Ixalan (plane)

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Ixalan
Ixalan
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 the continent of Ixalan

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

History[edit | edit source]

A powerful artifact, known as the Immortal Sun once was guarded holy custodians in a mountaintop monastery on the continent of Torrezon. Its presence gave the local monarch a disproportionate amount of influence in regional matters. The monastery fell under attack by the forces by rival king Pedron the Wicked who stole the Immortal Sun but in turn lost it to an unidentified winged being.[3] Eight hundred years ago, the mountainous nation called Torrezon (it later gave its name to the whole continent) split into three parts when its monarch died, with each portion ruled by one of the monarch's children.[3] A long religious war ensued. It raged on for three centuries, before the first vampire, Elenda of Garrano, ended it. After the unification, many of Torrezon's nobles undertook Elenda's transformative ritual, and it became known as the Rite of Redemption by the church. The united Legion of Dusk began a series of wars and eventually took over the whole continent. When the last city-states were conquered, its inhabitants took to the sea and formed the Brazen Coalition.

On the continent of Ixalan, the River Heralds were once the dominant inhabitants of Ixalan with a large power of their own, and their strength was once enough to keep the Sun Empire out of the interior. The Sun Empire was first founded from Orazca by Chacanto Intli, who united the various city-states into a central empire.[4] Following a devastating war with the River Heralds under Apatzec Intli I, who had gained possesion of the Immortal Sun and used it without restraint, their civilization was reduced to a few coastal cities, with Orazca being lost to them. The empire still confronts the Heralds on its borders. The latest emperor, Apatzec Intli III asserted control, and is expanding again.

The Sun Empire has recently been besieged by pirate raids by the Brazen Coalition and the advance of the Legion of Dusk which is seeking the Immortal Sun. All factions close in on the Lost City of Orazca, which is said to hide the ancient artifact.

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
        • 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, Tishana, Kumena, Pashona, Vuhana, Mitica, Notana, Falani, Tuvasa, and Kopala.
      • The Deeproot Tree, remnant of an ancient Merfolk city
    • Mountain region
      • Lost Valley
      • Orazca, the lost city of gold.
      • Temple of Aclazotz
      • Itlimoc, Cradle of the Sun, a sacred forest for both merfolk and humans.
      • 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
    • Luijo, birthplace of Adrian Adanto

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.[5] Another source is the Lost world trope.[6]

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. a b R&D Narrative Team. (November 8, 2017.) “Planeswalker's Guide to Ixalan, Part 2”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. R&D Narrative Team. (November 1, 2017.) “Planeswalker's Guide to Ixalan, Part 1”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Blake Rasmussen and Alison Luhrs. (August 30, 2017.) “Magic Story Podcast: Ixalan”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Mark Rosewater. (September 4, 2017.) “Just for Ix(alan), Part 1”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.

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