My Ingenuity. My Obsession. My Guild.
The Izzet signet is redesigned often, each time becoming closer to a vanity portrait of Niv-Mizzet.
Role in Ravnica
The Izzet are obsessive experimenters, the epitome of keen creative intellect combined with an unfortunately short attention span. The original mandate of the Izzet guild was to provide solutions for public works projects (sewers, boilers, roadways), but their experiments often produce mana geysers, spatial rifts, or arcane portals instead.
Replicate (cost) (When you cast this spell, copy it for each time you paid its replicate cost. You may choose new targets for the copies.)
Overload (cost) (You may cast this spell for its overload cost. If you do, change its text by replacing all instances of ‘target’ with 'each’.)
Humans, Dragons, Weirds, Djinns, Goblins, Elementals, Cyclops, Ogres, Drakes and Faeries.
Nivix, Aerie of the Firemind. Nivix, also known as the “Aerie of the Firemind,” is the home of Niv-Mizzet and the central guildhall of the Izzet. Nivix is a massive tower, one of the tallest in Ravnica. Every level houses Izzet alchemists, mages, and sages who are constantly theorizing, experimenting, and tossing miscalculated experiments across rooms. The very top of the tower is the aerie of Niv-Mizzet himself. Every Izzet who lives and works in Nivix has been hand chosen by Niv-Mizzet. Although none of the experimentations in Nivix seem connected, the great dragon treats them all as if they were part of one grand experiment.
Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind, is the leader and original parun of the Izzet League, is a 15,000-year-old, vain, temperamental, and super-intelligent dragon. Even before the waring of the ten guilds that led to the guild pact, Niv- Mizzet had killed all other intelligent dragons, leaving only his beastly cousins. Niv-Mizzet rarely stoops to concern himself with the day-to-day running of the guild, preferring to craft long-range plans and let his underlings implement the details. The servants of Niv-Mizzet who make up his personal court are referred to as the Izmundi. Niv-Mizzet uses this court to guide his machinations and to keep him abreast of the happenings in the wider world. The Izmagnus are the most powerful members of the Izmundi, which typically has five to seven members, including some whose identities are kept secret. Even members of the Izmagnus are not privy to Niv-Mizzet’s highest-level plans and goals.
Other Legendary Guild members
Tibor and Lumia are the Izzet Guild champions. They are a husband and wife team of archmages. Tibor is a master wind magics and most commonly uses the talents for magical flight. Lumia is a master of earth magic and call magma to the surface to scorch enemies on the ground. Tibor is wise, noble, head in the clouds in contrast to his wife’s fiery and wild-eyed abandon.
Melek was a weird created by Izzet mages to run the Implicit Maze against the other guilds, much to the dismay of Ral Zarek, one of the biggest researchers into the maze. Just as the race was about to begin and all the runners were announcing themselves, Ral sapped Melek’s elemental energy, thus killing Melek and becoming the runner.
The alchemists and artificers of Ravnica’s Izzet League are aided by dozens of attendants, who endure dangerous conditions while their masters remain at a safe distance. Mizzix began as one such attendant, but demonstrated a keen intellect that earned a place at her own magical forge.
During the fall of the Guildpact
In the end of the first Ravnica block, Niv-Mizzet was wounded in a battle with the nephilim and retreated to an unknown location on Ravnica, presumably to recover. Without their leader the Izzet scattered and chaotic, although they didn’t fully collapse like many of the other guilds. But in time as Niv healed, he used the firemind to re-organize the guild. Finally Niv came back to the city and with him the return of the full force of the Izzet.