Eldrazi/Lineages

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Each of the Eldrazi Titans on Zendikar spawned its own lineage, an army of drones with various functions. The drones were much weaker than the actual Titans, but had characteristics that resembled them.[1] Below is a list of all Eldrazi associated with the Titans, including their descriptions and abilities.

Kozilek's Lineage[edit | edit source]

The lineage of Kozilek is characterized by the crowns of obsidian plates that hover above each one's head. The crowns were often described as holes in space that revealed the Blind Eternities, but it is also possible that they were physical objects; many of Kozilek's drones were known to use their plates to cut through flesh. Kozilek Eldrazi usually have many eyes, although they do not always have heads. They have many limbs, each often with many sets of joints, similarly to insects. Their presence can warp the world around them, a lesser version of Kozilek's reality-destroying powers. When these Eldrazi feed, they leave behind a path of iridescent geometric patterns similar to bismuth crystals in the land, rather than the chalky dust that Ulamog's drones leave.

Emrakul's Lineage[edit | edit source]

The spawn of Emrakul typically have multicolored bodies—they are usually red, blue, or purple in coloration. They also often possess many tentacles, although this is not true for all of them. Their flesh has a sort of lattice-like structure, similar to their creator Emrakul. Some of them have mastery over gravity, which allows them to float over the ground. Emrakul Eldrazi leave a trail of yellow dust in their wake, and the ground that they drain begins to look as living flesh.

When Emrakul was drawn to Innistrad by Nahiri, her spawns were left on Zendikar. In their place, the Titan corrupted the native creatures, resulting in a plethora of spawn that were resembled mutated variants of their older self, often with lattice-like flesh and tentacles covering them. Most of these corrupted Eldrazi had purple colorations.

Ulamog's Lineage[edit | edit source]

Creations of Ulamog usually lacked skin, which exposed their muscle and bone. They had long, thin limbs that split in two—or bifurcated—halfway down their length. Many propelled themselves along the ground with a set of tentacles. The most noticeable feature of Ulamog's lineage is the featureless plate of bone that replaced each one's face. It is unknown how they were able to sense their surroundings, because they had no visible sensory receptors. Ulamog's lineage exists to consume the land as quickly and efficiently as possible, without any semblance of subtlety. When they devour the land, they leave behind a white, chalky substance. This appears to be what remains of the land when all of the mana is drained from it.

Spawn[edit | edit source]

Ulamog's spawn were small creatures with rounded face-plates of bone. They had a set of bifurcated arms, but were virtually harmless in a fight. They lived to be consumed for power by larger Eldrazi.

Scions[edit | edit source]

Two types of Ulamog scions existed: those that lived on land, and those that were aquatic. Like spawn, scions could be consumed by other Eldrazi as food, but they could also fight. The Ulamog scions on land had a purple, worm-like body. The front half of the body was covered in segments of bone plates. The plates at the front of the body opened to reveal a mass of writhing tentacles that the scion used to feed. They had four small legs akin to the those of an insect. The legs ended in sharp points that they used to attack.

The aquatic Ulamog scions had long, thin bodies that split in two near the back end. They had bone plates that covered the front half of the top of their body, but left the underside vulnerable. They possessed many large tentacles that protruded from below their bodies. These could seize prey or attack enemies. The aquatic scions had four small, bifurcated legs with webbing between the two sections of the leg and each toe on their feet. These were too small and weak to function well on land, but were effective for propulsion in water.

Salvage Drones[edit | edit source]

The small Salvage Drones of Ulamog helped the larger Eldrazi consume the land. They could store material that they ate inside them to be recovered if they died. The salvage drone was smaller than most other Eldrazi. It had two bifurcated legs—four feet overall—to move around. It had a bulbous head, which was disproportionately large for its small size, and a large "abdomen," similar to that of an ant. Most of the top of its body was covered by a thin bone plate, rather than just its head. Its underside was exposed, and tendrils and parts of organs could be seen hanging from beneath it.

Blisterpod[edit | edit source]

These were small Eldrazi drones - similar in size to salvage drones - that had one purpose: they spawned an Eldrazi scion when they died. The blisterpod had a fleshy, worm-like body, with eight legs supporting it. Its long tail, which split into smaller tentacles near the end, was one of its weapons in combat. It had several tentacles that protruded from its front. A layer of bone ran along its back to protect it. The blisterpod's head was not on the front of its body; instead, it protruded from its back, right at the front of its body. This allowed its head to have a greater view of its surroundings. The head itself had a bone plate that looked similar to Ulamog's--the plate covered its face, and had two extensions that stuck out of where its lower jaw would be. Several small tentacles with an unknown function were behind its head. When a blisterpod died, a scion would be created from its body. The scion could eat the dead body, and then move on to consume other things. This scion was the only purpose for the blisterpod; the drone would often kill as much as it could before dying, at which point the scion would be born and the blisterpod's purpose fulfilled.

Sludge Crawler[edit | edit source]

This type of Eldrazi drone helps larger Eldrazi ingest the land. It is so called because it appeared in swampy areas near Hagra, and helped to ingest the muddy land there. The top of the sludge crawler's body is protected by s smooth sheath of bone. The sheath surrounds its neck in a sort of spiked "collar," which protects the sides of its head. The front of its head is covered by a simple, featureless bone mask. Ten tentacles extend from its back in two rows of five. The sludge crawler has four legs in the rear half of its body, and two bifurcated arms in the front half. These work together to propel it. The sludge drone has the ability to absorb mana to become stronger for a short amount of time, which allows it to fend off small attacks by suddenly becoming far stronger than its attackers, before returning to its normal state.

Reaver Drone[edit | edit source]

This type of drone exists not to destroy the land, but to destroy the people who lived on that land. The reaver drone is stronger than other Eldrazi of its size—it is only a little larger than a scion. Its torso resembles that of a humanoid skeleton, with an exposed—and empty—rib cage and two arms. The arms bifurcate at the elbows, splitting into two sets of forearms, each which ends in a clawed hand. Instead of legs, their torsos split into thick, powerful tentacles. The bone plates on their head are featureless. Reaver drones work in concert with one another; when no other Eldrazi are nearby, they go on a mindless rampage and harm everything around them. Reaver drones can often be seen attacking people from above—they use their tentacles to to grip tree branches or ceilings, and then fall upon their prey.

Culling Drone[edit | edit source]

This type of Eldrazi was one of the more common species among Ulamog's lineage. They were larger than humans, but a group of survivors could defeat one without trouble. They were unleashed in huge hordes across Bala Ged, leading to that land's consumption. The culling drone had four double-jointed legs that ended in small hooked claws. The only feature on its head was a mass of tentacles; it lacked the bone plating that was present on almost all Ulamog Eldrazi.

Mist Intruder[edit | edit source]

This type of Eldrazi was the smallest flying species in the Ulamog lineage. Mist intruders were larger than humans, but not large enough to harm most of Zendikar's creatures. Instead, they flew through the skies, ingesting small floating rocks that they found. They were often used as scouts for other Eldrazi. The mist intruder's main body is colored mostly blue, and its arms are red; this may have been for camouflage purposes. It possessed no visible wings, or any other means of flight. It has four small arms that allow it to grip prey and other small objects.Its long body splits into many tentacles halfway down its length. Thin bone plating protects the top and bottom of the mist intruder's body from attack. Many tentacles protruded from its head, for grabbing prey.

Sky Scourer[edit | edit source]

The sky scourer was a larger flying Eldrazi drone that was more physically powerful than the mist intruder, able to ingest larger things. The sky scourer was empowered by the presence of nearby Eldrazi; because of this, it worked with other flying Eldrazi to kill survivors of Zendikar. The sky scourer had a long, thin body that split into many tentacles, similarly to the mist intruder. Its whole body was a dark purplish color, rather than the more vivid colors of the mist intruder's body. Its cylindrical head ended in a mass of tentacles that would latch onto a flying object and suck the life out of it. Several thin plates of bone stuck out of the body at an angle. The plates weren't very protective, but they were lighter than full armor plates. The sky scourer also had a pair of small arms that ended in two-fingered claws—these arms were most likely vestigial, and served little purpose.

Tide Drifter[edit | edit source]

This species of Eldrazi was designed simply to empower nearby allies, rather than actively attack enemies. The tide drifter was large, but had no means of attacking anything. It was an aquatic Eldrazi, but could still empower allies if it stayed nearby. It makes nearby Eldrazi tougher, so that they can kill their enemies without as many casualties. It has a bulbous, blue and purple-colored body, with several large tentacles hanging down from under it, like a jellyfish. Its back is protected by several bone spikes, and an angular bone plate protects its face. The bone plate has a large opening in it, but it is still unknown what is behind it.

Forerunner of Slaughter[edit | edit source]

The forerunner of slaughter is an aggressive species of Eldrazi designed to rapidly destroy enemy resistance. The forerunner, unlike many other Eldrazi, has little armor on its body; most of its muscle is exposed to injury. The lack of armor, however, allows it to move faster and strike harder than other armored Eldrazi its size. The forerunner is larger than a human, and has a humanoid torso, with two legs and no exposed organs. its arms bifurcate at the elbow, allowing it to kill four targets at once. Its upper chest, neck, and back are protected by a thick bone plate that doesn't inhibit any movement, while its head is protected by a sheath of bone. The forerunner of slaughter has the ability to make its fellow Eldrazi faster and more aggressive, so that they can sweep aside any resistance in their path.

Fathom Feeder[edit | edit source]

The fathom feeder is a small Eldrazi adept at infiltrating the seas. Physically, it is about the size of a scion. It possesses a deadly poison that can easily kill much larger creatures. The fathom feeder has a torso, protected by complex, segmented bone plates, with two bifurcated arms. The lower torso separates into pink tentacles. The front of its head is covered by a bone plate, while tentacles protrude out of the back. While the fathom feeder can ingest objects up close, it has the ability to suck the life-force and mana out of more distant objects.

Benthic Infiltrator[edit | edit source]

The depths of Zendikar feared the benthic infiltrator, an aquatic Eldrazi designed to slip into areas controlled by the Zendikar Resistance and ingest the materials there. The infiltrator was physically weak, but was tough to kill. It had a snakelike body, with ridged bone armor on the bottom. On the top, tentacles protruded from its back, protected by a plate of bone. It had two thin forearms, which could be used for maneuvering or grabbing objects to ingest. Its head was small, with a rounded plate of bone protecting the bottom, and small tentacles extending from the top. The benthic infiltrator was hard to find in the seas, so it was able to pick off enemy targets and act as an aquatic scout.

Dominator Drone[edit | edit source]

The dominator drone was a small type of Eldrazi that could drain the life from the creatures of Zendikar. The drone's body was about the size of a human head. It was covered in a flat bone plate. Small arms ending in points protruded from the side of its body, and tentacles hung from its underside. The dominator drone was a parasite; it attached itself to living creatures and controlled them while draining their life. The drone would cover the head and face of its victim. It would stab its small arms into the victim's back to anchor itself to the victim. It would then control the victim and use it to ingest the matter on Zendikar.

Eldrazi Skyspawner[edit | edit source]

The skyspawner is a drone that evolved to spread the lineage of Ulamog over long distances. Its body is larger than that of a human, but small compared to many other Eldrazi. Its body centers around a long, sinuous trunk that contains the spinal cord and is covered by segmented bone armor. At the front end of the central trunk is the head, which is covered by a large bone plate. Just below the head is a collection of small tentacles on the back of the neck, as well as its first set of arms. Unlike most other Eldrazi of the Ulamog lineage, the skyspawner's arms do not branch at the elbow. Farther down its body—about halfway down the central trunk—the skyspawner has a large purple membrane that extends below it. The membrane is held open by bones inside it, acting as a parachute to stabilize the creature. The membrane also probably holds an apparatus that allows the skyspawner to create Eldrazi scions, which is its main purpose. Above the membrane/spawning apparatus is a collection of three more sets of arms. These arms are smaller and mostly vestigial, and similarly to the main arms, they lack the branching trait. Finally, the skyspawner has a group of large, purple tentacles at the end of its trunk that allow it to grab prey from the ground.

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