Granny Orne
Tough Old Bird

Survivor
Asset. Ally

Ally.

Cost: 4.
Test Icons:
Health: 1. Sanity: 3.

You get +1 .

When an investigator at your location would fail a skill test, exhaust Granny Orne: That investigator fails by either 1 less or 1 more.

Romana Kendelic
Stella Clark #8.
Granny Orne
Reviews

A fairly hefty price tag for a typical survivor deck (and Stella Clark out of the box doesn't have a strong economy engine), but Orne is a solid buy, especially for Miss Clark, whose "fail and go again" strategy benefits from controlling degrees of failure. While Granny's +1 helps you pass many Treachery tests, her ability reduces the effects of Rotting Remains, Grasping Hands, and so on and lets you you pick your poison on cards like Abyssal Reach. More positively, she also helps you trigger Grimm's Fairy Tales, Oops!, Dumb Luck, and "Look what I found!", etc. She's not as useful a Horror soak as Peter Sylvestre, but 3 Sanity is nothing to sneeze at. Granny Orne might find a home in a number of Survivor decks, and her upgrade is even better.

What happens if you fail by 1? Can you choose failing by 1 less so you don't take any damage from cards like Rotting Remains? — subjectcero · 1
Yes, you can fail by 0. Interestingly, with 13th vision, since you fail on ties, you can then fail by -1. — StyxTBeuford · 12744
Failing by -1 could also happen with Granny Orne if you draw the auto-fail on a difficulty 0 test (such as a Flashlight investigation on a shroud 1 or 2 location). — Death by Chocolate · 1256
It's definitely clear from the card that you fail by one less or more, so, while Basic Orne can make you fail by 0 (for Rotting Remains, say), she can't make you succeed. Her 3 XP version, on th eother hand.... — LivefromBenefitSt · 937
Failing by one more could give you the ability to play Eucatastrophe, or to dig one card deeper with Rabbit's Foot (3) — Zinjanthropus · 212
Rabbit's Foot yes, Eucatastrophe no. Level 0 Orne only changes how much you fail by, she doesn't change your actual skill value. And she triggers after the time when you could play Eucatastrophe anyway. — TheNameWasTaken · 3
That's disappointing. I assume it's the same with Granny (3) (the timing part. Granny (3) does change your skill value). Makes the -1 option very limited in it's usefulness. — Zinjanthropus · 212
Yeah, the -1 helps with Rabbit's Foot (3), Grimm's, and maybe getting a different result on something like Abyssal Reach where, situationally, a "worse" result is better. — LivefromBenefitSt · 937
If you pull auto-fail she can mitigate some of the losses. For example auto-fail rotting remains will give you only 2 horror. Interesting that her upgraded version can't do this, as auto-fail +1 is still 0. — vidinufi · 57

So, Granny Orne (0) is a decent L0 ally for Agnes. She comes with a +1 boost, unlike Peter Sylvestre (0), and while she can't soak horror quite as well as Peter, she still gives you a decent buffer on Agnes' precious sanity. Especially significant if you're working from a limited card pool.

I think it's also worth considering that Granny (0) is very helpful for allowing you to trigger Grimm's Fairy Tales, which is actually a pretty efficient horror healing card if you can get it to fire reliably. If you fail a test you are normally failing by 1 (which Granny can make 2), or you're failing by 2 or more.

I think there's a really interesting Agnes deck here that takes a bunch of failure cards. Both "Look what I found!" (2) and Dumb Luck (2) are pretty great cards in their own right. There's also stuff like Live and Learn, and Old Keyring, and you might not even mind running Rabbit's Foot if you're getting the already from Granny.

Zinjanthropus · 212
honestly, just failing grasping hands by one less makes her second ability worth it, these combos are the sweetest icing on top of a great card. (and the only level 0 ally to boost willpower unconditionally) — Zerogrim · 262
Saw the potential for this interaction when the investigator decks came out and made an Agnes "Red Riding Hood" deck. Granny Orne synergizes with Crystal Pendulum, too. Can confirm the deck works quite well. Though, since Agnes can't upgrade to Granny Orne(3), she kinda wants to switch over to (or add) Peter Sylvestre(2) eventually. — Herumen · 1652