Name: Royal Chief Scientific Officer
Type: Unique Character - Human
-At the start of every turn, draw an additional card, overcharge once, your fortress takes 5 damage, and you lose 5 morale.
-When X dies, is sacrificed or is removed from the game while in play, your fortress takes 5 damage and you lose 5 morale.
Flavor Text: “Look, Sir, we really appreciate what you’re doing, but our budget isn’t infinite…”
While you have possession of this card, it is meant to help draw faster from your deck, allowing you to draw Infiltrate faster, and very useful for combos involving 1 copy each of 2 different cards from the deck. If I didn’t make any mistakes in my calculations, assuming you don’t draw cards other than the automatic draw, for such a combo with 3 copies of each card in a 40 card deck, you have to wait until Turn 10 for a >50% probability, but with this card in the Command Zone you can have this probability on Turn 5. Of course, if you use it in the Command Zone you have 1 less Purity. It costs 0 because if you have copies in the deck, you can potentially play them on Turn 1 alongside a 1-drop, maximising the turns it can be useful. A situational perk of this card is that it can also combo with the Defiant Cycle and The Big-anator.
When you use this with Infiltration, it chips away at the opponent similar to Infested Abomination. The second effect of X is to ensure that the opponent receives at least some damage when they take control of it and try to remove it, although it can also mean you receive more damage. It could potentially combo with CTA or Mysterious Box for additional damage. The card draw can also result in more morale damage if the win-condition is draining the opponent’s deck.
Lore-wise I guess it could be someone who’s in charge of research, because card draw, and to explain the downsides it could mean a dwindling budget leading to the fortress being in disrepair and lowered troop morale.