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Superior Tactics #18:Fearsome Strength

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
-- Frank Herbert, Dune - Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear

For most of this game's lifetime, Fear hasn't been something to fear. James Collier has a reason why it should be now.

Battle: Target personality receives a 5F bonus. Is this card broken? Is this card cheesy? Is this card an uncommon in Fire and Shadow?

Fearsome Strength - Uncommon Action (F&S) - 0g - 4Fo
Battle: Target a Fear ability on a personality or follower in this battle. The personality or follower gains force equal to the Fear number.

At first glance, you'd think that this was one of those Shadowlands-only cards. Admittedly, most fear-producers have the taint. However, here are a few that don't...

And on top of all this, it finally makes The Demon Bride of Fu Leng useful!

Have fun.

James Collier
Shiryo no Wannabe

[Additional: James mentions several non-Shadowlands cards that benefit from Fearsome Strength, but its possibilities in a Shadowlands infested deck are quite impressive. Zombie Troops provide 3F and a Fear: 3 for a mere 3G. Any clan willing to take the 4 honor hit can buy a 2F personality first turn and lay down a Zombie ready to hit 6F on the second turn. The Sepulcher of Bone has available second turn Fear effects in Skeletal Troops and Archers, Plague Zombies, and Uragirimono.

"Unwritten Rule #4: It's not enough to read the cards, you have to read the rules too. -- Zen Faulkes" I'm frequently surprised by the number of people who don't understand the rules for Fear. A card with Fear can only use its ability once per battle. Interestingly enough, nobody was worried about this until O-Ushi came out. I watched a Lion lose a game at Race to Volturnum because he thought that O-Ushi would bow his entire army. She's not Ken'o. Fear targets a single unit and bows all followers with force less than or equal to the effect strength. This does not bow the scary card, thus allowing you to bow followers and get the force bonus from Fearsome Strength. Undead are immune to fear.

Players considering Fearsome Strength might also want to use the (now Jade Legal) Event The Heavy Shadow of Fear. -- ed.]

Card text copyright FRPG, 1995-2000.
Article text copyright James Collier, 2000, edited by Trevor Stone.

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