Guilds of Ravnica

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In the city and plane of Ravnica, some individuals are affiliated with one of 10 guilds of Ravnica, sociopolitical factions with their unique identities. Each guild has its own distinct ideology that unifies its members with one another and the guild itself, functions and purposes, and a structure, if any at all. The guilds are the Azorius Senate, Boros Legion, House Dimir, Golgari Swarm, Gruul Clans, Izzet League, Orzhov Syndicate, Cult of Rakdos, Selesnya Conclave, and Simic Combine.[1]

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. [2] [3] Certain characters also from the city and plane of Ravnica or associated with Ravnica and its guilds, such as the unguilded Krenko (Krenko, Mob Boss) and Yeva of the Selesnya Conclave (Yeva, Nature's Herald)[4][5] are not featured in any of the sets from those blocks, however, but bear the indelible influence of the guilds of Ravnica.


[edit] History

Ten Guilds of Return to Ravnica Block 2.JPG

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]

[edit] Guilds of Ravnica

Guild and crest Colors
Legendary members
Formal Guildpact civic function
RTR Azorius.jpg

Azorius Senate
Azor I,P
Augustin IV,GM
Isperia,C, GM
Ravnica's government and legal sector.
RTR Boros.jpg

Boros Legion
Agrus Kos,C
Ravnica's security force, constabulary, and standing army.
RTR Dimir.jpg

House Dimir
Mirko Vosk,MR
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.
RTR Golgari.jpg

Golgari Swarm
Sisters of Stone Death,GM
Ravnica's agricultural and waste management sectors.

RTR Gruul.jpg

Gruul Clans
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.

Furthermore, 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.
RTR Izzet.jpg

Izzet League
Tibor and Lumia,C
Ral Zarek
Ravnica's formative and physical scientists and engineers.
RTR Orzhov.jpg

Orzhov Syndicate
TeysaC, MR
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.
RTR Rakdos.jpg

Cult of Rakdos
Izolda/Lyzolda,C[note 2]
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.
RTR Selesnya.jpg

Selesnya Conclave
Tolsimir Wolfblood,C
Emmara Tandris,MR
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.

RTR Simic.jpg

Simic Combine
Unknown,[note 3]
Momir Vig,GM
Project Kraj,C
Ravnica's life scientists and engineers.
P.^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ Parun and Guildmaster/Guildmistress.
GM.^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ Guildmaster/Guildmistress.
C.^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ Champion.
MR.^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ Maze Runner.

[edit] Sources

[edit] Notes

  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. In the Dissension novel, Izolda/Lyzolda is the acting guildmistress of the Cult of Rakdos while the parun and guildmaster Rakdos hibernates.
  3. 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.

[edit] References

  1. Planes of Existence, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater. (October 03, 2005.) "Getting Your Philosophy", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Mark Rosewater. (September 12, 2005.) "City Planning, Part II", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Jenna Helland. (July 18, 2012.) "Krenko, Mob Boss", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Monty Ashley. (July 20, 2012.) "Tracking Down the Legends", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Adam Lee. (August 29, 2012.) "Ravnica, Then and Now", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Adam Lee. (February 6, 2013.) "The Greater Good", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
Guilds of Ravnica
Ravnica: City of Guilds (RAV symbol.png) Guildpact (GPT symbol.png) Dissension (DIS symbol.png)
Manarw.gif Boros Legion Manabg.gif Golgari Swarm Managw.gif Selesnya Conclave Manaub.gif House Dimir
Manawb.gif Orzhov Syndicate Manaur.gif Izzet League Manarg.gif Gruul Clans
Manawu.gif Azorius Senate Manabr.gif Cult of Rakdos Managu.gif Simic Combine
Return to Ravnica (RTR symbol.jpg) and Dragon's Maze (DGM symbol.jpg) Gatecrash (GTC symbol.jpg) and Dragon's Maze (DGM symbol.jpg)
 Manawu.gif Azorius Senate Manabg.gif Golgari Swarm Manaur.gif Izzet League Manabr.gif Cult of Rakdos Managw.gif Selesnya Conclave
Manarw.gif Boros Legion Manaub.gif House Dimir Manarg.gif Gruul Clans Manawb.gif Orzhov Syndicate Managu.gif Simic Combine