Friday, April 4, 2014

The Final (and Fiery) Knight

Early on, I decided that I wanted all my Knights to be women... not only because it's one (more) thing to set this deck apart from, so to speak, the pack, but because most of the riding acts in a circus feature, for whatever reason, female stars. Aside from that, it's Just True that women are by far the more courageous of the sexes. True, men are quicker to throw themselves into the path of gunfire, but don't confuse stupidity with courage. 

This card closes the circle and completes the cycle of four female knights.

As the knight of the fiery wands, our rider has a sprouting wooden riding crop, and I made the colors as fiery as I could. She has not yet mounted her steed, but that's about to change.

-- Freder

Monday, March 31, 2014

She Strikes Like a Thunderball

The seven of Wands typically shows a young man on a cliff-top being assailed from below by six staves wielded by unseen hands. Here, the figure is female and has been moved to the high wire, while the other wands are all around her, holding up the tent under which she is performing. That she is working without a net goes without saying. Still she is determined and unfazed by the drop. She has done this before. Valor, bravery, and as my friend Carrie Paris pointed out, bad-assery are what this card is all about. When you draw this card you face some pretty High Odds and a pretty steep drop... still, you will move from strength to strength with confidence. 

It's not the flashiest or most elegant design I've done for the deck, but it serves the purpose. 

Heads up! There's a whole flock of Royal Family types up ahead in the future of this deck!

-- Freder.