Quote from saidinmilamber »Quote from OathboundOne »I really just can't buy into Bolas' just making the eternals.
Why would he waste his last few remaining days of oldwalker god-like power setting up a plane to create a small undead army that it simply may never even be possible for him to move from one plane to another post mending?
Maybe you're on to something here. Why WOULD he waste his last few days of oldwalker power doing this? Well if you were Nicol Bolas, wouldn't your goal be if you at one stage in your existence had god-like power, to return to having god-like power at some stage??
The focus here isn't the army itself, it's likely the lazotep. It might contain some kind of secret to getting oldwalker-level power back. Perhaps it can work like powerstones and be used to contain planeswalker sparks, but because it's been fused into a sentient (but completely obedient undead) creature, it may facilitate a planeswalking ability for that creature. That would grant him much less reliance on keeping in his employ independent planeswalkers that might betray him like Tezz. He might launch a crusade to hunt down planeswalkers all over the Multiverse to harvest their sparks for his Eternals, and maybe when he has enough, he might be able to channel them into him and turn him into an oldwalker, possibly stabilised by the proximity of the lazotep. Sure this is helped by his access to his new Planar Bridge, but the plan could function without it!
I don't think that quite fits either, since we know that (most if not all of) the Gatewatch survives their encounter with Bolas*. If he wanted to harvest Sparks, why would he let them live/escape?
*Realistically WotC isn't killing off their much (self)lauded protagonist group in Amonkhet. Nissa looks to be involved in post-Bolas rebuilding, Chandra and Liliana are very popular and we know for certain due to leaks that Jace survives at the least. Gideon has too much set-up for his return to Theros to die here.