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Zendikar (plane)

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Zendikar
First seen: Zendikar
Last seen: Rise of the Eldrazi
Planeswalkers: Nahiri, Kiora, Nissa Revane
Status: Exposed to Eldrazi
For the expansion, see Zendikar.

Zendikar, setting for the block of the same name, is a plane with powerful sources of mana, which flows differently there. Its riches in mana and other wealth has made it a destination for Planeswalkers to explore and exploit. The promise of this is also enough to lure in various local explorers and adventurers.

Geography[edit]

Zendikar's landscape is constantly shifting and changing. [1] This process is called The Roil. [2] This makes settlements very scarce and only few outposts of civilization are present.

The plane consists of seven continents: Akoum, Bala Ged, Guul Draz, Murasa, Ondu, Sejiri, and Tazeem. [3]

Another geographical feature to be noted are the large, floating polyhedron-shaped stones called hedrons that litter the landscape. Nobody is sure what they are for but their gravity-defying existence hints at the strange properties of gravity and mana on the plane. These ancient, rune-carved monoliths are strewn across Zendikar. Up to ten miles long, some of these stones drift in the sky; others are buried in the ground, some whole, some broken.

Trap-riddled ruins can be found on every continent. [4] Mysterious glyphs hint at truths long forgotten. Unspeakable monsters lurk in the quiet of these hidden monuments of a forgotten past. These ruins still emanate power, and both planeswalkers and local explorers will undergo great peril to reap their rewards. [5]

Inhabitants[edit]

The plane is inhabited among others by goblins, elves, merfolk, humans and vampires. [6] It is also the home of the Kor who have been abducted to other planes from Zendikar. Assorted wildlife, ranging from insects to beasts also dwell on the plane, posing another threat for explorers not to be eaten or killed by. Some of them, like the Gomozoa have adapted to the flying topography. These look just like the regular floating rocks. [7]

The Eldrazi[edit]

Zendikar is also the prison of the Eldrazi, an ancient and powerful race that devour planes and threatened the multiverse once in the past. They were sealed away by three ancient palneswalkers: Sorin Markov, Ugin, and Nahiri. Now, the prisons of the Eldrazi have weakened, and their minions are breaking free. [8] [9] [10] Sorin returned to the plane to seal them away once more, though his two comrades were nowhere to be found. Nissa Revane, a native elven Planeswalker, assisted him, but her goals were to see the Eldrazi imprisoned elsewhere, away from Zendikar. [11]

Visitors[edit]

Chandra Nalaar and Jace Beleren came across a scroll in Kephalai that led to this world. [12] [13] [14] Sarkhan Vol had been sent there by Nicol Bolas in search of an ancient relic. Also, Ob Nixilis, a former Planeswalker whose spark was ripped out by the erratic mana of Zendikar, lurked on the plane, seeking for a way to get vengeance and to restore his powers. Finally, Garruk Wildspeaker seems to have a history upon the plane, but what this means for him isn't clear.

References[edit]

  1. Magic Arcana. (February 15, 2010.) "Beware the Aftershocks", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Wizards of the Coast. (September, 2009.) "Deadly Perils, Priceless Treasures", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Wizards of the Coast. (September, 2009.) "The World of Zendikar", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Wizards of the Coast. (September, 2009.) "The Secrets of Zendikar", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Wizards of the Coast. (January, 2010.) "Dangerous Ruins", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Wizards of the Coast. (September, 2009.) "The Races of Zendikar", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Magic Arcana. (October 01, 2009.) "Gomazoa", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Doug Beyer. (January 18, 2010.) "Worldwake: A Plane in Revolt", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Wizards of the Coast. (January, 2010.) "A World Enraged", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Wizards of the Coast. (January, 2010.) "The Lands Awaken", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Doug Beyer. (September 07, 2009.) "Zendikar, the Lethal Landscape", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Doug Beyer, Jenna Helland, Brady Dommermuth et al.. (March 11, 2010.) "Awakenings, Part 1", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Doug Beyer, Jenna Helland, Brady Dommermuth et al.. (March 18, 2010.) "Awakenings, Part 2", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Doug Beyer, Jenna Helland, Brady Dommermuth et al.. (March 25, 2010.) "Awakenings, Part 3", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.

Sources[edit]

Planes of the Multiverse
Block settings: DominariaRabiahUlgrothaMercadiaRathMirrodinKamigawaRavnicaLorwyn-ShadowmoorAlaraZendikarNew PhyrexiaInnistradTherosTarkir
Other planes: AlkabahAranzhurArkhosAzoriaBelenonCabralinCridheDiradenEchoirEquilorErgamonFioraGastalIlcaeIquatanaIrKaldheimKarsusKephalaiKinshalaLuvionMeditation PlaneMoagMongsengMuragandaNether VoidPhyrexiaPyruleaRegathaSegoviaSerra's RealmShandalarVallaVatraquazVrynWildfire
Related pages: Blind EternitiesShard of the Twelve Worlds