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...124 to run fleeing from the mountain. ...125 to use a rope to climb the cliff. ...126 to quickly cast "summon stairs." ...127 to dodge under the falling rocks.
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In which Portia begins her bold venture: Round 1
Portia's Willpower is 11, Diamonds are 4, Clubs are 2♣, Spades are 4♠, and Hearts are 8.

The Adversary plays the 5♠, Spades are now 11♠. Portia gains her first Despair, -3 Willpower. Willpower is now 8.

Portia plays the 9, and chooses to move the dial. Hearts are now 5. Nothing happens.

The Adversary plays the 7♣, Clubs are 7♣. Nothing happens.

Portia plays the 10♣, Clubs are 5♣. Hearts and Clubs align! Portia gains an Advancement and chooses Hearts.

The Adversary plays the 4♣, Clubs are 1♣. Nothing happens.

Portia plays the 9♣, Clubs are 10♣. Portia gains her first Despair, -3 Willpower. Willpower is now 5.

In which Portia has several Strokes of Genius: Round 2
Portia's Willpower is 5, Diamonds are 4, Clubs are 10♣, Spades are 11♠, and Hearts are 5.

The Adversary plays the J, Diamonds are 3. Nothing happens.

Portia plays the K, she chooses to move Diamonds forward 2. Diamonds are 5. Diamonds and Hearts align! Portia gains an Advancement and chooses Diamonds.

The Adversary plays the 6, Diamonds are 11. Stroke of Genius as Diamonds and Spades align! Again Portia chooses Diamonds.

Portia plays the 5, Hearts are 10. Stroke of Genius as Hearts and Clubs align! Portia chooses Clubs.

The Adversary plays the 6♠, Spades are 5♠. Nothing happens.

Portia plays the 4, and chooses to add it to her willpower. Willpower is 9. Hearts are still 10.

In which Portia learns of the ups and downs of inventing: Round 3
Portia's Willpower is 9, Diamonds are 11, Clubs are 10♣, Spades are 5♠, and Hearts are 10.

The Adversary plays the 1♣, Clubs are 9♣. Nothing happens.

Portia plays the Q, Wild Card! Portia chooses to move Hearts and Spades one each. Hearts are 11 and Spades are 6♠. Stroke of Genius as Hearts and Diamonds align! But she gains nothing from her actions, as she can't advance without more Clubs!

The Adversary plays the 2♣, Clubs are 7♣. Nothing happens.

Portia plays the 5♣, Clubs are 12♣. The worst type of Despair! Portia loses the Club she gained, and instead gains Hearts/Clubs Despair in ink...

The Adversary plays the 4, Diamonds are 7. Nothing happens.

Portia plays the Q, Wild Card! Portia chooses to move Hearts and Spades one each. Hearts are 12 and Spades are 7♠. As Hearts and Clubs align, Portia loses her Despair! And she gains an Advancement as Spades and Diamonds align! Portia chooses Spades.

In which Portia has several Advances: Round 4
Portia's Willpower is 9, Diamonds are 7, Clubs are 12♣, Spades are 7♠, and Hearts are 12.

The Adversary plays the K♠, Spades are 4♠. Nothing happens.

Portia plays the 10, Hearts are 10. The worst type of Despair! Portia loses one Heart she gained, and instead gains Hearts/Diamonds Despair in ink...

The Adversary plays the 9♠, Spades are 7♠. Advancement as Spades and Diamonds align! Portia chooses Spades.

Portia plays the Q♠, Wild Card! Portia chooses to move Hearts two. Hearts are 12. Stroke of Genius as Hearts and Clubs align! Portia chooses Clubs.

The Adversary plays the 1, Diamonds are 6. Nothing happens.

Portia plays the 6, Hearts are 6. Advancement as Hearts and Diamonds align! But she gains nothing from her actions, as she can't advance without more Clubs!

In which Portia loses her willpower: Round 5
Portia's Willpower is 9, Diamonds are 6, Clubs are 12♣, Spades are 7♠, and Hearts are 6.

The Adversary plays the 7, Hearts are 11. -7 Willpower for the Adversary playing a Heart card... and another -3 Willpower for Despair! -10 will total, bringing Portia's Willpower to 0! How could this be! Portia gains Hearts/Spades Despair in ink... two ink pots have now been filled with Despair!

Portia plays the 8♣, Clubs are 8♣. Nothing happens.

The Adversary plays the 1♠, Spades are 7♠. Advancement, but Portia had no will to continue.

Portia plays the 7♠, Spades are 1♠. Nothing happens.

The Adversary plays the 3♣, Clubs are 5♣. Nothing happens.

Portia plays the 7, Diamonds are 1. Advancement, but Portia had no will to continue.

In which Portia is overconfident: Round 6
Portia's Willpower is 0, Diamonds are 1, Clubs are 5♣, Spades are 1♠, and Hearts are 11.

The Adversary plays the 8♠, Spades are 5♠. Advancement - which is blocked, for Portia has no will to continue!

Portia plays the 8, and puts it all into willpower. Willpower is now 8. Hearts are still 11

The Adversary plays the 4♠, Spades are 5♠. Advancement as Spades and Diamonds align! But she gains nothing from her actions, as she can't advance without more Clubs!

Portia plays the K♣, Clubs are 7♣. Nothing happens.

The Adversary plays the 8, Diamonds are 5. Nothing happens.

Portia plays the 10, Diamonds are 3. Nothing happens.

In which Portia succumbs to despair: Round 7
Portia's Willpower is 8, Diamonds are 3, Clubs are 7♣, Spades are 1♠, and Hearts are 11.

The Adversary plays the 3♠, Spades are 10♠. The worst type of Despair! Portia loses one Spade she gained, and instead gains Hearts/Clubs Despair in ink... which filled up her ink pots, so that her world is painted black.

Portia cannot handle all the Despair and gives up on her dreams. The game is lost.
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