Quote from Yatsufusa »I do hope Project Lightning Bug sheds some light on Ravnican history. As much as my stand on Azor now is "he's still worse than Jace because he had omnipotent powers back then and effectively used them to set-up systems that oppressed populations of sentient "lesser beings" while avoiding the responsibility needed to maintain them" (yes I know the Guildpact eventually bit him back, but I'm referring to responsibility born out of self-discipline, not out of a Magical Pact you stupidly cast to be capable of punishing yourself for said lack of self-discipline). I doubt anything will ever take the "stupid" out of the "Lawful-Stupid" alignment I gave Azor (the entire guildpact system was just poorly designed for someone of his power), but the History of Ravnica (pre-guilds) might be the crux to make his "Lawful" side seem better at the very least.
We know the first Guildpact effectively banned walking to/from the plane entirely and that might be exactly why Bolas wanted Lightning Bug. While more meta and not directly stated in the story yet, WotC did mention the plane to be a main hub and considering the focus on planeswalkers currently, it could easily tie to Ravnica's history and why the First Guildpact isolated the plane.
While we can never confirm Bolas's plans until he gloats about it, The Immortal Sun and Eternals might drop some hints and the History of Ravnica might also reinforce it. Bolas wants to harvest sparks to power himself back and Ravnica is the key to creating the prison for doing so because of its properties, the same way Ugin deemed Zendikar ideal for trapping the Titans. You can't have a prison be a livable place like the plane currently is, so this entire war is just a facade for him to cause as much destruction without having to exert his own forces (very Bolas thing to do), he'll save the Eternals to torture the planeswalkers he imprisons on the plane afterwards. I know I'm pushing the use of the Eternals a bit awkwardly, but when Bolas first arrived on Amonkhet post-mending, he did mention the whole hurried scheme was part of his plan to regain power, so they have to fit somewhere (now that "harvesting the leylines" wasn't the plan which I initially thought was during Amonkhet).
As lame as it sounds, Lightning Bug is probably a number-tracker for Bolas, since Bolas himself isn't too sure how well Ravnica attracts walkers, since it hasn't been that long since the first Guildpact was broken (and any history before that isn't that accessible).
If there was ever a set to feature generic Planeswalkers, perhaps not as cards but in the art of the spells and summoned creatures, the third set would be the perfect time.
Think of it. In the game we ARE Planeswalkers, dueling, touring and experiencing. But the lore has never done a good job at highlighting this.
What if this is the first story WE get to participate in? Fighting a war against or on behalf of Bolas?
I mean if each lightning strike of the project symbolizes a Planeswalker entering or leaving the plane, and this is described as a storm the like of which has not happened ‘since a thousand years’, it can’t be just recording the movement of team Gatewatch or team Bolas, or just known Planeswalkers.
If Wizards actually did this, I would applaud and crow.
This is it! In this ‘block’ are all Avengers!