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Some Amonkhet Speculation

One of the most fun things to do for Vorthoses in the lead-up to a set is to try and understand what exactly is going on. For the most part, Creative does a good job of giving us enough hints where we should be able to guess the major reveal of the set, but not enough that we know it in a surefire way. Of course, there are exceptions (for example, I’m disappointed that the several clues that alluded to some sort of presence in the sea in SOI and EMN amounted to nothing), but that’s the main gist of it.

I’ve been thinking a lot about Amonkhet, specifically in relation to Bolas’s plans. There are many questions regarding the plane that are currently unsolved: what are the 5 gods? Did Bolas create them from nothingness? What is the relation between them? What happens in Hour of Devastation? What is the purpose of the Trials and what is really behind the title of “worthy”? And, finally, what benefit does Bolas reap from the plane?

There are many questions to be answered, and I have no sure-fire answer for all of them. Heck, there are some where I have no answer at all! But I do have some speculation that I haven’t seen anyone else offer up yet, so let’s delve right into it.

The two main theories regarding Bolas’s plans for Amonkhet seem to be as following: Either 1) he’s building an army of mummies that he will use as an army thanks to the planar portal Tezzeret is now capable of building or 2) the trials are used as a way to make latent sparks ignite, creating planeswalkers that would serve him. I’m going to say, right off the bat, that I believe the first one is incorrect for a simple reason: how could Bolas have known of a Planar portal when he first set up Amonkhet? It was many, many years ago. Tezzeret just acquired it, and we know that the second sun is almost in between the horns. That seems awfully convenient.

As for the second theory, which I believe could be a part of Bolas’s plan, well… if all he needs the plane for is chugging out planeswalkers from the trials, then what’s with the whole Hour of Devastation deal? Why bring chaos and disorder into a system that is doing what you wanted it to? Makes no sense to me.

So, I believe there is something else in Bolas’s plans. But what? Unfortunately, I have no idea. Seriously, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this and came up with nothing. I hope someone else will have more success than myself.

However! I did come up with a piece of speculation you may find intriguing. Some (including myself) have drawn a comparison between Bolas and Ra (which is why we don’t have a hawk-headed god, presumably) when the 5 gods were initially revealed, and that comparison only deepens when we look at the similarities between the 4 hours (Hour of Revelation, of Glory, of Promise, and of Eternity/Devastation) of Bolas’s return and the Hours of Ra’s journey during the night.

So my speculation I’m gonna toss out there is: what if there’s a cycle on Amonkhet? Bolas returns, does whatever it is he does, and the cycle begins anew. After all, Ra’s trip is a cycle. And the second sun will cross the horns more than once. And Naktamun, the only city on Amonkhet, isn’t exactly… enormous. This implies, I believe, that it hasn’t had ages and ages to be built and expanded.

What happens during Bolas’s return is unclear. Does he drain the life force of the plane’s inhabitants? Or perhaps he conducts some sort of ritual? Another question is: is he still capable of doing what he had planned to when he was an oldwalker? His powers are greatly diminished. Before, he would have been able to wipe out the entire plane alone. Now, despite him being a powerful dragon, he is far from being capable to accomplish that.

There must be something Bolas does, when he returns, that is powerful and far-reaching enough to affect the entire plane. Does he enlist the help of the 5 gods? Do the worthy play into this somehow? Unfortunately, the only way to find out… is to wait. 

Until next time, fellow planeswalkers. May you be found worthy.

Amonkhet God speculation

Alright so since three of the Amonkhet gods were probably killed by Bolas (or something else), what does everyone else think they looked like, represented, and what colors they were?

I’ve found it interesting that none of the Amonkhet gods are representations of nature, perhaps as a way to not repeat any god-space used by the Theran pantheon? 

I think it would make sense if the three missing gods were representations of nature, because what better way to bring a plane under your thrall by eliminating its basic elemental manifestations? The other gods are aspects of people, and people can be controlled and confused, but nature? Not as easily.

No I’m no where near as versed in Egyptian mythology than Greek (and my Greek isn’t honestly that deep), but I think the obvious one is a hawk headed sun god. Now, I don’t necessarily think that the sun god needs to be hawk headed, WotC has shown that they’re willing to do things to make a setting their own (Making their jackal headed god not about death, for example). But I found it strange that the Egyptian mythology set didn’t have a hawk headed god, since there’s both Ra and Horus. In my mind, that’s a bit like making a Greek themed set without a god who has a thunderbolt. Though if our hypothetical hawk headed god is dead or something, that’d be pretty interesting. If it turns out there’s a sun god, I believe they’d be red/white, that way they don’t share monocolor status with the other sun god (Heliod) and the red god of Amonkhet (Hazoret). 

The other one I’m fairly certain of is that there’d be a god of the desert. Obviously, being surrounded by desert, that’s gonna have big mythological significance to the people of ancient Egypt. Now, since WotC seems to have made Amonkhet share it’s relationship to the desert with ancient Egypt (a bountiful oasis surrounded by harsh desert), and the Egyptians had their god of the desert (Set), be one of violence, disorder, and storms, and Amonkhet has a reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaally scary zombie desert, it makes sense to me that Amonkhet would also have had a damn scary desert god.

(A brief aside, one pet theory I have is that Amonkhet’s desert wasn’t the zombie hellscape it was before Bolas arrived. Sure it could’ve been harsh, but it seems likely to me that there was plenty of other cities or separate civilizations that Bolas wiped out to consolidate power in one locations. The zombie infestation could be a result of all the damage he did to the plane. If that’s the case, than this hypothetical desert god may not be as scary as the current Amonkhet desert would make us think.)

I believe the characteristics of Set make it pretty obvious that a desert god of Amonkhet would be black, the other color I’m not sure of. White makes sense to me, just because I associate deserts with white mana (I’m not really sure why, do any of you do this?) And even though WotC doesn’t like to do pure copies of actual mythical deities, Set did serve a role as a combatant on Ra’s boat and helped fight the chaos serpent Apophis (also known as Apep), which shows that for all the violence and disorder, the guy did do his duty and what was required of him. Green or red also seem like possibilities. A green/black god of the desert would probably emphasis the “survival of the fittest” that would be required to live in such an inhospitable environment, and red would play up the aspects of Set for being a god disorder, violence, etc. As for what animal they’d use to represent the desert god, that seems pretty up for grabs to me. We actually don’t know what the animal that represents Set is, (take a look)

Animals like an aardvark, fennec fox, donkey, even a jackal, have all been proposed. Seems to me WotC could just do whatever they want with this one, though I like the idea of having an undefinable animal.

Finally, I have two options. Either a god of the dead, (Like Osiris or Anubis), or a god of the Nile (or Luxa, in Amonkhet’s case)/rivers. Both the afterlife and the Nile were EXTREEEEEEEEEEMELY important to the ancient Egyptians. For a god of the dead, obviously there’s going to be black, and honestly white seems like a perfect fit too. Maybe that’s encroaching too much on Athreos’ territory, but he’s more a deified Charon than the actual god of the dead. Ancient Egyptians have lots of ceremony and ritual surrounding the dead, and Amonkhet shares this. And since zombies appear in black and white, it fits with what those too colors are doing on Amonkhet as well. As for the animal, a jackal is already taken so it could be whatever they want. Even though Osiris was represented using human’s face, the story has already said the eight gods all had animal heads.

As for the Luxa/river goddess, I believe there’s two Egyptian inspirations here: The crocodile god Sobek, and the intersex Hapi. Sobek is also associated with fertility, military and pharaonic power, and also a kind of protection god. Hapi (who I just discovered googling these things) seems to be mostly associated with just the flooding of the Nile, which is the thing that deposits all the nutrients into the soil and makes the river valley so bountiful. For the animal representation, I’m gonna go with a hippo. There is a hippo goddess, Taweret, who represents childbirth and fertility. I’m saying hippo cause I love hippos, and hey they live in the water so it makes sense. For the color identity, Blue/Green makes sense to me, though I could see an argument made for Blue/White. Blue for the water, and Green for the growth it brings.

Sorry this post got longer than I intended and if some things seem a little underdeveloped but this took a decent amount of time for me to write and I got homework SO 

also I’m gonna tag @flavoracle and @sarkhan-volkswagen to help circulate this around cause I love mysteries and I want to see what solutions we can figure out (also I’m bad with egyptian mythology and I’m hoping some of you out there can help point me in a better direction)

March 3, 2016 - Hawk-Headed Parrot or Red-fan Parrot (Deroptyus accipitrinus)

Requested by: @taylorrbranham

These unusual parrots are found in northeastern and central South America. They eat fruits, berries, seeds, flowers, vegetation, and nuts. Their threat display involves raising the red and blue ruff of feathers on their heads and necks while swaying and making a whining sound. Nesting in tree cavities created by woodpeckers, females lay between one and three eggs. Both parents care for the chicks.

jaymictheunyielding  asked:

Alright, so with Titus Lunter's Cinder Barrens showing us the Scarab God's pre-Bolas Seth-animal head, I believe the Scorpion and Locust gods must have had ram and hawk heads, respectively. The Locust God would have needed a flight-capable body, and Scorpion's stature and head-smashing through the Gate recall minotaurs. The Scarab God was the only one that had me stumped, but now we have official unofficial confirmation. : )

I don’t know how to feel about it, to be honest! I wanted my precious Seth-god alive and kicking (Bolas’ ass), not all scarab-y and - well, dead. :’)

Personally I would’ve pinned the Scarab god as the originally hawk-headed one, considering the solar imagery both have in Egyptian mythological traditions. Just goes to show that a knowledge of Egypt doesn’t always equal correct vorthosian predictions, heh. 

Anyway, hey, at least there was some Seth-like divinity going on on Amonkhet. Now I do wonder if there originally was a race of fantasy animal-headed creatures populating the plane, as per the theory that each god corresponded to a race on Amonkhet. And, if this was the case, I’d be disappointed because I’d have so much preferred a race of fantasy animal-headed beings over, say, minotaurs.

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Chapter V



His previous belief, that the mountain only appeared to touch the clouds, was wrong. It went beyond them. The great steed ran, not on solid ground but on air.

They were escalating, higher and higher. The air became thin, cold he had only experienced when he believed death imminent gripped his bones. They were moving faster now, too fast for him to comprehend. He tried to maintain his composure, tried to focus. But the sensation proved overwhelming.

He passed out.


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Hey guys! So as I mentioned earlier, I’m participating in this year’s #Inktober challenge. This time my theme is character designs from my DEITIES Project. While my story will focus on a few gods as main characters, I’ve wanted to also design some other deities that are part of the mythology. So here are my first entries for the first 10 days, with the others on the way!

( and I’ll admit, I used PS to adjust levels on the images, and to clean / fix some mistakes, but otherwise it’s all ballpoint and pencil – and you’ll find the raw images on my twitter and instagram aha;; )

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The Note - F!Hawke/Isabela

Hawke knows that Isabela won’t stay with her forever and she asks her to leave a note before she goes. Takes place before the Arishok fight. 2027 words.

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It was hot in Kirkwall. 

The sun beat down on the cobblestones of Hightown, making the ladies fan themselves in their constricting dresses and gentlemen dab at their forehead with their handkerchiefs. Most of the vendors had given up for the day and were closing down their stands to retreat indoors. 

“It’s too hot to be out!” one of the noblewomen nearby was saying as she fanned herself furiously. “I’m going to faint if that servant doesn’t hurry up with the water!”

Hawke narrowed her eyes as she stood in front of one of the vendors. She recognized her as Fifi de Launcet, the daughter of one her mother’s friend. Leandra Hawke had tried to get them to befriend each other at one point, holding tea at the estate and forcing Hawke into a frilly dress. It had ended badly, as Hawke could have predicted, when Hawke had dropped one of her scones and said, “Maker’s saggy balls!” rather loudly. The “lady” had almost fainted dead away at that as well. 

“What are we going to do about this heat?” Fifi said to one of her friends who had an equally stupid simper on her face. “I don’t want to go inside. It’s such a bore, and I really will faint if that dratted servant doesn’t hurry up. Honestly, you’d think we don’t pay them.”

“Why don’t you get your own water?” Hawke snapped before she could stop herself. “And maybe if you didn’t wear those ridiculous corsets you wouldn’t be having this problem.” Truthfully, Hawke’s own clothing - fur-lined Ferelden armor - was hot as well and making sweat drip down her back, but she didn’t see any need to mention that. What she wouldn’t give to be wearing one of Isabela’s tunics right now.

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Hawk

A solar bird with much the same symbolism as the eagle; it is an attribute of all sun gods and represents the heavens; power; royalty; nobility.

Like the eagle, it was regarded as being able to fly up to the sun and gaze on it without flinching.

Gods with a hawk, or hawk-headed, are sun gods.

Aztec: A messenger of the gods.

Egyptian: The royal bird; the Spirit; the soul; inspiration; the Bird of Khensu; Ra, the sun. Other gods with hawks, or hawk-headed, are Ptah, Horus, Mentu, Rehu, Sokar, Kebhsenuf. The hawk-headed crocodile is Sebek-Ra; the sphinx is sometimes hawk-headed. The hawk is also an emblem of Amenti, Great Mother and goddess of the West and the underworld.

Graeco-Roman: The ‘swift messenger of Apollo’; attribute of Circe.

Hindu: Gayatri, the hawk, brought soma from heaven. The hawk is also a vehicle of Indra.

Iranian: An attribute of Ahura Maxza, or Ormuzd, as light.

Mithraic: An attribute of Mithra as sun god.

[Source: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Traditional Symbols by J.C. Cooper]

anonymous asked:

I love reading your thoughts on Anders. I'd love if you could discuss them more, possibly? They just hit me in a spot in my heart that I can't describe, especially because I see a lot of bashing of Anders, so it's meaningful to see someone describe his struggle.

it’s an endless, inevitable march, something pressed cold over your nose and mouth, clouding your eyes, and all you can do is stumble forward in the dark and trust, trust your hate and your memories of being hunted and your open wounds and the spirit you invited inside.

your heart beats too hot and full of blood.

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you don’t remember if you were always this angry. it feels like you were. a buried, razored wire, just waiting for someone to trip across it.

but there’s direction, now, a purpose. surely that means something.

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a hard and holy thing has its hands locked around your bones.

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they say that when you’re lost in the desert, dying of thirst, you should suck on a stone. it puts moisture in your parched mouth, and fools your body into thinking you’ve found water.

you spend winter nights at the tavern, losing money you don’t have to friends who won’t collect, warm beside the fire while exhaustion leeches out of your limbs. you feel spare and thin and raw and home, for as long as the game lasts.

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hours, entire days, blink away like huffed-out candles.

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Justice has worn a corpse before, and he thinks you ought to be one, for all the good you do him alive, with your longings and your weakness and your limited human understanding of righteousness. there’s a woman who drives you to distraction, a group of exiles and cast-offs who seem unwilling to leave you to your work. Justice wants them gone. you don’t. it becomes a point of contention for as long as you have the strength to contest anything.

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you’ve lied since the day you met her, and if she knew what was at stake, if she’d listen, she’d understand. her eyes wouldn’t darken, and her lip wouldn’t curl. something slithers between your skull and your scalp, whispering.

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it’s swallowing a burning coal and discovering too late how it buries itself in the lining of your stomach.

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the work waits for no one, and you will complete it. wan, sick, wild-eyed, dusted with the ashes of all the things it won’t matter that you loved. selfish, to want more; to refuse to make sacrifices.

he is just a spirit. why is it so difficult for you to be just a body?

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you fight a monster for seven years.

you lose. 

Hawke breathed a quick sigh of relief as she moved the last box into place. She brushed the hair back from her eyes and gave the little shop she’d acquired one last once-over; everything seemed to be in place. 

The bottles of oil were organized neatly on the back shelves (topical on the left, internal in the middle, and aromtatic on the right, right? Didn’t she have signs for those somewhere?), and all sorts of different herbs were arranged neatly in some containers in the center of the floor. Other miscellaneous medicinal items were spread throughout the space, accompanied by some hanging plants- ferns, ivy, and some various flowers- dotted about here and there. 

Merrill would approve. Hawke thought wryly to herself. Straightening up, Hawke headed to the front door and flipped the little sign from “closed” to “open”. She then quickly jogged behind the counter, taking a seat on the little stool. She heard Cat shuffle over and flop down next to her, but Hawke didn’t take her eyes off the door, even as she leaned over to give the hound’s ears a good scratch. 

She had a customer. And so quickly too! Hawke smiled brightly, leaning onto the counter. “Welcome to The Hawke Emporium, Stella City’s finest Apothewecary. I’m Hawke, if you hadn’t guessed. What can I help you with?”