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Ulgrotha, whose name means "Garden", was a small backwater plane, far from Dominaria, sometimes called the "Homelands" by its inhabitants. Ulgrotha was the setting for the Homelands expansion.
History[edit | edit source]
Ulgrotha's leylines were destroyed ages ago when Ravi rang the Apocalypse Chime, causing the Great Destruction and ending the Great War between the Tolgath and the Ancients. She hid herself in a magical coffin, but was later unable to free herself. A small section of the plane remained relatively unscathed, as it was fueled by mana pouring through a rift that was opened by a Tolgath wizard. A nomadic human culture formed on the plains from a mish-mash of the summoned warriors, healers, sorcerers, and the like. Other humanoids made their homes in the Koskun Mountains.
Later, a colony of Dwarves dug through a gate from another world to Ulgrotha one in search of minerals and gems, deep beneath the mountains of the Homelands. A Dwarven city was established, called New Freedom in the Dwarven tongue. The Dwarves dug to the surface, and started to build a great stone castle called Morning Light overlooking the saltmarsh. A number of the Dwarves build sailing ships to explore the local world they have found their way into, and leave the rest of their kin to finish the castle.
After two unknown planeswalkers duelled in the swamps near the uncompleted castle, an ancient Vampire Lord by the name of Baron Sengir was left stranded on the plane. When the Sea-Dwarves returned, they found that all of their kin had been slain by the Baron. Even though they knew many ways to get into their own castle, Baron Sengir proveds too strong for them to destroy. In one of the raids, he captured the Dwarven King's daughter, Irini, and turned her into a vampire. Finally, the Dwarves accepted the fact that they would never be able to get through the castle and down to their city and back through the gate without being caught and killed by Sengir. They left the castle to the victor. Soon after, he discovered the resting place of Ravi, who gone mad. He freed her from her prison, turning her into a vampire.
After they discovered the plane, the planeswalkers Serra and Feroz tended it for some time as its guardians. Feroz, Serra's love, cast a magical barrier over the world to guard it from further despoil at the hands of wizards. Due to the side-effects of Feroz's Ban, the Autumn Willow gained sentience and a great deal of power over the Forest. Meanwhile, the Wizards' School was founded on Floating Isle. After many generations, Feroz tragically died in an accident, and Serra left the plane in sadness. The countries of Ulgrotha then fell to inner conflict and Baron Sengir used this to tighten his grasp of fear over the plane.
The ban began to fail, and planeswalkers were once again able to reach Ulgrotha.
Planar portals[edit | edit source]
Ulgrotha has a planar portal, which is located in the abandoned dwarven city under Castle Sengir. Where it leads is unknown, although we do know that Ulgrotha's dwarf population emigrated from beyond it. Another portal leads from Dominarian's Sursi to the Koskun Mountains.
Notable locations[edit | edit source]
- Northern Plains
Inhabitants[edit | edit source]
Races known to inhabit Ulgrotha include the humans of Aysen and An-Havva, dwarves (both mountain-dwellers and sea clans), the Anaba minotaurs, Autumn Willow's faeries, the goblins of Koskun, Baron Sengir's vampires, and sea trolls. Orcs once lived on Ulgrotha, but are now extinct.
References[edit | edit source]
- Mark Rosewater. (November 29, 2016.) "The Rabiah Scale", Blogatog, Tumblr.
- Flavor text for Serra Avaiary
- D. G. Chichester (February, 1996) "Homelands
- Scott Hungerford and Kyle Namvar (June 14th, 1995), "Backstory for Magic the Gathering: Homelands"
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Rift on the plane of Ulgrotha
The Floating Isle on Ulgrotha was founded by dwarves.
Ferrets of Ulgrotha, as depicted by Heather Hudson in Duelist #7.