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Orazca, the legendary Golden City, is an ancient metropolis hidden in the uncharted jungles of the continent of Ixalan, which is located on the plane of the same name.[1] Orazca houses a powerful item, called the Immortal Sun. It is said that who succeeds in controlling this city will wield the greatest power of the plane.

Description[edit | edit source]

Orazca was the Sun Empire’s capital for many centuries, and tribute from across the breadth of Ixalan was brought to adorn its palaces and temples. Gold covers nearly every building in the city, and jade inlays reflect the influence of the ancient merfolk who shared Orazca with the humans of the empire. For centuries, the earth was closed up over the golden city, hiding its secrets and its treasures from all who sought it. For a long time, three golden spires were its only visible signs where they rose above the forest floor.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

Orazca was abandonded after emperor Apatzec Intli was gifted the Immortal Sun by its guardian and misused it.[3] He wielded the artifact without any wisdom or restraint and the city was ruined. The Immortal Sun was taken away from the humans and gifted to the merfolk River Heralds instead. It still remained in the floor of the Sanctum of the Sun of the Tower of Triumph. The Sanctum was guarded by Azor's Gateway.[4]

The merfolk River Heralds had taken it on themselves to defend the Golden City since they believed that no one should have the power that lies inside of there. To protect its secrets, they only vaguely knew where it was, but not the exact location. They had been making sure no one would get there for centuries. In the end it was Kumena, one of their own, who breached the security.

The race for Orazca[edit | edit source]

Kumena was the first person to reach the golden city in centuries. He seated himself in the Threefold Temple at the pinnacle of the city. He awoke the city and the creatures within. Among the creatures which had been held in stasis during Orazca's long hibernation, were the enormous elder dinosaurs. Each of these monsters embodied one aspect of the magic of the land.[5][6]

Kumena was bested shortly after his ascension by the combined efforts of the vampires Vona and Mavren Fein. They quickly threw him out of the window of the Tower of Triumph.[7]

After the vampires of the Legion of Dusk, came Huatli and her Sun Empire compatriots, Angrath and his pirate crew, and the unlikely couple of Vraska and Jace. While the four factions struggled above them to claim the sun's power for themselves, Vraska and Jace met with its creator, the ancient Sphinx planeswalker Azor. Learning from Azor that Ixalan was originally intended to be Nicol Bolas' prison, Jace remembered his confrontation with the dragon on Amonkhet and how he had glimpsed that Bolas' plan focused on Ravnica. Vraska and Jace hatched a plan to infiltrate Bolas' organisation, which implied that Jace would take Vraska's memories and allow her to deliver the Immortal Sun to Bolas. Vraska complied and used the spell taught to her by Bolas, which resulted in the Sun being seized from a planar portal by Tezzeret.

Fate[edit | edit source]

After the Immortal Sun was taken away by Tezzeret, the Legion of Dusk departed, with Elenda of Garrano at their side. Angrath finally managed to leave Ixalan, and so the pirates also departed, along with the River Heralds. The abandoned city was claimed by Apatzec Intli III, who proclaimed a new age of conquest that would now target Torrezon.[8][9]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Blake Rasmussen and Alison Luhrs. (August 30, 2017.) “Magic Story Podcast: Ixalan”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. James Wyatt. (January 9, 2018.) “Plane Shift: Ixalan”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. R&D Narrative Team. (November 1, 2017.) “Planeswalker's Guide to Ixalan, Part 1”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Adam Styborski. (January 4, 2018.) “Tapping into Azor's Gateway”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Explore the Planes: Ixalan
  6. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Guide_2
  7. R&D Narrative Team. (January 10, 2018.) “The Flood”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. R&D Narrative Team. (February 14, 2018.) “Wool over the Eyes”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  9. R&D Narrative Team. (February 21, 2018.) “Rivals of Ixalan Magic Story: Alternate Endings”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
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