Shards of Alara Lexicon

Posted in Arcana on October 29, 2008

By Wizards of the Coast

Welcome to the Shards of Alara edition of the Lexicon, in which we explore the meanings of some of the more obscure words we use in the names of those cards. While many offbeat names in Magic (like "Woolly Thoctar") are simply made up, we often dig around dictionaries for real little-used and archaic words for inspiration.

Topan Ascetic


  1. A person who renounces material comforts and leads a life of austere self-discipline, especially as an act of religious devotion.


  1. Leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial, especially for spiritual improvement.
  2. Pertaining to or characteristic of an ascetic; self-denying and austere: an ascetic existence.
Etherium Astrolabe


  1. A medieval instrument, now replaced by the sextant, that was once used to determine the altitude of the sun or other celestial bodies.
Caldera Hellion


  1. A large crater formed by volcanic explosion or by collapse of a volcanic cone.
Druid of the Anima


  1. The inner self of an individual; the soul.
  2. In Jungian psychology:
    1. The unconscious or true inner self of an individual, as opposed to the persona, or outer aspect of the personality.
    2. The feminine inner personality, as present in the unconscious of the male. It is in contrast to the animus, which represents masculine characteristics.
Puppet Conjurer

noun, plural

  1. A diminutive human.

Homunculus of Alchemy

The term appears to have been first used by the alchemist Paracelsus. He once claimed that he had created a false human being that he referred to as the homunculus. The creature was to have stood no more than 12 inches tall, and did the work usually associated with a golem. However, after a short time, the homunculus turned on its creator and ran away.

Quietus Spike


  1. Something that serves to suppress, check, or eliminate.
  2. Release from life; death.
Sprouting Thrinax


  1. A genus in the palm family, native to the wider Caribbean. It is closely related to the genera Coccothrinax, Hemithrinax and Zombia.
Violent Ultimatum


  1. A final statement of terms made by one party to another.
  2. A statement, especially in diplomatic negotiations, that expresses or implies the threat of serious penalties if the terms are not accepted.
Viscera Dragger

plural noun

  1. The soft internal organs of the body, especially those contained within the abdominal and thoracic cavities..
Welkin Guide


  1. The vault of heaven; the sky.
  2. The upper air.


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