Sage of Hours

Posted in Feature on April 24, 2014

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.

Some of you may already be familiar with this Meletian fellow, he's definitely going to be popular among the Commander crowd (and other Johnny gamers I'm sure). The art, while focusing on the male in the foreground, is wonderfully detailed and something I wanted to take a closer look at.


Sage of Hours | Art by Matt Stewart

So first off, let's talk about the device he is standing next too. That is called an Antikythera, which is an ancient Greek clock-like device that predicts astronomical positions and is named after the Greek island of the same name.

Thematically, the presence of the Antikythera speaks to Sage of Hours's interest in the relationship of the heavens and time, tying in beautifully with the mechanics of the card.

Something I didn't notice until I looked at the art at a larger resolution is that if you look over the sage's shoulder you can see a statue of Ephara, God of the Polis!

Sage of Hours (concept sketch) | Art by Matt Stewart

While this is the first appearance of an Antikythera mechanical device on a Magic card as far as I can recall, it is far from the only celestial and astronomical device. Here are a selection from Magic's past:

Astrolabe
Vedalken Orrery
Armillary Sphere
Barbed Sextant
Arcane Spyglass
Sundial of the Infinite
 
 
 

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