Warrior Cards are used to build a serpent chain from your Temple Row to your opponent’s Temple Stone. There are two different Warrior Cards: Eagle Warriors and Jaguar Warriors.
A player plays a Warrior Card matching their own house on one of the two Keystones in their Temple Row to start a serpent chain.
On subsequent turns, a player can play either an Eagle Warrior Card or Jaguar Warrior Card on a Serpent Stone adjacent to their active Warrior Cards. (An inactive Warrior Card is a card that has become separated from their serpent chain. See INACTIVE WARRIOR CARDS.)
If a player plays a Warrior Card on their opponent’s Temple Stone, that player wins the round, takes one Teotl Stone from their opponent’s Temple Stone and places it in their Capture Bowl.
Only Warrior Cards from the player’s own house can be played on that player’s Keystones.
Warrior Cards are always played face up on an empty Serpent Stone on the Yaotitlan with the arrows pointing toward the opponent. (The Warrior Card’s orientation determines to which team it belongs.)
Players cannot play a Warrior Card on their own Temple Stone.
Only one Warrior Card can occupy a Serpent Stone at a time.
Warrior Cards remain on a Serpent Stone until they are attacked by a Nahualli Strike or the round ends.
If a Warrior Card becomes separated from a serpent chain it becomes inactive. A player cannot use Warrior Cards that are inactive to build their serpent chain or to attack opposing Warrior Cards. Inactive Warrior Cards can be made active again if a played Warrior Card reconnects them to the player’s serpent chain, or if it is captured by the opposing team.