These cards were developed—with the spirit of travel and adventure at heart—for places that are only imagined.
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Camelot first appeared in 12th-century French romances, which in our eyes makes it ideal for a suit of hearts. It eventually came to be described as the fantastic capital of Arthur's realm and a symbol of the Arthurian world. King Arthur is accompanied by his Queen Guinevere and trusted mystical advisor Merlin.
Synonymous with an earthly paradise—in particular a mythical Himalayan utopia—Shangri-La is a permanently happy land. Our King and Queen holds the city's symbolic peach and peach blossom, respectively and are joined by the mystical Qulin, a symbol of prosperity and serenity.
This story originates with writings from Plato around 360 B.C., though his are the only know records of its existence. The founders of Atlantis were half god and half human, or in our case, half man and half fish. Our king wields a trident and uses his conch shell to raise and calm the waters, presumably against his nemesis, our Queen Sea Witch. This story would be incomplete without a trusted observer, "Jack" Cousteau, to document the scene for us.
In the 16th and 17th centuries, Europeans believed that somewhere in the New World there was a place of immense wealth, a city made of gold. When Spanish explorers reached South America in the early 16th century, they heard stories about a tribe of natives high in the Andes. Our Conquistador King, traveling in his battle armor, has stumbled upon our golden Queen and her fierce protector, a jaguar or "Jack-uar".
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