After seeing the new tarot deck it got me thinking. If you were to represent the various major arcana with masters from malifaux who would you use and why?
Since I'm currently stuck on a train and have had a few minutes I decided to throw up a quick list and some of my justifications for some of the choices. I'm stuck on a few though and I'm curious what other people think.
The other thing I'm curious about is if I someone were to make an actual tarot deck how would you go about displaying the the 22 major trump cards. In a standard fate deck you've only got twelve face cards and two jokers where you can really show off a bit of art without breaking the theme. I suppose you could dip into the 10's and 9's and maybe put a frame around the art so it matches the other moderate and weak cards. I'm curious what people would think about that though.
Anyways here's the list I've come up with:
0- the fool - the dreamer
The fool is generally represented by someone on the beginning of a journey. Generally holding a stick with a bundle of possessions representing untapped knowledge or abilites. To me this sounds a lot like the dreamer. He's definitely the youngest master in the game and is just now starting to really tap into his power. For the art you could also include a teddy/daydream following him instead of a dog.
1- the magician - Collette or Ramos
The magician is usually represented by someone who's able to wield the classical elements to reshape the world around you. It also generally refers to having the tools at hand to achieve your goals. There's also the connection of being a bridge between the earthly and the Divine. The straight forward answer is Collette since she is the magician of malifaux, but I think Ramos is the better answer. He's mastered his craft and his abilites and is always pushing to achieve his goals.
2- the priestess - Pandora
So this one might not be a perfect fit, but I think works pretty well. So the high priestess often refers to listening to your mind and you're inner instincts. Pandora generally focuses on a lot of the mental aspects of a person. Albeit to generally kill them. The priestess is also ment guide the fool on his journey after meeting the magician, which Pandora is sort of doing for candy. She's also supposed to be the sister of the empress which is...
3- the empress - lillith
The empress is supposed to be heavily connected with nature. As well as showing compassion and nurturing and other maternal instincts. Lillth seems like a dead ringer for the role.
4- the emperor - governor general, Titania, Lucius
The emperor is an authoritarian leader who represents strength, control, and structure. I don't want to use the gov, mostly because he's not a master. Titania is an option but I'm trying to keep along the gender lines. I think Lucius is the best bet. He's the second in command in malifaux and definitely fits the control and power aspects. One of the symbols in the art of the emperor is that the throne is decorated with Ram heads. Which to me just adds to it. I can easily see the picture being Lucius in his office.
5- heriophant - yan lo
The heriophant is supposed to be the bridge between the earthly world and the spirit world. To me this seems like yan lo. Since he is able to walk between the paths of both worlds.
6- the lovers - Seamus & Molly, the Vik's, kirai
Here's where I start to have some issues. The lovers are supposed to represent well, love, but also an intimate connection between two people. It doesn't have to be romantic in nature. Still I think kirai might be the best choice. I'm still not sure though.
7- the chariot- Marcus, zipp, kaeris,
This one I have no idea. It doesn't have to be a literal chariot. It's supposed to represent an upcoming victory. That when you combine your mind and spirit with your natural drive you can achieve your goal. So Marcus? Maybe?
8- strength - Ironsides
Strength represent strength of fortitude, character and courage. The art also generally depicted as a woman opening up the jaws of a lion. Seems like Ironsides to me.
9- the hermit - zorida, Marcus
The hermit is about withdrawing from society to find answers from within. Since Marcus might be used in the chariot I think he's out of the running for this one. Besides I think zorida might be a better choice.
10- wheel of fate - lynch
The wheel represent a change in state's. Whether it's a change in status, situation, or fortune. Seems like a good pick for the gambler.
11- justice - lady j
Justice is about karma and knowing your choices have consequences. Also it's called justice.
12- the hanged - jack daw
Again this one is pretty straight forward.
13- death- Nico, Reva
Death isn't necessarily about death. It's about things ending and sometimes about new beginnings. For a necromancer death is just the beginning.
14- temperance - misaki(?), Shenlong, Molly, Sandeep, brewmaster
I've got know clue on this one. Temperance is about peace and patience. Taking life as it comes and trying not to force things. Another interpretation is a play on temperance itself. Where one tempers themselves like a metal. The art generally depicts a woman or an angel.
15- the devil - lucius, hamelin
I really want Lucius for this but he fits really well as the emperor. So I think hamelin fills the role nicely. The devil represents a feeling of being powerless, like you have no control. When in reality you are bound only by internal limitations. Also tyrant, devil, same thing.
16- the tower - raspy and temple of December, Sonia
The tower represents a great upheaval or calamity. I think Sonia could fit well. Her ordeal with cherufea and it's lasting effects on her could be a good representation.
17- the star - Collette, perdita, Mei, molly
The star represents hope, healing and inspiration. The art generally depicts a person with one foot on land and another in water. I have some ideas but I'm not sure who. I've got some suggestions but none that stand out.
18- the moon - Seamus, Pandora, zorida
The moon deals with ones dreams and subconscious. It also deals with ones fears and inner doubts. There's also some mention of ones animal instincts. Since Pandora is being used for the priestess maybe Seamus?
19- the sun - I have no idea. Who's happy in malifaux? Mcmourning?
The sun represents joy, happiness, and optimism. It's a sign for things going well, but malifaux is about bad things happening. So I don't know.
20- judgement - Levi
Judgement is about your past and future. Reviewing your actions and making sure they are inline with your end goal. It's also a representation of the final judgement. Since Levi is the Crux upon which malifauxs fate revolves it seems fit for him to represent it.
21- the world -
The world is the end of a cycle before the beginning of the next. It symbolizes complete understanding of ones self after ones travels. I don't even have a guess for this one.
So what do you guys think? Who should represent which trump?