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Hazard: Short-Event

Playable on a character bearing a major or greater item. Character makes a corruption check modified by -1.

Dragon-Sickness is like Weariness of the Heart for a specific situation. It works on characters with major or greater items only, but in exchange modifies the corruption check by -1. So it's more powerful but less widely usable. Still, the situations it does work in are often the best to use it in anyway. Let's look at some specific uses. The best case to use this in, IMHO, is against a character with a Greater Item palantir (especially with Bane of the Ithil-Stone out). Saruman, of course, is the best potential character for this, since you can win the game if you corrupt him. You've got a character with SIX corruption points (in the situation I just described) making a corruption check at -1. That's pretty good odds. They need to roll an 8 or better to survive, otherwise they're out of the game. Less than a 50% chance for them. With almost any character bearing an item or two this card works better than Weariness of the Heart. Especially since, as I said before, Wizards are susceptible to corruption as much as or more than anyone. A couple of strategically placed corruption cards on an item-bearing wizard plus this can mean death for your opponent. The main characters to avoid playing this on, unlike with most cards, are Hobbits. Playing this on most Hobbits will do almost nothing. Your chances will be practically nil of succeeding with this card in destroying a Hobbit. So one obvious target can be avoided by just putting your Torque of Hues with a Hobbit, and a couple of other items too from your important characters (Wizard etc.). Overall, Dragon-Sickness is an excellent way to force a corruption check, like a better version of Weariness of the Heart.
Gandalf9.0Farmer Maggot8.0

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