Happy Tuesday MTG peeps,
Something rather interesting happened yesterday which has a number of Magic: the Gathering fans talking. Artist David Gaillet, based in Toulouse, France, known for a number of wonderfully illustrated cards had posted an image quite recently labeled with the name 'Thorn of the Black Rose'. Of interest is that the image has since been removed from David's DeaviantArt account (perhaps at the behest of Wizards of the Coast), subsequently providing much fodder for speculation.
• WotC is to return the Plane of Fiora as a regular block / set,
• WotC is to publish another Conspiracy set, or
• the art was simply un-used from the previous Conspiracy set.
Marchesa a.k.a. The Black Rose is a scheming woman of high lineage at the High City of Paliano on the plane of Fiora. She is one of the main players vying for control of Paliano. Marchesa's mansion towers over the palatial homes of her neighbors, each extra story a mark of her success.
Trained in the king’s court at Paliano from an early age, Marchesa found herself edged aside for the throne of Fiora by her less competent brothers. She resentfully left the court to gain influence over revolutionaries and assassins who appreciated her genius. Her network of spies and rogues now controls much of the High City.
The following cards assist to explicate the above -
• Marchesa, the Black Rose, illustrated by Matt Stewart
• Marchesa's Emissary, illustrated by Tyler Jacobson
• Marchesa's Infiltrator, illustrated by Lucas Graciano
• Marchesa's Smuggler, illustrated by Dan Scott