Quote from KarnTerrier »I'd say Phyrexia definitely still has some of that White/Black tribalism. Also, it's only the Red faction of New Phyrexia that was forced into hiding, the Black faction submitted to the White faction's rule. That's why Atraxa is every color but Red, she was created by all four of the remaining Praetors after they'd forged their alliance. I actually see New Phyrexia as being four-colored, you can basically view it as combining Esper-style technocracy with Bant-style collectivism with Sultai-style expansionism.
My apologies. I was under the impression that Ataraxa was formed during the five colours period, with red declining to involve themselves, with red and black's factions subsequently being conquered by Elesh Norn. That was just what the story Wiki had led me to believe.
And it just fitted so nicely with the vision of those three Phyrexian factions, as red allowed the refugees to be and Black was only interested in making itself perfect, with all others as servants.
Quote from KarnTerrier »On a semi-related note, I originally thought about listing the Borg Collective as an example of a Bant-colored organization, but I wasn't sure whether it should be considered White/Blue/Green (because it seeks to incorporate everyone into its 'perfect' society) or Blue/Black/Green (because it seeks to consume and absorb everyone else that exists, making everything into a part of itself). Mark Rosewater originally listed them as typical Blue/Black expansionist conquerors, but later considered them an example of the Green/Black plague-bearer archetype, and admitted that they could be seen as White/Green collectivists if you assumed their motives were benevolent (i.e. if they genuinely believed that the people and species they assimilated were better off as part of the Collective). Ultimately I'd say that, like the New Phyrexians, they're White/Blue/Black/Green. Given that the Borg's defining trait is that they completely lack individuality, I'd say that having them be Non-Red fits perfectly.
Oh I totally agree Phyrexia's callous selfishness is still heavily an underlying black trait, but if it's true upon our return that the two colours most valuing of individualism and expression have been destroyed within Phyrexia, or at least play our protagonists then you're description would be a fantastic description on the way the new villainous antagonist would play out.
Plus it would just be such a beautiful inversion considering Phyrexia was previously black/red. Just so fitting a narrative. Also you do amazing work, I applaud your articles and eagerly await the rest, hopefully you'll do the guilds when you've finished with these lol