i don't get it
so there is nothing in the staging area and i quest successfully in phase one. i draw three encounter cards, one of which is a clue card and say the other two cards are an encounter and a treachery. i choose the clue card but what encounter card can i attach it to? do i add it to the staging area? or what if i reveal it normally and there is no encounter card in the staging area? thanks
If you draw those three cards and decide to keep the Clue, you first discard the other two. Clue goes to the staging area and then you reveal another card from the Encounter deck that then is the guard for the Clue. Same applies if you reveal a Clue during normal questing, regardless of whether there are cards in the staging area or not. You always reveal a new card from the Encounter deck as guard for the Clue, never use any of the existing cards in the staging area.