Vivien Reid, named the Queen of Ghosts on Ixalan, is a green aligned shamanic human planeswalker. She was born on Skalla, a plane destroyed by Nicol Bolas. Raised for the hunt, Vivien is tall with medium-dark skin and muscled. Her dark hair is usually held back in a pragmatic ponytail. She has a martial demeanor and a cold sated intensity.
Vivien is able to call forth spirit creatures with her Arkbow, by firing arrows at her foes. She is also able to enlarge living animals to enormous sizes. Her mission is to destroy the cancer of civilization and restore the natural order to the Multiverse.
History[edit | edit source]
Origin[edit | edit source]
Vivien's homeworld was deeply divided between the forest dwellers and an advanced civilization that encircled the dwindling woodlands. She belonged to the Smaragdi, a tribe of rangers and druids, sworn to protect the forest. But civilization was constantly encroaching, and the Smaragdi were fighting a losing battle against the soldiers of progress.
Nicol Bolas took an interest in the Nura, an advanced civilization that encircled the dwindling woodlands. After plundering them for their secrets, Bolas decided the plane was of no more use to him and began to destroy it. In desperation, the Nura fled to the forest, but by then, there was no safe place to hide. Sensing that their doom was imminent, the Nura and Smaragdi combined their collective magic into a unique artifact, the Arkbow, which contained an invocation of every creature that had ever lived on Skalla. Their plan was to use the Arkbow as a last stand against Nicol Bolas, but as the forest erupted into flames and the battle was lost, Vivien's spark ignited, planeswalking her and the Arkbow to safety.
Travelling the planes[edit | edit source]
In her early days as a Planeswalker, Vivien struggled to understand the Arkbow, which seemed to have a life of its own. At first, the creatures called through the bow were weakly incorporeal – ferocious but dim, ghostly versions of themselves. But as Vivien traveled to new planes, encountered new creatures, and added them to her menagerie, the Arkbow grew in power. Soon she could call the magical spirit forms of creatures from myriad planes, beasts greater than anything that had ever lived on Skalla.
On Ixalan[edit | edit source]
Attracted by the fame of all the animals in the Royal Menagerie of Luneau, Vivien visited Ixalan. To her disappointment, she found the animals to be malnourished and regularly tortured. After the Baron of Vernot hurt a monstrosaur for entertainment of the Perfumed Court, Vivien couldn't resist her revulsion and intervened by firing spirit animals at the court. This resulted in her capture by the Baron. The Baron tortured her to find out the secret of the Arkbow. Although he didn't succeed in this, he did discover Vivien's planeswalker nature. Managing to escape, Vivien killed the Baron by firing the spirit of the monstrosaur at him. After this she unleashed all the living animals of the Menagerie and magically enlarging them, effectively destroying Luneau and killing or driving off all its citizens.
Planes visited[edit | edit source]
In-game references[edit | edit source]
Quoted or referenced:
- Aggressive Mammoth
- Bristling Boar
- Giant Spider (Core Set 2019)
- Prodigious Growth
- Skalla Wolf
References[edit | edit source]
- Cassandra Khaw. (September 5, 2018.) "Unbowed, Part 2", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Vivian Kane (June 11, 2018) "Exclusive: Meet the Newest Magic: The Gathering Planeswalker, Vivien Reid". TheMarySue.com
- Flavor text for Bristling Boar
- Cassandra Khaw. (August 29, 2018.) "Unbowed, Part 1", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Ethan Fleischer. (June 19, 2018.) "Creating Core Set 2019", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Vivien Reed Planeswalker Biography, Wizards of the Coast (july 2018)
- Cassandra Khaw. (September 7, 2018.) "Unbowed, Part 3", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- The Arkbow contains a Pelakka Wurm