Here’s the next six cards (previous):
7. THE EXECUTOR
The executor sits behind his desk, a rack of scrolls at his left hand and a mechanical calculator to his right. He holds a stylus and wears AR glasses. Before him stand two messengers, one arriving, the other departing. In the background, thousands of tiny cogs turn in perfect synchrony.
8. THE LOVERS
Tangled in silk sheets, dusted with blue petals, hair rumpled, the blissful lovers lie in each other’s arms. Flowering vines climb the pillars which frame the scene, illuminated by the pale light of a rising moon.
A pair of wanderers walk fearlessly arm-in-arm, eyes raised and proud, towards a distant hill from whose stony summit rises a blue-silver flame. One bears a hammer and purse of gold with them, and the other a drinking-horn and bowl of ripe fruit. Carelessly trampled beneath their feet are a pair of broken swords, and in the sky above them, a pure white lowari (a four-winged aviform of Eliéra, similar to the Earth albatross) soars, wings fully extended.
10. THE SENTINEL
His back turned, the sentinel wears a guard’s uniform and carries sword and gun. He stands in a steel-bound stone gateway, a fierce wardog at his side, and permits none to pass him. Beyond the gate, barbarians, wild beasts and tempests ravage the land.
11. THE CLANK
A hundred tons of steel and brass, belching steam, tears blocks of stone from the earth, shapes them, and assembles them into the road on which it stands. Amidst the machine, its operator guides it with the lightest touch of her hands on its levers; the pressure of a fingertip controlling far greater forces.
12. THE LIBRARIAN
The androgynous librarian, standing before shelves of books and racks of scrolls, wears soft gray scholar’s robes and a porcelain mask concealing both face and expression. With a feathered quill tucked behind one ear, the librarian offers tome, key, and recording tablet to all who approach.
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