Elesh Norn

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Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
Elesh Norn.jpg
Birthplace Mirrodin
Lifetime Unknown
Race Phyrexian

Elesh Norn is the Praetor of the white faction of New Phyrexia.

History[edit | edit source]

Judge Gift Promo in Phyrexian text

The white-aligned faction of Phyrexia, led by Elesh Norn, believes that Phyrexia must adhere to the teachings of the Father of Machines. They intend to indoctrinate everyone about the truth, even if it means tearing them limb from limb and reattaching the parts into a creation that is worthy of Phyrexia. They are dogmatic, hierarchical, and orthodox in their methods.

Norn appears on the surface to be delirious to some extent, and her religious fanaticism has been interpreted as her being blind to the machinations of the other praetors. She is actually a highly manipulative individual, subtly influencing her own faction to suit her desires.[1] She has even attempted to bring Karn to the surface to protect him from Jin-Gitaxias.

During the final battle in which the Phyrexians officially conquered Mirrodin, a Mirran angel named Atraxa was captured. Elesh Norn was impressed by Atraxa's tenacity and "rewarded" her with compleation, a process by which organic beings are converted into Phyrexians. Elesh Norn's intent was for Atraxa to become the "praetors‘ voice", a symbol of Phyrexia's unity. Elesh Norn invited the other praetors to contribute, with only Urabrask declining. Atraxa's creation marked the final victory of Phyrexia over Mirrodin.

Eventually, Elesh Norn gained the upper hand in New Phyrexia, slaughtering Sheoldred's and Urabrask's forces, and becoming the dominant praetor.[2]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

The Judge Gift card of Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite uses Phyrexian scripture instead of normal English text.

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Marrow Shards by Raymond Swanland

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Magic Creative Team (April 06, 2011). "A Planeswalker's Guide to New Phyrexia: The Machine Orthodoxy". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Jenna Helland (September 11, 2013). "The Lost Confession". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.