Overall, this was an excellent addition to the Magic canon. I think the "Chronicle of Bolas" title was misplaced--it was more about Ugin. Indeed, as many have opined, we did not see the leviathan battle (which I do not think the story truly discounted) or Bolas's obtainment of the Gem of Becoming. I would not have minded these details in a story about Bolas.
That said, I loved the frame story with the Temur twins (to contrast with the Elder dragon twins). The human/mortal relationships were well-wrought, and the frame worked very well.
The question of what Bolas could or should have done did not bother me. Urza and the other oldwalkers were impressive, but they made plenty of mistakes. They walked when they did not have to, spoke aloud when they did not need to, and so on.
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Aug 9, 2018Posted in: Magic Storyline
The Eldest Reborn seems to depict Bolas returning to Madara, through the Talon Gates, from the Meditation Realm during the events of the Time Spiral novel.
Aug 9, 2018It seems that the birth mountain is in Madara. Also, Bolas built his horns as statues there to show the power of dragons. Perhaps this is the actual genesis of the Talon Gates--the rest of the Madara landmass has since sunk, leaving only present-day Madara, and the Talon Gates is Bolas's ancient monument to himself. This direction is suggested in the story.Posted in: Magic Storyline
I really wouldn't mind another planeswalker battle to have truly happened sometime within the span of Bolas and Ugin's generation-spanning battle.
Aug 9, 2018I am okay with the demonic leviathan story being fiction propagated by Bolas (although I wouldn't mind if it's a separate occurance. I do not think the battle (which ended with Ugin's death in the Meditation Realm) is the same battle. I also do not this the Crux of Fate battle is the same as the battle depicted here (since Bolas states it ended in the Meditation Realm.Posted in: Magic Storyline
My only real disappointment is that Bolas sparked out of jealousy. I just really had hoped for something more grand for him.
Aug 1, 2018Just a quick note that we see Bolas using a form of Ugin's "morph" magic in action here. Great tactic on Bolas's part while we revisit Tarkir.Posted in: Magic Storyline
We'll see how Bolas knows that Ugin isn't dead--unless he just senses it? He left after the battle, but chose to return to see if Ugin actually fell; perhpas it's their twin bond.
I am also suspecting Madara was the location of the birth summit/peak. If the landmass is still devastated by Bolas's duel with the leviation (as stated in the Time Spiral books), most of Madara will sink and the small island will be all that is left--the same island Bolas will return to as Emperor in Legends II.
Jul 31, 2018Posted in: Magic StorylineQuote from Firebead_elvenhair »
The Sylex Blast transformed Urborg from a jungle in a swamp. From Invasion novel:
"The first had long been a resident of much-maligned Urborg, though he was no swamp-water snake. The panther warrior Lord Windgrace had lived on that isle when it had been a jungle mountaintop—before Argoth had sunk it. Though his land had died, Windgrace had remained. Though undead arose, Windgrace fought for the living. He remembered what Urborg had been and hoped to return it to its former state."
Thank you for locating that!
Quote from saneatali »Brudiclad still seems like a Phyrexian to me, not a New Phyrexian, but a Phyrexian from a possible future where they won the Invasion.
I was wondering if perhaps Brudiclad is from a future where New Phyrexia invades Dominaria....
Jul 30, 2018Re: Windgrace and Urza's magical detonation: Any chance we can chalk up the note here to the Legacy Weapon and Null Moon during the Invasion to end Yawgmoth and the harm caused to Urborg? The Sylex blast does not seem applicable unless we expand that to include the Ice Age when some pantherfolk may have fallen to extinction?Posted in: Magic Storyline
Re: Aminatou: Commodore Guff and clockworking are no longer the two continuity power issues! I appreciate that we got more information on Aminatou; strange that WotC is allowing a character of such power to exist (after the Mending nonetheless). Maybe she can go set herself up on Equilor and, once she ages, realize she should become a hermit so as to not cause destruction with her powers. Or Bolas can take her in. Or Ob Nixilis. Or Nahiri. Baseless speculation aside, I'll be curious to see if we ever hear from her again.
Jul 19, 2018I appreciate the insights into the Elder Dragon War; the form of the story--as a storytelling moment--made the brevity of its retelling appropriate. We could have had at last four episodes/chapters giving us details, but the framing device of Tarkir works in our favor here: we get the whole war summarized in a satisfactory way. We can visit it later if we need to, but otherwise we get what we need to know.Posted in: Magic Storyline
I like that Ugin has ascended and left: this allows us to have the remaining five Elders be the sole survivors--because Ugin wasn't part of it.
I also think Ugin would have ways to know what happened in the War, if indeed he is the one who speaks to Tae Jin (which I suspect he is). The positive epithets to Bolas suggest it could be our antagonist, but why would Bolas return to Tarkir after his job is done? I think we'll see Ugin by the end of this.
Jul 17, 2018Although suggested at the end as an "honorable mention" through his appearance in the Greensleeves saga, Garth One-Eye (the first lengthy Planeswalker story that was truly published) is noticeable missing from this otherwise stellar compilation. This is a wonderful resource.Posted in: Vorthos Content
Jul 16, 2018Gerrard's Mom: Awesome work on Benalia!Posted in: Magic Storyline
Here's a Jamurran geography question: Prophecy references Arsenal City and the Kipamu League, and Ki'pamu City-States show up on the other subcontinent of Jamuraa (rather than the Zhalfirin subcontinent). Where does Prophecy take place, then? I assumed it was within Zhalfir (especially since Teferi was present; further, Mageta was referenced in Return to Dominaria, suggesting Prophecy occurred in the Zhalfirin subcontinent).
Anyone with thoughts/insights? Maybe I'm just confusing something? It's also been however many years since the release of Prophecy that I've read it...
Jul 8, 2018My first thought upon seeing this post was: are we getting into male characters posing for calendars now???Posted in: Magic Storyline
However, more to the point, I have always been intrigued by Jodah, probably due to his intellect. The final scene of Shattered Alliances was such an unexpected moment in the novel and I recall it rather well. I also like that Jodah (like Jhoira) was responsible for doing the work of assisting or cleaning up after Planeswalkers. They lived the day-to-day reality and did what was in their power to influence. Jodah's presence throughout history (minus the Invasion and whichever Jodah appeared in the Rift Age) presents a man who is consistent and persistent.
Jun 27, 2018Posted in: Magic StorylineQuote from Gerrard"s Mom »Not sure how large the Talon Gates are supposed to be, but it could be an interesting retcon/misremembered history if it was actually Ugin's body and the duel was between Bolas and Ugin.
I would welcome this edit to Dominarian history. This would tie some pieces together very nicely.
Jun 27, 2018Also, I suspect that Ugin's study of the connectedness of all things will play a role in his death/ascension (as a Planeswalker and Spirit Dragon).Posted in: Magic Storyline
The linked natures of Bolas and Ugin may be mirrored in their ascenions, too: both ascend at the same time. Now, whether they become enemies before or after then ascend is yet to be seen.
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