raymond swanland

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Ajani Goldmane is torn between his leonin ferocity and his sense of justice. He was born on Naya and became an outcast within his own family, an albino leonin never accepted by the rest of his pride. The only person who cared about him was his brother Jazal, the leader of their pride and Ajani’s inspiration. Ajani had always shown potential as a mage and healer, but had assumed his main calling was to be a warrior in Jazal’s service. The day that Ajani’s brother was assassinated by unknown forces was the day that Ajani’s Planeswalker spark ignited, and everything changed.

No longer could Ajani worry about his problems with his pride. His quest to discover his brother’s killer has led him into a tangle of intrigue woven by mysterious forces, forcing him to broaden his skills as a warrior and to unlock new potential within himself. After thwarting Nicol Bolas’s plans on Alara, Ajani set aside his anger and began to travel the Multiverse. He became a mentor to leonin communities on many planes, including Theros.

Ajani travels to Theros in search of his old friend, Elspeth. With the help of King Brimaz, he searches the plane for the woman who has become known as the Hydra Killer. When he finally finds Elspeth, the situation is far more dangerous than he realized. The gods blame Elspeth for the state of the world. To set things right, Ajani and Elspeth journey into Nyx and battle Xenagos. Elspeth kills the God of Revels, but with dire consequences. Theros is restored to its natural state, but Ajani is furious at the gods who wronged his friend.

Some amazing artwork featuring Ajani Goldmane.

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“I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me.

A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields when the age of men comes crashing down, but it is not this day!

This day we fight!

By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, men of the west!”

- Aragorn

“Kid, I’ve flown from one side of this galaxy to the next, seen a lot of strange stuff. But I’ve never seen anything to convince me there’s one all-powerful Force controlling everything. There’s no mystical energy field controls my destiny. It’s all a lot of simple tricks and nonsense.”

“Music is very important in creating the depth of tone and mood in Oddworld. Though there’s rarely been opportunity to show it, music is also an important aspect within the characters and cultures. For the native Mudokons across Mudos, beats and melodies reflect the rhythm and pattern inherent to nature. The "Song Engine” is an example of ancient Mudokon technology that is meant to harness nature’s energy to create spiritual music that, in turn, reinforces and protects the natural spirit world. As the living waters of the river flow through the Song Engine, music plays to welcome friends and ward off enemies. If a threat persists, the giant wooden sentinel can be brought to life with the chimes and drums as its heartbeat. However, far the music carries, the sentinel can bring its strength to bear.“

"Song Engine” concept art by Raymond Swanland