|The Destinies of Serpents Are Written and Bound
A Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game spotlight by guest writer Marius Hartland
|Call of Cthulhu LCG | Published 17 February 2012|
“No good—those people. All under here, all under there, them old ones. Yig, big father of snakes, he there. Yig is Yig. Tiráwa, big father of men, he there. Tiráwa is Tiráwa. No die. No get old. Just same like air. Just live and wait."
–H.P. Lovecraft and Zealia Bishop, The Mound
The Uroborus is a symbol of the cycles of life and death found in nature. Normally, the cycles of life, death, and rebirth would fall in the realm of Shub-Niggurath, but the Devourer, Cthulhu, shares an alliance with Yig, Father of Serpents (Screams from Within, 85) whose slithering spawn, when they bite their tails, from the very symbol of this undying cycle. And an undying nest of venomous serpents comes in handy when your core business is utter destruction.
An undying nest of vipers
If you ever inadvertently wipe out your own team by using symmetrical effects like Sacrificial Offerings (Core Set, 59) or In an Unmarked Grave (Sleep of the Dead, 88) it’s nice to be able to recoup your losses. With Uroborus (Written and Bound, 3) you can do just that. You might even profit from mass destruction. Whenever your Serpent character leaves play, you can play Uroborus from your hand for free, and if you have more than one Uroborus in your hand, the same trigger serves to active the Response for each. In rare circumstances, one doomed Serpent might even spawn three!
That’s just the first phase of the Uroborus plan…
Once you have three Serpents in your discard pile, the Uroborus just keeps coming back. Phase two is the perfect time to make sure their recovery isn’t long lived. Sacrifice effects like that of The Yuggoth Contract (Whispers in the Dark, 12) mean Uroborus’s ability to respawn allow you enter a cycle that allows you to draw lots and lots of cards.
Even without combos, the perpetuity of Uroborus’s presence is a welcome gift from the father of snakes. With some ways to restore insanity, access to all those Terror and Combat icons makes winning struggles much less difficult.
Best yet, this isn’t the only Serpent-based recursion effect you’ll find hidden within the cards of Written and Bound. In fact, as much as you can say such a thing about a circle, this is only the beginning…
Look for the alliance between Cthulhu and the Father of Serpents to make a lasting impression upon Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game with the release of Written and Bound!
Based on the fiction of H.P. Lovecraft and his literary circle, Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game takes two players deep into the Cthulhu Mythos where investigators clash with the Ancient Ones and Elder Gods for the fate of the world. The Living Card Game format allows players to customize their gaming experience with monthly Asylum Pack expansions to the core game.