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Aleppo, Syria

A boy pushes his cart through the Aleppo neighbourhood of Hanano, one of the districts worst affected by barrel bombs and other aerial assaults. People can be seen living in buildings where the entire front wall has been destroyed. The woman who lived in the apartment from which this photograph was taken had originally fled to the Atmeh camp on the border between Syria and Turkey. When the camp was bombed, she decided to return home. She said she would rather die there than in a tent
Photograph: Sam Tarling/Oxfam

Who’s that Legend?

Sidar Kondo! Gerrard Capashen’s adoptive father! Hails from the land of Jamuraa and was given flanking to reflect this fact. After his true son Vuel failed a rite of passage, Sidar Kondo disowned him. This unleashed all of Vuel’s hatred and contempt and started him down the path to becoming one of early Magic’s more well known villains, Volrath.

Kraum? That’s a new one. Ludevic however, is a name any fan of Innistrad should know. The necro-alchemist is responsible for a menagerie of abominations that terrorize the plane, and has recently been seen tutoring the young but promising Geralf Cecani.

Silas Renn was Tezzeret’s rival back in Esper. Constantly overperforming the planeswalker at the Academy of the Seekers, Renn’s talents are only outshone by his nearly entirely-made-of-etherium body.  Even his heart is shiny new etherium! Nicol Bolas allegedly devoured young Silas in Test of Metal, but the canonity of that novel is…far less than credible.

Bruse Tarl is unexpected but entirely welcome! Bruse is a herder from Goma Fada known for his dealings with the ornery domesticated animals of Zendikar. His Pillarfield Oxen are easily his most famous charges. 

“May starving fleas birth a thousand generations on your stubborn hide, cow!”

She’s new here. 

The Dalish Curse

It was Jade’s clan that suggested checking out Vintiver after an incident involving one of the other clans. The small town had recently celebrated their Harvest Festival, and had been joined by a Dalish Clan, while at first they were welcome, the children thrilled by the Dalish Jugglers and Magicians.

But as goes in these Festivals, the drink flowed, and tongues grew loose. Merry singing turned to insult, So it was that Coalan, the local blacksmith, and a couple of his friends, decided to take offense at the way an elven hunter looked at one of the local girls, and how they played their games.

Knife-Ears were notorious cheaters, and not to be trusted! Coalan and his friends said.

Quicklings were hot-tempered and foolish! Harralan, the hunter, and his friends shot back.

More insults were exchanged, before Harralan, the proud, young hunter, launched himself at the blacksmith. Blood may have been spilled, if not for Tarl, the Village Warden, who separated the two and told them both to leave the fair and go home.

Home? Harralan sneered. My people have no home, thanks to you shems. May you know just a fraction of what the Dalish have lost! Then he spat angrily on the churned earth and stalked way.


The adventurers have not even reached the town when they encounter signs of trouble, Fuldor Farm. It consists of a large farmhouse, a nearby barn, and a few small outbuildings and sheds, all surrounded by fields. There are clear signs signs of carnage. Only one corpse is visible from where they stand, but given that above, a murder of crows, circling and squawking all over the fields, perhaps they are not the only victim.

WHEN YOU ARE OF NEEDING PUNCH AN PUNCH GUD, YOU CALL BRUSE TARL

BRUSE TARL STRONK AS OX. ALSO CAN LIFT OX. EATS BOX OF GRITS FOR BREAKFAST. THEN EATS GRITS FROM BOX. HE GOES TO PASTURE WHERE HE WRANGLES HERD WITH OWN TWO ARMS. WHEN SEES BEAR NEARBY WILL ALSO FIGHT WITH OWN FISTS. BRUSE TARL’S FAVORITE COLOGNE IS SWEAT FROM HARD DAYS WORK. EARNED. AT END OF DAY EATS TWO DOZEN EGG TO KEEP MOSCLE STRONK AN RESTS ON BED OF BEARSKIN FURS HE HAS FOUGHT WITH OWN TWO FISTS

BRUSE TARL IS NOT ONLY FRIEND BUT IS ALLY

WHEN YOU NEED MANLY THING DONE YOU CALL BRUSE TARL