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Beings with poetic souls consider them beautiful, for they glow in the night like fireflies with an eerie blue-white light. Swarms of them have been known to fly across the plane in complex formations, sometimes vanishing into Mirrodin’s core. Unfortunately for them, the blinkmoths are not just pretty, they’re useful. When isolated from a swarm, individual blinkmoths die. Their destruction produces a tiny amount of the liquid known as serum or "lymph", which is sought after by Neurok and Vedalken alike. A being that drinks blinkmoth serum finds their self-awareness, understanding, mental capacity, and intelligence instantly augmented, making the serum, and thus blinkmoths, a highly sought after commodity. It is extremely addictive, and long-term use leads to physiological changes.
Blinkmoths used to be harvested by hovermyrs and preyed upon by frogmites. Though the Vedalken were masters of measured science, they failed to anticipate the sharp decline their exhaustive experiments would cause in the blinkmoth population. This myopic and uncontrolled research soon made blinkmoths, and thus serum, among the rarest commodities on Mirrodin. This was called the Diminishing.
There are no cards with the subtype Blinkmoth. However, there are two lands that can turn into Blinkmoth Artifact Creatures: Blinkmoth Nexus from Darksteel and its later corrupted version Inkmoth Nexus from Mirrodin Besieged.
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- Magic Arcana (May 15, 2007). "Memnarch and the Panopticon". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Doug Beyer (December 08, 2010). "The Nonhuman Cultures of Mirrodin". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Flavor text for Serum Visions (Modern Masters 2017)