Happy Wednesday MTG peeps,
The much anticipated installment on Uncharted Realms was posted to the mothersite today. During the MTG Panel at PAX Australia in Melbourne early in November, WotC staffer and Director of R&D Aaron Forsythe had previed one of the first cards from the next Magic: the Gathering set, Fate Reforged.
The card, Crux of Fate, is an interesting conditional board sweeper and when we first saw the preview, we immediately put it on our pre-order list from MTG Mint Card. Given the interesting rules text, it makes one think just how many dragons should we expect in Fate Reforged. Furthermore, the card had some very intriguing flavour text;
"Ugin's whispered summons led Sarkhan Vol to the moment that would echo down the centuries and seal Tarkir's fate: The primal battle between Ugin and Nicol Bolas."
Anywhoos, we strongly suggest you pop on over to the motersite's Uncharted Realms post to read the short story 'Journey to the Nexus' by Jennifer Clarke-Wilkes, who is a senior editor and author for WotC. We're suggesting that you read the article now as we want to yatter a bit about it now and how the whole time travel thingy opens up to set the environment in Fate Reforged.
In the story, Sarkhan Vol (Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker) appears somewhat at wit's end wandering the wilds of Tarkir where he was 'summoned' by Ugin, the Spirit Dragon. Sarkhan finds this Plane of Existence devoid of any dragon who have been hunted to extinction. What he finds is that the Clans of Tarkir, once united against the dragons have now turned on eachother. Sarkhan wanders madly and muttering to himself in the wilds until he meets Narset, the Jeskai Clan Leader who herself is wandering in search of wisdom prompted by a vision of a Kirin, a magic creature and harbinger of change.
The two head to the Qal Sisma mountain range to find the resting place of Ugin's bones where he fell in battle against the elder dragon Nicol Bolas. Near the bones is something of a temporal gateway where death comes to most to venture in or near it. Sarkhan however does have a talisman - a shard of rock with a partial inscription bearing the words of Ugin whom Narset beleives may convey Sarkhave safely through the nexus.
A very good read which gets us most definitely looking forward to the next set, Fate Reforged.