Shiv

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Visions of Shiv. Art by John Avon, Mark Tedin, and Rob Alexander.

The island (or continent) of Shiv is the most powerful source of red mana on Dominaria.[1]

Description[edit | edit source]

Shiv lies on the northeastern part of the string of continents of which Jamuraa also forms a part. The continents are seperated by the Great Ocean.[2] An inhospitable volcanic landmass, Shiv sits in a deep-ocean "Ring of Fire" which fuels the coastal waters to near boiling point. Only the viashino lizard-folk know the secrets of how to navigate these inhospitable waters, much to the ire of the other Shivans. Shiv is reshaped constantly by geothermal forces, and features a sprawling network of volcanic vents. The swirling clouds of ash and vapor formed by its numerous active volcanoes make the continent visible from miles away. Shiv’s inhabitants include the viashino, goblins, the nomadic Ghitu and of course the Shivan dragons.

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History[edit | edit source]

Creation myth[edit | edit source]

According to the Ghitu, Shiv itself hatched from an egg — "a shell of stone around a yolk of flame" — and basked in the heat of primordial Dominaria, shedding its "scales" with each new eruption.[5] The inhabitants of Shiv were born from its elements — the Ghitu were born of the fire, the Dragons of the air, and the Viashino of the earth.

Prehistory[edit | edit source]

Uncounted thousands of years ago, the continent was the seat of power for one of the primeval dragons, Rhammidarigaaz, who later was imprisoned in a volcano..

Settlement[edit | edit source]

During the ancient times of the Thran, an outpost of this large empire was located on Shiv, a Mana Rig used to produce powerstones. The structure remained standing for ages after the fall of the Thran. The descendants of the goblin slaves that operated the rig forgot how it was supposed to be used, but created a form of religion surrounding the structure.

Urza[edit | edit source]

During his studies on Tolaria, Urza discovered an amulet of Thran-steel one of his students, Jhoira of the Ghitu, carried. Hoping to use it in his quest against Phyrexia, Urza traveled to the volcanic island and managed to settle with the viashino living by the Rig by making peace with the dragon Gherridarigaaz, and he managed to persuade the goblins to work with viashino for his cause. From that time on the Rig produced many powerstones for his Legacy.

Invasion[edit | edit source]

When the Phyrexian Invasion broke out, the Rig was used offensively by Jhoira against the Phyrexians, much to Urza's chagrin; but her old friend, the planeswalker Teferi, had decided he’d rather flee than fight and wanted her to go along with him. Teferi phased out a large chunk of Shiv along with Jhoira and part of the Mana Rig. During this time the Primeval Dragon of Shiv, Rhammidarigaaz, who had been reborn as Gherridarigaaz's son, discovered his origin and started awakening the other dragons.

Rift Era[edit | edit source]

Shiv suffered horribly after the devastation left in the wake of the Phyrexian Invasion and the drought of mana caused by the time rifts. Teferi successfully managed to return Shiv to its complete and whole form at the expense of his planeswalker's spark. Moggs from Rath were introduced into the Goblin population around 4205 AR, causing some evolutionary changes among the Goblins. Both the Shivan Dragons and the Viashino had suffered heavy losses, and Ghitu and the Goblins started a conflict over the remains of the Mana Rig. Jhoira negotiated a truce and managed to reapait the Mana Rig, which once began to produce Thran steel (though the manufacture of new powerstones remained contentious).

Shivan Nation[edit | edit source]

Respected by Shivans of all kinds, but reluctant to become a leader, Jhoira sought to create a polical body that represented all of Shiv.[4] With the once again newly reincarnated Darigaaz, she was instrumental in forming the Shivan Nation in 4520 AR. Uniting Goblins, Ghitu, Dragons, and Viashino, it is lead by a council of eight elders - two of each race - that preside over matters of state. Jhoira herself was elected as honorary ninth member.

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Doug Beyer. (September 02, 2009.) “The Planes of Planechase”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Martha Wells. (March 21, 2018.) “Return to Dominaria, Episode 1”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Brian M. Thomsen (2001) Because of a Twig, in: The Dragons of Magic
  4. a b James Wyatt (2018), The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Dominaria. VIZ Media.
  5. a b March 27, 2018. “Dominaria Card of the Day: The First Eruption”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
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