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  • posted a message on Dominaria Returns
    I so hope Jodah is going to be prominate/get a card in Dominaria. The Gathering Dark and Eternal Ice were my first foray into Magic's story.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Quote from Lord_Mektar »
    Really? Really? Jace gets his memory back when he hits his head on a rock? That is literally the most cliché method they could have used. And the worst part is that it shouldn't have even worked. His mind was erased by Nicol Bolas. I don't think a concussion is going to fix that.

    Besides that bit of stupidity, the story was fine.
    I don't think Bolas wiped Jace's mind, only locked away his personal memories,and even then not entirely, as Jace kept whipping up illusions of people. Maybe it's less the head injury and more being close to a massive source of magic that is bring back his memories.

    Also, all hands on deck, rocks and rough waters ahead.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Quote from Omnirahk »
    Angrath probably isn't an old walker simply due to the fact he hasn't aged to death. I don't think Minotaur get long lives like elves and dwarves.

    Ohh ooh Wild Guess time.

    Angrath is a completely civilized normal guy who would like normally sit around drinking tea and reading Charles Dickens..except he went stir crazy cause he can't leave.


    Age to death? It's only been 60 years or so since the mending happened. Granted he doesn't seem like he's particularly old, but you don't need to have any special longevity to have survived since the Mending provided you weren't too old when it happened.


    And Yet Lili who presumably always kept herself in the 20s or 30s was gonna die of old age soon, and I can't find a consistent source of Minotaur aging in any setting much less MTG, the numbers go from anywhere from 80ish to 200+ years.
    Lilliana spent decades trying to regain the power she lost in the Mending, so 40 or 50 years before she went to Bolas, and I doubt necromancy is kind to the body. Anagrath most likey is just someone who took a wrong turn at Shandalar
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Quote from user_938036 »
    Quote from SteamMage »
    Rereading Hour of Devastation and at the part where Jace tries to get into Bolas' mind and losses his focus when a memory of something akin to Bolas' mental defences flashes to the front of his mind. I know people think it was a memory of Ugin's mind, but since Jace remembered Alhammarret here, I think that memory was Alhammarret's mind and his own mind pushed it down.
    People think its Ugin due to the similarity in words used to describe them.
    The walls around the dragon's mind were smooth and featureless, like dark obsidian. There seemed to be no entry, nothing to even latch onto. Jace had never encountered a mind so impenetrable, except for . . . the merest moment of a memory surfaced of a mind as smooth and dazzling as a wall of crystal. But even as the thought entered his mind, it erased itself, and he could not remember where he had seen such a thing—or even what kind of thing it was.
    Jace tried to read the great being's mind, to verify his story, but found it as smooth and dazzling as a wall of crystal.

    Jace never describes Alhammarret.
    True, but did Ugin do any mind magic to make Jace not remember trying to read his mind. I wouldn't put it past the creative team to make any mind mage have a similar mental defence
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Rereading Hour of Devastation and at the part where Jace tries to get into Bolas' mind and losses his focus when a memory of something akin to Bolas' mental defences flashes to the front of his mind. I know people think it was a memory of Ugin's mind, but since Jace remembered Alhammarret here, I think that memory was Alhammarret's mind and his own mind pushed it down.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on What can be moved from plane to plane?
    From what I understand about it, a Planeswalker projects a field as they 'Walk, which is what makes it so thier clothing and equipment come with them. We don't know how much they could carry, but I'd wager that they can't 'Walk with something much larger/heavier than they are, or the greater the object(s)mass, the more taxing it is to 'walk with.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Quote from ThyLordQ »
    I think it's worth mentioning, from those that bring up the Meditation Realm as the blip in Project Lightning Bug, that we only know about anything the project reads because of Ral, who we now know is an Agent of Bolas. The Meditation Realm doesn't have to be hidden, Ral just has to not mention it.

    Also, I don't know if Bolas does know about Jace being there.

    Edit: My phone's autocorrect is super bizarre.
    Quote from ThyLordQ »
    I think it's worth mentioning, from those that bring up the Meditation Realm as the blip in Project Lightning Bug, that we only know about anything the project reads because of Ral, who we now know is an Agent of Bolas. The Meditation Realm doesn't have to be hidden, Ral just has to not mention it.

    Also, I don't know if Bolas does know about Jace being there.

    Edit: My phone's autocorrect is super bizarre.
    I think Bolas made Jace 'Walk to Ixalan. He left an imprint of the Meditaation Plane for Vraska so she could pay him a visit. Plus it seems the compass pointed Vraska to Jace and the cards show Jace figures out how to use it.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Quote from Omnirahk »
    Quote from SteamMage »
    Good story this week, the shoe thing aside. I wonder if Bolas knows Ixalan is a Planeswalker gravity well and knows if the Sun is what makes it that.


    Yes he does, and yes he does. Here are the relevant quote:

    "Depart for your voyage. You will not be able to return until your task is complete."

    It shows that he knows planeswalkers can't leave (You will not be able to return) and that he knows his mission for her will remove that restriction (until your task is complete).
    I have got to stop speed reading these things.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Good story this week, the shoe thing aside. I wonder if Bolas knows Ixalan is a Planeswalker gravity well and knows if the Sun is what makes it that. I really like the Vraska characterization, ends justifies the means but she still has standards and morals and for all the freedom she could have in the Muliverse, she still wants to lead her Guild to a better place.

    Jace continues to be a better character( and I had no issues with him before), now that his baggage has been removed, for now. Hope when he gets his memories back he'll be closer to who he is now( and it looks like that's more likey, given the 1st Ixalan story), than his old Living Guildpact self.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on First planeswalk planes
    Quote from SteamMage »
    Somewhat off topic, but are first time planeswalk more, energetic i guess is the best term, than others? Because Huatli manaaged to 'see' Kaladesh before she got pulled back, while Jace didn't seem to see anything in particular, just "light and color and the idea of being away"

    Could be that natives get just a little further before the binding kicks in? But I do remember from other stories that the first time is erratic and wild because they don't know what they're doing and I would imagine memory-less Jace should have had a similar experience then?
    While Jace lacks his personal memories, on some fundamental level, he's still Jace, Planeswalker, Illuionist, Mind Mage. At his core, he knows haw to 'Walk, so there's less of the super erratic nature of the 'Walk.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on First planeswalk planes
    Somewhat off topic, but are first time planeswalk more, energetic i guess is the best term, than others? Because Huatli manaaged to 'see' Kaladesh before she got pulled back, while Jace didn't seem to see anything in particular, just "light and color and the idea of being away"
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    I have to wonder if we won't get a traditional villain in Rivals. The set name indicates to me we'll get the various factions racing to find/use the Immortal Sun, with some having really bad intentions on getting it.

    On that note, if the Sun is what Bolas sent Vraska to Ixalan for, I bet it is/ can be used as a power source he needs for the Planar Bridge.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Quote from Etherium Sage »
    If he is from an already-known plane, my money is on Dominaria.

    I'd wager that's what we've got here:
    His name is similar in formation to Tahngrath
    His chain magic is evocative of Chainers
    A number of Dominarian Minotars went to Otarai after the Invastion
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    I love Angrath's magic. Would be cool if he's from Otaria
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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