The Dragons of Planar Chaos

Posted in Arcana on August 28, 2014

By Blake Rasmussen

Blake is the content manager for DailyMTG.com, making him the one you should email if you have thoughts on the website, good or less good (or not good). He's a longtime coverage reporter and hasn't turned down a game of Magic in any format ever.

Prior to the release of Magic: The Gathering—Commander, there were few wedge-colored legendary creatures. So few, in fact, that there were but six standard bearers of the wedges. Excepting Doran, the Siege Tower, these five legends of the wedges were all found in Planar Chaos as the alternative-history versions of three-color dragon legends (Note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly called them Elder Dragons. They are not, though they are eldar dragons in the simple English sense of the phrase). Little is known about these five mighty dragons that have headlined many a Commander deck over the years, and they remain shrouded in mystery. However, we can shed a little light on them through the art descriptions that gave them birth.

First, each dragon had the same note in its description that tells us what we’re working with:

Notes: This dragon should look sentient, like it has a personality and thinks for itself (unlike our normal, predatory red dragons).

As for the rest of the description? Read on.

Numot, the Devastator

Color: Red primarily, also blue and white

Location: sky

Action: Show the elder dragon Numot—a legendary, ancient, sentient creature. Numot’s scales are a rich orange-red, and he should seem passionate, engaged, dynamic.

Focus: the dragon legend

Mood: Vibrant, charismatic, powerful

Art by Dan Dos Santos

Teneb, the Harvester

Color: Black primarily, also green and white

Location: sky

Action: Show the elder dragon Teneb—a legendary, ancient, sentient creature. Teneb has dusky, dark scales and a paler underbelly that almost seems to have algae growth on it. This dragon should seem like a weary schemer.

Focus: the dragon legend

Mood: Brooding, bitter, a little sleepy

Art by Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai

Vorosh, the Hunter

Color: Green primarily, also blue and black

Location: sky

Action: Show the elder dragon Vorosh—a legendary, ancient, sentient creature. Vorosh has scales that are the color of the darkest storms and waters: dark greens and blues. He is the strongest and largest among these elder dragons.

Focus: the dragon legend

Mood: Roiling and ferocious, all muscle

Art by Mark Zug

Oros, the Avenger

Color: White primarily, also black and red

Location: sky

Action: Show the elder dragon Oros—a legendary, ancient, sentient creature. Oros has scales like a golden pearl, with a cruel look in his eye.

Focus: the dragon legend

Mood: Beautiful and cruel

Art by Daren Bader

Intet, the Dreamer

Color: Blue primarily, also red and green

Location: sky

Action: Show the elder dragon Intet—a legendary, ancient, sentient creature. Intet is an idealist and sage among dragons. She has bluish opalescent scales that glint with magenta and green in the light.

Focus: the dragon legend

Mood: Fluid and meditative

Art by Dan Scott

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