A Closer Look at the Keyrunes

Posted in Arcana on November 16, 2012

By Monty Ashley

The five keyrunes are literally emblematic of their guilds. Let's learn more about them, through the magic of art descriptions and finished art!

Azorius

Azorius Keyrune

Color: Artifact associated with white and blue (Azorius guild)

Action: This is one of ten ceremonial artifacts crafted to resemble an abstract "key." There is one such "mana key" for each guild, and this is the one for the Azorius guild. It's about 1 foot (30cm) long and is made of carved stone, perhaps white marble with round blue gemstone elements. One end of the key looks like the head, wings, and chest of an eagle or griffin, with some kind of stylized key-shaft leading down from the carved creature.

Focus: The magical stone key

Mood: An inspiring, noble work of art

Azorius Keyrune | Art by Daniel Ljunggren

Izzet

Izzet Keyrune

Color: Artifact associated with blue and red (Izzet guild)

Action: This is one of ten ceremonial artifacts crafted to resemble an abstract "key." There is one such "mana key" for each guild, and this is the one for the Izzet guild. It's about 1 foot (30cm) long and is made of carved stone, perhaps made of polished crimson and blue stone. One end of the key is carved to resemble a stylized elemental, perhaps a ragged lightning-bolt shape or the head shape of one of the Izzet elementals on p. 69. A stylized key-shaft leads down from the carved elemental "head." Focus: The magical stone key

Mood: A wild, magical work of art

Izzet Keyrune | Art by Daniel Ljunggren

Rakdos

Rakdos Keyrune

Color: Artifact associated with black and red (Rakdos guild)

Action: This is one of ten ceremonial artifacts crafted to resemble an abstract "key." There is one such "mana key" for each guild, and this is the one for the Rakdos guild. It's about 1 foot (30cm) long and is made of carved stone, perhaps dark granite marbled with veins of blood-red crystal. One end of the key looks like a stylized head of a grinning Rakdos devil (see p. 87), with some kind of stylized key-shaft leading down from the head.

Focus: The magical stone key

Mood: A grinning, leering work of art

Rakdos Keyrune | Art by Daniel Ljunggren

Golgari

Golgari Keyrune

Color: Artifact associated with black and green (Golgari guild)

Action: This is one of ten ceremonial artifacts crafted to resemble an abstract "key." There is one such "mana key" for each guild, and this is the one for the Golgari guild. It's about 1 foot (30cm) long and is made of carved stone, perhaps deep green jade with black onyx veins. One end of the key looks like a stylized Golgari insect (see pp. 113-114), with some kind of stylized key-shaft leading down from the carved insect.

Focus: The magical stone key

Mood: A grim, slightly creepy work of art

Golgari Keyrune | Art by Daniel Ljunggren

Selesnya

Selesnya Keyrune

Color: Artifact associated with green and white (Selesnya guild)

Action: This is one of ten ceremonial artifacts crafted to resemble an abstract "key." There is one such "mana key" for each guild, and this is the one for the Selesnya guild. It's about 1 foot (30cm) long and is made of carved stone, perhaps white marble with green leaflike veins. One end of the key looks like the face of a noble wolf, straight-on and symmetrical, with some kind of stylized key-shaft leading down from the carved wolf head.

Focus: The magical stone key

Mood: A nature-inspired work of art with watchful eyes

Selesnya Keyrune | Art by Daniel Ljunggren

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