Take your virtue from the Course of Light and your vice from the Course of Darkness and find where they intersect on the chart. That is your card.
|Envy|Queen of Cups
|You are generous to a fault, except your own faults. Kindness is easy to those who have less and are of lower station, but you are ill at ease with those who neither want nor require your largesse. You are at your strongest dealing with inferiors, whose gratitude you can sculpt and mold. Guard yourself around those who have authority over you: hate for them comes easily. |
The inverse of the King of Cups, Queens of Cups are universally disliked because they tend to be surly and resentful underlings.
3 of Coins
|Through obedience to a higher authority you can justify any vengeance, petty or grand, against any who harm you or merely have the misfortune to be temporarily better situated. Know this, because your loyalty is genuine, and it is tragic when jealousy poisons true fidelity. Make sure that you are working for your cause, not using it as an excuse for personal vendetta. |
Tutors who can get a Three of Coins on their side have a powerful ally, but getting respect from this fate from above is a difficult task. The Oathbound are more likely to recruit a Three of Coins, particularly if they need someone to keep the local unsworn in line. In all cases, those above a Three of Coins keep their eyes peeled for anger.
Knight of Rods
|Bullish and stout, your spirit faces true foes with the same brashness it levels against shadows and phantoms. Keep your promises, obey her to whom you are pledged, and do your best to tell true challenges from false ones. You will find great joy in despoilment, but be sure to reserve that wrath for your foes, and not your rivals in service. |
This Knight’s tendency towards hard work endears her to instructors, especially those who think competition is the tide which raises all students’ ships. The Oathbound are often less eager for a Knight of Rods, who can be as rough on a rival in her own army as on an enemy from without.
5 of Rods
|Your hopes for betterment most often rest upon the possessions or accomplishments of others. Thus you are driven to strive and compete, less for material gain or for personal glory than for the knowledge that you have done your best and bested your rivals. Find a situation in which your urge to win can be expressed without fatal consequence and you will prosper. |
The Sworn of the Mysteries are particularly drawn to those who prefer positional and titular rewards, while the Dying Light fear that partiality can poison true judgment. The Sworn of the Axe are indifferent, but those who teach in groups can find a competitor valuable.
|To be a just man in an unjust world is to suffer deeply, and the balm for your suffering is to lay low those whose might and grandeur is built on lies, theft and corruption. As an avenger you are tough and resolute, at your best when aiding the downtrodden and wronged. But there are two situations that can send your strengths at cross purposes. First, you must avoid the temptation to pull yourself unjustly up to the level of those you punish, for you can fall and you can become everything you despise. Perhaps worse, you must avoid those whose comfort and power and wealth are theirs by right, for you will covet their joy no matter how well deserved. |
An ostracized teacher who wants to tear down the cliques that spurn her will delight in a Justice student. The only other teachers who like Justice are those who have a strong bent in that direction themselves. As for the Sworn, the Mysteries are often receptive to Justice, though not to the point of accepting someone who can’t be popular. The Sworn of the Dying Light and the Axe are beyond concern for those fixed on righting wrongs.
Knight of Cups
|Your abilities make you an able courtier, herald or advisor, but a poor commander. When given time to consult and consider, you bring wise counsel, but not when burdened by urgency. This rational calm serves your ambition well — and your ambition is boundless. Mark well that your hunger for greatness does not eclipse the prudence that can help you gain it. |
The Sworn of the Axe disdains those slow to decide, while the other Oaths favor those who ultimately decide wisely. But both the Mysteries and the Dying Light tend to hold back Knights of Cups from the positions they ultimately covet. Tutors, on the other hand, favor this fate as they study well and often remember with kindness the teachers they surpass.
2 of Rods
|If you could but view the whole world, and know thereby the deeds, good or foul, of all who walk the globe! Seek this unflinching knowledge, for you are often just as content to know a thing is done as do it yourself. Two eyes are not enough for you, so recruit many who will see hear and do on your behalf. Just take care to keep your underlings in line, lest you be tempted to risk yourself duplicating their daring. |
Every Oath needs its spymasters, but few teachers want one.
|Gluttony|9 of Cups
|The pleasure you give others is exceeded only by the pleasure you seek for yourself. Debauchery incarnate, you wound your spirit when you cry “Hold, enough!” either to the indulgence of others or to restrain them from provisioning you to excess. |
Though the Sworn of the Mysteries and the Axe know that it’s probably wiser to pass on a Nine of Cups, they often offer admittance just for the sake of camaraderie. The Dying Light (and most teachers) disdains the Nine of Cups as “disruptive influences.”
The High Priestess
|You need not fear having your faith tested: rather, beware of its excesses. With your devotion to a cause or belief greater than yourself, you find it easy to indulge to a degree greater than any individual can. Boundless loyalty is often wedded to boundless appetite, in the form of a sense of entitlement. Great tragedy can result if your personal obsessions conflict with the institution you serve. |
These obsessions can stand in the way of a Mysteries Oath, but the Sworn of the Axe are always interested in loyalty, as are most teachers.
|The Fool persists in his folly until he becomes wise — or until it leads him to his ultimate doom. Whichever fate lies in store, your great strength lies in persistence and relentlessness, whether it leads you to defend your beliefs or sacrifice them to follow your pleasures. The Fool cannot compromise, which is why so much progress is made by the foolish. |
While many tutors are reluctant to instruct Fools, the Sworn of the Axe and (more surprisingly) the Sworn of the Dying Light often find that Fools can contribute, if their appetites are appropriate.
|A sensualist, you see the pleasures of the world as a reward for the hopeful. Luck can lay you low, but it can also turn bounteous at a moment’s notice — for those with the wisdom to recognize opportunity and clutch it with both hands. Needless to say, there’s no point in pursuing success if you don’t also enjoy success’ most direct rewards. There’s no point in despair, cowardice or timidity. You are a creature of experience. |
Fortune’s Wheel is the most neutrally regarded card. Very few instructors or Oathbound find this fate decisive, either for or against its carrier.
King of Cups
|While others find pleasure in work, you are generally more inclined to work for your pleasures. You have great appetites, thankfully mated to great discernment. If you deny yourself to pursue your virtues, you lose the will such quests require. If you seek delight heedlessly, it is hollow. Only by deserving rewards can you enjoy them fully. |
Every instructor and faction likes the Kings of Cups because their desire to earn rewards in a system makes them perfect assistants.
|As the moon’s visage changes, so does yours. You are comfortable living two lives, showing two faces, indulging in private what you publicly disdain. While you do not necessarily have to be a hypocrite, you do need to strike a balance between your consuming urges and your need to maintain discipline. |
The Sworn of the Axe recruit Moons for their infiltration and scouting arm: the Sworn of the Dying Light tend to look askance at them, while the Mysteries are neutral. Few tutors value discipline at the price of obsession, but those who do, really do.
5 of Cups
|You are capable of making your life a monument of effort, and then sacrificing it all on an altar of obsession. Know this: your tendency to vice can become all-consuming, and your considerable foresight can equip you with a great deal to lose. You must either battle against your needs, or on their behalf, and the latter option will make you stronger — until it destroys you. |
The only teachers or Oathbound who recruit a Five of Cups are those who want a focused agent who can be controlled through some weakness or addiction. Many with this fate, however, are content to serve a master who understands and meets their needs. For a while, anyhow…
|For every hundred people who claim that they are gathering funds for their righteous cause, there is one person who is genuinely doing so. You can be that person. When you labor to improve the lot of yourself and others, you are at your strongest. When you are conflicted between helping others and your own comfort or security, you are at your weakest. |
Tutors like the helpfulness of Emperors, especially since they can offer rewards that play into the Emperor’s selfinterest as well. The Oathbound, however, may look askance at one who has trouble making hard decisions between the self and the collective.
|Your craving for control is the natural fruit of your belief in the rightness of your cause. You have difficulty trusting anything of value to others, because their weakness may lead them to selfish indulgence. Beware that you do not fall prey to the very hypocrisy you despise in others, for when you gain the power you seek, it is easy to conflate the glory of your cause with your personal enrichment. Clutching for more is in your nature, and if you do not do it from belief, you will do it nonetheless. |
Hierophants make good students, as they are often greedy for knowledge. But the Sworn are leery of anyone who has the traits of an embezzler.
|You are insatiable, a conqueror by nature. When you are making progress you go from strength to strength, pressing on in pursuit of goals personal, political or philosophical. Your personal bane is stagnation: if you are not struggling, you are getting weaker. Triumph is good for you. Comfort is not. |
Strong teachers like Chariots because they get where they’re going quickly, while weak teachers worry about falling under the wheels of their student. Sworn of the Mysteries and the Dying Light tend to embrace Chariots when they’re underdogs, and throw roadblocks before them when they’re on top and don’t want to share power. The Sworn of the Axe like fierce competitors.
King of Coins
|Your faith in a better future ably equips you to build for it, and even when you fail you can start over with good cheer. With some luck and discernment, you can accumulate great wealth and power, and that is when you must choose. Will you spend what you have in pursuit of that brighter future? Or will you decide the bright future has arrived? |
Unless there’s some strong negative factor, most tutors and the Oathbound as well will compete to recruit someone with such a positive spirit.
King of Rods
|The power of the sword is the power to destroy, but the power of the rod is to build. It is your power. You long to have more than all you survey, but it will be empty to you unless you deserve it. Labor without ceasing to develop your kingdom, but do so by paying honest due to friends and honest ire to foes. In that way you will rule with a steady hand. |
The King of Rods is popular with tutors and the Oathbound — as long as they are certain that others, and not themselves, will bear the cost of construction.
7 of Coins
|You love money and ought to seek a place where you can watch over it. If you find yourself as a treasurer, watchman or tax collector, you should excel — as long as you content yourself with only that which is yours to watch over. You may be tempted to steal through deceit, and admittedly you are ably constructed to do so. |
Few teachers want a proto-embezzler clasped to their bosom. Many of the Oathbound are more willing to take the risk for an able collector — as long as they’ve got someone to provide oversight.
7 of Cups
|Gathering is your joy. Draw together that which delights you and lock it away, storing it for a time of need or simply because its safety gives you pleasure. It may be best for you to keep your collection secret, whatever it is: let others befriend you for the other fruits of your moderation, but your most precious treasures should be hid from envying eyes. |
The secrecy and selfishness associated with this fate give most tutors and Oathbound pause — with the notable exceptions of those who have, themselves, something to hide.
|Lust|Queen of Coins
|You are by nature inclined to give much and take much. You instinct is towards generosity, but you expect and sometimes demand love, adoration or simply a gesture of respect in return. At your best, you are a mover, a driving force who accomplishes much and helps others accomplish. At worst, you’re a slattern, drawing everyone you meet into tangles of morbid desire. |
The Sworn of the Dying Light and the Mysteries both find the energies and social movement generated by a Queen of Cups to be useful. The Sworn of the Axe, and many Coil instructors, find it chaotic.
6 of Rods
|Yours is a soul in torment, stretched tight between the immediacy of your impetuous desires and the intensity of your longing for a higher and purer path. Strike the difficult balance and use your lusts to fuel your faith, or else resign yourself to being incomplete — either as saint or sybarite. |
One-on-one instructors may lean towards a Six of Rods, hoping that their lessons will catch fire with either element of this card’s passion — or better yet, both at once. The Sworn of the Mysteries and the Dying Light tend to shy away from such impetuousness, but the Axe can always find a place for a zealot.
Knight of Swords
|Brave but impetuous, you are the first to fly into a fight — be it for good or ill, be it wise or foolhardy. Your spirit is one of vast fierceness, and if you follow your heart it will lend you great strength — which you will assuredly need. Your greatest challenge will be choosing between your soul and the counsel of calmer, wiser friends. Assuming, of course, that you make such friends. |
The Sworn of the Axe see this fate as a shining endorsement. Everyone else seeks it only if they need a bodyguard — which, of course, everyone needs sometime.
|You are never happier than when seeking a shortcut or better method. Your search for efficiency is not a matter of laziness, but of impatience, and you are happy to burn both ends of your candle to yield twice as much light. Unfortunate results do not deter you as much as delayed conclusions: it is better for you to make a mistake and immediately set about repairing it, than for you to somberly contemplate the best course. |
As one might expect, the Sworn of the Dying Light love Magicians, while the other Sworn generally do not. Many instructors are reluctant to adopt a “mad experimenter” — unless the instructor is, herself, a Magician.
7 of Rods
|Raise your weapon against anyone, great or small, who represses you. A life of insurrection is fraught with difficulties, so you must choose carefully. Any time you refrain from striking the oppressor, no matter how overmatched you are, it is a taste of your own death. But while flying heedlessly into an ideological battle has rich inner rewards for you, be aware of its more material dangers. |
Nobody likes a rebel — except other rebels. Only outsiders crave the company of this congenital insurrectionist.
|You are empty and bereft without strong feelings for someone. You can be the most resolute and ardent of suitors, wooing your paramour with constant thoughtfulness, flattery and kindness. But if your feelings darken, your passion can be a punishment, degrading and debasing your victim until your gradual blackmail, or unceasing deceit or remorseless cruelty allows you recast her as you wish. |
Instructors and Sworn all have the same reaction to a Lover: they stay far away if they lack the confidence to think they can earn her adoration. But if they think they’re worth her worship, they eagerly embrace a new worshiper.
|Your distance makes others doubt your commitment, but they do not comprehend how the banked fire can blaze hot in an instant. You have a rare understanding of the depth of your own passion, and that gives you respect for it. Others glut themselves insensate and, in doing so, cheapen their pleasures. Through reticence and judgment, you savor your delights more profoundly than they ever can. |
Taciturn teachers may appreciate a quiet student who still cares a lot, but others prefer more immediate displays of enthusiasm. The Sworn of the Dying Light and the Mysteries both find quiet intensity attractive. The Sworn of the Axe seem to lean more towards blatant intensity.
|Pride|The Hanged Man
|Wealth, indulgence, the pleasures of the flesh — these are nothing to you compared to the rare nectar of adoration. You can suffer any indignity for a chance to show your quality. Be bold, make no small plans and prepare yourself to endure for others what they cannot. You can survive anything except insignificance. |
Instructors dislike students who are likely to die in some dramatic crusade before the teacher can even get any benefit from them. But the Sworn can all find uses for willing sufferers.
|The glory of the cause is your glory — whatever cause you choose. You have the heart of a true believer, but you will never be content to labor in humble obscurity. Be the paragon of your creed, or your soul will starve. Be a saint or a great sinner, but never permit yourself to be eclipsed. |
All the Oathbound like to recruit someone who can grow to be the fulfilling embodiment of their cause, but very few instructors crave a student who is quite likely to outshine them or die trying.
|The arrogance of your demands for approval and your self-aggrandizement is mitigated by your genuine ability to lead and contribute. You have the capacity for intense loyalty to a cause or an individual, but your powerful sense of self can interfere with this. It is best for you to directly associate yourself with your cause or intention, so that your pride and courage are like horses pulling in harness, and not against each other. |
The Sworn of the Mysteries tend to find Empresses easy to accept (except for individual Sworn who are, themselves, Empresses). The same can be said for the other Oaths, to a lesser degree. But many instructors shy away from someone so headstrong.
|You can win the world and deserve it. Even in the face of setbacks, you keep your eyes on your ambition. Your destiny is to be the heir apparent — for even if you rise to the greatest height in your chosen endeavor, you will always seek a way to transcend it and become something greater still. |
Oathbound and instructors alike are more likely to react to a hyper-ambitious Kindred from personality rather than ideology. Having The World at your feet is appealing, but you don’t want the weight of The World on your shoulders.
|Even before the trumpet of heaven and the gates of hell, you show no doubt. Questioning your judgment is the most perilous thing you can do, far worse than actually being wrong. You must never doubt yourself, any more than you would tolerate the doubt of others. |
As they are charged with judicial chores, the Sworn of the Dying Light are often interested in someone whose fate is The Last Judgment. The Sworn of the Axe appreciate their steadfastness, but often find them insubordinate. The Sworn of the Mysteries are least interested in someone who can’t compromise — unless you consider instructors who have no taste for being evaluated by their apprentices.
Queen of Swords
|Your place is not wielding the rod of authority, but sitting beside the one who does. Balanced between prudence and pride, you can be a schemer, a usurper or a slave to ruthless ambition. But your better place is as counselor, cautioner and mediator. Accept that your rewards must come from a higher authority, and you will support that authority well. Envy your master, and you can become the most poisonous of traitors. |
The Sworn of the Axe, like most tutors, have little patience for those of this fate, but the other two Oaths find them useful — especially if they’re looking for someone to insert as a spy or saboteur into another covenant (or clan or Oath).
|You have labored much for your purity, and for that you are rightly admired. But do not take too much comfort in the adoration of others, for often a zeal for purity masks an urge to possess and defile. At your finest, purity itself is its own reward and that cloaks you in glory. At your worst, a longing for glory leads you to sully and cheapen yourself to your lessers. |
An instructor can expect great things from Temperance: either they sell out for personal renown, or they diligently apply themselves. Either way, the teacher probably gains something. The Sworn of the Mysteries are often welcoming; the other Oathbound are less so.
|Sloth|6 of Coins
|You are not one to set forth and strive to change the world, but rather one who is well able to change herself to fit the world as he finds it and — perhaps more importantly — to help others change themselves to be more fit as well. Indeed, your greatest triumphs are likely to be those you achieve through others. |
This is another popular fate among teachers and the Sworn alike. Every organization needs people who serve as social lubricant, especially the Sworn of the Mysteries. The exception is an instructor who wants a one-onone relationship.
Queen of Rods
|The hard way is not always the best, nor the easy way the worst. Do what you can, support and cultivate and advise — these are your routes to strength. You need to be part of a cause to be fulfilled, but you are no fit leader, no firebrand, no martyr. Instead, you are the gentle builder without whom no ideologue or rabble rouser can succeed. |
This fate is good for admission to any Oath, but poor for advancement: such is the lot of those with a bureaucratic destiny. Most teachers are looking for someone more impressive, unless they have a large class to manage, or unless they are themselves Oathbound.
|You do not see the mountain, but each stage of the climb. You do not see the mile, but the steps you must take to walk it. Anything that can be reduced to small, predictable tasks is surmountable. You play to your strengths when you avoid drastic choices or single, epic tasks. Take your measured steps, leave the glory to others and be satisfied with inevitable success. |
Teachers and all of the Oathbound tend to like the service of Fortitude, but they do not necessarily reward or encourage those beneath its aegis. It’s a good fate for acceptance, not for support.
4 of Cups
|Your most powerful weapon is your helplessness. If you have not already mastered the art of permitting your situation to become so dire that others feel compelled to rescue you, it will certainly come to you with little effort. Your premier role is that of ingénue, hapless slave or impotent adornment. |
No one with any sense or position in the Ordo Dracul wants to adopt such a sponge.
2 of Swords
|We are all of us blind, but you at least have the guidance of knowing your blindness. Make no sudden moves in the darkness, give no shout that could betray your position, but instead move quietly, gradually, like water seeping through a wall. Wait for your chance. In time, in darkness, it will stumble upon you. If you have kept ready, it cannot escape you. |
The Sworn of the Dying Light find the patience and calm of this fate to be a splendid match, both for research and for legal judgment. The other Oaths tend to find them a little too taciturn and gradual. But most tutors are happy with a student who is unlikely to fly off the handle and do anything strange, even if she’s equally unlikely to do anything brilliant.
Knight of Coins
|Every great endeavor has a middle layer of those like you. Between the great deciders on the top and the faceless plebes who labor or battle at the bottom, there lies the realm of the functionary — staid, steady, never exceptional either for good or ill. You can swim indefinitely in the tepid waters of bureaucracy, but you imperil yourself when you try to rule or to directly act. |
All the Oathbound take on Knights of Coins when their ranks are thin, but the competition for one of this fate never rises above “tepid.” That’s also a good word for an instructor’s attitude towards a student who neither blossoms nor fails.
|Your nature disposes you to solitary efforts and contemplative pursuits. Considering every side of a problem is your great strength. Being unable to choose between options is your great weakness. You work best with time to consider, study and find a compromise between all factors. Anything that forces you to rush, guess or make do will drain you. |
Instructors who value patience, value Hermits, as do the Sworn of the Dying Light . (Often a Hermit makes a good counterbalance to a Magician.) The other Oaths have no time for a Hermit’s dithering.
9 of Swords
|The most damning thing you can do to yourself is to deny pain. Pain is your core, whether you choose to alleviate it or inflict it. Either course nourishes your inner self, though neither so much as finding a way to wed both impulses. Just be sure to never avoid it: it is your fate, and it will find you. |
Both the Mysteries and the Axe find the perspective of a Nine of Swords useful, either as a tough healer or as someone willing to confront tough issues. The Dying Light in modern nights tend to regard them as “drama queens,” as do many tutors.
|You possess the faith of an angel — an avenging angel armed with fire and the sword. There is no point in speaking treaties with infidels or rivals, because you lack the patience or humility to believe their promises or stomach offering them honor. Your destiny is conflict and destruction, and you defy it at the price of all that makes you strong. |
Teachers who are looking for a bully and don’t care if he’s well leashed or not adopt Towers: few others do. The Sworn of the Axe can always find a place for an uncompromising butcher, but the other Oaths are usually reluctant — unless they’re involved in their own power struggles, particularly against the Axe…
|Locust warrior, crusader, insatiable devourer — you can sustain, indefinitely, a fury that would exhaust weaker creatures in an instant. But your path is a lonesome one, for any who would walk beside Death risk falling into her shadow. |
Nobody likes Death except the Sworn of the Axe, but some of that Oath will welcome a Death-aspected Kindred almost sight unseen.
|Cruelty untempered by fear produces the most vicious of monsters. In the pursuit of your dreams, you can spark a thousand nightmares. Heedless of any pluck of conscience or any sting of regret, you move from one triumph to the next, or are they atrocities? |
Nobody likes the Devil. Or, at least, no one’s willing to admit it.
King of Swords
|You mete out judgment, stripped bare of any soft garb of mercy. Your nature is to be harsh and stern, doling out second chances only if they are earned, not as a matter of course. While you pride yourself on clear sight because you are unswayed by begging, make sure that you are equally clear when it is necessary to hold punishment back. Your natural tendency towards heavyhanded vengeance can overwhelm your urge for justice. |
The Sworn of the Dying Light seek a King of Swords if they need to have a “hanging judge” to use as a threat. The Sworn of the Axe actually steer away from them, because they are as hard on their own troops as they are on the enemy, and rarely inspire through appeals to honor or personal loyalty. The Sworn of the Mysteries are similarly cold to them, but tutors often find their silent and grim intensity a welcome rest from the chatter and scheming of students with other fates.
5 of Coins
|The thoroughness with which you can grind down an enemy, whether the cause be personal, political or philosophical, is breathtaking in its awfulness. Never act rashly — such passion is not you. Instead, make your plan with care, plot each deed with foresight and step by step you can produce total ruin. |
Few tutors want a Five of Coins, unless it’s one who wants someone to engineer an elaborate revenge on some rival. On the other hand, few tutors are willing to rudely dismiss someone of this fate. All the Oaths find it safer to have a Five of Coins as an ally than an enemy, though this can backfire in cases of internal division.
10 of Swords
|You possess a wrathful soul that can be at war with your innate temperance. The balance for you is to smile, and put money in your purse, and be a villain in secret to those who wrong you. Like the mill of the gods, grind slow and thereby grind exceedingly fine. |
This poison dagger finds a sheath in any Oath, though the Axe are uneasy with its deviousness, and the others are uneasy with its wrath. But it’s an unusual teacher indeed who wants to clasp such a viper.
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