Ascendants in Ascendance

Posted in Feature on December 27, 2005

By Wizards of the Coast

Magicthegathering.com is running "best of" content during the holidays, and will return with new content January 4, 2006. This Magic Arcana originally ran June 2, 2005.

Kuon, Ogre Ascendant

The Saviors of Kamigawa flippers, the ascendants, begin their lives as mortal creatures like the other Kamigawa block flippers. But these enlightened beings don't just gain in skill like some self-important Nezumi Graverobber, and they don't betray their mortal allies like some spirit-loving Faithful Squire.

These guys ascend. Once they flip, they aren't even creatures anymore -- they become powerful, legendary enchantments that represent the focused essence of their mortal forms, reminiscent of Judgment's incarnations.

The art of the Saviors ascendants portrays this transformation abstractly. Check out how, in each case, the artists show mystical tattoos and markings on the ascendants' mortal forms, and incorporate those same designs in their ascendant form.

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