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Multiverse

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The Multiverse is the near-infinite number of different planes.[1][2]

Description[edit | edit source]

Nobody really knows how many planes there truly are. Urza for one believed that there is a finite number of planes, merely more than can ever be counted in the combined lifetime of every being in existence.[3] However, another source notes that the Multiverse is "boundless".[4][notes 1]

Dominia[edit | edit source]

Dominia is an outdated name for the entire Multiverse.[5] The term was dropped probably due to its confusing similarity to Dominaria, the setting for most of Magic's storylines in the early years.

Nexus of the Multiverse[edit | edit source]

The Nexus of the Multiverse is a plane (or a place) in the center of the Multiverse with a great influence on all other planes. The world of Dominaria is known to have been the Nexus. Since the plane had only been in existence for a finite amount of time, and in fact, older planes are known (such as Equilor), this was probably not always the case. Due to the changing nature of the Multiverse, it was bound to happen that one day another plane would replace it. Dominaria stopped being the Nexus of the Multiverse when the Mending happened.[6] It is currently unknown where the new nexus is located.

Being a Nexus is probably connected with the large amount of mana lines flowing into it from other planes. That lets it to quickly regenerate its supplies of mana[notes 2] and most likely is a way of how it affects other planes. Its collapse can cause the destruction of the time stream—an abrupt end of the Multiverse's existence and the near-infinite amount of its planes.

Un-iverse[edit | edit source]

The silver-bordered Multiverse is known as the Un-iverse.[7] This is a separate entity.[8][9][10] Characters, in slightly different forms, can exist in both Multiverses.[11]

The Un-iverse does show that characters can have different versions appear in different multiverses.[12]

Planar Chaos[edit | edit source]

The multiverse interacted with an alternate reality, maybe a parallel multiverse, in the Planar Chaos storyline.[13]

Earth[edit | edit source]

Earth is not considered to be part of either Multiverse.[14][15] This is because R&D doesn't want to tell stories about planeswalkers visiting Earth or being from Earth.[16]

The setting of Portal Three Kingdoms closely resembles historic Earth, but is retroactively considered to be a parallel plane.[17][18]

In-game references[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

Database[edit | edit source]

Multiverse also used to be the name of the Wizards of the Coast card database that includes R&D comments on cards. It was replaced by a new database named Drake.[19][20]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Technically this is not a contradiction. As an analogy, Earth's surface does not have any bounds, but it is still finite.
  2. It can be crucial for a plane which is a focus point of many planeswalkers' interests and their destructive influences.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. [Dominia and Its Walkers]], by Richard Garfield
  2. Brady Dommermuth (March 19, 2008). "The Known Mutliverse". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Planeswalker
  4. Wizards of the Coast (July 25, 2008). "You Are a Planeswalker". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Mark Rosewater (July 27, 2014). "Does the multiverse still have the proper name Dominia?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  6. Magic Story Podcast: The Mending (May 3, 2018)
  7. Mark Rosewater (November 16, 2017). "So, when can we expect a set called Bablovia?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  8. Mark Rosewater (November 08, 2017). "So the Domina Multiverse, Un-Multiverse, and Sparks Multiverse are all separate, right?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  9. Mark Rosewater (November 09, 2017). "Are you worried about Multiverse creep?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  10. Mark Rosewater (November 17, 2017). "Why is the Un-iverse separeted from the multiverse?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  11. Mark Rosewater (April 11, 2018). "“Bablovia is in the wrong multiverse”". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  12. Mark Rosewater (August 11, 2019). "are planeswalkers limited to their own multiverse?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  13. Mark Rosewater (August 11, 2019). "Didn't a few multiverses interact during the Planar Chaos?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  14. Mark Rosewater (June 10, 2018). "Is Earth on a plane in the Multiverse? The un-iverse?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  15. Mark Rosewater (August 11, 2019). "Is Earth canonically a plane in the Magic the Gathering storyline?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  16. Mark Rosewater (February 17, 2019). "To say that our universe definitely isn't part of the MtG multiverse is paramount". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  17. Mark Rosewater (April 22, 2017). "What plane did Portal: Three Kingdoms take place on?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  18. Mark Rosewater (August 11, 2019). "Portal: Three Kingdoms took place on an unnamed plane that shares a lot with early history China, but is not China.". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  19. Mark Rosewater (November 7, 2016). "A Few More Words from R&D". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  20. Mark Rosewater (November 7, 2016). "What's up with the changing of "Multiverse" to "Drake"?". Blogatog. Tumblr.