A plane is a self-contained world or universe of any size found within the multiverse. While planes can be governed by any conceivable set of rules and natural laws, or even indeed inconceivable ones, most planes visited in the storyline are comfortably similar to Earth.
Card type[edit | edit source]
Planechase (2009) introduced plane cards that represent specific locations on various planes. Each plane card has a subtype corresponding to the plane the location is found on. Plane cards are the size of two regular magic cards side by side.
Storyline[edit | edit source]
There are almost infinite planes in the multiverse, separated from each other by the space known as the Blind Eternities, which is filled with chaotic energies, including Æther and mana. The inhabitants of most of these planes have no idea that theirs is not the only universe, or indeed the only world—generally only planeswalkers know that, and are able to travel intentionally between planes.
Although Planes are sometimes thought to be a separate world occupying the same universe as other planes, each plane is a separate universe in its own right, with few planes having multiple worlds, possibly with some inhabitable ones. In this case, with the exception of artificial planes, most if not all planes can be considered more akin to alternate realities, with Dominaria, being the center of Multiverse, being the prime reality. However these realities are usually very different from each other, suggesting that planeswalkers cannot planeswalk between planes that are too similar.
Planes are known to "move" in relation to each other. Additionally new planes are constantly created, while others drift out of existence.
Natural planes[edit | edit source]
Natural planes are naturally occurring worlds that came into existence at some point. Most known planes have one central, populated world, that the entire plane is typically named after. However, it is possible that in vast universes with billions of galaxies and stars, other populated worlds also exist.
Artificial planes[edit | edit source]
There are also artificial planes, worlds created usually by planeswalkers by sheer will. The creator of such a world defines all of its rules. These planes are unstable and eventually collapse if there is nothing to sustain their existence (like a constant flow of mana, or technical means such as flowstone). These planes are most likely surrounded by an amount of real space that prevents them from being destroyed by the Blind Eternities. However, this pocket of space eventually wears out, after which the Blind Eternities destroy the plane.
List of Plane cards[edit | edit source]
See also[edit | edit source]
- Category:Planes, for a list of known planes
References[edit | edit source]
- "Planes of Existence", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. (Internet Archive snapshot)
- "Explore the Many Planes of Existence", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Brady Dommermuth. (March 19, 2008.) “The Known Mutliverse (sic)”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Doug Beyer. (August 12, 2009.) “Topic Potpourri”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Doug Beyer. (November 25, 2009.) “Brooms, Planes, and Valakuts: Tales from the Inbox”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Lynn Abbey. (1998). Planeswalker, ISBN-13 978-0786911820, Wizards of the Coast.
- Brady Dommermuth. (August 16, 2007.) "You Are a Planeswalker", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. (Internet Archive snapshot)