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22nd Feb '17 9:43:43 PM WindyDelcarlo
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*** [[PlayingWithFire Chandra Nalaar]]: Set fire to her village in a fit of rage after learning of her ArrangedMarriage, and ran and hid. [[spoiler:A local KnightTemplar organization noticed, and not believing the villager's claims that the destruction was caused by a single child, rounded up the villagers and sealed them into the burning huts, punishment for harboring pyromancers. Chandra returns just in time to hear her family dying, and is quickly subdued by the soldiers. Just as they are about to behead her,]] her Spark ignites at the last possible second.

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*** [[PlayingWithFire Chandra Nalaar]]: Set Chandra's family is a smuggler of aether on Kaladesh, and during Chandra's first job as a smuggler, she's caught. Instead of allowing herself be captured, she obliterates a Consul factory, forcing the Nalaars to flee. [[spoiler:While Chandra is away from the village they take residence in, Consul forces arrive looking for her. They set fire to the village, killing her village in a fit of rage after learning of father, blaming it on Chandra's pyromancy and taking her ArrangedMarriage, and ran and hid. [[spoiler:A local KnightTemplar organization noticed, and not believing the villager's claims that the destruction was caused by a single child, rounded up the villagers and sealed them into the burning huts, punishment for harboring pyromancers. Chandra returns just in time to hear her family dying, and is quickly subdued by the soldiers.custody. Just as they are about to behead her,]] her Spark ignites at the last possible second.
1st Feb '17 1:13:06 PM Morgenthaler
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** The Eldrazi, who are so ancient they predate the whole "colored mana" deal, and destroy your opponents just by moving in their general direction. [[http://wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/396 This preview]] of [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=193632 Kozilek, Butcher of Truth]] has the unique distinction of [[InterfaceScrew destroying the web page it appears on]], and the flavor text of [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=193398 Eldrazi Monument]] reads: "Gods don't die. [[CthulhuMythos They merely slumber]]."

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** The Eldrazi, who are so ancient they predate the whole "colored mana" deal, and destroy your opponents just by moving in their general direction. [[http://wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/396 This preview]] of [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=193632 Kozilek, Butcher of Truth]] has the unique distinction of [[InterfaceScrew destroying the web page it appears on]], and the flavor text of [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=193398 Eldrazi Monument]] reads: "Gods don't die. [[CthulhuMythos [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos They merely slumber]]."
24th Jan '17 3:32:38 PM GigaGuess
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** Likewise the Shadows Over Innistrad block. [[spoiler: Sure, the Gatewatch managed to seal away Emrakul, but at the cost of any protection the plane had with the unmaking of Avacyn, 2/3 of the lesser angels destroyed or fallen, leaving Sigarda as the only Angelic defender truly on the side of humanity. And Emrakul's sealing? Aided by Emrakul herself, leading one to wonder whether it was really a win at all...]]

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** Likewise the Shadows Over Innistrad block. [[spoiler: Sure, the Gatewatch managed to seal away Emrakul, but at the cost of any protection the plane had with the unmaking of Avacyn, 2/3 of the lesser angels destroyed or fallen, leaving Sigarda as the only Angelic defender truly on the side of humanity.humanity...or what's left of them, too, after Emrakul's corruption mutated a large portion into nightmarish beasts. And Emrakul's sealing? Aided by Emrakul herself, leading one to wonder whether it was really a win at all...]]
24th Jan '17 3:31:15 PM GigaGuess
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** Likewise the Shadows Over Innistrad block. [[spoiler: Sure, the Gatewatch managed to seal away Emrakul, but at the cost of any protection the plane had with the unmaking of Avacyn, 2/3 of the lesser angels destroyed or fallen, leaving Sigarda as the only Angelic defender truly on the side of humanity. And Emrakul's sealing? Aided by Emrakul herself, leading one to wonder whether it was really a win at all...]]
21st Jan '17 11:53:43 AM Theriocephalus
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*** The Temur Clans are Siberian natives.

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*** The Temur Clans are Siberian natives.natives living in Tibet-like mountains.



*** The Sultai Broods are vaguely Vietnamese with a sprinkle of Sumeria. The Sultai have the fewest human members, and so are a bit murky in their ties to real world cultures.
*** The Abzan Houses are the tribes of Asia Minor.

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*** The Sultai Broods are vaguely Vietnamese with a sprinkle of Sumeria. The Sultai have the fewest human members, and so are a bit murky in their ties to real world cultures.
cultures, although their [[SnakePeople nagas]] and [[CatFolk rakshasas]] suggest ties to India.
*** The Abzan Houses are the tribes and empires of Asia Minor.Minor and Persia.
15th Jan '17 11:08:22 PM DustSnitch
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* {{Badass}}:
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=74431 Toshiro Umezawa]], of ''Kamigawa'' block; a rare black-aligned protagonist. (This block also featured a white-aligned antagonist; this is perhaps made more understandable still when you consider Kamigawa is based loosely on the Japanese Shinto religion, and East Asian cultures tend to view white as the color of death.)
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=159298 Dakkon Blackblade]]. The comics in particular focused on his exploits.
17th Nov '16 5:51:22 PM Ritokure
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** A more storyline related one: In ''Oath of the Gatewatch'''s storyline, the finishing blow in the Eldrazi came when Nissa (a green mage) casted a spell that helped her channel a massive amount of mana from her own lifeforce and from Zendikar itself into Chandra (a red mage), which then casted a powerful fire spell. Any old-time fan will recognize this as the oldest combo in the history of Magic - [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=144 Channel]] + [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Discussion.aspx?multiverseid=197 Fireball]].
6th Oct '16 12:03:08 AM CharType
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* SixthRanger: Liliana to the Gatewatch.
2nd Oct '16 10:42:18 AM Ur-Sharth
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* TheWorfEffect: "Hm, so, we have this group of planeswalkers called The Gatewatch, and we want to show the audience how powerful they are. How do we do that? Oh, I know! We'll have them kill two of the Eldrai titans in their first story! You know, those colossal, would-devouring monstrosities we've told the audience time and time again are nearly unstoppable and totally unkillable."

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* TheWorfEffect: "Hm, so, we have this group of planeswalkers called The Gatewatch, and we want to show the audience how powerful they are. How do we do that? Oh, I know! We'll have them kill two of the Eldrai Eldrazi titans in their first story! You know, those colossal, would-devouring monstrosities we've told the audience time and time again are nearly unstoppable and totally unkillable."" Although there are implications that the consequences are far more dire.
14th Sep '16 10:31:05 PM CharType
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* BigDamnHeroes: A few examples throughout the series. Notably Chandra in Oath of the Gatewatch. The card Impeccable Timing seems to represent this happening too.
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