Today we focus on a single man whose destiny was central to the set's main tale. Rei Nakazawa's feature article this week previews Konda, Lord of Eiganjo, the card representing the patriarch of a powerful ruling family in the world of Kamigawa. Haven't read Rei's article yet? Go read it!
Lord Konda was a daimyo - a feudal lord and landowner who commanded a host of samurai soldiers. He ruled from Eiganjo Castle - hence "Konda, Lord of Eiganjo."
To the left you can see a concept sketch for Konda by Ittoku, an artist responsible for a lot of the look of the Kamigawa block. Ittoku is the illustrator of Rude Awakening, Arcbound Fiend and a few other cards in Mirrodin block.
Below you can see a concept illustration of Eiganjo Castle and its surrounding lands: the purview of Lord Konda.
Illustration by Rob Alexander with additional concepts by Anthony S. Waters