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Description[edit | edit source]
Hazoret's ideal of zeal encompasses powerful emotions as well as religious intensity. It is not enough to merely want a place in the afterlife, initiates must channel that drive into a furious battle that will determine their final place in the afterlife.
In the time before Bolas corrupted Amonkhet, however, she represented compassion and inspiration.
History[edit | edit source]
Amonkhet[edit | edit source]
Under Bolas's thrall, she believes herself to be his daughter, and to have been made from the same magic as the Second Sun. Bolas deceived the gods, though, making them believe he was the creator of Amonkhet, while the Second Sun is in fact natural to the plane.
Hour of Devastation[edit | edit source]
During the Hour of Devastation, Hazoret fought to protect the citizens of Naktamun, hoping that the God-Pharaoh would come and end the destruction. However, after Nicol Bolas's arrival, Bontu revealed that she had helped the dragon planeswalker conquer Amonkhet long ago, due to her ambition. Bolas ordered Bontu to defeat Hazoret. But after she brought the god of zeal before the God-Pharaoh, Bolas betrayed and killed Bontu. Hazoret now remains the only living god of Amonkhet. After engaging the Scorpion God and being severely wounded, Hazoret managed to weaken its armor enough for Samut and the others to finish it off. After Samut planeswalked away from Amonkhet and then returned, Hazoret took the remaining survivors of Naktamun and went with them into the desert, swearing to protect them as long as she drew breath. For this, she became known as Hazoret, the God-Survivor and mother of the mortals of Amonkhet.
War of the Spark[edit | edit source]
During the War of the Spark Hazoret had established a camp for the survivors near the ruins of Naktamun, which was protected from the Locust and Scarab Gods and their servants with a barrier similar in nature to the Hekma. She was visited by a group of planeswalkers seeking her help in the fight against Bolas. She spoke to Dack Fayden and told him that he was a better person than he thought and told him to face his destiny back on Ravnica. Hazoret lent her spear as a weapon to take down Bolas, which was immense and required multiple planeswalkers to wield. Karn was able to grasp the weapon and transport it to Ravnica where he and Angrath used it against Bolas's Dreadhorde. Later, the spear was used by Niv-Mizzet in the climatic battle with Nicol Bolas.
Inspiration[edit | edit source]
Hazoret's canine form is likely inspired by Anubis, the Egyptian god of mummification and the afterlife; one of his epithets is tepy-dju-ef, "He who is upon his mountain". Her role in ending the life of the worthy draws parallels to Set, the Egyptian god of storms and the desert, who killed Osiris and thus allowed him to enter the afterlife. Her association with the sun and zeal for the God-Pharaoh might also invoke Sekhmet.
As the last untainted survivor of Amonkhet's original gods, and a solar deity, she might also resemble the Aten, a henotheistic/monotheistic solar deity worshiped as Egypt sole god in Akhenaten's time.
In-game references[edit | edit source]
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References[edit | edit source]
- Wizards of the Coast. Explore the planes: Amonkhet
- Doug Beyer and Alison Luhrs (2017-05-17). "Judgement". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Amonkhet Players Guide
- Alison Luhrs (June 7, 2017). "The Hour of Revelation". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Michael Yichao (July 5, 2017). "Favor". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Michael Yichao (July 19, 2017). "Endure". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Greg Weisman (April 2019). "War of the Spark: Ravnica". Del Rey.