Temple of Mystery

Posted in Arcana on October 1, 2013

By Trick Jarrett

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

The five Temple Cards in Theros are very exciting. They mix allied and enemy color pairs and when they enter the battlefield, though they enter tapped, the ability to scry early can be really beneficial to players.

Temple of Mystery

Let's take a look at one of those Temples today: Temple of Mystery. Well-known Magic artist Noah Bradley was tasked with creating a temple that embodied the feeling of awe and mystery. Here's what the art description for the card said:

The Greeks believed that there was an end to the world where the sea drained off a sharp edge and formed an epic waterfall. The camera is facing this epic waterfall. At the top of the waterfall, there is a massive tree growing up out of the water. We can see water cascading down over its roots and into the abyss below. This tree is a shrine to the enigmatic god of horizons. The tree should be a fantastical version of an olive tree.

The "enigmatic god of horizons" refers to Kruphix, a deity of Theros who you haven't gotten to know yet, but who you might recognize from Prophet of Kruphix and from Agent of Horizons's flavor text.

Prophet of Kruphix
Agent of Horizons

Let's see what Noah did with this art description. Here is his sketch:

Art by Noah Bradley

And here's the final art, which turned out awe inspiring indeed!

Temple of Mystery | Art by Noah Bradley

You can follow Noah Bradley on Twitter, where he sometimes shares sketches of Magic cards. You can also visit his personal website, NoahBradley.com.

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