On Llurien, the valend cards are designed to teach children the gods and species. They are also used for playing games, divination, and in some cases, casting spells.
During game play, there are winning hands familiar to those of Earth, such as a flush or straight. Unique hands also exist in both 5-card and 7-card valend. These include the Life Hand, Death Hand, Magic Flush, Rainbow Flush, and Species Flush.
There are five suits. The first four are the seasons (or the elements). The fifth suit shows the species.
Each suit has twelve cards. The first seven are the valend or lower cards. The remaining five upper cards are the court.
The first seven cards in each suit are the valend. They show the gods and species. For example, the #1 cards show the four gods of the blue sphere and the species they created. The #2 cards show the four gods of the violet sphere and their species.
The 1-3 cards show evil gods and species, the 4 cards show the neutral gods and species, and the 5-7 cards show the good gods and species. This way, during game play, good defeats evil.
The 8-12 cards are the court and show things not related to the suits (seasons/elements, or species). These include healers (8), warrior groups (9), magicians (10), female rulers like queens or empresses (11), and male rulers like kings and emperors (12). The 5th suit show spirits, a race, and humans among other things.