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After months of fighting, the Dominaria
ns hold Yavimaya
, and the deepest oceans. Two forests, a desert, and some water. Sure, a few holdouts remain in various parts of the world, but organized resistance is limited to these few distant realms. And then, the overlay happens.
took its day trips there during the Invasion, the dread plane of Rath
was covered in Phyrexia
n troops. The crew could not figure out why. But suddenly, to its horror, the entire Coalition at Koilos
finds itself utterly surrounded. The flowstone
plane reached completion, and the entire surface overlayed itself upon Dominaria
—carrying the Phyrexia
n armies with it.
returns to the skies as the army rushes to prepare itself for battle. Then, it disappears. The Weatherlight
crew is stunned as more and more of its allies disappear, and the Phyrexia
n army and antiaircraft tighten around the skyship and the one remaining titan engine—Urza
himself. The last second before they are destroyed, Urza
planeswalks ship and engine both away.
They appear off the coast of Urborg
, where Barrin
had fought his last, losing battle. However, Urza
has miscalculated, and gets to take a bath.
The outer Urborg
an isle is swarming with Phyrexia
ns, but something is odd about them. They are not acting as fighters or killers, but pilgrims
. . . and Gerrard
realizes that the center of their adoration is the devastated ruins of Crovax
’s childhood estate. He wonders: just how high has Crovax
He is having a casual chat with his parents’ remains when the hastily repaired Tsabo Tavoc
is brought before him. She thinks she is to be his second in command. He has other plans for the general who abandoned her army and lost Koilos
beneath her legs holds her fast
rips her apart. She screams, and asks
if she is to be fed to his vampire hounds. Crovax
gives a shark-toothed grin—no, that privilege
belongs to the Evincar.
A few of Urza
’s allies don’t go straight to their rendezvous point on the first sphere of Phyrexia
. Tevesh Szat
has a little chat with Darigaaz
, returning him and the dragon
nations to Shiv
where the Phyrexia
ns are attacking an ancient mural of a dragon
the tale of the Primevals, five dragon
s that ruled the world in ancient times, that could be resurrected to fight the Phyrexia
ns and make dragon
s the dominant species once again. The Phyrexia
ns had already destroyed the remains of the first. . . .
. . . but he does take them to the second, deep in Yavimaya
doesn’t really know how to free the Primeval from her prison inside a magnigoth treefolk
, but he feels her calling to him. When the leader of the black dragon
s grows impatient and even hostile, Darigaaz
’s normal diplomacy is overwritten by rage. He impales the other dragon
on the tree, and it begins to open.
is enamored with Rith
as soon as she emerges. The green dragon
is beautiful, and powerful, and commanding… and hugely disappointed with what has become of her race. She takes de facto command, and leads the dragon
nations to free another.
Just after the dragon
s leave, the magnigoths
awaken. Trees the size of cities, they were charged with holding Rith
for eternity after the Primevals were first defeated by mortals, millennia earlier. Now, they started moving to get Rith
. . . with a few thousand kavu
hitching a ride in their canopies.
and his Llanowar
elves, meanwhile, appear in the frigid reaches of Keld
gasps as he recognizes the forest nestled in the Keldon
. His home has followed him to Dominaria
. And now, it is dying. The trees of Skyshroud
, the Rootwater underneath, neither can survive in this climate. So he calls in a favor.
He had become the “Seed of Freyalise
” to save the elves of Llanowar
, who worship the planeswalker
. Now, he prays to her, demanding (politely) that she protect his homeland in return. She consents, casting a spell to protect the forest from the climate and the natives, but if he wants to protect it from the Phyrexia
ns to come, he’ll have to make an alliance with the Keldon
s, even then furiously circling the forest, wondering why they aren’t able to enter it.
As the ground war on Urborg
heats up, Agnate
take mile after putrid mile—the battle is much more fluid than the grinding trenches of Koilos
. However Agnate
gets overconfident, and is lured into a trap . . . before being rescued by a powerful new ally.
are saved by an army of undead, who fall upon the Phyrexia
n zombies and machines, while pulling the metathran
out of the quicksand trap. The Phyrexia
ns are defeated, but Agnate
is not sure what to do about this new undead ally… who looks disconcertingly identical to Thaddeus
The Lich Lord Dralnu
that he and his undead minions are all former soldiers, serving as they can in this unlife. There is no afterlife, he says, no Valhalla—simply nothingness. He offers warriors an afterlife of service and duty. In this way, he pays tribute to the honored dead. Agnate
accepts this alliance, performing a ritual of unity with him by washing his feet.
Looking down on the battlefield, Weatherlight
’s crew notices Agnate
and many of his troops go missing, and muses on where reinforcements could be found. Gerrard
’s homeland, Talruum, though the minotaur
is grimly hesitant. His culture puts a lot of emphasis on appearance, and after his stay in Volarth’s dungeon, he is a mutated, monstrous caricature of a minotaur
. Nevertheless, once Gerrard
gets the idea, he can’t be swayed.
is slightly disturbed to find that his homeland simply doesn’t exist
anymore, thanks to Teferi
’s meddling. He is silently thankful for not having to face his brethren, but Gerrard
’s one-track mind simply thinks of the next source of minotaurs—the storied Hurloon
shifts there, only to find that the Hurloon
capital was burned during the planeshift, and the male fighters have been drugged and prepared for transformation—just like Tahngarth. Of course you know, this means war.
Chain of command be damned, Tahngarth
orders the ship into landing, and loading a full thousand of the unconscious minotaurs aboard. The ship takes massive damage in the battle, and is too heavy to lift off. They accelerate to planeshift speed, cruising on their landing spars, and flash to Yavimaya
, where Multani
(residing in the living boards of the ship) has the trees catch the ship so the crash doesn’t kill all aboard.
Times Weatherlight has crashed: 5
Oceans away, Rith
arrive in New Argive, or what’s left of it. The nation that arose out of the unification of Balduvia
had been a powerful source of White mana—and thus a priority target in the early days of the invasion. The great library of New Argive had been razed, all its books burned. Beneath that library, however, was the foundation of an even greater ancient one, beneath which the White Primeval is pinioned. Rith
tricks the leaders of the other four dragon
nations into mana burning themselves to death, and that sacrifice frees Treva
Oceans away from that, (the same oceans, actually,) Eladamri
has formed an alliance with the Keldon
s in the same way he had won metathran
allegiance—trial by combat. Now, the small elvish army joins the huge Keldon
host, marching for the Necropolis
, the most holy site in the Keldon
is the resting place for all the great heroes of Keldon
history. According to the Twilight legends, at the end of time, the heroes of Keld
will rise to fight invaders. Atop the Necropolis
is the dock of the Golden Argosy
, a mystical ship that will carry those heroes to their destiny. However, now a Phyrexia
n army outnumbering the combined Keldon
and elvish (Kelvish?) host is marching for this hallowed ground, and the alliance rushes to prevent its desecration.
The Kelvish host fights as hard and as fast as it can, but colos and longships cannot outpace the huge Phyrexia
n army. Not just the Necropolis
, but all of Keld
seems lost. Then, as the Necropolis
is overrun, there is a flash, and the legends of Keld
’s history rise again.
Problem is, they fight on the wrong side. The Keldon
dead rise to fight the Keldon
living. The religious shock alone is enough to render many Keldon
s unable to fight. Then, things REALLY get nasty, when a holy artifact strikes one of the Keldon
dead, and through such blasphemy, causes a volcano to erupt beneath the glacier on which the battle is fought. Soon, a geyser of lava is surrounded by a whirlpool of icy water, in which everyone is equally doomed.
, the Nine Titans have already begun their destructive descent down the spheres. Both Urza
have visited the plane in the past, and Urza
has spent centuries discovering critical junctures and support structures, and the Titans systematically attack each of these, while fending off the deadly and endless defenders of the hellish plane, although Urza
is increasingly pausing to marvel at the mechanical perfection of it. (Incidentally, I think that is Taysir
on the left there, next to the implosion)
However, a tragic ‘accident’ quickly occurs, when Kristina
is forced from her engine into the area Tevesh Szat
was breathing a huge acid cloud. Taysir
attacks him immediately—she was an old flame of his after all. Szat
insists it was a tragic accident, and the Eight Titans continue.
After another session of refit and repair, Weatherlight
again sets sail. The now-conscious minotaurs have learned of Tahngarth
’s insistence on helping them; they show him that only his courage matters to them, not his appearance. However, the same is not true when the minotaur
, encounters his new allies. While he holds Agnate
in high esteem, Dralnu
he does not trust at all.
will not be swayed from his alliance with Dralnu
, insisting the undead man is a noble warrior. Moreover, Dralnu
’s zombies, skeletons, and other ghoulish troops make up the bulk of Coalition forces on Urborg
. With Dralnu
’s help, Phyrexia
n forces have been driven back almost to the Stronghold itself.
In the end, Agnate
the proof the minotaur
needs of Dralnu
’s duplicity—the metathran
general is dying of a slow rotting disease, spreading up from where the lich had washed his feet in the alliance ceremony. Grizzlegom
finally makes Agnate
recognize the truth—he has turned Death against Death, merely chosen one to rule instead of the other. If Dralnu
is not stopped, he will take control of the entire Coalition, by taking control of Agnate
agrees to pass command on to Grizzlegom
, if only the minotaur
will do for him what he did for Thaddeus
’s life, then his unlife, assassinates Dralnu
, and leads the living army against their undead allies.
and the terrorized dragon
nations to an ocean trench where the next Primeval is imprisoned. Darigaaz tries
to object to the escalating sacrifices of mortal dragon
s, but can do nothing against the two Primevals, and hundreds of his kin die diving toward Dromar
’s gilded cage.
is the greediest of the dragon
s, and was captured by giving him all the wealth he could desire. Rith
destroys it, thus forcing the Primeval back into the world. With three Primevals holding him in thrall, Darigaaz
’s better self is virtually dormant. His temper is short, and his anger a terror to behold. He flies with Rith
, and Dromar
, virtually their equal in power, as they make their way to the site of the final, Black Primeval. And where else would that be, but Urborg
The Eight Titans have split up, each to plant a charge on some essential support struts of the third sphere (probably). Daria
, outside her suit, has wriggled her way between some really tight pipes toward some target that creates an inconvenient ‘prevents planeswalking’ zone. She sets the bomb, turns to leave, and finds herself face to maw with Tevesh Szat
. She tries to run, but the draconic walker is to big, too fast, and too hungry. Afterwards, Szat
returns to his own Titan Engine.
finds out Szat
ate his adoptive daughter, he becomes furious, but Urza
calmly replies that he expected Szat
to betray them, and matters are well in hand. He explains that he had devised a powerful weapon known as a "soul bomb," that would take the souls of many thousands of mortals to charge . . . or of just one planeswalker
had told him there was no ethical way to charge it. So, being Urza
(i.e. insane), he deliberately included a ‘walker in the Titans whom he knew would betray them. And the moment he felt justified in doing so, he initiated the kill rubrick in Szat
Under the glacier in Keld
have somehow survived, along with a few odd Keldon
s and elves here and there. Most miraculous of all, though, is that they do so from the decks of the Golden Argosy
, sailing immaculate and radiant among the dark depths. The surviving Keldon
s realize now the truth of Twilight: the dead legends of Keld
were simply that—dead. Now, the Argosy was picking up the true
heroes of Keld
, and it would take them to the battle to decide the destiny of the world. Eladamri
take comfort in each other as they await to face the dawn.
The advance at Urborg
has ground to a halt, without Dralnu
’s undead armies to support it (and with Grizzlegom
’s living army diminished by destroying it). Weatherlight
controls the skies, granting one significant advantage for the Coalition forces. That is, until its old enemy rises to challenge it.
first met, the Dominaria
ns got their ass kicked. The second time, they won by a quirk of chance. This time, Predator
is no contest. Weatherlight
has grown bigger, faster, stronger . . . the crew has about 50,000 more experience points each, the armaments have been improved five or six times over.
is not expected to truly challenge Weatherlight
, to the point that Crovax
is really just throwing it away to make a point. Greven, in his ONLY SCENE in the Invasion trilogy, is being mind-controlled by Crovax
, and is flippantly tossed to his death.
, broken by the loss of Belbe as well as some torturous mutations, is Crovax
’s loyal lapdog now, but even were he not, he would enjoy taking some measure of revenge against Gerrard
. With a simple teleport spell, he appears behind "our hero." Squee
to try to save Gerrard
, but in the end only gets himself captured along with his commander.
is delighted. Not only has he captured his former commander and crewmate, his counterpart among Urza
’s forces, but he also has Squee
to play with. Gerrard
must first be dealt with, starting with the classic villainous “We are not so different, you and I,” speech. After that, though, comes the true temptation: Yawgmoth
sends Crovax Selenia
, makes her manifest. She is tangible, real—alive. Crovax
, who (thanks to Yawgmoth
) rises only a moment later, whole but confused. All of this is to show Gerrard
one thing: Yawgmoth
controls death. And he can bring Hanna
The deeper the Titans (now Six) get into Phyrexia
, the more Urza
laments every step in its destruction. The others—Bo Levar
particularly—call him on it, questioning his loyalties. He assures them that he is committed to destroying Phyrexia
, masterpiece though it is.
However, when it comes time to set the master bomb, that will set off all the other soul bombs at once, Urza
cannot do it. Yawgmoth
speaks to him in his head, seducing him, and Urza
does not act surprised, but cannot accept the change of heart in his millennial nemesis so quickly. He puts Urza
through a test, summoning the ‘walker to the punishment sphere. There, Urza
sees his brother, Mishra, still alive after 4000 years of torment. He is given the choice—save Mishra, or serve Yawgmoth
. He tells Mishra, "goodbye," and walks away.
nations arrive at last at Urborg
, and Rith
explains to Darigaaz
how the quest will truly be completed. Each Primeval stands for a part of the life cycle: Rith
is birth, Treva
is childhood, Dromar
adulthood, and Crosis
, the last, is Death. The sacrifice needed to reawaken Crosis
is the sacrifice of the other four Primevals. And what of the Red one? Why, the Red one is, and has always been, Darigaaz
Four mighty dragon
s plunge into the muck of Urborg
’s deepest swamp, and five omnipotent ones emerge. Their control over the mortal dragon
s is complete. They give no thought to the plight of the other races, and when they see something else daring to claim the sky as its own—Weatherlight
they attack it with the anger of gods. The ship may be powerful, but five dragon
-gods is more than it can take.
does all it can to fly evasively, but there doesn’t seem much hope . . . until what looked like a fast-moving Sargasso rises from the ocean. The Magnigoth treefolk
have finally tracked down Rith
, and Multani
among their branches as the kavu
bound down from them to join in the ground battle. Rith
is captured, and Darigaaz
regains a little of his mind—but not enough. He attacks Weatherlight
latching onto the side, digging into it to tear out its Thran
heart. But the power of another god gets in his way—Karn
blocks his path, and with the touch of a burgeoning deity, reawakens the memories of the mortal Darigaaz
. Horrified at what he has become, Darigaaz
plummets toward a volcano of his own making, sacrificing his life to weaken the remaining Primevals.
plummets again to the ground (Times Weatherlight has crashed: 6
), the ground battle has stalled, when a golden ship unloads an army of the mightiest heroes of Keld
and human alike. The advance resumes.
The crew defends the ship and otherwise does what it can, but the damage this time is just too extensive. They have lost Hanna
. They have lost Gerrard
. The engine is smashed. But Karn
, increasingly cryptic Karn
emerges from below, holding the Thran Tome
, and saying he knows how to save Dominaria
To be concluded next time!