the Babylonians conquered the nation of Judah, they took many young
Judeans to Babylon. Among these were Daniel and three of his friends.
Daniel lived a long time in Babylon. He outlived King Nebuchadnezzar,
who had conquered Judah. He outlived the next king, Belshazzar. In
fact, he outlived the Babylonian Empire, which fell to the Medo-Persian
new ruler over that area was named Darius the Mede. He appointed 120
satraps and three administrators to oversee the land. One of the three
administrators was Daniel. In time, Daniel performed his duties so well
that Darius planned to promote Daniel over the other administrators
(called presidents in the King James Version).
Persian presidents were not happy. They wanted to find a way to take
Daniel down, so they watched his every move to find a flaw in his
character or a weakness in his job performance they could announce to
the king. But Daniel was neither corrupt nor negligent.
Since finding flaws didn’t
work, the Persian presidents opted to use trickery instead. We all know
the story: They passed a law outlawing praying to anyone but the king,
knowing that Daniel, the devout Jew, would continue praying to his God.
Daniel kept praying. The punishment for breaking the law was
imprisonment in the den of lions.
Persian theme begun by Haman and Zeresh gets four new cards in Rock of
Ages. One of the two new characters is Persian Presidents.
3/4 Brown Evil Character
IDENTIFIERS: Generic, Male, Median-Persian
SPECIAL ABILITY: Capture a Hero that was or is set aside. Cannot
be negated if Lion's Den is in play.
SCRIPTURE: All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and
the princes, the counsellers, and the captains, have consulted together
to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever
shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O
king, he shall be cast into the den of lions. Daniel 6:7
top decks use set-aside cards such as Provisions, Gathering of Angels,
or the two-color feasts from the Priests set. This card gives a way to
defend against those cards without using up an enhancement slot in your
deck. To increase the chances of this being useful, consider these tips
for building a deck:
Use Lion’s Den. It can keep an opponent from responding with an
interrupt, and can be very helpful to capture a “Gathered” hero
banded to The Strong Angel.
Use Raiders’ Camp and include some of your own good set-aside
cards. That way you can use Persian Presidents to capture your own
heroes if you must. Put the captured hero in Raiders’ Camp and, if
you lose the battle, return your hero to your territory.
Use The Bear from Rock of Ages. The Bear is immune to Red brigade,
which is helpful against the heroes who can access Lions Den. Plus,
The Bear can band to Persian Presidents, since they are Persians.
If you are including Bear, you might consider pairing the Persians
with orange brigade. There is a nice 2-color enhancement in Tin 19
that makes this pairing a little easier. The Bear opens up the
opportunity to use “Two Possessed by Demons” which sets aside two
humans until Son of God is played. If your opponent ever gets his
heroes back, Persian Presidents can capture one of them.
Use the Lost Soul from Tin 15. When you draw that Lost Soul, you
get to set aside a hero from each territory for two turns. That
lets you tag a hero with a set aside label, so your Persian
Presidents can capture it later.
ideas are a start. I hope you enjoy the prospect of building the
Persians into a deck. While they are too few to stand alone, they might
make a sub-theme in an all-brown or orange-brown deck.
the Persians developed their conspiracy, their idea was that Daniel
would die. That whole plot kind of backfired on the Persian presidents,
though, thanks to God sending an angel to intervene.
Scheming Persians seemed to have trouble escaping their own plots. We
all know how Haman’s plot panned out. This reminds me of Psalm 7:15-16:
“He who digs a hole and scoops it out
falls into the pit he has made.
The trouble he
causes recoils on himself;
his violence comes down on his own head.”
When I read those
words, and see its evidence in Bible accounts, my spirit sings in
agreement with the psalmist as he continues in verse 17:
“I will give thanks
to the LORD because of his righteousness
and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.”