Since you can get Armored Boat out three turns before and it has hexproof, I think it should be more than Citadel requires. That said, Citadel was never really a powerhouse. I do agree that fifty is too much - I will reduce it to twenty-five or twenty. We'll see what feels right.

Today I have for y'all an album of cards invloving sea occurences. Wilson, Aelna, and their crewmates are perilously following their destiny towards what awaits them at the other side of the ocean. (Oh, and I should mention - Chester is still alive and well. I haven't been focusing on him as much in the later story tidbits, but for the most part he's been cowering helplessly in Wilson's quarters feeling seasick and oh so sorry he ever went on the boat. I'm sure he'll get used to the ocean with a little more time.) The ocean's a large place, and on Anorost, huge monsters populate its depths. Islands pop up every so often - each one with a different civilization and a different story to tell. Let's see if you can figure out what events occur on the voyage from these cards. There are many, for the ocean is virtually endless, and their voyage is a long one.


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EDIT 2: Added "If that spell is countered this way, put it on top of its owner's library instead of into that player's graveyard." to Drift Astray

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Sat, 2017-05-20 05:25
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Coastal Divination really doesn't need to be that weak, imo. It could be instant-speed.

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Sun, 2017-05-21 02:06
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@Guitar Twenty is indeed a better target, now that I think about it. Changed.

@fluffy I totally agree, but as they say, all sets must have their good cards and bad cards.

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Sun, 2017-05-21 14:14
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Coastal Divination is actually a really lit design b/c Delirium decks want Catalog and Solitude decks want Divination

I'm more concerned with 1 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlack mana symbol Contradiction

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Mon, 2017-05-29 03:05
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@jacqui you mean Contradict but yes that's a good point. What if I change it to "If Black mana symbol was spent to cast ~, put that spell on top of its owner's library"? That may be still too powerful, but it's better...

Wilson awoke to the long-awaited cry for land. He leaped up out of his bunk and rushed to the stairs alongside his likewise excited crew mates. Chester barked unhappily as he was unashamedly bashed by the legs of the running pirateers. Wilson waited till everyone else was gone before kneeling down and petting Chester fondly. “You ok, little bud?” Chester barked ruefully at the sailors who had vanished abovedecks, but licked Wilson affectionately to tell him he had no significant injuries.

When Wilson and Chester finally made their way upstairs to the main deck, Wilson could immediately sense something was amiss. The crew was gathered on one side of the ship looking at each other and at something across the water to the ship’s port side. What is was, Wilson couldn’t see because of the mass of crew members that obstructed his view. Apprehensive whispers circulated around the deck - those were definitely audible.

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“What is it? What’s wrong?” Wilson poked the pirateer closest to him - a woman at the edge of the crowd standing on her tiptoes to see what had been announced as land.

“Take a look,” she responded, and gave up her tiptoe spot in the crowd.

The pristine blue sky above came to a jagged end in front of them. What took its place was swirling dark gray mists. Purple tendrils wove through its midst, and darker shadows appeared on its surface, moved for short distances, and dissapeared. Even though the sun was at its height, its rays couldn’t pierce the unnatural mists.

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Wilson overheard a crewmate whisper shiveringly, “Those shadows… they look monstruous. I’ve heard tales of beasts the size of buildings across the sea. Giants. These must be what they were talking about!” Wilson shivered in kind.

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“Up and at ‘em, folks!” Aelna’s voice cut through the anxiety of the crowd. ”That’s our destination! Get those rowboats ready!” If Aelna had any misgivings about the situation, she hid them well.

The crew shuffled off, each to their assigned posts. “Look more lively than that, people!” Aelna shouted. ”I didn’t sign you on to swab the decks! Y’all are supposed to be mean sailors, ready to face whatever horrors the sea throws at’chu! Let’s see some enthusiasm!” Aelna raised her sword in the air.

The crew let out a ragged cheer, raising swords, revolvers, and pirateer hats into the air, and began preparing the ship’s rowboats for the trip inland. However, even with all of the preparations to keep his mind busy with, Wilson couldn’t shake one thing out of his mind. The mysterious tendrils of mist they were about to row into were exactly the same ones from his nightmare.

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Mon, 2017-05-29 03:14
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Wilson’s torch sputtered in the ever encroaching mists. The purple tendrils wisped toward the flickering light, threatening to steal away every last bit of it, but Wilson and his fellow pirateers swatted it away vigilantly. One of them proffered a lantern to Wilson, who relit his improvised torch gratefully with the lantern’s light.

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They had been waiting for nearly an hour now for all of the separate groups to get into position. As Wilson’s torch flamed into greater life once again, he heard a whisper from behind him. He turned his head to see who it was, but he couldn’t see anything but mist.

“That was the go signal,” one of his crew mates whispered. “It’s ambush time.”

They began rowing with vigor, knowing that their crewmates would be waiting on the other side. Suddenly, they broke free of the suffocating vapors and found themselves blinking in the stark light of oceanic evening. To their left and to their right, row boats full of pirateers were doing the same. The cloud of mist stopped abruptly in the middle of the ocean to make sure the ominous black ship in front of them could operate smoothly. Wilson and his fellow crew members snuffed out their lanterns and torches alike - they wouldn't need them in broad daylight.

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Its wooden sides were covered in tar, leaving room only for the holes cannons poked out of. Its sails fluttered on an empty breeze as the pirateer row boats glided towards it. Aelna was already climbing silently up its hull.

Finally, thought Wilson, this adventure can come to its resolution, and followed a fellow crew member up a sturdy rope. PIrateers on either side were doing the same, carrying swords, spears, and revolvers. Wilson knew there were more on the other side. Whoever was on this ship would soon come to a bitter end.

“Avast!” Wilson heard the shout from above him and felt the rope swing as the pirateer who was at the top jump on board to engage the enemy. He was the fifth one down, but that was soon to change. One by one they climbed on board, screaming cries of war.

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And it was Wilson’s turn. He swung, let go of the rope, up and over the railing he went, straight into the mouth of chaos. Pirateers slashed at each other left to right, some with swords locked in melee combat, some firing pistol rounds at each other. Wilson couldn’t tell who was who, enemy or ally. He jumped to avoid a low-cutting blade, reflexes tingling. HIs pirateer training for the last few weeks hadn’t been in vain. He stabbed blindly at the pirateer who had swung, and felt his blade slice something fleshy. He pulled away with a start as a pistol shot rung out only inches from his ear, and swung his head to see a bloody body hit the deck. It wasn’t alone - many others littered the floor. Wilson could only assume that most of them were enemies, since they had obviously been surprised by the ambush attack.

Wilson ducked to avoid another cutlass and felt the whipping wind of it above him Lost more than a few hairs that time, he thought. I’ve got to be more aware. He thrust his sword into the boot of the pirateer who had swung at him and was rewarded with a squeal of pain. It’s the small victories.

Then Wilson felt his feet being knocked out from underneath him, and he toppled to the deck roughly. His breath was knocked out of his lungs in the same instant his sword was knocked out of his hand. It skittered away through the legs of so many battling pirateers, knocking against the wood of the mast. Wilson gasped for breath as a boot clamped down on his empty sword hand. “You won’t be needin’ that no more, buddy,” rasped a rough voice as Wilson glanced upward, straight at the mustachioed face of a pirateer with remarkably large muscles and a remarkably bloody axe raised above his head. He struggled to free his hand from the iron grip of the man’s boot, but to no avail. He closed his eyes and bowed his head in surrender.

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THWACK!

Wilson felt a strong wind from the axe, but didn’t feel any pain. All of a sudden the weight on his hand was lifted, and he opened his eyes to see Aelna proferring the handle of his blade to him with a winning smile. Aelna’s other hand held her sword, which was thrust straight through the oddly lumberjack-looking pirateer who had threatened Wilson. Wilson smiled back as he regained his composure and his breath, and Aelna winked at him. “I suppose you will be needin’ that after all,” she shouted as she leaped into the fray on Wilson’s other side.

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Thu, 2017-06-01 22:21
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“Get to the bridge!” Wilson heard the shout. “Something fishy’s going on up there!”

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The enemy crew was putting up a fairly good fight, considering they had just been taken by surprise. But it was winding down. Wilson estimated that there were at least two or three friendly pirateers for every enemy one. Wilson took a glance up to the bridge to see a group of pirateers surrounding a shadowy figure, facing outwards in a defensive position. The shadow seemed to be emanating some kind of light - only it wasn’t light because it was black, pure darkness. Wilson couldn’t see much through the wall of bodies blocking it, but it was obvious that some kind of magic was present.

Wilson took a step forward - and was knocked down by a wave of pure darkness. The light level instantly went from mid-afternoon sun haze to twilight. All around him, pirateers lay on the decks dazed, as powerless as he was. His sideways position allowed him to see that the group of pirateers on the bridge were still standing, and that they had given way for the shadowy figure to be seen more clearly, illuminated by purple light emanating from his hands.

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“Maxwell sends his regards,” a slow deep voice resonated through the twilight. A figure appeared behind the twilight magician, looming upward into the sky, an inverse shadow of the shadow in front of them. A great wind moaned into existence, tugging at Wilson and every other pirateer on the deck. It grabbed them and flung them into the air.

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Wilson reach for the railing, scrabbled for the rigging beside him, but to no avail. He could see crew members struggling to do the same all around him, friend and enemy alike. The whirlwind twisted and turned. Wilson lost all sense of direction as the blackness enveloped him. He glimsped the face - the wispy face of his nightmare, he felt the purply tendrils of fear, he heard the deep mocking laughter, but it wasn’t a dream this time, it was real, and it was truth. He screamed, and as he opened his mouth the darkness entered it. Nothing was safe now, nothing was sacred. He felt the nightmarish wind, the sound of screaming - not his own - he felt distance as he flew through the air away from his friends, away from Aelna, away from his awaiting destiny.

He felt wind as he ascended. Descending now. Sudden pain. And he blacked out entirely.

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Thu, 2017-06-01 22:32
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EPILOGUE

Waves. Warmth. Sunlight. Gentle breeze.

Wilson’s eyes fluttered open at these welcome sensory inputs. His horizontal vision allowed him to see a sunlit beach with gentle pebbles and the green of palm trees. He then heard an unfamiliar voice and gasped awake entirely.

“Wilson.”

Not a scary voice. Not deep and mocking this time. It was gentle, motherly, laced with sympathy and lavender.

Shimmering in front of his unbelieving eyes was an elemental being. It (she?) loomed over Wilson as an eerie light-formed beast - wolf-like, but with the gentle demeanor of a deer.

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“Wha.. who…?” stammered Wilson.

“Your destiny has yet to be fulfilled,” spoke the shimmering elemental. “I helped you escape that nightmarish whirlwind for that reason. It is my gift to you.”

She began dissapating into the seaside sunlight.

“Wha… wait!” cried Wilson. “What is this… destiny… you speak of? Why am I so special?”

Wilson could see the faint flickerings of a smile play about her wolf-like face as her elemental form dissapeared into the morning sun.

“I thought it was obvious,” Wilson heard faintly. “Maxwell.”

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Wilson fell forward, his knees crunching into the shallow sands as the full realization of his approaching destiny enveloped him.

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