The Black Cat
A Liar, or a Prophet, or Both

Asset. Ally

Ally. Avatar. Dreamlands.

Cost: 2. XP: 5.

Neutral
Health: 3. Sanity: 3.

Anytime you reveal a , , or symbol during a skill test, you may choose to use the following effects instead of that symbol's normal effects:

: -1. The Black Cat takes 1 direct damage.

: -1. The Black Cat takes 1 direct horror.

: +5. Heal all damage and horror from The Black Cat.

Derek D. Edgell
Where the Gods Dwell #285.
The Black Cat

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Reviews

Finally a card to dump an otherwise unused . How often did I draw an when playing Zoey Samaras and felt betrayed by the chaos back, because I was testing on a Willpower treachery and not on a fight check. Countless time I drew the when playing Ursula Downs and quitly thought "Okay, I have a free move, if I would only need to move right now, which I don't". Any Investigator with a pretty situational effect should consider this. It is Chaos Bag control at its best. It is absolutely worth 5xp to me.

thakaris · 193
Guardians have some of the most situational/least useful elder signs, plus access to trusted which boosts this cards effectiveness by a bunch — Difrakt · 1268
Great one for Norman Withers, especially if he's running max level Shrivelling or Azure Flame. — Krysmopompas · 353
Not sure, if you meant that, but the damage or horror from Azur Flame/ Shrivelling is not a "normal effect" from the token, but an effect from the spell. Since the token is NOT canceled by the cat, it would still trigger. — Susumu · 340

A new niche to the Cat could be Butterfly Swords Lily Chen.

Why her?

The reason is rather simple: the Swords make pull 2 tokens per attack and therefore this is that many more chances to pull a Symbol token that often results in very sad outcomes especially in Hard/Expert.

The cat mitigates this risk.

To make the best out of it, attach 2 Trusted to the cat, if you're really pushy you can get The Star • XVII and let the cat do his job. Then with all these tokens, you will eventually find the that you probably wouldn't have used as most of the time your Disciplines are Unbroken.

Valentin1331 · 57732
Spending 5/10 Xp and an Ally slot on making obviously bad weapons (especially on hard/expert) slightly less bad? It's not a super idea. — olahren · 3112
Interesting. It does help you dig for that ⚝ twice as fast, and each ⚝ untaps a discipline. Its entirely possible to bug someone with the swords, draw into the ⚝, untapping Discipline Balance of Body, pop that triple-attack, then smite away with another bug sword attack, plus two other attacks/evades. With 4 tokens drawn in that flurry, you can't recharge that discipline, but you can recharge others or heal the cat. Drawing the Burdens of Destiny from the deck does 1 damage 1 horror, so soak is in demand. I'm intrigued. — MrWeasely · 41

Expensive, but absolutely worth it. Jim Culver in particular loves this cat, as it provides protection against a good chunk of the chaos bag when combined with his ability (plus his elder sign isn't so hot anyway). At 3/3 health/sanity and only two resources it also works well as a sturdy shield that has the potential to heal itself.

Jim can also get some more mileage out of it by using solemn vow & trumpet if necessary. — Difrakt · 1268
Seal of the elder sign can heal the cat — Django · 4926

Every investigator can try to pet The Cat. Who does not appreciate a 3/3 soak, especially by the end of a tough campaign? But the XP cost is too high for just a soak and some, rather random, help on the road. If only you could mess with the chaos bag enough to take advantage of the upgraded modifiers The Cat brings?

Enter Jacqueline Fine. Even without Olive McBride and Charisma, even without Grotesque Statue she has much bigger chance to draw one of the tokens The Black Cat cares about.

A psychic should run a Sixth Sense, trying to fish symbol tokens (fish for a squid?) - but by the end of the campaign, these happen to be quite ugly and sometimes force you to make unpleasant decisions - The Cat fixes the problem! Even when Shrivelling someone, it's better to take a horror while passing a test rather than wasting a charge, failing a test, being punched back AND taking a horror.

Jacqueline's is something you like to ignore if you can, but if you need to use it, at least it can do something charitable - like healing The Cat!

Furthermore with The Cat by her side (on her shoulder?), Dark Future is much less of a problem, significantly decreasing the risk of Jacqueline's ending in fails with terrible consequences.

Trady · 160

I ran the Black Cat with Charlie Kane and had some fantastic moments. The double Wilds give a +3 to any 1 test, possibly another with inspiring presence or Bonnie. Here are some more words to complete this review.

dlikos · 129
You could've at the very least explained one of those fantastic moments. — Nenananas · 249