Alice met Mayor Elder in the Village of the Doomed and she was sent through the mines of a cart. In her haste to leave after almost falling to her death, she arrived in Pandemonium. Before entering an area surrounded by guards, she was able to pick up the Cards for the first time. From that point on, they were apparent throughout the rest of the journey and had been extremely handy when dealing with airborne enemies.
Each attack somewhat drained Alice's willpower and the Cards had travel time and limited tracking power which made striking a long distance or quick-moving target difficult. The secondary fire can be used akin to a close range shotgun, since all the cards were more likely to hit when Alice was closer to the enemy.
The Cards only had two attacks:
Primary – Alice quickly shoots Cards one after the other on a locked-on target in an automatic, robotic fashion.
Secondary – Alice has a "burst" attack where she throws several cards in a disorderly and scattering pattern towards a single enemy.
The Playing Cards were simply rectangle-shaped cards similar to normal playing cards. Each card had a white front with a suit and number printed upon it, and black-and-red back printed with a capital "A" for Alice.