Futhark Village

The Fool with more swords in it

A gender-non-descript person with long, strawberry-blonde hair wearing a light red tunic and dark red leggings walks across a grassy field atop a cliff. The person is holding a black longsword in Alber (The Guard of the Fool). On zir back is a brown backpack which blends in with zir hair. Behind and above zim is a yellow sun shining brightly. Also on the cliff is a yapping dog.It isn't clear whether the fool will walk off the cliff in front of zim, but if zie does, there's a rainbow for zim to step onto.

I have made the decision to teach myself to draw. In furtherance of this goal, I have decided to draw the cards of the Major Arcana with more swords in them.

The first card is The Fool. (Note: Because the fool could be male or female and is usually drawn androgynous, I would be using the neo-pronoun zie/zim/zir to describe the person.)

The Fool has only just set out on their journey, so they are innocent and unwise. That innocence brings joy, and should be tarnished only as necessary to keep them safe. Which mistakes we make early in life guides what we consider unsafe later in life.

The innocent Fool can see the beauty of the world in a way that is more difficult for we jaded adults to do. We spent our whole childhoods trying to be grown-ups, but those happiest few of us learn as grown-ups to be more like children.

The Guard of the Fool, Alber, in which I drew the eponymous figure above, is not actually a foolish guard in which to stand. It creates an obvious opening for an opponent to attack your head, but you and your opponent both know that that opening is there so you are easily able to raise your blade and cover. A twitch of your wrists will have you in Pflugh (The Plow Guard), with your tip pointed at their face. Doing so while also raising your arms will bring your sword into Ochs (The Ox Guard), which will keep you safe and allow you to stab your opponent in the face.

Alternatively, a Krumphau (crooked cut) is not hard to implement from this guard, allowing you to take control of your opponent’s sword with the short edge of your own, then hit them with the long edge. The Italian name for this technique is Roverso (reverse cut).