General things that we can then apply to Shae:
> Unless a card effect specifically says otherwise, the icons on a character only matter when declaring that character as an attacker or defender in a challenge. In fact, if an icon is removed from the character while they are participating in that challenge (i.e., after they have already been declared as an attacker or defender in an INT challenge, someone uses a "loses an INT icon" effect on them), they still count their STR toward winning/losing the challenge -- because having the icon only matters for declaring, not for resolving, the challenge. So the icons a character has doesn't put any limits on when its abilities can be used.
> When a character ability starts with "Challenges:", it can be used any time a player can take an action during the challenge phase - whether there is a challenge currently taking place or not.
> When card text uses the word "power," it is referring to the victory point counters. The crown symbol will be used when referring to the POW icon, and "total STR" is the term used when referring to how much a player counts toward winning or losing a challenge.
SO: applying all of that to Shae, her INT icon tells you nothing about when you can use her ability. You are not limited to using it during an INT challenge. You are not even limited to using it during a challenge at all. All you need to know about when you use her ability comes from the word "Challenges," which means "any time during the Challenge phase you want." (In my experience, most people use her before their opponent initiates their first challenge of the round so as to kneel the most powerful character they can before it attacks them.)
Similarly, you need to meet the play restrictions of her ability, saying she can only kneel characters controlled by someone with more "power" than you. This has nothing to do with the POW challenge or which characters have the "crown" icon, but rather the current victory point counts. If you are currently winning the game (i.e., have the most points), you won't be able to use her.
Hope the general info helps with the next card that comes up (because there is always a "next"card, no matter how long you've been playing.)
Edited by ktom, 08 February 2014 - 03:39 PM.