REIGN OF SIN   RULE OF VIRTUE

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Part I: Reign of Sin


pride, envy, wrath, greed

I have foreseen dark things for this empire.

Pride: King of Clubs - Reign of Sin playing card art by Wylie Beckert - ©2015 Wylie Beckert

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Part II: RULE OF VIRTUE


humility, wisdom, patience, diligence

You speak of dark portents, but I too have read signs in the flights of birds, the turning of the stars, the births and deaths of animals. And I tell you that in my own visions I have seen very different things...

Humility: King of Clubs - Reign of Sin playing card art by Wylie Beckert - ©2015 Wylie Beckert

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PRIDE: THE KING OF CLUBS

Pride: King of Clubs - Reign of Sin playing card art by Wylie Beckert - ©2015 Wylie Beckert

PAINTING | 11x17" ink and pencil on paper. DRAWING | 9x12" Col-Erase on Bristol.

ORIGINAL ARTWORK AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE HERE.

Pride: King of Clubs - Reign of Sin playing card art by Wylie Beckert - ©2015 Wylie Beckert

In my vision, I found myself amidst one of the many garrisons of Narmurius the Unyielding. All around us, from every tree and tent and horse, hung banners - so many banners that, were their colors more spirited, I might have mistaken the encampment for a village caught up in the celebration of some ostentatious festival.

Here, though, each banner bore the black club and watching eye of the emperor's seal, and a less celebratory atmosphere would have been difficult to imagine. Everywhere was a sense of guarded unease; among the soldiers, where one might expect to hear snatches of song and raucous conversation in a dozen tongues, there were only lowered voices. Not a man among them called his companion "brother," and each eyed the others warily.

'It is strange,' remarked my own companion, 'that so tall a man would be so insistent in his desire for others to bow low before him.' But he made this observation quietly, into the dirt, for above us Narmurius was passing by.






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HUMILITY: THE KING OF CLUBS

Humility: King of Clubs - Reign of Sin & Rule of Virtue playing card art by Wylie Beckert - ©2015 Wylie Beckert

PAINTING | 11x17" ink and pencil on paper. DRAWING | 9x12" Col-Erase on Bristol.

ORIGINAL ARTWORK AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE HERE.

Humility: King of Clubs - Reign of Sin playing card art by Wylie Beckert - ©2015 Wylie Beckert

In my vision, I found myself amidst a great assembly, and by the multitudes in attendance, I knew it to be an occasion of great significance. On a dais before the crowd, a nobleman was stripped of his magnificent armor and fine robes, and divested of every piece of gold and adornment that he wore. A dozen chests containing the unfortunate man's personal goods were relinquished to a solemn flock of clerics, who indiscriminately distributed the costly wares within to the gathered crowd.

In the place of this finery, he was given an austere garment to wear, and a rough helm of some base metal that gleamed only by the polish of much handling, for it was old, and worn, and apparently quite heavy. The nobleman was not a young man, and he sagged slightly under the weight of the thing, but bore it without complaint.

At first I took the proceedings to be a cermony of exile, or the exactment of some harsh legal penalty; however, my companion, admiring a newly-acquired sash of exquisitely woven fabric, informed me that this was in fact the coronation of a new king.

'In this land it is held that in order to rule justly, a king must have no interests but those of his people; no stake in worldly goods or personal alliances to put before the livelihood of those who owe him fealty. The burdens of his people are his to bear; he will guard them and serve them until the end of his days.'

And so it came to pass that I was witness to the crowning of Narmurius the Unworthy...



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