Death Rattle Switch

Posted in Arcana on May 2, 2007

By Wizards of the Coast

The art description of Death Rattle originally asked artist Vance Kovacs to depict skeletal snakes about to devour an elf.

Color: Black Spell
Location: unimportant
Action: An elf warrior is suddenly surrounded by three skeletal giant snakes that have sprung up from the black muck around him/her. The snake-skeletons are eerily all in the same posture, evenly spaced around him.
Focus: the elf's imminent death
Mood: It'll be over soon.
Notes: Not set in world of the Time Spiral style guide. Design an alternate Magic reality.

However, the development team wanted to improve the power of giant green creatures, and changed Death Rattle to read "nongreen creature" instead. Showing an elf in the art would have been right out! Luckily there was time to have Vance Kovacs show a human warrior instead.

Death Rattle Death Rattle art by Vance Kovacs
Death Rattle

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