The deck consists of 22 Major Arcana and 56 Minor Arcana cards, but deviates from traditional tarot decks in that both the names for Major Arcana and their positioning differ.
While Arkane Studios did not provide a companion book or online information to accompany the deck and explain its occult symbolism for divination purposes, Harvey Smith, Co-Creative Director of Dishonored, stated on Twitter:
- "That's the kind of thing the community would have to do. We would pay attention to what the community devised. We'd look at it after the fact. Otherwise, too much work for already slammed people. Yeah, we'd love to see it, to give thoughts when we could, etc."
- ―Harvey Smith.
V - The Witch: Vera Moray, now known as Granny Rags, who is blind, mad and deceitful, and not quite as harmless as one might think.
VI - The Weeper: Victims of the plague in its last stage, weepers are senseless horrors that roam the streets of Dunwall, abandoned by society.
XI - The Hermit: Piero Joplin, a socially inept genius, alchemist, weaponsmith and member of the Loyalists who oppose the Lord Regent.
XII - The Artist: Anton Sokolov, the Royal Physician, and a ruthless, unscrupulous scientist and inventor.
XIII - Cruelty: The Royal Interrogator, a sadistic torturer with a dark passion and an even darker secret.
XIV - The Governess: Callista Curnow, a passionate member of the Loyalists and a caring tutor to Emily Kaldwin.
XV - Nobility: Treavor Pendleton, the younger and morally stout brother of the malicious Pendleton twins, as well as a leading member of the Loyalists and opposer of the Lord Regent in parliament.
XVII - The Drowned Man: Admiral Farley Havelock, the leader of the loyalists, who is a soldier that knows that innocent people will die in every war.
XVIII - The Lord Regent: Hiram Burrows, the former Royal Spymaster for the Empress and instigator of her assassination, who now rules Gristol with an iron first.
XX - The World: A map of the Empire.
XXI - Death: Corvo Attano, once Lord Protector and bodyguard of Empress Jessamine Kaldwin, who was framed for her murder by Hiram Burrows. Freed by the Loyalists that oppose the Lord Regent, he now he treads a careful path between vengeance and justice.
The Outsider: God, Devil, angel or demon, the Outsider is a timeless being of magic and mystery that has taken an interest in the world of Gristol and, particularly, in Corvo Attano.
The Suit of Rats - A suit of 14 cards, represented by rats.
The Suit of Swords - A suit of 14 cards, represented by swords.
The Suit of Pistols - A suit of 14 cards, represented by pistols.
The Suit of Skulls - A suit of 14 cards, represented by skulls.
Each suit contains four face cards and ten numbered cards in descending order, with the face cards being the King, Queen, Commoner, and Jack, and the numbered cards spanning from 10 to 1.
Use in DivinationEdit
While not specifically designed in accordance to the standards set in modern tarot decks, and while incorrectly numbered, the cards within the Dishonored Tarot deck can be theoretically linked to their Arcana counterparts by using their representative character and personalities, compared with the meanings given to certain tarot cards.
There are multiple theories and collections of ideas concerning what cards in a regular tarot deck the Dishonored cards represent. The most popular representations are as follows:
The Minor Arcana:
- Rats are Pentacles.
- Swords are Swords.
- Guns are Wands.
- Skulls are Cups.
- The Kings and Queens remain Kings and Queens. Jacks are Pages, and Commoners are Knights.
The Major Arcana
- Judgement - Judgement
- Lust - Strength
- Man on Stilts - Chariot
- The Boatman - The Sun
- The Witch - The High Priestess
- The Weeper - Fortune
- The Lady - Justice
- Regret - The Tower
- The Urchin Prince - The Moon
- The Twins - The Lovers
- The Hermit - The Hermit
- The Artist - The Magician
- Cruelty - The Devil
- The Governess - Temperance
- Nobility - The Star
- The High Overseer - The Heirophant
- The Drowned Man - The Hanged Man
- The Lord Regent - The Emperor
- The Empress - The Empress
- The World - The World
- Death - Death
- The Outsider - The Fool
It is also important to note that you can tell which way up a card in the Dishonored deck has been dealt by looking at the back.