Fortune Cookie Slip

Near the bottom of each card is a slip from a fortune cookie. There are a bunch of randomisers on here. They always appear in the same order, though on some cards, some elements may not be present.

Number

The first element is a number. Each card is numbered from 1—4, but these numbers don't correspond to any particular order of the cards.

Answer

Fortune cookie slips feature answers to your questions, inspired by the famous Lucky-8 ball (the actual words and the distributions are totally different). There are 27 different answers, each appearing on two cards. Of those 27, 9 are positive, 9 are negative and 9 are neutral or ambiguous.

Gender

A gender symbol follows the answer on each card. There are three genders present: male, female and the intersex symbol. The male and female signs appear 4x more often than the intersex symbol. The intersex symbol is intended to represent some complication in the gender of a character. It could indicate a woman posing as a man to be allowed to go into battle, or it could represent a non-straight relationship. The interpretation is up to you.

Western Zodiac

On 48 of the cards is the astrological symbol of one of the signs of the western Zodiac. In astrology, personality traits are often associated with sign. This can help generate a random personality type.

AriesThe Ram
TaurusThe Bull
GeminiThe Twins
CancerThe Crab
LeoThe Lion
VirgoThe Virgin
LibraThe Scales
ScorpioThe Scorpion
SagittariusThe Centaur / The Archer
CapricornThe Sea Goat
AquariusThe Water Bearer
PiscesThe Fish

Blood Group

The cards feature an A/B/AB/O blood group. Some Asian cultures associate blood groups with personality traits. Unlike most elements on the cards, the different groups don't appear in the same proportion. There are 12 cards with O, 12 with A, 8 with B and 4 with AB.

Chinese Zodiac

On 48 of the cards is the Chinese character for the Chinese Zodiac (often called the Chinese year in the west, e.g. ``the year of the dog''). Again these are associated with personality traits.

Rat
Ox
Tiger
Rabbit
Dragon
Snake
Horse
Goat / Ram
Monkey
Rooster
Dog
Pig

I Ching Trigrams

48 of the cards contain a trigram (e.g. ☳) from the I Ching traditional divination technique. The I Ching, however, is mostly concerned with the meaning of hexagrams (e.g. ䷔). A hexagram is made up of two trigrams stacked on top of one another, the bottom trigram is known as the inner, and the top is the outer. (e.g. ䷔ is made up of the outer ☲ on top of the inner ☳). There are not enough cards to feature the 64 hexagrams. To generate a hexagram from the cards, draw two cards.

Alignment

The last element is an alignment grid, used in Dungeons and Dragons and games derived from it. One of the nine cells is shaded. The cells from the top left, reading right then down in rows represent: lawful good, neutral good, chaotic good, lawful neutral, true neutral, chaotic neutral, lawful evil, neutral evil, chaotic evil.