Cheating death is a most valuable skill.
The card artwork in the Glory of Wren theme deck does a great job of capturing the harsh gangland environment of Claypigeon and the characters who live there. But sometimes, there’s more to these cards than meets the eye — little stories hidden away in the artwork, where the same characters keep popping up.
Today, we’ll take a look at one of these little vignettes: The tale of the White Hood.
The tale of the White Hood begins the way lots of stories in Claypigeon begin: with a crime. On the card Daring Accomplice, we can see a thief in a white hood trying to pick the lock to a building, no doubt looking for something valuable to steal. She has help, of course: another young trouble-maker is acting as a lookout, keeping watch for trouble.
Trouble is indeed lurking that night — a Hired Killer waits in the shadows! It seems someone knew our thief would be about and enlisted someone to take care of her.
The killer strikes without warning, brutal and remorseless: definitely not the Wren way. He flees the scene before his dishonor becomes discovered, leaving the young thief and her companion for dead.
Back From the Brink
But wait! It looks like our thief isn’t quite so easily vanquished. After the killer leaves, the girl in the white hood crawls away from the scene, bloodied but still alive.
She finds her companion nearby, unconscious and similarly wounded. Wincing with pain, the White Hood hefts her faithful lookout over her shoulders and disappears into the night — they’ve got to make it back to their hideout and patch up their wounds.
The night was a failure, but the White Hood made it through — stronger and more careful after her ordeal. There will be many more nights like this out in the shadows of Claypigeon, but for now, our young heroine has succeeded in cheating certain death.