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Bant is one of the five shards of Alara. It is primarily white-aligned with green and blue as secondary colors. [1]

It is inhabited by humans, aven, rhoxes, the semi-intelligent leotau mounts, and the angels that watch over the plane.

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[edit] Geography

There are five nations on Bant: the Inner Three (Akrasa, Eos, and Topa), the island nation of Jhess and the coastal nation of Valeron.

[edit] Notable locations

[edit] Society

[edit] Angels

Angels lend guidance to mortals, but otherwise they do not directly interfere with their lives. Among angels, there is a hierarchy with four different ranks. Angels are given the duty to protect the ideals and well being of the other Bant inhabitants but are not permitted to interfere with the politics of other mortals. Angels are born when human heroes die. The spirit is joined with what is called "meta-sigils" which is described as physical manifestations of the land and sky.

The ruler of Bant was once the supreme queen of the angels, the archangel Asha, who left the shard for unknown reasons long ago.

[edit] Asura

The Asura are the highest ranked angels. There are only seven of them, which make up the Court of Orderly Contemplation.

[edit] Amesha

The Amesha represent ideals, such as honor or justice.

[edit] Mahra

The Mahra carry out the orders of the Asura and the Amesha.

[edit] Celebrant

Celebrants, as the lowest ranking angels, are responsible for protecting the lives and ideals of mortals.

[edit] Caste system

Bant has a strict caste system, everyone has a specific role in society. One's caste is determined by birth, but it is possible to rise up through sigils.[2]

[edit] Blessed

The Blessed are the nobles of Bant.

[edit] Sighted

Clerics and monks make up the caste of the Sighted. They have to obey orders from the Blessed, but otherwise they do not have to answer to anyone.

[edit] Sigiled

The Sigiled are measured by the number of Sigils they gained through their actions.

[edit] Mortar

Members of this caste make up the bulk of Bant's population. They have to follow orders from the three castes above them.

[edit] Unbeholden

The Unbeholden are thieves and rogues. Some of them reject the caste system, others forced to become what they are by circumstance. Jhess is the nation with the most Unbeholden.

[edit] Sigils

Sigils are magical medallions that are usually earned through noble acts. They signify the support of the group or, on occasion, the individual that gave it to the wearer. There are some sigils, that can be bought, and stories tell of "dark sigils" from another time.

[edit] Notable inhabitants

[edit] Source

[edit] References

  1. Mark Rosewater. (October 06, 2008.) "Peace, Love and Understanding", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Doug Beyer. (October 8, 2008.) "An Angel's Eye View of Bant", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.

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Alara block
Expansions: Shards of Alara | Conflux | Alara Reborn
Alara storyline
Shards: Bant Manag.gifManaw.gifManau.gif | Esper Manaw.gifManau.gifManab.gif | Grixis Manau.gifManab.gifManar.gif | Jund Manab.gifManar.gifManag.gif | Naya Manar.gifManag.gifManaw.gif
Characters: Ajani | Elspeth Tirel | Nicol Bolas | Sarkhan Vol | Tezzeret
Others: Etherium | Jazal | Kathari | Leotau | Maelstrom