I was wondering what happens when you draw 4 relic cards at the beginning of the intrigue phase.
Can you discard them and draw 4 new cards?
Another question that bugs me is what happens if you do not want a card effect to take place?
Can you say that you do not want to use the ability on the card (i.e. swap stack cards) or do you have to use it?
Well two both of your question I would point you to p. 8
"During a player's turn he must perform on of these actions: [...]
• Discard one card from from his hand to his Discard Pile withput applying any effects."
As I understand, if you have four relic cards, that is your only option. So this round is a lost round for you and the second question is also answered with this.
Sorry for answering that late, but I just got the game .