Well, looking at the art of Azor, the Lawbringer and Sanctum of the Sphinx, the Immortal Sun is clearly on the ceiling, but Kumena describes it as being on the floor. That means that Azor's Sanctum is directly underneath the upper temple that Kumena was operating from. So it would make a lot of sense for Azor to be the voice. He could actually be just shouting at Kumena, no telepathic magic required.
Quote from Chalsis »Wait... is Kumena *done*? Already? After all that buildup? What about the Tyrant of Orazca? What about the dangerous opponent that Tishana was so determined to stop? He was such an interesting villain with believable goals, and he just gets punked like that in the opening scene of Rivals by a two-dimensional cartoon like Vona?
Either he'll be back, or that was just the biggest waste of potential I've seen from the Magic story in ages.
Rule #1 of storylines like this one: No one is dead unless you see the body. Within the last year or so they've already pulled this exact same stunt with Pia Nalaar, Jaya Ballard, and Vona. Kumena will be back. If he was actually dead, they would have made sure that we all know it. If there's even a shadow of a doubt about a character's fate, it means that the writers want to have the ability to bring that character back when they see fit.
Jace's memory of Alhammaret would probably affect how he handles Azor, who is without a doubt MUCH more powerful than Alhammaret. Who knows, Azor might even be Alhammaret's acquaintance or teacher at one point and immediately recognizes Jace's symbol (Alhammaret's collar). Azor might even told Jace that it was HIM who invented the Mage Rings, and Alhammaret was appointed to watch over the balance. O_O
That would make a lot of sense. I was already expecting Vraska to be hostile towards Azor given her experience with his guild, but I thought that Jace would have to mediate between them. But the way that Azor was introduced in this story makes it seem like Jace is also going to be hostile towards Azor, at least at first. And the fact that they finally pointed out the connection between Jace's symbol and Alhammaret's collar can't be a coincidence either. There is almost definitely some sort of connection between Azor and Alhammaret, a connection that we will learn once we finally see Azor and Jace have a conservation. Maybe Azor and Alhammaret knew each other in the past like you said, or maybe Azor doesn't know him personally but is rather the progenitor of all sphinxes on Vryn. It would explain why Azor and Alhammaret have faces that are noticeably more humanlike than any other sphinxes we've seen. Alhammaret would have to be around for several centuries to have known Azor before the latter trapped himself on Ixalan, and we don't know if that's possible since we don't know the lifespan of sphinxes. But Alhammaret and all other sphinxes on Vryn being descendants of Azor could easily fit with the timeline and what we know about Azor.