Origins Powers Decks and Artists
The true origins of Trump Artistry are lost to the depths of time. It was brought to Amber by Dworkin, who learned it during his life in Chaos. While some fragments of early writings upon this skill have been recovered, it give the scholar only a few tantilizing hints.
What is known is that Trump Artistry is a form of the lost art of blood sorcery. With Trump, the artist mixes a small amount of his or her blood into the medium, and there imbues the created image with power using the blood as a focus.
Create Trump - 30 points-Create formal Trump Image
-Takes 36 hours of uninterrupted work.
Trump Sketch - 10 points-Ability to create an informal sketch.
-Takes 40 minutes of uninterrupted work.
-Can be destoyed.
-Will fade over time.
Anchor - 5 points (Sketch)Ability to link a Trump to a non-card object, allowing the artist to then Trump to the object. Anchors will fade over time. Disguised Trump - 5 points (Create Trump)Ability to create a Trump image that is different from that of the actual target. Etch - 10 points (Anchor)Ability to create a Trump in some physical medium other than a card, such as a sword, statue, etc. Takes twice as long as a full Trump. Instant Transport - 10 points (Full Trump)Transport will be instantaneous when a place Trump is activated. Fast Draw - 15 points (Full Trump)1/5 normal creation time. 5-7 minutes for sketches, 10 hours for full Trumps. Gates - 15 points (Full Trump)Ability to create a large Trump that allows multiple people to pass through at once. Trump Memory - 15 points (Full Trump)Ability to memorize a Trump image, allowing the artist to then contact the subject without the card. Program - 10 points (Disguise)Allowed the artist to program a scene into a Trump. Often used by Dworkin as a Trump 'answering machine'.
Decks and Artists
There are currently four Trump Artists residing in Amber. With the loss of almost all of the original Unicorn decks, created by Dworkin, the new generation of artists have created their own. Most members of the family now holding decks have one of the following four, though it is not unusual for family to have cards from other decks mixed in, and for there to be some overlap in subjects amongst the decks.
The Sun Deck
Drawn by Luke, the Sun Deck is the most common deck in existence, and is the current 'standard deck'. It contains:
King Geraint Queen Caroline Robert Benjamin Olivia Caspian Faulkner Quentin Bailey Mariah Gwyn Jenner Delauney Sarah James (deceased) Hannah Luke Gen Flora Aubrey Christopher Remington Evander Arthur Caerwyn
The Owl Deck
Drawn by Gwyn, the Owl deck is mostly seen amongst members of the Church. The back consists of a dark blue field bearing a brilliant snowy owl. Cards in this deck include:
Gwyn Jenner Arthur Caerwyn Ben
The Bonsai Deck
Benjamin Olivia Caspian Faulkner Quentin Mariah Sarah Hannah
The Lily Deck
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