Author: WilBlanks

Revisiting Alara: Naya

NAYA                 Naya is the Shard without blue and black mana. Without the influence of blue’s domestication and black’s rampant death, Naya grew into a realm of unbound growth. Many of the lifeforms of the shard have grown to sizes all but unheard of on most other worlds, and you can’t throw a rock in any direction without hitting something alive.  Fertile soaring mountains, lush plentiful fields, and boundless jungles of massive trees cover the land; Naya is a land of possibility and growth. The elves of the plane live in a delicate balance with the fauna of the...

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Revisiting Alara: Jund

JUND                 Jund is the Shard of Alara lacking white and blue mana. Without the colors of order and civilization to leash it, Jund evolved into a chaotic world where no law or ideal has been able to override the condition of “might makes right”. A world of vast mountain ranges, thriving jungles and deep festering swamps; Jund is a world defined by the food chain. A constant fight for survival has systematically weeded out all weakness of Jund, and every living thing there knows how to put up a fight or die trying. Humans occupy one of the...

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Revisiting Alara: Grixis

GRIXIS Grixis is the shard of Alara without white or green mana. Without the colors of life, Grixis has atrophied to a decaying world caught in a downward spiral of parasitism. A sick, deathly world where the soil can be made of rotting flesh, ever under a stormy sky, everything about this world is somehow ‘wrong’. The sea, the land, the very air is choked with the stench of death, and living things are few and far between. Death reigns here, and Grixis has some of the most populous amounts of undead anywhere in the multiverse. Necromancers and demon...

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Revisiting Alara: Esper

ESPER Esper is the shard of Alara lacking red and green mana. Without the influence of emotion and instinct, Esper grew into a world of supreme logic and order. A sterile world of deep, boundless seas; wide open dunes of glass; dank pools of cess beneath cloudy skies, defined by rules and structure where the clever most prevail. The most defining feature of the world is a powerful, magical alloy known as etherium that functions as a metaphor for Esper itself; ever-striving to better itself than natural life. Red and green are the colors of instinct and emotion, savagery...

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Revisiting Alara: Bant

Bant is the shard of Alara bereft of black and red mana. Free from the influence of death and chaos, Bant evolved over the centuries into an orderly, if somewhat strict society. A hierarchy of angles rules over a highly martial caste-based society in this world of golden spires, rolling hills, and rich oceans. The laws of the land are firm and fair, and everyone is expected to fulfill their role, which will afford them a peaceful life, but perhaps not one of their choosing. The lack of black and red influence has left Bant to be defined by...

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