With the empire thriving, a new game hailing from a foreign land beguiles the population, everywhere you go the distinctive gameboard and pieces catching your eye. Insisting on a public demonstration, you play the game under instruction in your palace court, but the event has a sting in the tail. The game is reckoned to be a form of divination as well as entertainment. Gasps could be heard as the game's prophecy became clear: you are fated to lose everything. What will you do?
If this prophecy spread, the results could be devastating. Every witness should be paid off.
Let the people gossip. The prophecy will soon be proved false.
We must listen to the divination and prepare for the worst.