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  • posted a message on Fractured World, Infinite Other: A Postmodern & Levinasian Reading of Alara Unbroken
    Well this is something new. I enjoyed it Grin Interested to see what the Agents of Artifice analysis will show. "Nicol Bolas is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks" OMG
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  • posted a message on Which origins are left to explain...
    Quote from kalkris
    I suppose one can consider Vedalken...Frog-folk? I say this because frogs tend to grow extra limbs when exposed to radiation and mutation. Vedalken are similar, and you know I've always thought of them as kind of slimy, for some reason. They are hairless, like many amphibians [if not all], as well.


    I remember reading in one of the novels that the mutations were a result of the blinkmoth serum they were addicted to. The goldfish bowls were used to get it into their system faster.

    I don't have those books anymore though so I can't check Slant You're right though, they're frog-men either way.

    EDIT: http://wiki.mtgsalvation.com/article/Pool_of_Knowledge There we go.
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  • posted a message on [ZEN] 2 Playmat Arts
    The Angel art is by Jim Murray. If that helps anyone.

    EDIT: Sorry, Jim Murray is for Emeria Angel. My mistake.
    Posted in: Rumor Mill Archive
  • posted a message on Mindslaver?
    Ok, random question. I've just read Shattered Chains, and I was wondering, is the crazy mind-controlly artifact thing supposed to be Mindslaver? The description seems to fit perfectly art and flavour-wise but I couldn't find it on the wiki. Sorry if this has come up before... :p
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  • posted a message on [FS] 4 Cards from Lotus Noir Magazine
    Because the Urzatron needs more broken tutorage...
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Future Sight Novel Spoilers
    Sweeeeeet. Dinne and Lesherac!!! Grin Can't wait to see the rest of the spoilers, nice work.
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  • posted a message on Planar Chaos Novel Spoilers
    What does everyone think of the flavour text of Null Profusion:
    "Some say that time is cyclical and that history inevitably repeats. My will is my own, I won't bow to fate." -- Volrath.

    Perhaps I'm flogging a dead horse here but... Volrath... :p
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  • posted a message on Planar Chaos Novel Spoilers
    Quote from Caranthir
    Well, I am curious about the exact quote.
    When departed, it was like she was dead, at least for Jodah. And if Jaya really died, she must have died on Dominaria, because in case of dying elsewhere, travelling the planes, Jodah would never know what happened to her - he was not a planeswalker. And if she died on Dominaria...well, she was not just the type to die calmly, even as a human, the more as a planeswalker. In case of Jaya Ballard the Planeswalker dying on Dominaria, I bet that the world would have seen some fireworks.
    So maybe she is just gone for so long that Jodah considers her dead.

    So there is still a possibility that Future Sight will end in all walkers giving up their abilities, saving Dominaria and Jaya stepping in with "Who needs 'walkers when you have me around?"


    Sorry, you're right. I just dug out the quote and it's actually, "Jaya's gone." So yeah, she's probably not dead. Sorry about that.
    As for the end in all walkers thing, at one point, Teferi describes Venser and Radha as the sort of 'next generation' of walkers. Again, i can't remember the exact quote, but i'll have a look for it.
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  • posted a message on Planar Chaos Novel Spoilers
    Quote from Gerrard"s Mom

    Are there rifts remaining? Presumably one for Jeska to close on Otaria?
    What other planes were mentioned when Venser was looking around?


    Yeah there are still rifts remaining. There is one in Zhalfir, one on Madara I think and one somewhere else. And we all know who lives on Madara...

    The planes mentioned are a city as big as a moon (Ravnica), a world that mirrored itself in two symetrical parts (kamigawa), a vast and complicated crucible of alloy and oil (mirrodin (and the oil's still there...)) and a red and orange globe of fire (don't know this one...)

    Quote from Caranthir
    Seconded in all three cases...
    So, what's the fate of Windgrace? He succeeded in closing the rift (btw, did he retain his 'walker abilities?), but the rift "taken him"? Did he ended up in different time?

    What's the fate of Jodah? When Venser cut the tunnel, where did Jodah ended? I would hate to lose the Archmage Eternal...and I would HATE to see old beloved characters brought back only in order to kill them (again, it was enough in Invasion block - Taysir et al.) And, first and foremost, by the Nine Hells, HOW DID JODAH appear there?

    Am I right when I say that there has not been almost any Radha in PC book?

    If I recall correctly, there is but one known Dominarian (revisionist) planeswalker that has not been revisited yet in this block's books - Jaya Ballard. But I have strong suspicion that we are not going to see her. Jeska quite takes her role as red-based female planeswalker. But seeing Jodah brought back...who knows.



    1. Windgrace is gone but because he fused himself with Urborg before he went, he's not actually dead. Or something along those lines.
    2. Jodah is fine, Venser only pushed him back through to Urborg so that he wouldn't be killed when skyshroud was destroyed. I don't have a clue where he appeared from though, it doesn't really say.
    3. Nope, Radha doesn't appear in person once in the PC book.
    4. Jaya Ballard is dead apparently. There is a point in which Freyalise and Jodah are talking and Freyalise says something along the lines of, "Why don't you go get that trumped up task mage to help you?" Jodah looks down sadly and says, "Jaya died." Or something like that. I didn't know whether or not this was already known, since i've only been reading Magic novels since Mirrodin.
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  • posted a message on Planar Chaos Novel Spoilers
    Ok, I've just finished the Planar Chaos book so heres the general gist of it:

    Chapter One as we all know is just Jhoria casting some big glassy spell, Corus going mad and throwing her and Venser into it.

    In Chapter two we find out that because Venser, Jhoria and Corus all helped cast the spell, they are immune to it. They then leave the glass cloud and find Corus dead from destroying his own mana star. They also rejoin Teferi who has most definitely lost his planeswalkeryness.

    In chapter three Venser, Jhoria and Teferi are hiking through Shiv when Venser starts hearing a voice in his head, telling him to "Sleep now" and "rest." A mini basilisk then pops out of the sand and Venser reveals he has some sort of dormant power which allows him to flicker from reality. At the end of the chapter the group meet some Ghitu builders who agree to help rebuild Venser's Ambulator.

    In chapter four they start to build the new ambulator (the one on the front of the novel) and Teferi agrees to stay behind when they use it to travel to Urborg.

    Chapter five begins with Venser and Jhoria testing the Ambulator. Everything seems ok until Venser hears the voice again, panics, and everything is engulfed in a white light. We then cut to Karn and Jeska in the blind eternities, not really doing anything. Karn thinks there is some sort of nasty villian somewhere out there but that's as specifc as it gets. We then go back to Jhoria who has been transported to Urborg with Venser nowhere in sight. The place is freezing for some reason and she is approached by a mysterious stranger.
    "Urza?" she whispers, but it's not, that's just Scott McGough being incredibly nasty. It's Jodah and he agrees to take her to Lord Windgrace the planeswalker.

    In chapter six Venser arrives in Urborg, his ambulator stuck in the mud. He looks around and is surprised to see phyrexians (designed to work in cold weather conditions) pouring out of the Stronghold rift waging war with Windgrace's creatures. Eventually they're beaten back and as they are, Windgrace comes for Venser.

    In chapter seven Windgrace puts Venser on trial for all of his machine building. He claims that it was Venser's first ambulator that sparked the cold weather and allowed the phyrexians through the rift. Venser then hears the voice again and Windgrace explains that it is the 'Weaver King' a sort of psychic vampire which travels from mind to mind. Windgrace eventually determines that Venser is not in league with the Weaver King and forces him to become a loyal servant.

    Chapter eight is about the Weaver King's background. He was a nomad who took refuge in the Stronghold's City of Traitors. However, Volrath used him in an experiment, twisting his mind until he died and became a shadow creature. His right hand man, Dinne, was a Paladin En Vec who was given to the weaver king as a plaything. When Volrath fell, the weaver king drifted out of reality before being called back by the rift. And now he has an army of phyrexians.
    After this brief history lesson, we go back to Jhoria and Jodah. They talk about the weaver king a bit more then meet Venser and Windgrace.

    In Chapter 9 Jodah gets interogated a bit by Windgrace before Windgrace decides to pick up Teferi from Shiv. Teferi attempts to reason with Windgrace, trying to convince him to sacrifice his planeswalking powers to close the rift. Windgrace refuses. He then decides to bring the group to talk with Freyalise.

    Chapter 10 begins with Dinne, the shadow Pally en Vec fighting and defeating an Urborg chief for no real reason at all. It then goes back to Windgrace and his group in the blind eternities, talking to Freyalise. Nothing new is revealed and they depart, leaving Jhoria with Freyalise.

    In Chapter 11, Windgrace releases Teferi and Jodah, seeing no further use for them. Jodah then sets about making a tunnel to save Jhoria from Freyalise before Teferi comes along and persuades him that Jhoira needs the Ambulator. Unfortunatley, Windgrace has it. Venser appears and agrees to help get the ambulator and take it to Jhoria. Then they both tell Teferi to get lost.

    In chapter 12, Jhoria watches as Freyalise battles hordes of Phyrexians with her swarm of slivers. Apparently the slivers have no queen or master, so they just listen to anyone who wants to control them. When they are beaten back, Freyalise convinces Jhoria to find Radha, who is currently battling Ice giants somewhere or other.

    In Chapter 13, Jodah arrives in Skyshroud and tells Jhoria to meet them somewhere when they have the ambulator. He then takes his transport tunnel back to urborg. As he and Venser are about to set out to take the ambulator back, Teferi decides to attempt to reason with Windgrace again, probably as a distraction for Jodah and Venser.

    In Chapter 14 Jodah and Venser battle some gladehunters (Windgrace's guys) to get the ambulator back. In the process, Venser gets caught in a spiky viney tree thing. He accidentally uses his power again, flickering in and out of reality before the weaver king secretly saves Venser by calming the tree. Then they both take the ambulator to Jodah’s tunnel.

    In Chapter 15 Teferi tries to talk to Windgrace, but ends up getting transported and left inside the Stronghold. As Windgrace leaves, Teferi once again begins to practise non-planswalker magic. Then Dinne appears. We then go back to Venser and Jodah who appear back at the tunnel. Jodah takes the tunnel and Venser takes the ambulator. However, something goes wrong for Venser and the Weaver King is heard whispering to him.

    Venser wakes up in chapter 16, lost in the blind eternities. His journey failed halfway and now he’s stuck between worlds. There’s a beautiful description of all the different planes he can see, then Karn appears. He greets Venser, then disappears. Immediately afterwards, he reappears, though there is something slightly off about him. He removes Windgrace’s mark from Venser, then once again departs. Venser then continues on to Skyshroud.
    Back to Jodah and he’s talking to Freyalise. She’s planning to cast another world spell and he gives her some sort of mirror thing to help her control it. Venser then materialises, inadvertently bringing the weaver king with him. The King giggles and gloats a bit, then leaves to take control of all the slivers and phyrexians in skyshroud.

    In Chapter 17 the Weaver King rallies his army of slivers and phyrexians. We then go to Teferi, who is fending off Dinne using phasing spells. The Weaver King then calls Dinne away and Teferi levitates out of the Stronghold.

    In chapter 18 we find out that Jhoria put a device in the ambulator that would act as a homing beacon to Karn. We also find out that the second Karn that Venser witnessed was actually an illusion of the Weaver King. Jhoria concludes that because Venser has visited the blind eternities and can teleport places, he is a planeswalker, though not one with near unlimited power. He can just planeswalk, not do any other magic as such. Jhoria then goes off in the ambulator to find Karn and Jodah tries to dissuade Freyalise from casting a second world spell (to be honest, I don’t really know what a world spell is.) He fails though, and Freyalise sends him back to the edge of the forest whilst battling hordes of slivers and phyrexians single-handedly.

    In Chapter 19 Jhoria is looking for Karn. The Weaver King appears in Karn’s form but Jhoria sees through it and makes a swift exit. Afterwards the Weaver King makes conversation with Venser, before Jhoria comes back.
    Then something interesting happens. As the Weaver King is overseeing his armies, another voice starts talking to him, claiming to be the one that brought the King out of the rift. We don’t learn the identity of this voice but it seems very omnipotent and leaves a lot open for speculation (Yawgmoth?)

    In chapter 20, Teferi is out of the Stronghold and talking to Windgrace again. Once more he tries to convince Windgrace to sacrifice his power to close the rift and once more Windgrace refuses. Then he is contacted by Freyalise who tells him to protect skyshroud if she doesn’t make it.
    Jhoria and Venser find Jodah who is still determined to return to Freylise, even if it means his death. He convinces Venser and Jhoria to return to Urborg, but the Weaver King paralyses Venser and forces him to teleport away. In Venser’s absence, Jhoria kisses Jodah, then goes back to the ambulator.

    In chapter 21, Venser wakes up in a tree. The Weaver King doesn’t seem to be present so he decides to practise his planeswalking. He succeeds and teleports to Jodah’s tunnel. Jodah is there, about to search for Freyalise again. Venser however, pushes Jodah back into the tunnel, then closes it by slashing its edges with a sharp rock.
    Meanwhile, Freyalise is holding off thousands of slivers and phyrexians. Desperately, she reforms all of skyshroud into a single massive tree, stands on top of it and begins to summon mana for her spell thing. The slivers and phyrexians begin to climb towards her. How epic.

    Chapter 22, and AGAIN Teferi tries to convince Windgrace to close the rift. Once again, he flat out refuses. Jhoria, back in Venser’s workshop, is surprised as the real Karn appears before her.
    Freyalise, on top of the massive tree, has a moment of clarity of epic proportions. She recognises Teferi’s sacrifice when he closed the Shivan rift, and so, pours herself into the skyshroud rift, closing it forever and ending her life.
    You read correctly. FREYALISE IS DEAD.

    In chapter 23, Freyalise is still dead. No plot device, no deux ex machina, she is actually dead. As the Skyshroud rift closes, the Urborg one doubles in size since they are connected somehow. A couple of small things happen, Jodah punches Venser for sending him back through the tunnel and the Weaver King announces that he is about to lay siege to Urborg. Karn announces that he cannot close the stronghold rift since he has to be saved for the Tolarian rift, since he is the only being able to travel through time.

    In Chapter 24, Windgrace starts slaughtering phyrexians by the multitude. Karn then obliterates some more and convinces Windgrace to close the rift. Windgrace makes a pact with the land, imbuing some of his soul into it, before tearing the rift apart in his teeth. He succeeds and survives, but as the rifts disappears, it takes Windgrace with it.

    In chapter 25 Karn informs everyone of the rift’s closing. They then set about planning the Tolarian rift’s closure. Karn has to go back in time to when the rift was small enough to close, back when Barrin obliterated everything. Venser agrees to come to the blind eternities to watch.

    In chapter 26, Teferi gives everyone a brief then Karn and Venser set off. Karn leaves Venser in the blind eternities then begins his journey back in time, reminiscing about Jhoria and how good she is. Eventually, he arrives in Tolaria, AR 4205.
    Meanwhile, in the blind eternities, Venser and the Weaver King have a final showdown and the King’s intentions become clear at last. Because Venser is a planeswalker but possesses no real power, the Weaver King wishes to hollow out his mind and live in Venser’s body, so that he can travel anywhere, unhindered by real planeswalkers. Hence the, “Sleep now” and “Rest.” The King then sets Dinne onto Jhoria and Teferi and won’t call him off until Venser gives in to his demands.
    Back at Urborg, Teferi finally admits to Jhoria how Corus died. He attacked Teferi so Teferi phased him out just as he broke the mana star. Corus phased back in dead or something along those lines. At that moment, Dinne appears and starts throttling Jhoria.

    The last chapter. Karn kills some of the phyrexians on Tolaria. Meanwhile, Venser finally kills the Weaver King. As the King is about to take control, Venser holds out his hands. In them are the two powerstones, his most precious items. He teleports, taking the faces of the powerstones with him, allowing their energy to explode outwards and incinerate the Weaver King. Dinne, devoid of a master, leaves Teferi and Jhoria alone, returning to the shadow.
    Back in time, Barrin is about to blow up Tolaria. Karn reaches out to the rift and begins to close it. It tires him a bit but he succeeds. Then there is quite an ambiguous passage. Basically, something happens in the rift that terrifies Karn and causes him to flee back to the blind eternities, flickering back and forth across the multiverse so that no one can follow him.
    Here’s some quotes to chew on: “I’m here Venser, I’m almost through. It’s not been easy, but… Urza’s Eyes, no!” “The silver golem felt a rush of corruption spread across his body and into his deeper self.” “An enemy I created has finally destroyed me.” “If you see Jeska, tell her not to follow me.”
    I have no idea what it is. Mycosynth? I don’t have a clue.

    And finally, the epilogue. Teferi apologises for being such a d***head and they all agree that the next stop is Zhalphir. At the very end, Jeska appears.

    Or, to be concise, it's a rather good read Grin
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  • posted a message on Yawgmoth remains alive- It's only a matter of Time... (Hint...TIME!!!!!)
    Sorry Frown anyway, i posted some spoilers in the PC novel speculation thingy (with spoiler tags)
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  • posted a message on Planar Chaos (Novel Speculation)(TS Spoilers)
    Ok, I'm only up to chapter 15 but here's what's happened so far:

    Chapter One as we all know is just Jhoria casting some big glassy spell, Corus going mad and throwing her and Venser into it.

    In Chapter two we find out that because Venser, Jhoria and Corus all helped cast the spell, they are immune to it. They then leave the glass cloud and find Corus dead from destroying his own mana star. They also rejoin Teferi who has most definitely lost his planeswalkeryness.

    In chapter three Venser, Jhoria and Teferi are hiking through Shiv when Venser starts hearing a voice in his head, telling him to "Sleep now" and "rest." A mini basilisk then pops out of the sand and Venser reveals he has some sort of dormant power which allows him to flicker from reality. At the end of the chapter the group meet some Ghitu builders who agree to help rebuild Venser's Ambulator.

    In chapter four they start to build the new ambulator (the one on the front of the novel) and Teferi agrees to stay behind when they use it to travel to Urborg.

    Chapter five begins with Venser and Jhoria testing the Ambulator. Everything seems ok until Venser hears the voice again, panics, and everything is engulfed in a white light. We then cut to Karn and Jeska in the blind eternities, not really doing anything. Karn thinks there is some sort of nasty villian somewhere out there but that's as specifc as it gets. We then go back to Jhoria who has been transported to Urborg with Venser nowhere in sight. The place is freezing for some reason and she is approached by a mysterious stranger.
    "Urza?" she whispers, but it's not, that's just Scott McGough being incredibly nasty. It's Jodah and he agrees to take her to Lord Windgrace the planeswalker.

    In chapter six Venser arrives in Urborg, his ambulator stuck in the mud. He looks around and is surprised to see phyrexians (designed to work in cold weather conditions) pouring out of the Stronghold rift waging war with Windgrace's creatures. Eventually they're beaten back and as they are, Windgrace comes for Venser.

    In chapter seven Windgrace puts Venser on trial for all of his machine building. He claims that it was Venser's first ambulator that sparked the cold weather and allowed the phyrexians through the rift. Venser then hears the voice again and Windgrace explains that it is the 'Weaver King' a sort of psychic vampire which travels from mind to mind. Windgrace eventually determines that Venser is not in league with the Weaver King and forces him to become a loyal servant.

    Chapter eight is about the Weaver King's background. He was a nomad who took refuge in the Stronghold's City of Traitors. However, Volrath used him in an experiment, twisting his mind until he died and became a shadow creature. His right hand man, Dinne, was a Paladin En Vec who was given to the weaver king as a plaything. When Volrath fell, the weaver king drifted out of reality before being called back by the rift. And now he has an army of phyrexians.
    After this brief history lesson, we go back to Jhoria and Jodah. They talk about the weaver king a bit more then meet Venser and Windgrace.
    I'll post the rest later since I've got to go out now Frown
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  • posted a message on Yawgmoth remains alive- It's only a matter of Time... (Hint...TIME!!!!!)
    I've just bought the planar chaos book and I'm about halfway through it. Anyway, there IS phyrexians in it but they're controlled by someone called the Weaver King and NOT Yawgmoth. It hints strongly throughout the novel that there is NO MORE YAWGMOTH with quotes like: "The Lord of the Wastes is dead" and "Yawgmoth is dead." This is not to say that he definitely is, it just seems that that's the idea Planar Chaos tries to drum into our heads...
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  • posted a message on [Official Thread] U/R Control Variants (Izzetron, Wafo-Tapa, etc.)
    Indeed, Giant Solifuge is good against any control match up. However, saying, 'we just counter all their threats' isn't really a solution to a problem, considering you're only playing 4 real counters (remand isn't a real counterspell.)
    Also, Cerebral Vortex is sick in the sideboard against the mirror and decks running phyrexian arena.
    Posted in: Standard Archives
  • posted a message on [GP] Finishing up the spoiler, thanks to time zone fun!!
    No Hydro, Wizards will sue! Crystal Seer's a pile but the other thing's ok.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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