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William Keller wrote:
I draw a treachery card with the Escape keyword. I have Eleanor. Must I make an escape attempt first, then use Eleanor's ability, or does Eleanor's ability immediately discard that particular card before any escape action?
The Escape keyword does not force you to make an escape test.
The Escape keyword is used when you make an escape test. You compare the total willpower of characters committed to the escape test with the total escape value of the encounter cards that were revealed for the test. Normally each encounter card with the Escape trait (and no number associated with it) counts as one and encounter cards without the Escape trait count as zero.
The Escape trait is a little like a shadow effect. It only counts when the encounter card is revealed during an escape test just like a shadow effects only occur when an encounter card is dealt as a shadow card.