Ravnica Style Guide: Dimir

Posted in Arcana on November 8, 2005

By Wizards of the Coast

The Dimir are cunning, unseen manipulators, so the Dimir chapter of the Ravnica style guide is full of unpleasant spooks and the dreary places they haunt. Today we look at a few concept sketches from that very chapter, and some of the final Ravnica art that was inspired by it.

Ravnica style guide: Dimir skeleton troops and Dimir House Guard
Ravnica style guide: Dimir skeleton troops and Dimir House Guard

Combine Blue's mastery of metamagic and Black's ready access to undead troops, and you get the Dimir skeleton: a enlightened regenerator that aids its master find a more appropriate spell when necessary. Note how the cool hovering skull details suggests a more mystically empowered undead minion.

Ravnica style guide: Thieving spirit sketch and Dimir Cutpurse
Ravnica style guide: Thieving spirit sketch and Dimir Cutpurse

The Dimir walk among us, unseen but detectable through what they manipulate and steal. It's tough to see in this screen-width (click here for Kev Walker's full art), but the Dimir Cutpurse has its ghostly, rags-dressed arm right in an unsuspecting Ravnican's pocket. Creepy.

Ravnica style guide: U/B guild warrior and zombie assassin; Dimir Infiltrator and Roofstalker Wight
Ravnica style guide: U/B guild warrior and zombie assassin; Dimir Infiltrator and Roofstalker Wight

Exoskeletons. Ribcages. Assassin's blades made from sharpened bone. There's a lot of emphasis on exposed skeletal structure -- a dramatic twist on the secrecy of the guild. It suggests that, if you were ever to actually catch a Glimpse the Unthinkable of Dimir Infiltrator or Roofstalker Wight, you'd be out of your mind with horror. Right before you died.

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