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Ixalan (plane)

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First seen: Ixalan
Last seen: Rivals of Ixalan
Planeswalkers: Huatli
Status: Unknown

Ixalan is a Mesoamerican-inspired[1] plane full of uncharted jungles, where dangerous beasts, magnificent ruins, and lost treasures lie waiting to be discovered.

Description[edit | edit source]

Ixalan has at least two large continents that are separated by the sea. Further north, travelers meet only unmelting ice.[2]

map of Ixalan

For some reason, Planeswalkers can enter Ixalan, but can't leave.

Known locations[edit | edit source]

  • The Stormwreck Sea, which is the home to numerous pirates.
    • The floating city of High and Dry, base of the Brazen Coalition
      • The Burning Port, an ale house
      • The Boatswain's Rear, another ale house
    • The Spitfire Bastion, the base of Captain Vance on an island east of the Sun Coast
    • "Useless Island", where Jace Beleren was cast away following his defeat against Nicol Bolas.
  • Ixalan, the western continent which bears the same name as the plane. Covered in vast jungles and rivers. It is home to large dinosaurs, that some of the natives managed to domesticate, and numerous secrets hidden within the forests.
    • The Sun Empire
      • Sun Coast, the eastern coast.
      • Pachatupa, its capital. Standing where the coastal plains rise into the high mountains.
        • Tocatli, the emperor's palace
        • The Temple of the Burning Sun
      • Other cities
        • Itlimoc, Cradle of the Sun
        • Quetzatl
        • Atzocan, located on the low coastal plain
        • Pecatli
        • Otopec, located in high alpine forest at the western edge of the Sun Empire’s lands.
    • Queen's Bay.
      • Miraldanor, the island stronghold of the Legion of Dusk
        • Andanto, the First Forst. Strongest fort of the vampires
        • Conquerer's Foothold
        • Leor, the Edge of Exile.
        • Dúrran, the Fort of Faith
      • Azcanta, the Sunken Ruin
    • Jungle Region
      • Lost cities Ancient ruins from the Sun Empire's heyday can now be found, overgrown and half-buried, in the depths of the jungle.
      • Incalaquiampa
      • The Great River
        • The Nine Tributaries
      • The Deeproot Tree
    • Mountain region
      • Lost Valley
      • Orazca, the lost city of gold.
      • Temple of Aclazotz
      • The Primal Wellspring, the sacred source of the Great River. Infused with magical power.
    • Inner Sea
      • Hidden coves hold pirate treasures stowed by captains long forgotten.
        • Treasure Cove
      • Azcanta
      • Tonalixco
  • Torrezon, the eastern continent. Ruled by an alliance between a powerful church and an iron-fisted monarch. Vampires dominate the continent after a series of wars with other realms. Refugees and exiles from the defeated nations fled to the sea and established the Brazen Coalition.
    • Magan, a walled village massacred during the Apostasine War.
    • Garrano, birthplace of Elenda
    • Iedo, birthplace of Vona

Inhabitants[edit | edit source]

The Brazen Coalition {U}{B}{R}[edit | edit source]

Sun Empire {R}{G}{W}[edit | edit source]

Domesticated animals:
  • Dinosaurs, see below

River Heralds {G}{U}[edit | edit source]

Legion of Dusk {W}{B}[edit | edit source]

Domesticated animals:

Other sentient races[edit | edit source]

Dinosaurs[edit | edit source]

Ixalan is home to a vast array of dinosaurs.

  • Aegisaurs (ankylosaurs) {W}
  • Ceratopsians {R}{G}{W}
  • Ceratops {G}{W}
  • Frillhorns, domesticated by the Sun Empire
  • Horncrests {R}, domesticated by the Sun Empire
  • Egg-eaters (oviraptors) {R}
  • Hadrosaurs {G}
  • Crested duck-billed hadrosaurs
  • Spinebacks {G}
  • Pachycephalosaurs:
  • Hammerskulls {W}
  • Stegosaurs:
  • Armasaurs {W}
  • Platetails, domesticated by the Sun Empire
  • Spinetails, domesticated by the Sun Empire
  • Pterosaurs {R}{W}
  • Aerosaurs {W}
  • Pterodons {W}, domesticated by the Sun Empire
  • Sunwings {W}
  • Sauropods {G}{W}
  • Altisaurs {W}
  • Brontodons {G}{W}
  • Whiptails {G}
  • Theropods {R}{G}{W}
  • Raptors: {R}{G}{W}
  • Clawfoots {R}{G}{W}, domesticated by the Sun Empire
  • Ferocidons {R}
  • Sun-Crowned Hunters {R}
  • Swordtooths {R}{G}
  • Sailbacks {G}
  • Tyrannosaurs {R}{G}{W}
  • Daggertooths {G}
  • Dreadmaws {G}
  • Monstrosaurs {R}
  • Regisaurs {R}{G}

Other wildlife[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Besides by the mesoamerican civilizations, Ixalan is inspired by the Age of Discovery and Piracy when legends such as El Dorado were created. A lot of what inspires both the Sun Empire and the River Heralds comes directly from the Aztec and Maya and the succession of control from one to the other.[3] Another source is the Lost world trope.[4]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mark Rosewater. (July 19, 2017.) "The fact Ixalan has mesoamerican influences", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  2. Flavor text for Glacial Fortress (Ixalan)
  3. Blake Rasmussen and Alison Luhrs. (August 30, 2017.) “Magic Story Podcast: Ixalan”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Mark Rosewater. (September 4, 2017.) “Just for Ix(alan), Part 1”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.

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