|Arranged pixmit cards|
Since first becoming aware of this Romulan tarot a week or so ago (see my previous post), my fascination has remained constant. So much so that I scoured Ariane's screencaps of the new Star Trek: Picard series (which I still haven't seen) for all instances of these intriguing triangular pixmit cards.
After much adjusting, rotating, enhancing, muttering, cropping, and mucking about in MSPaint, I thought I might as well show you the results. Whether you're interested or not...
|Seb-Cheneb, the Destroyer|
|Shaipouin, the false door|
And in real life, I prefer going in through the back door...
Anyway, back to the cards.
Here are the rest of the observed pixmit cards (with one exception). Their proper names are unknown, so I have labelled them with a descriptive as I see them - Although, your suggestions will be welcome, particularly as I've borrowed from Earth mythology as Romulan mythology - or news - is difficult to come by.
|Altar Maiden, Chained Minotaur, Eisn (the Romulan sun), Head Cannon, and Man-in-the-Moon|
|New Moon Goddess, Shaman, Siren (or mermaid), Son-of-Birds, Fire Conjuror|
|Black Pearl, Buffalo Woman, Crouching Skeleton, Dove, Eclipse (or cup of coffee?), Eye-of-the-Underworld|
|Knowledge Sphere, Life Model, Medusa, Reincarnated Man, Romeo & Juliet, Shavokh (a Vulcan bird-of-prey)|
|Star Dog, Torch, V'ger's Eye (or heart), Warrior Princess, Winged Mask (???) and Witch|
Pixmit cards seen so far have a gold border with openings on one, two, or all three sides. As far as I can make out, no card seen so far has an unbroken border. Romulan script can be found on all three edges, and navy blue curlicues (in the same pattern for every card except Seb-Cheneb) surround the central image within the gold border.
- Border opened on the right: Crouching Skeleton, Eclipse, False Door, Head Cannon
- Border opened on the left: Black Pearl, Eisn, Eye of the Underworld, Shaman, New Moon Goddess, Witch
- Border opened on the right and at the base: Altar Maiden, Buffalo Woman, Knowledge Sphere, Man in the Moon, Medusa, Reincarnated Man, Shavokh, Thief of Fire, V'ger's Eye
- Border opened on the left and at the base: [none]
- Border opened on all three sides: Chained Minotaur, Dove, Life Model, Romeo & Juliet, Seb-cheneb, Siren, Son of Birds, Star Dog, Torch, Warrior Princess, Winged Mask
- Uncertain: Upturned Pin (all, or right & base)
Or is it a sundial?
As previously mentioned, Seb-cheneb is the only card not to have matching embellished shield-like curlicues in the lower corners - It has two piles of skulls instead. Which is nice.
All the images above come from the third episode of Picard, "The End is the Beginning", which aired last week. However, this week's episode, "Absolute Candor" also featured pixmit in a flashback which shows that they can be used to play a type of board game, too:
[All original screencaps come from Ariane's Star Trek Gallery, for which I am very grateful]
A previously unseen card has turned up in the Starfleet Museum on Star Trek: The Cruise 2020 - a dagger (bringing the number of distinct cards to 32) - along with an alternate spelling of pixmit, "pikhmit", and a name for the board game as seen above, zhamaq.
More at this TrekCore link.