Happy Tuesday MTG peeps,
Given the large volume of information posted to the Wizards of the Coast website on the Magic: the Gathering storyline of Kaladesh, we think we should press on with processing it all. With another Kaladesh story installment expected tomorrow (Wednesday) and a truckload of additional previews at PAX West this weekend, we have time for additional exploration of Kaladesh (Plane, Places, People and Planeswalkers). Today, we have for you summaries of some important places on the Plane of Kaladesh -
Kaladesh is a plane where Aether is more manifest than on other planes, being present in the atmosphere. Kaladesh is an ethnically diverse plane where natural mages are rare. Work that would be done with magic on other planes is instead accomplished through devices. The automatons, thopters and other artifact creatures of the plane are fueled by æther, which is heavily trafficked. Artifacts are built as much for beauty as for function. Fire magic is strictly banned, and pyromancy punishable with a death sentence, since pyromantic magic interacts dangerously with the aether in the air.
Ghirapur is the largest city on Kaladesh. It is a massive cogwork machine that comes alive with the power of aether. The city extends from the port district of Bomat, located at the confluence of Kaladesh's three major rivers, through a multitude of varied and distinct neighborhoods, including the bustling Eleven Bridges market district, the aviaries of Freejam, the metalworking zone of Weldfast, the cosmopolitan greenbelt of Kujar, and the artist colony known as Giants' Walk. Ghirapur was founded on the spirit of invention, and today it is home to the Consulate government, which strives to uphold the founders' principles of optimism, creative freedom, and hope.
LATHNU, CITY AT THE TOP OF THE WORLD
Lathnu is a remote settlement in the far north perched high on the Devra Cliffs, in the plane of Kaladesh. It can only be reached via vertical rail track, or a very long and strenuous climb. Lathnu's economy is based around mining and smelting the metals found in the mountains, which inventors throughout Kaladesh depend on to build their wondrous devices.
PEEMA, TOUCHED BY AETHER
The wild forest of Peema spans tens of thousands of acres in the plane of Kaladesh. Peema is home to a population of elves who are deeply connected to the flow of aether. Daily, aether streams dip from the aethersphere to wind through the flora and imbue the fauna. The plants and trees are more vibrant in Peema, and the creatures are stronger, faster, and livelier than their counterparts elsewhere on Kaladesh.
VAHD, THE GOLDEN STEPS
Vahd is an expansive region in the plane of Kaladesh that was once solely devoted to farming. Vahd took on a new identity during the Great Aether Boom, becoming a hub of the aerowright industry. The wheat fields surrounding the villages of Panka, Cambi, and Maranjapur were cleared away to make room for runways, hangars, and workshops, and many farmers trained to become aerowrights and test pilots.