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The Guilds of Ravnica are ten sociopolitical factions with their unique identities. In the city and plane of Ravnica, some individuals are affiliated with one of them. Each guild has its own distinct ideology that unifies its members with one another and the guild itself, functions and purposes, as well as a structure, if any at all.

In the game of Magic: The Gathering, guilds represent two-colored pairings of Magic's five colors and have, to date, been predominantly featured in the Ravnica and Return to Ravnica blocks. [1] [2]

The ten Guilds[edit]

The guild crests and their place in the Color pie

The guilds are:[3]

Certain characters from the city and plane of Ravnica or associated with Ravnica and its guilds, such as the unguilded Krenko [4] and Yeva of the Selesnya Conclave [5] are not featured in any of the sets from those blocks, however, but bear the indelible influence of the guilds of Ravnica.

History[edit]

Guild flags from the Return to Ravnica block
The older crests from the Ravnica block

Collectively, the guilds of Ravnica have ruled the plane for 10,000 years, since the signing of the ancient and magically potent Guildpact, a binding spell, document, and contract, that details the specific role and responsibilities of each of these guilds.

Prior to the events of the novel Dissension, guilds would try to find loopholes so as to increase their power without breaching it. Following Dissension, however, guilds are no longer bound by the document; and, although the guilds themselves have not completely collapsed, their influence on the city and plane of Ravnica has diminished, as demonstrated in the Return to Ravnica block storyline arc.[6]

After the breaking of the Guildpact, Teysa Karlov of the Orzhov Syndicate drafted a new, non-magical document amongst the guilds in the interest of cooperation and stability for Ravnica;[6] however, the powerful and wealthy became even more powerful and wealthy and, by and large, the guilds had disappeared.

Gradually, the general populace's distrust of the guilds diminished and, once again, the guilds returned and became ascendant. Old guild and factional loyalties rekindled, and new guildmasters assumed the mantle of a majority of the guilds;[6] only the Izzet League, Orzhov Syndicate, and the Cult of the Rakdos retained their original guildmasters.

In the events of the Return to Ravnica block, planeswalker Jace Beleren collaborated with Niv-Mizzet of the Izzet League,[6] while planeswalker Gideon Jura was in alliance with Aurelia, commanding Boros Legion soldiers.[7]

Guilds of Ravnica[edit]

Guild Crest Colors Parun
[note 2]
Guildmaster Mazerunner Notable members
Formal Guildpact civic function
Notes
Azorius Senate
Azorius Logo.png
Manaw.gifManau.gif
Azor I Augustin IV
Leonos II
Isperia
Lavinia Ravnica's government and legal sector.
Boros Legion
Boros Logo.png
Manar.gifManaw.gif
Razia Vinrenn
Aurelia
Tajic Agrus Kos Ravnica's security force, constabulary, and standing army.
House Dimir
Dimir Logo.png
Manau.gifManab.gif
Szadek Lazav Mirko Vosk Circu Officially, House Dimir does not exist.

In practice, little information on the Dimir is known. It is, however, known that the Dimir are involved in assassinations, criminal activity, and espionage on a contractual basis.
Golgari Swarm
Golgari Logo.png
Manab.gifManag.gif
Svogthir Sisters of Stone Death
Savra
Jarad
Varolz Vraska Ravnica's agricultural and waste management sectors.
Gruul Clans
Gruul Logo.png
Manar.gifManag.gif
Cisarzim Borborygmos Ruric Thar Ulasht
Domri Rade
Ravnica's conservation officers, earth scientists, foresters, gamekeepers, park rangers, wildlife officers, and wildskeepers. The Gruul Clans were not formally organized and, with time, became increasingly unorganized and fractured, with no central authority.

With the wilds declining, the role of the Clans has also diminished, and many Gruul Clans members and entire groups, or clans, have adopted an anarcho-primitivist ideology and become Ravnica's defenders of nature, intent on destroying civilization.
Izzet League
Izzet Logo.png
Manau.gifManar.gif
Niv-Mizzet Melek Tibor and Lumia
Ral Zarek
Ravnica's formative and physical scientists and engineers.
Orzhov Syndicate
Orzhov Logo.png
Manaw.gifManab.gif
Obzedat Teysa Ravnica's aristocracy, church, businesspeople, and lawyers ("advokists"). The parun of the Orzhov Syndicate, the Obzedat, is a council of the ghosts of Orzhov patriarchs and matriarchs, not a singular individual.

In practice, the Orzhov Syndicate is also involved in slavery in life and in the afterlife.
Cult of Rakdos
Rakdos Logo.png
Manab.gifManar.gif
Rakdos Izolda/Lyzolda[note 3] Exava Ravnica's entertainment, food industry, mining, and other blue-collar manual labor and pink-collar service sectors. In practice, the Cult of Rakdos is also involved in criminal activity, civil disorder, and slave trade industry.
Selesnya Conclave
Selesnya Logo.png
Manag.gifManaw.gif
Mat'Selesnya Trostani Emmara Tandris Tolsimir Wolfblood
Yeva
Ravnica's auxiliary constabulary, peacekeepers, and religionists. The Selesnya Conclave parun, Mat'selesnya, is an elemental formed from the fusion of numerous dryads, and powers the Guildpact.
Simic Combine
Simic Logo.png
Manag.gifManau.gif
Simic[note 4] Momir Vig
Zegana
Vorel Project Kraj Ravnica's life scientists and engineers.

Sources[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. Supposedly, or at least according to the Ravnica block novels, all Ravnican angels other than Razia, the parun and one-time guild leader of the Boros Legion, are created in her image. As such, a Firemane Angel is a technically depiction of a legendary Ravnican; Razia.
  2. A Parun is the founder of a guild and first guildmaster.
  3. In the Dissension novel, Izolda/Lyzolda is the acting guildmistress of the Cult of Rakdos while the parun and guildmaster Rakdos hibernates.
  4. Cory J. Herndon, author of the Ravnica Cycle novels, has stated that the parun of the Simic Combine is a vedalken biomancer with the surname Simic.

References[edit]

  1. Mark Rosewater. (October 03, 2005.) "Getting Your Philosophy", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater. (September 12, 2005.) "City Planning, Part II", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Planes of Existence, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Jenna Helland. (July 18, 2012.) "Krenko, Mob Boss", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Monty Ashley. (July 20, 2012.) "Tracking Down the Legends", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Adam Lee. (August 29, 2012.) "Ravnica, Then and Now", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Adam Lee. (February 6, 2013.) "The Greater Good", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
Guilds of Ravnica
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Dimir
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Rakdos
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Gruul
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Selesnya
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Golgari
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Boros
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