Grain Reaper

Posted in Arcana on February 5, 2014

By Trick Jarrett

Patrick "Trick" Jarrett oversees web content and social media for Magic, and acts as the publisher of and Magic content on the web. He's an ardent Commander player and lover of the game he's played since Ice Age.

There is a rich history of Magic cards that are related to farming. Cards like Swords to Plowshares or Goblin Settler or even one of the original cards: Farmstead.

In Born of the Gods there is Karametra, God of Harvests. I looked at her art a few weeks ago, but today I wanted to highlight a fun nugget in another Born of the Gods card: Reap What Is Sown.

Reap What Is Sown

If you look at the art you see Therans harvesting what appears to be grain, and if you look closely you can see the urn they are filling bears the face of the god of harvests herself, Karametra!

Location: Bountiful fields of grain.
Action: Show us a vast swath of grain that is being harvested by Setessan men. Their bronzed skin gleams in the sun as they swing their scythes and haul the grain. On the grain urn have the face of Karametra on it. They should all be idealized Adonises. If there's room and/or the composition works, show a Setessan female overlooking the workers.
Focus: The bountiful harvest and the muscular men.
Mood: Bountiful harvest and health blessed by the god.

Reap What Is Sown | Art by Cynthia Sheppard

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