HIGHLANDER Card of The Week #2
                           Week of 12 November 1995
             Copyright 1995, Jeff Barnes (barnejd@wkuvx1.wku.edu)

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HOLY GROUND

Event

"You escape temporarily to Holy Ground. Avoid all attacks this turn.  All 
players discard 4 cards and draw up to their Ability. Your turn is over."

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Kentucky, 1778:

	"I still do not see why we are here," I exclaim, surprising even
myself with my vehemence.

	Hassan looks at me with amused patience, as though remembering a 
similar situation from his past.  "We are here, Ishmael, because you need
a place to train away from the noise of battle, away from any others.
Here you are safe."  I sigh as I sense another repetitious lecture coming 
on.  Hassan does not disappoint me.  Unfortunately.

	"Only on holy ground are we safe, boy.  Always remember that.  No
one, not even the most evil among us will violate that tradition.  No
immortal will battle another on holy ground."

	I roll my eyes.  "I know that, but why am *I* on holy ground?  I 
can fight well enough.  I'm ready to face anyone."

	The words are scarce out of my mouth before Hassan is in motion.
Quicker than the eye can follow, his scimitars spring from their scabbards
and dive toward me.  I try to hop back, but as they slice in, his boot 
knocks the breath from me.  I collapse to the ground as Hassan flips his
twin blades back into their scabbards.

	"Ready, are you boy?  Are you so sure of that?"

	Wheezing, I force myself up to a kneeling position.  "H-how?  I 
t-t-thought you s-said no immortal would fight on h-holy ground?"

	He fixes that cold gaze on me again.  "That is true.  Had we fought,
you would be dead.  That was no battle, but a lesson."  He turns and strides 
away, leaving me to ponder his words and my own readiness...

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	When all other defenses fail, HOLY GROUND may be the immortal's 
only refuge.  This event allows you to avoid all attacks that are made upon
you, giving it a definite advantage over blocks and dodges.  However, it 
also carries with it a great disadvantage, in that it ends the turn when it
is played.  Along with these characteristics is a third that acts as 
something of a two-edged sword: when Holy Ground is played, all players must
discard four cards and then draw up to their ability.

	Holy Ground: Temporary Escape is, of course, of primary use against
mass attack events such as Berserk or Battle Rage.  Each of these cards 
carries with it the proviso that dodges will not stop consecutive blows, 
along with the normal requirement that blocks will not work on adjacent 
attacks if they are not both made to areas covered under the blocks.  
Normally, these events would pose a problem, but with Holy Ground, escape
becomes simple.

	Holy Ground is also useful against unblockable attacks, particularly
if said unblockable attack is a power blow thrust that will deal 5 damage.
It likewise proves its worth against power blows that can be blocked; if 
you have a valid block and would rather not exert or take damage, simply 
play this card and take no damage.  It should be noted, though, that this
is something of a desperation ploy; the player will lose 5 cards just as
if he or had exerted (though it will be 4 cards of their choice, not
randomly as with an exertion) and in effect lose the turn.

	This card works best when wielded by the immortal Nefertiri.  
Because that persona allows the player to place any cards discarded on top
of their endurance, Nefertiri players can place the four on top of their
endurance and then draw them again while "grinding" the other player for 
four cards.  Should the Nefertiri player find any of the cards in their
hand useless or desire other cards, these cards can be discarded instead.
As the Nefertiri deck slowly but surely wears its opponent down, its player
should find this card to be the cornerstone of their deck.  Coupled with
"discard" events such as Alan Baines, Caught in the Act, Interference, 
Linda Plager, Scorn, Watcher: Discard Dodge, and Avery Hoskins (coupled with
Master) and the situation cards forming Counterfeit, it can be a very 
lethal deck.

	In short, Holy Ground acts as a two-edged sword.  If used 
incorrectly, it can drag you closer toward exhaustion; if employed properly,
though, it will spell the difference between life and death for many an 
immortal.

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