Lore of the Folk: Donkeyskin
Hello! Today’s card comes from a very creepy tale.
As always, this fairytale was recently recounted in vlog form by Dael Kingsmill, and i highly recommend you watch it before you proceed to the card. I won’t be covering the whole tale in detail, only the aspects my card drew from, and she tells it far better than i ever could. Let’s get started!
Once upon a time, a dying queen begs her husband to remarry again, but only to a woman as beautiful and intelligent as her. The king agreed but in time came to the creepy realization that the only woman who could fit this description was his own daughter. Naturally wanting to avoid marrying his father at all costs, the princess kept making increasing demands of him, asking for a dress the color of the sky, the color of the moon, and the color of the sun, which the king delivered every time. Finally she asked of him the skin of his prized gold-pooping donkey, which the king agreed to as well. Not knowing what else to do, the princess fled under her new donkeyskin cloak disguise. Eventually she found work in a royal kitchen and a prince fell in love with her in a very Cinderella sequence, and they lived happily ever after.
I first tried to think up cards for the dresses, like a Blinding Angel effect for the sun dress or an unblockable/Skulk effect for the donkeyskin cloak, but couldn’t come up with anything original. Instead i tried to make a card representing the king’s deathbed promise to her queen. There were many ways to represent the “similar person” but same name felt the most fitting. The card balances itself in that after the first creature is countered you can then cast multiples of it, but it can still be very damaging to decks with few or no multiples of creatures (like a Commander deck), hence the high-ish cost.
Until next time!