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Sultai Brood

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Sultai Brood

Clan Symbol Sultai.png

Symbol: Fang of the Dragon
Dragon Aspect: Ruthlessness
Colors: {B}{G}{U}
Khan: Sidisi
(Khans of Tarkir)
Tasigur
(Fate Reforged)
Mechanics: Delve
Creature Types: Humans
Naga
Rakshasa
Zombies
Featured sets: Khans of Tarkir
The Sultai Revealed

One of the five Clans of Tarkir, the Sultai Brood admires the ancient dragons' aspect of ruthlessness. The fang of the dragon is its symbol.[1] Their color wedge is {B} black (focus color), {G} green and {U} blue.[2][3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The Sultai Brood is a decadent and merciless clan which lurks in ancient palaces in the steaming jungles of Tarkir. After striking a deal with the demonic Rakshasa, they employ necromancy to fuel their schemes of dominating the other clans. [4] The clan rules from Kheru Temple, deep in the jungles. [5] Shu Yun regarded them as the protectors of the other Clans from the horrors that lurked within the jungles and swamplands.[6]

1,280 years in the past, the clan was still ruled by humans but due to the actions of their khan at the time, it fell from grace and was quickly taken over by the Naga and Rakshasa. In the old timeline, humans were second-class citizens to the Naga, who ruled them by claiming ancestry from the dragons. Humans in general worshipped the power of the lands and many were secretly attempting to contact their ancestors, who lived in a time when humans ruled the Sultai.[7]

New Timeline[edit | edit source]

In the new timeline created by Sarkhan Vol saving Ugin, Tasigur was manipulated by the Rakshasa and Naga into a series of events that eventually led him to offend them, causing their defection. Without means to control the clan's zombies and defenseless from attacks by dragons, Tasigur was forced to make a deal with Silumgar's brood, leading them to attack the khan meeting that took place several years later. Following this, Tasigur survived and the Nagas returned, but the Sultai were utterly enslaved by the dragons, ending their identity as an independent Clan. [6]

The remaining living humans and Naga were reorganized into a new Clan, where dragons ruled, humans were generally given high positions and the Naga were marginalized.[8]

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

Sultai cards will feature a mechanic that allows them to manipulate resources.[4] This was later revealed to be the re-introduction of delve (originally featured in Future Sight), an ability enabling players to exile cards from the graveyard to reduce the cost of spells.

Khans[edit | edit source]

Both timelines[edit | edit source]

  • Tasigur, a human khan of the past. After betraying the other khans to the dragons, Tasigur was rewarded for this by becoming Silumgar's personal slave, his trophy of war. [6] His preserved corpse is later seen as part of Silumgar's necklace.

Old timeline[edit | edit source]

  • The naga Sidisi considered herself the queen of the Sultai and aimed to gather all the clans under her banner. In the new timeline, however, she is reduced to one of Silumgar's undead slaves.

Other members[edit | edit source]

  • Taigam, human known as Sidisi's Hand, the personal enforcer of the Sultai khan. He is the former student of Narset, khan of the Jeskai
  • Khudal, a rakshasa ally of Tasigur.
  • Feyomsi, a rakshasa sorcerer and necromancer that personally taught Sidisi. He governed the necropolis of Ukud.
  • Ebirri, a rakshasa with whom Taigam made a pact. [9]

Creature types[edit | edit source]

Classes[edit | edit source]

Relationship with the dragons[edit | edit source]

The Sultai admired the brood of Silumgar, who were native to the swamplands. Since their sibsig slaves were unaffected by poison, the Sulati specialized in brewing poisons and toxins strong enough to kill even a dragon. Using the environment to their advantage, nets and thorny barriers were used to bring the dragons down to the ground. Then, combatants equipped with spears and crossbow bolts that dripped with venom would engage the beast. Human and naga dragon slayers used stealth to approach within firing range, and then retreated into hiding until the poison from their weapons takes effect.[11]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

The culture of the Sultai Brood is loosely based on the Khmer Empire. [12]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wizards of the Coast Twitter (@wizards_magic) (July 26, 2014). The Sultai respect the ruthlessness of dragons!.
  2. Wizards of the Coast Twitter (@wizards_magic) (July 26, 2014). The Sultai are black green blue aligned..
  3. Mark Rosewater. (July 26, 2014.) "Can you tell us about which color each clan is focused on?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  4. a b Wizards of the Coast (YouTube) (Aug 1, 2014). Magic panel at San Diego Comic Con 2014.
  5. Wizards of the Coast. (2014.) Khans of Tarkir infopage
  6. a b c Kelly Digges. (February 18, 2015.) “Khanfall”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Magic Creative Team. (September 3, 2014.) “Planeswalker's Guide to Khans of Tarkir, Part 1”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. The Magic Creative Team. (March 11, 2015.) “Planeswalker's Guide to Dragons of Tarkir, Part 1”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Matt Knicl. (October 1, 2014.) “Taigam's Scheming”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  10. MTG Realm. (August 31, 2014.) "Concept art for the Sultai Clan along with some card art from the Khans of Tarkir world-building panel at PAX Prime.", MTG Realm, Tumblr.
  11. The Magic Creative Team. (January 7, 2015.) “Planeswalker's Guide to Fate Reforged”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Wizards of the Coast. (November 7, 2014.) “PAX Australia Magic Panel”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.