hieromancy

Odric’s peeve of the night: Gideon hasn’t used his hieromancy to its fullest extent since becoming a planeswalker.

Like. We KNOW Gideon can make chains of white mana sprout out of the ground and bind his enemies (just look at Grasp of the Hieromancer).

So why hasn’t he been using it???

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Unlike most Planeswalkers, Gideon doesn’t hesitate to enter combat. This powerful white mage is driven by loyalty and practices hieromancy, the magic of holy justice.

Gideon’s strong morals and sense of duty have served him well as an agent for the Order of Heliud, an organization that sought to bring law to the plane of Regatha. When the pyromancer Chandra Nalaar became an obstacle to the Order’s goals, they sent Gideon to intercept her on the plane of Kephalai. She was attempting to steal—for a second time—a powerful fire spell with a map to the Eye of Ugin, hidden away on the plane of Zendikar.

Never before had Gideon’s quarry been so crafty, resourceful, and elusive. On Kephalai, Gideon briefly apprehended her, but she escaped. Tracking her down to on the dark plane of Diraden, he then became Chandra’s unlikely ally as the two joined forces to escape the predations of the plane’s vampire ruler, Velrav.

Only on returning to Regatha did Chandra learn that Gideon served the Order and that she would have to surrender to prevent her adopted home from being destroyed. With Gideon’s help, Chandra survived this persecution, giving him reason to question the Order’s true motives. It wasn’t long before she departed again, once more in search of the Eye of Ugin.

After some soul searching, Gideon decided to follow Chandra to Zendikar, believing he could help her stay alive on that treacherous, unpredictable plane. By the time he arrived, Chandra was gone and Zendikar was under siege from the ancient world-eating beings known as the Eldrazi. Now Gideon searches the Multiverse for allies to help him save Zendikar from being consumed.

Some more amazing Magic the Gathering artwork featuring Gideon Jura.

((What we know about Gideon))

Before he took the name Gideon Jura, he was known as Kytheon Iora, a thirteen-year-old kid from the slums of Akros on the plane of Theros.  He possessed a strong sense of justice, and his magic made him resilient to physical harm. This combination led him to speak more with actions than with words.

He lead a small group of street toughs known as Kytheon’s Irregulars. Together, they acted as a force for justice and charity in the slums. While raiding a Akroan estate for food, they drew the attention of the city guards.

Still standing for justice even while incarcerated, Kytheon fought against the bullying and corruption around him. Hixus, the prison’s warden, began to admire Iora’s commitment to his convictions. He then starts Kytheon’s training in hieromancy, magic based on order and justice.

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Grief-strike over the death of his comrades, his Planeswalker spark ignites, sending him to Bant.  He discovers a realm of chivalry, and is inspired to walk the path to knighthood.  He takes the name Gideon Jura and seeks redemption.