in the teeth of akoum

ajohnnygoldmain  asked:

Thank you for the planeswalker powers list! I'm intrigued by this no-longer-canon song magic of Sorin's. What's the deal there?

@itmecary has a meme for this.

Basically, In the Teeth of Akoum has Sorin’s magic use song (called Rot Talk). So he sings something and something withers and dies. Presumably because of magic and not because his singing is that bad.

anonymous asked:

HELP! I somehow only JUST found out that Magic actually has a storyline and isn't just a card game... where can I read the story? And in what order?

you can read the magic story each week right here ;)

i recommend getting caught up with the current block, and then going back and either A. starting with origins or B. following my Recommended Reading list and then starting with origins. 

there’s lots lore that came before the current magic story that’s on the website but it’s not necessary reading. previously, the story was spread across random articles, books, and comics, all of varying quality and canon-accuracy.

out of the last few novels i recommend reading alara unbroken, agents of artifice, the purifying fire, and teeth of akoum in that order, and also the webcomics which are here to fill in the blanks in between; if you like ravnica there’s technically six ravnica books, i won’t lie to you and say that the return to ravnica story was the peak of magic’s literary accomplishments but i enjoyed it. my favorite books are the purifying fire and both ravnica blocks, so if you don’t care about going in order and you’d rather start with the ones that i think are the most fun, then start with those. 

u don’t need to read all of that, or even read them in order, the gr8 thing about magic’s story is you can sort of just jump in. but if you go back and read the old stuff it will give u more context for the current story, or at least make you like the characters more. or less. idk. have fun 

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swmystery27  asked:

How do you feel about the use of retcons in Magic's story, past and present? "Retcon" in this sense meaning the overwriting of previously established canon, such as the changes to Ravnica and Mirrodin when we went back to those planes, and the Gatewatch histories in Origins (e.g. Nissa always being an animist, being horrified by the Lorwyn elves, etc).

This is another great, complex question. I’m glad you defined retcon to make it easier to tackle (y’all know I will drone on).

So, the first thing to remember is that Magic’s entire history is retcons. Without going too deep into the history, early magic didn’t have a cohesive story at all. The Great Revision is a name fans gave the effort to unify all that lore into something way more cohesive. The earliest example I can think of is that the Brothers’ War (Antiquities) had two comic series and a novel each tell the same story, and tell it differently.

The other thing is that Magic is a card game, and if they say “Hey, we’re going back to Mirrodin”, creative can’t just say “Sorry, no, everyone is literally gone.” I will get around to talking about this in more detail someday, but we have to remember that the story is tied to processes beyond the Creative Team’s control. So I’m way more forgiving of those things than some others.

So, let’s talk about the specific examples you mention, and if anyone wants me to discuss other retcons, let me know.

Ravnica: I’m not sure there are really any major retcons with Ravnica. Ravnica’s flavor issue was that the story specifically said Niv-Mizzet was the only dragon on the plane, and the original Block had two besides him (another three were printed in RTR block). Nothing else springs to mind, unless you’re talking about the dissolution of the Guilds, but them coming back together makes a lot of sense, ultimately, and is explained well in Ravnica, Then and Now.

Mirrodin: Right out of the gate, anyone existing on Mirrodin was a retcon, and they were very clear in redefining ‘the Vanishing’ as exclusive to the elder generations. SoM block was a mess because it was originally supposed to start with New Phyrexia and then reveal that it was Mirrodin. That kind of thing causes havoc with the story, especially when it changes the timeframe for New Phyrexia’s rise. I don’t really have a problem with it, because most of the discrepancies I can headcanon away (Venser had taken slow-time water, We never actually saw that the surface was empty, we were only told by a character). The Creative team’s predecessors kind of screwed them by going with the Vanishing story in the first place. They never stopped to consider they might be going back. I also love the Mirran Goblin design change.

As for the Gatewatch’s histories, most of them are much smaller retcons than you’d think. Jace’s discrepancies are because he messed with his memory so much. Chandra’s was never retconned, but instead it was revealed she lied to Gideon. Gideon’s is likely the same (he didn’t tell her the truth because he didn’t want to talk about his dead friends). Liliana’s didn’t really change anything significant. Nissa’s… I’ve talked about Nissa’s a lot. Nissa’s comes down to how much emphasis you put on a character bio created before a character ever got an actual card, and how little emphasis you put on narrative hints in later stories. I disliked it a lot at first, but when I went back to re-read In the Teeth of Akoum, there wasn’t anything there to support my arguments. It was all in that character bio. Personally, I don’t really have a problem with it anymore, because having gone back and re-read all of her stuff to ‘prove’ my point when I didn’t like it, there wasn’t anything to support it. I’m not going to argue this point, because people still have strong feelings about it.

The one retcon I hated was vampires on Zendikar. There was a stealth edit made to the Lithomancer than removed reference to Vampires on Zendikar before the Eldrazi were sealed. So when Stirring from Slumber said they didn’t exist, it felt like gaslighting. For reference, here’s the original:

Nahiri spread word throughout the plane of what was coming, to the merfolk, the kor, the humans, the elves, even the vampires.

Now, I don’t mind the change for story reasons. Having them created by the Eldrazi is pretty cool and changes almost nothing (what Zendikari Vampire lore existed was bleh). What I didn’t like is that the end of the article wasn’t amended to say “Updated such and such a date”. They don’t even need to say what changed, just let us know that we’re not crazy without resorting to the wayback machine.

Basically, I’m fine with retcons, so long as they have a good reason. You can debate what a ‘good reason’ is, but in my view you have to view the story through the lens of what was going on behind the scenes of the game.

anonymous asked:

lacuna is singular, lacunae is plural

Funny story, we triple checked The Quest for Karn for this. It’s wrong in the novel, but then this is the same author and series that misspelled Nissa Revane’s name on the very first page of In the Teeth of Akoum. It’ll be fixed.

anonymous asked:

I'm a little confused about the timeline. I figured Purifying Fire happened right before Zendikar. "Stone and Blood" put the events of Zebdikar at two years ago so where does the 4 years ago come in? Not trying to be argumentative by the way! I've just been trying to make a timeline myself lately and with magic's fuzzy canon in places it's hard.

Chandra is established as 11-years-old in Fire Logic (FL). In her reminiscing about the events of The Purifying Fire (TPF) during Burn, Chandra says “Was I really just 19?”, which puts TPF at approximately eight years after FL. Release begins with mentioning that Kaladesh takes place 12 years after she watched her parents die, making Chandra 23, and making TPF ~4 years ago.

There’s some wiggle room of course, when someone says “this happened x years ago”, and when they don’t specify how many months, there’s obviously room for error, but this one is pretty clear.

Here’s a rough chronology of when each set or novel takes place, but keep in mind there’s a lot of wiggle room. This is just a rough based on taking year estimates literally, and the greater the timespan we’re looking at the more wiggle room there is:

  • 6,000+ years ago: The Eldrazi are imprisoned on Zendikar.
  • 1,280ish years ago: Bolas nearly kills Ugin, but he’s saved and cocooned by the magic Sarkhan brings with him to the past.
  • 1,000ish years ago: The Eldrazi almost escape, but Nahiri reseals them, then goes to find Sorin. Sorin seals Nahiri in the Helvault.
  • 200 years ago: Liliana Vess is born.
  • Between 200 and 40 years ago: The Mending occurs.
  • 40 years ago: Nissa ascends as a planeswalker, presumably Lorwyn/Shadowmoor blocks occur (this last bit is a guess).
  • Between 14-15 years ago: Tezzeret usurps control of the infinite consortium. (Canonicity questionable)
  • 12 years ago: Fire Logic occurs.
  • 6.5 years ago: The modern story begins with Agents of Artifice when Tezzeret recruits Jace into the Infinite Consortium.
  • 4 years ago: The Purifying Fire begins about 4 years ago (Jace still has to be working for the Consortium).
  • 3.5 years ago: Jace switches minds with Kallist by accident.
  • 3 years ago: Kallist is killed and Jace’s mind is restored. Jace defeats Tezzeret and leaves him to the Kamigawa Nezumi. Bolas barters for his body.  Alara Unbroken (Shards of Alara) is hard to place, but it would have to take place before Sarkhan returns from Zendikar, so I’m putting it here.
  • Between 2-3 years ago: Jace, Chandra, and Sarkhan unlock the initial seal on the Eldrazi. Afterwards, Test of Metal occurs (if any of it is still canon).
  • 2 years ago: In the Teeth of Akoum (Zendikar) ends when Nissa frees the Eldrazi Titans. Scars of Mirrodin also occurs in this same timeframe.
  • Between 1-2 years ago: Return to Ravnica occurs and Jace becomes the Living Guildpact. The Godsend (Theros) occurs at some point after Scars of Mirrodin but before Ajani goes to Kaladesh six months ago. Dragons of Tarkir happens around this time, and Ugin is revived.
  • 1 year ago: Innistrad occurs, when Liliana destroys the Helvault and kills Griselbrand. She also releases Nahiri.
  • Less than 1 year ago: Battle for Zendikar and Shadows Over Innistrad blocks happen.
  • 0 (this is my anchor point for everything else): The events of Release happen.
  • Two months later: The events of Burn happen.

Rationale for these can be found here. Creative has been deliberately vague on the timeline for a while now, most of this was only place with the information from Release.

totallyevillisa  asked:

Well Nissa was a xenophobic supremacist until she got retconned to hell (because character flaws aren't marketable).

My post was intended to answer the long-running misconception that Nissa was heavily retconned. The truth is, Nissa was no more retconned than any of the other Magic Origins characters - all of whom had elements of their backstories changed.

The thing everyone thinks was retconned? It was her magic duels profile from her initial introduction. Lorwyn isn’t even mentioned during In the Teeth of Akoum. I’ve actually tried finding any other support, and those few passages I put in the main post were all I could find.

Now, to be fair, I was operating under that assumption too when I wrote my first articles on Zendikar last year. But outside of Nissa’s old profile page, there really isn’t anything to support the elf supremacist angle.

Nissa, Worldwaker illustrates how she was growing as a character to move past the Joraga nonsense she was raised with. Then, throughout BFZ, it mentions that she still struggles with her old ways. Here is one example from Nissa’s Resolve:

In that moment, Nissa realized that she had come here to Bala Ged to save the world’s soul not just for the land, for the plane, for the people, and not just for its power: She had come here to save the world’s soul so she could save herself. Without it she would once again become the elf she had been the last time she was here—wild, reckless, and sure to misstep.

So, she recognizes she was arrogant and she’s actively working to not let herself slip into that old mentality. I think that’s a pretty interesting trait. It’s even heavily implied she still experimented with black mana, and that, if she wanted to, she could have used it to help her win various fights in BFZ… but that it would lead her back down a dark path she’s spent the last two years trying to become better than.

You know what I’m mad about though? Where is the outrage for Sorin the Songbird’s retcon? Why wasn’t he serenading Nahiri with death spells in their confrontation? :P

necrogen-egregore  asked:

Did you notice anything that's not canonical anymore reading In the Teeth of Akoum? Something that the current block has retconned? I heard creative team members saying "almost all" that's there is canon, but not everything. More important: did you like it? (It will be my next reading!) Cheers!

I didn’t see too much that stood out to me as blatantly retconned. It’s more along the lines of things left currently unaddressed by and large outside of the book such as Sorin being the reason why Zendikari vampires are slaves to the Eldrazi (and probably why there’s vampires on Zendikar in general).

There’s a few minor things that were obviously fleshed out later (I think that the Moon Kraken is actually supposed to be Lorthos), but nothing too big. I could be wrong. I only started getting into lore early last year and a lot of my knowledge lies more with Innistrad rather than Zendkiar.

I have mixed feelings about the book tbh.

I absolutely LOVE Sorin in it and all of his absolute sass. Like, it’s likely a good thing that the man has power to back it all up because he sorta rightly deserves to get himself a few decks to the nose. He’s the highlight of the whole thing for me.

Otherwise I’m sorta meh. The writing’s rather sub-par and there’s some grammar errors that are pretty glaring (the writer has an inability to consistently spell Nissa’s last name properly). I wouldn’t spend a hell of a lot of money on it, but it’s worth a quick read, if only for Sorin’s trolling ass.

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Zendikar: In the Teeth of Akoum: A Magic: The Gathering Set Novel (Magic the Gathering)

Lurking in the space between the aether and the physical plane, there is a great evil waiting to emerge. 

Zendikar is a land of danger and adventure, a world of deadly risks and priceless rewards. It is also a prison to one of the most deadly species known to the Multiverse: the dreaded Eldrazi. 

When our story opens, part of the mystical containment spell that has kept the Eldrazi captive for millennia has been breached. The brood lineage, the Eldrazi minions, have been released and are poring over the plane, devouring everything in their path, but the swath they cut across the land is nothing next to the destruction that the still-imprisoned Eldrazi Titans will wreck once released.

Nissa Revane, a planeswalker and proud Elf Warrior of the Jorga Nation, is witness to what the brood lineage can do. She sees that they pose a bigger problem than most suppose. Sorin, an ancient vampire planeswalker, knows this as well as anyone because he was among the original jailers of the ancient scourge. He has returned to Zendikar to make sure the Titans do not escape. They both want the Eldarzi threat extinguished but each has their own agenda. Nissa wants the Eldrazi off her plane entirely. Sorin wants to put the lock back on their cell. And there are still others who want the Titans to escape.

Together they set out across the land on search of the Eye of Ugin, the source of the Eldrazi uprising, where they will face what could be their final challenge. Will the Eldrazi escape to menace the Multiverse once again?

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