Treachery. Weakness

Task. Dreamlands.

Carolyn Fern deck only. Replacement.

Revelation - Attach To Fight the Black Wind to the current agenda. Carolyn Fern takes 1 direct horror.

Forced - At the end of the round, if any amount of horror was assigned to an investigator this round and it was not healed: Place 1 doom on attached agenda.

Tiffany Turrill
Books #12.
To Fight the Black Wind

Most grievously for Carolyn's deck, 'To Fight the Black Wind', presumably a metaphor for clinical depression [or for some convulsive disorder of the bowels?] makes many demands of her admirers in AH:TCG. Nestled furtively within lies power - to overwhelm and destroy!

Consider, first, "1 direct horror" discharged so stickily upon her when revealed [in such moments one imagines a sound as of a strained grunting] - the Forced is satisfied and the redheaded doctor is stricken with the "horror...assigned to an investigator this round" (that is to say, not to an asset). Doom is come. Absent an extravagantly drawful deck, the greater portion of investigators' draws dribble from upkeep. That is too late in the round for undoing Carolyn's distress. Were it an agenda's final round (by doom-allowance) no matter, but in likelihood Carolyn's bosom campaign-ions will submit to the indignity of an entire round per-scenario being taken from them, the price the woman charges for a grouping with her.

Little cost-effective remedy is to be had. Should it be the final horror necessary to defeat her, 'Cheat Death' would solve the problem - but what of that, unless it be thought a practical business to take a 5XP card to intentionally suffer 5 horror and hold your lingerings furtive on just 1 sanity remaining, until 'To Fight the Black Wind' is announced. Creative minds calling upon, say, 'Ancient Stone (Minds in Harmony)' or 'Key of Ys' will find no relief. Timing betrays the former, for that card's heal-on-draw reaction-trigger is realised "when" drawing; thus after the draw but before its' impact on the game-state resolves (that is to say, agenda-attachment and 1 direct horror to Carolyn) - and for the latter, the very distinction between assignment and placement that adjusts the destination of direct horror assigned to Carolyn to be placed on 'Key of Ys' ensures the Forced effect of 'To Fight the Black Wind' still dominates.

Some options:

  • i) Extra draws each time you take a turn with her, reducing the risk of 'To Fight the Black Wind' coming when hardest. Suggested deck options might be: No Stone Unturned/Eureka (when ready to receive it, intentionally pull it into your hand); Lab Assistant/Preposterous Sketches.
  • ii) Purpose to appoint when the card will come, swallowing slots of deck, of assets, of max. 15 Seeker/Mystic, and taking in resources, actions and cards in hand; and all of this for one task only and even that without surety. Say, of Carolyn, that she with 'Scrying' closely examines one's own deck; 'Alyssa Graham' goes down in play to keep looking at the top, riskily adding her own count of doom when the time comes. A mighty strain.
  • iii) Forswear her fully.
  • iv) Shrug the shoulders. Embrace damnation - and the doom-ation in whose company it travels. It's 1 doom.

Rounds yet to be played in the agenda bear the risk of additional doom; more serious, naturally, when attached earlier in its' doom-allowance. Obvious wisdom can be seen in keeping horror-heals ready [via assets in play / events in hand], especially multiple-target heals [e.g. 'Kerosene'/'"If it bleeds..."'] and/or action-conserving heals['Ancient Stone (Minds in Harmony)', 'Fearless'], but also there is prevention to consider - e.g. 'Brother Xavier' to be assigned horror suffered by team-mates; 'Dodge'/'Hypnotic Gaze' for cancellations of attacks, both against yourself and team-mates - and more importantly still that all investigators take account, action-to-action, the heightened consequences of choices that risk horror being dealt to them.

Cluny · 41
I'm pretty sure, since direct damage/horror "cannot" be assigned to other assets, Key of Ys won't stick it up, despite its forced effect. — SGPrometheus · 255
Assignment and placement are different game-effects. The direct horror from 'Fight the Black Wind' is assigned to Carolyn's investigator card, but placed on 'Key of Ys'. — Cluny · 41
I don’t think that Key of Ys actually stops the doom here. The damage is assigned to Caroline, then when it would be placed on her, it is place on the Key. Damage was assigned, but at no point before the end of the round was it ‘healed.’ This could potentially flummox her with any direct horror, not just from the Revelation. — Death by Chocolate · 408
The Forced effect provides that doom results from assignment to the investigator, i.e. not to their assets. — Cluny · 41
Never mind - after consulting the rules again I acknowledge my error and that you are correct - clearly if assignment to the investigator is distinct from placement upon Key of Ys, then horror being assigned to Carolyn but transferred to Key of Ys does not assist the case without being healed in the usual manner. I have edited my review to accommodate this. — Cluny · 41
Because this weakness is attached to the Agenda, another option could be to take Mr. Rook and specifically trigger his ability in the Witching Hour so that TFTBW is discarded at the beginning of the mythos when the Agenda flips. I think Alyssa Graham is probably less risky though. Maybe even take Alyssa Graham + Scroll of Secrets even though that's eating up a ton of out-of-faction slots. — Zinjanthropus · 93

This is a pretty bad signature weakness. You never want to lose turns to "add doom" effects, and, unless you draw this at the Witching Hour or draw it on a 2-4 doom agenda, it's going to shorten you game by quite a bit, or Dr. Fern is going to be desperately healing instead of advancing the act. Add to this that Foolishness, while cute as a button, is not the best Ally in the game, I suspect most players will choose the "box" over the "book" or including both in building a deck. Which is a pity, because I like the Dreamlands flavor.

With more XP you can heal sanity more efficiently (especially ancient stone - minds in harmaony with Mr. Rook). This makes it pretty trivial to heal horror and avoid this cards doom. — Django · 2788
Sorry for double post, Rook potentially allows you to choose when to get this card out, which is best when the agenda will advance anyway. — Django · 2788
There's always Alyssa Graham if you're really afraid of the weakness. Combo with Scroll of Prophecies to not have to worry about reshuffling it. Probably not worth the splash slots though, I suppose. — Zinjanthropus · 93