Author: WilBlanks

Revisiting Alara: A Brief Introduction

In this new flavor series, Wil takes use through the Shards of Alara starting with a brief overview of the plane and it’s story.   The Shards of Alara Long ago, Alara was a plane like most; rich in mana and resources and culture. Then a great cataclysm came and sundered the plane into pieces. Rather than being destroyed, it was split into five shards. Each shard coalesced into its own plane containing three colors of Magic. Over time these planes stabilized and grew to forget their origins and became defined not only by what they had, but what...

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Ravnica: Beyond the Guilds

RAVNICA, BEYOND THE GUILDS Ravnica is one of the most varied and fascinating in all the multiverse. A cityscape covers the entire globe, and ten ancient political bodies, the Guilds of Ravnicas, have bent the world to their will and manage to survive even the most dramatic changes to their world, physical or political. But there is much more to this world beyond the guilds and the city they have crafted. RACES OF RAVNICA One of the most notable things about Ravnica is the sheer variety of races that exist here. Humans, elves, goblins, Cyclops, minotaur, giants, the insectoid...

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The Ravnica Guilds: Azorius

AZORIUS SENATE The Azorius Senate are the white-blue guild of Ravnica. They are the self-appointed law of Ravnica, the judge and jury who write the rules of Ravnica and ensure they are enforced. How much their laws are actually listened to by the other guilds or even the general populace varies depending on any number of factors, but they’re not afraid to back up their words with action. The Azorius Senate was there at the beginning. The guild was founded by a powerful and wise lawmage by the name of Azor, and he was the one who came up...

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The Ravnica Guilds: Simic

THE SIMIC COMBINE The Simic Combine are the blue-green guild of Ravnica. Biomancers by trade, they are the stewards of Ravnica’s lifeforms. From responsible medicine, to engineering of monsters and bioweapons, they take upon themselves to ensure that all of Ravnica’s life forms are capable for the challenges of life in the city, whether or not they want the help. HISTORY AND PURPOSE Little is remembered about the founder of the Simic Combine. It is know that he was a powerful Vedalken biomancer, a wizard with power over living things, and that the Guild bears his name, but little...

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The Ravnica Guilds: Golgari

THE GOLGARI SWARM The Golgari Swarm are the in-numerous black-green Guild of Ravnica. Taking claim of most anything under the city streets, the Golgari embrace the cycle of life and death and twist it to their gain. Using the dead as reinforcements and resources, the Golgari are a strange bunch. They provide numerous valuable services to the city as a whole, but take the bug-crazy, fungus-covered sewer dwellers take the role of social pariahs and seem to wear it proudly. HISTORY AND PURPOSE The Swarm were founded by a powerful necromancer named Svogthir. Svogthir was an ambitious man, and...

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