Chain Mages

Magic’s full of unique and exciting characters and worlds. While Chain Mages aren’t exclusive to mtg, I would still like to share my appreciation for them. Join me as I explore this exciting magic.

(Hijack: Ixalan) (Art by: Svetlin Velinov)
(Chainer, Dementia Master: Torment) (Art by: Mark Zug)
(Zulaport Chainmage: Oath of the Gatewatch) (Art by: Chris Rallis)

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The Planesguard: Protectors of the Multiverse

The Planesguard is an ancient order of Planeswalkers who, much like the Gatewatch, made it their mission to protect planes and prevent their unnatural destruction. Unfortunately, the organization met its end 1000 years before the Mending, having been destroyed in the War of Burning Worlds; a brutal conflict against the forces of the Dark Sun Empire.

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Types of Divination, a Masterpost of Sorts

This is meant as an information resource for creative folk, not a complete guide. Be sure to supplement this with additional research. Find the rest of the series, including the previous posts on clergynobilitycommon medieval jobsspirit animalsmythical creaturesstructuring an armymedieval punishmentsarmorpre-gunpowder weaponssiege warfarecastle anatomymedieval clothing, and common terms of medieval life.

Aeromancy: Divination from the air and sky, such as cloud shapes, comets or sky color. Comets in particular inspired prophets of ancient and modern times.
A black hen or white gamecock pecks corn grains from a circle of letters forming words or names that the prophet interprets. Recite the alphabet at daybreak, noting those letters that coincide with a rooster crowing.
Fortune cookies. Answers to questions rolled in dough and baked. Random choice comes true.

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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.

samuelamarant  asked:

Can a non-mage awaken as a Planeswalker, or is the spark tied to the use of magic?

The planeswalker spark is inherently magical, so there’s no being a planeswalker without having the potential for magic. Every planeswalk is a use of magic. However, you don’t have to be an active spellcaster — a person who knows a bunch of spells and consciously taps into sources of mana to cast them — to have the spark. So yes, a “non-mage,” in the sense of someone who doesn’t actively go around casting spells, can become a planeswalker, but nobody who becomes a planeswalker has zero potential to use magic. You could be a cobbler or a florist and have the planeswalker spark, but you’re a cobbler or a florist who could have a flair for magic if you tried.

Note that that magic can express itself splashily or subtly, explicitly or implicitly, depending on the planeswalker. If Gideon had only trained as a warrior, he could still have a spark and still become a planeswalker. He did learn some hieromancy (law magic) from a mentor once, but even if he hadn’t actively studied that way, he would still have been able to use magic in his deft, impenetrable, iron-skinned fighting style. He always had a form of magical potential in him, whether he realized it or not.

anonymous asked:

I saw a lot of mockery of Cruel Reality when it was spoiled. Like, the Facebook comments on the MtG spoiler album said "How are two guys holding Gideon back?". The people of Amonkhet train day in, day out. Just because (Demi)Gid is indestructible doesn't mean he can't be outmuscled by some planebound warriors, right?

There’s a kind of Dragonball Z-ification to fiction a lot of the time. Like, if someone is powerful, only MORE powerful people could possibly stop them, right?

Of course not. Nothing actually works that way.

Gideon is clearly traumatized by the experience, shocked that what he had THOUGHT was paradise isn’t, and he’s coming to terms with it. He’s also just on strong guy. Two strong guys could potentially hold him back for a short time. As much as I joke, Krenko managed to slip a simple shiv past his defenses. Gideon’s magic is pretty much all defensive, he’s barely shown using hieromancy. Maybe with the Sural, he could get past those two easy, but maybe he doesn’t want to kill them, either?

Lots of explanations, and it’s a brutal piece.

frequency42  asked:

Hey Doug! So we've seen a few planeswalkers from Origins spoiled now. Some of them seem a lot older on their planeswalker side. Do the planeswalker sides of the origins walkers depict them in the future a good deal after they've ignited their spark?

Yep! Front face: the character around the time their spark was about to ignite. Back face: the character as we know them today.

CHERUBIC LITTLE KYTHEON AWW (actually he was kind of a punk back in the day, the hieromancy came later, details to come once Ari Levitch’s story runs in July WOOO)

((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.


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.