The Shade Isle Campaign
King of Cards
The King of Cards is a bizarre, spirit-like entity haunting Shade Abbey’s Temple of Spiritual Devotions. He seems to assume the form of a man, but with pasty white skin and bright, colorful clothing, making him look pretty much like a real-life version of a playing-card king. He deals cards from a deck of many things to willing (and foolish) adventurers, taunting their luck (whether good or ill) the whole time.
Some months later, the King of Cards appeared to the adventuring company again, on that same dungeon-level, disguised as a ghostly referee (wearing a hooded reaper’s cloak, with a striped referee’s shirt and whistle on the outside of the cloak), so that he could announce the beginning of “the Great Game”—a no-holds-barred, rules-free battle-royale between the PCs and a set of giant stone chess-men.