What is a card suit?
Standard playing cards are typically divided into one of four categories (or suits)–hearts, spades, diamonds, or clubs. A card's suit is denoted by the suit symbol, usually located on the face of a card in the corners.
In a standard 52-card deck, each suit represents a fourth of the deck. In other words, 13 cards are hearts, 13 are spades, 13 are diamonds, and 13 are clubs.
Typically in trick-taking games, players have to follow suit on their turn. This means that they must play a card that has the same suit as the lead card, if they have one. If they can't follow suit, they may play a trump, or sluff.
How do suits relate to the card game 4 Seasons of War?
Like most trick-taking games, in 4 Seasons, each suit represents a fourth of the cards. However, unlike most games, players do not have to follow suit. Instead, they can play any card they want on their turn.
There is a trump suit in 4 Seasons, which changes from hand-to-hand in a predictable manner, following the pattern: hearts, spades, diamonds, clubs, (repeat). If a card of the trump suit is played, it outranks all other cards from the other suits. If a trump is not played, the highest card of the lead suit wins the trick.