Announcing: Dawn of Yakizma

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Wed, 2017-11-08 18:13
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img (C) Sergey Vasnev
Coming Soon. . .

Wed, 2017-11-08 20:18
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Wed, 2017-11-08 20:29
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nice

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Wed, 2017-11-08 20:38
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NEAT!

Wed, 2017-11-08 20:41
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ANNOUNCING... GLACIA REMASTERED! FEATURING A BRAND-NEW, NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN SNOW TEMPLATE MADE SPECIFICALLY FOR

Wed, 2017-11-08 21:16
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Fri, 2017-11-10 07:28
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An Uneasy Tide wrote:
Hilda sat atop a barrel and stared out over the open waters. Jorundar's harbor was alive with the sounds of gulls squawking and bells clanging, but Hilda's focus was on the infinite horizon. A storm bled over the horizon and lingered just beyond the edge of Hilda's view. She tracked the storm for a few minutes before footsteps behind her made her glance up. Svar, her first mate aboard The Brawler, hopped down from the stone wall behind her and landed with a thud. The wood creaked beneath his boots but held fast, and he rose up to his full height. Hilda stood a head above her average crewmate, but Svar was a massive hulk of a warrior that stood three whole heads above that.

"Storm's got your eye?" He muttered, motioning to the horizon with a nod of his head. She shifted uncomfortably on the barrel and met Svar's gaze. They had commanded The Brawler since Hilda was a young girl, and all the time they spent together aligned their minds. He knew what was on her mind without saying anything, and her grim expression only reinforced the thought.

"Probably just lingering a bit longer," she excused. "For Bloomweek."

Svar was unconvinced. He shook his head and pointed slightly to the right of the storm. "Yesterday, it was there."

"Yes but-"

"And before that," Svar continued, moving his hand left across the horizon, "There."

"You don't think?"

"Neschume"

Hilda's brow furrowed, and Svar nodded. The Titanraft hadn't been seen since last winter, so patrolling the waters now was cause for concern. If the clouds did come from Neschume then it was attempting to mask its arrival, and if Neschume was trying to mask its presence then something important was happening on the Old Sea. Hilda had her doubts but the dark storm clouds were just ominous enough to bring those concerns to light. It was her duty as a warden to investigate.

"Ebilir's champion rises," Hilda proclaimed grimly, "Something has upset the Drowngod."

Svar folded his arms and nodded, and Hilda continued. "Ready the crew. Tomorrow we sail out to investigate."

Fri, 2017-11-10 10:07
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Sounds mysterious... I like this taste of the setting, so far.

Fri, 2017-11-10 17:18
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Good to hear! I personally love the setting but I might be biased

Tue, 2017-11-14 01:52
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A Call at Night wrote:

"Lift the censer, initiate, and administer Pharika's judgment upon the chosen."

Essem glanced down into the censer, into the swirling black pool of liquid it contained. Her face stared back up at her, somber and longing. She had fought for Pharika's favor day by day and almost felt less connected to the God and her devotees because of it. Theros was like no other world she had visited; the mortals' devotion to the various gods bordered on uncontrolled and fanatic. Still, Essem clutched the censer in both shaky hands, gazing into the abyss that gazed back.

Two parts basilisk venom, one nightshade flower, ground sulfur, and water from Odunos. Essem recited in her head. The final trial to earn Pharika's favor was to administer her cure, a poison that ravaged the body, destroyed the blood, and set the soul at ease. The trial was passed based on the host's reaction; anything other than instant death was considered a failure. Essem glanced at the cloaked figures scattered around in the temple. Some had folded their hands and were bowed in prayer. Others, wearing helmets that resembled the god's own, stared at an altar in the center of the room. A man lay on the altar, writhing in pain, gasping and begging for salvation. Essem took an uneasy step toward the altar, clutching the bronze cencer she forged herself in equally unsteady hands. She took one last glance down into the cool liquid before lifting the tainted remedy above her head. A cold breeze blew in from the temple entrance as Essem bowed her head low offering her cure to the God of Affliction.

Essem lifted her head to silence and an empty temple. The acolytes along the walls had vanished without a trace and the man at the altar had ceased to exist. Her arms dropped slowly to her waist, still clutching the censer, as Essem scanned the room. She again felt a cold breeze at her back and turned to face the temple entrance. One by one the torches along the temple walls flickered and extinguished leaving Essem alone in a dark room. Her hair rustled uneasily, and she prepared a petrification spell in the back of her mind. A small light flickered high above Essem, and slowly the night sky unfolded inside the temple. Essem blinked rapidly, dispelling the magic, and opened her eyes to find a temple of enlightenment towering over her. She looked around at the empty streets of Meletis in disbelief. The night sky continued to unfold into a wondrous display of stars and lights sparkling in various hues of green, blue, and violet as they stretched to the horizon.

A dark shape on the horizon drew Essem's attention as it squirmed and pulsed in the otherwise bright sky. She walked towards the shadow wondering all the while why there was not a single soul on the usually busy polis streets. The shape grew and unfolded into a great stormcloud in the night sky. It consumed all the stars around it as lightning arced and thunder cracked from the dark clouds. Five smaller thick clouds sprouted from the body and an astral hand took shape. Essem's breath caught in her chest as she recognized the form. The sky above her wasn't nyx, it wasn't even Theros. The hand became more defined as it closed in on Essem, towering above Meletis's tallest buildings and filling every inch of the sky. It stopped just in front of her, fingers stretched around her like a cage. A strange groan bubbled up from inside the cloud, like the creaking of an old wooden ship, and Essem reached out to touch the giant storm's palm with her own. The clouds closed in as the hand snapped shut.

Essem let out a loud gasp as the censer fell to the floor with a metallic clang. Prayers around the temple cut off as acolytes lifted their gaze and stared at the gorgon in the center of the room. Essem stared back in silence. Only the sounds of a dying man filled the temple as all eyes fell to the poisonous elixir spreading across the floor.

Solon, a devotee of Pharika, broke the stillness and approached the new initiate. He placed a hand on the gorgon's shoulder and stared into her eyes. Eyes that were once full of uncertainty and wonder were now locked in determined focus. "What is wrong, young initiate?" Solon asked.

"It is Stribius," Essem responded. She turned her back to Pharika's altar and began to leave the temple.

"He calls for his champion."


Tue, 2017-11-14 03:21
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Y'ALL with your overly powerful common removal! This should cost at least 2 mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbol. It is environment-dependent, but in general 4 with a color density of 2 is an aggressive spot for unconditional removal in black.

Tue, 2017-11-14 05:27
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That's a cowards cost. Let your commons soar. let tormod's crypt convince you 1BB is fine

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Tue, 2017-11-14 09:31
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So Yakizma's gods, or godlike beings, can reach other planes? That's really interesting!
Essem's Touch does seem a bit powerful for its cost...

Tue, 2017-11-14 14:39
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Essem's Touch may be a questionably powerful common. It may also be the first planeswalker card I designed all the way back in the original Xoltan Winking smiley

And yes, the gods of Yakizma are really quite powerful, aren't they?