Return to Dominaria: Episode 12
May 30 2018
Home to a rich variety of terrain—cold mountains, wide plains, jungles, deserts, islands—this plane boasts countless historic locations, from the volcanic continent of Shiv to the time-shattered isle of Tolaria to the wretched island of Urborg.
It's also the birthplace of brothers Urza and Mishra, master artificers who discovered ancient stones of power in the Caves of Koilos. In their lust for power, the brothers waged a savage war against each other, devastating Dominaria and plunging the plane into an ice age. At the end of this war, Urza discovered the dark plane of Phyrexia, a hell of flesh, metal, and grease, where the line between living and artificial was blurred.
Phyrexia nearly invaded Dominaria, were it not for the skyship Weatherlight and its crew. The famous flying vessel contained ancient magical technology that enabled the ship to planeswalk. The Weatherlight, its crew of heroes, and a collection of artifacts called the Legacy (including the Planeswalker, Karn) were all instrumental in thwarting the invasion.
Dominaria was also the epicenter of the temporal-planar fractures that threatened all the planes. A host of cataclysms, many caused by Planeswalkers, left Dominaria desolated, destabilizing the fabric of the Multiverse. The damage to time and space spread outward from Dominaria and started affecting other planes. A handful of powerful Planeswalkers intervened to mend the rifts, thus restabilizing all the planes.
Today, after generations of peaceful development, much of Dominaria has managed to rebuild the cultures of its past. Benalia, New Argive, the Tolarian Academies, and Femeref all thrive as primarily human societies, while the Vodalian Merfolk, the Llanowar Elves, and the treefolk of Yavimaya have all also flourished in recent decades.
However, as the cult of the Cabal grows in strength, now under the control of the Demonlord Belzenlok, Dominaria faces new threats…and looks to heroes both old and new to answer them.
In his homeland of Jamuraa on the plane of Dominaria, Kondo was a leader during the Mirage War. An accomplished knight and expert horseman, Kondo always seemed to appear at the most critical moment of a battle. He raised two sons—Vuel, his own blood, and Gerrard Capashen, an adopted refugee with a heroic destiny. Unfortunately, envy and bitterness consumed Vuel, and Kondo died by his son's hands.
The lich knight Josu was an ordinary young Benalish nobleman until his sister Liliana attempted to heal him of a supernatural wasting disease and unwittingly cursed him to wander as a self-aware corpse. Denied all human contact and twisted by rage and undeath, Josu's existence was a lonely, pointless one—until the demonlord Belzenlok found him and elevated him as a lord of the Cabal.
Belzenlok is the ancient demon-god of the sinister Cabal, and the fourth, and only surviving, demon holding a lien on Liliana Vess's soul. From his place in the black heart of the mile-high Stronghold, Belzenlok sends his fervent worshipers to every corner of the globe to sow terror, seize powerful relics, and prepare Dominaria for the coming of its true lord and master.
Squee was a cabin boy and general nuisance aboard the skyship Weatherlight before and during the events of the Phyrexian invasion. Rendered immortal by Phyrexians for the purpose of repeated executions, Squee escaped, and survived . . . and survived . . . and survived. Three and a half centuries later, he can rightly claim to be the oldest—and possibly wisest—goblin on Dominaria.
After the massive World Spell that ended Dominaria's Ice Age, a consciousness stirred in the forest of Yavimaya. That consciousness became embodied in the maro-sorcerer Multani, Yavimaya's avatar. A hero of both the Phyrexian invasion and the Mending, Multani has died more than once, but as long as Yavimaya remains, Multani is never truly gone. Now, his mind is awakening once more, spurring the forest to frenetic, undirected action.
At over four thousand years old, Jodah has earned the epithet given to him twenty centuries ago: the Archmage Eternal. Today, he prefers to hide behind extravagant and sometimes contradictory legends while remaining aloof from the day-to-day affairs of Dominaria.
Radha is heir to two great nations. Her grandfather was the great Keldon warlord Astor, and her grandmother was an elf of Skyshroud. Rising to leadership of the warlike Keldons by right of combat, Radha now walks a precarious path, seeking to forge a new Keld that can thrive in a time of relative peace without losing its essential character.
Darigaaz is the latest reincarnation of an ancient Primeval dragon and champion of the dragons of Shiv. Driven by a desire to redeem the failures of his previous incarnations, Darigaaz seeks to be a leader, not a commander or tyrant.
As a student at Urza's original Tolarian Academy, Jhoira befriended the future Planeswalkers Karn and Teferi, became immortal by accident, helped create the Weatherlight, and commanded the skyship on its first voyage. Now twelve hundred years old, she has raised and restored the legendary ship in the hopes that it will help foster this new era of peace and growth.
Even before Dominaria was torn apart by the time rifts, Korlis was a fading civilization. The few who managed to survive did so by protecting themselves from the elements and only venturing outside to scavenge for brief periods at a time.
The harsh climate created by the time rifts has forever scarred the goblins of Dominaria. Continued exposure to salt storms wears away the excess skin around their lips and noses, giving their face a skeletal appearance. The lack of resources has also left them malnourished and ever more ferocious.
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