Worldsoul

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A Worldsoul is the aware essence of a plane in Magic: The Gathering.

Description[edit | edit source]

A worldsoul is aware of the going ons on its surface, and can be hurt by magical means. It can manifest itself in avatars and elementals. The planeswalker Nissa Revane has been known to talk to the worldsoul of Zendikar and Amonkhet, while the worldsouls of Innistrad, Ravnica and Kaladesh posed difficulties to her (Innistrad due to Nahiri's cryptoliths, Ravnica due to its heavy urbanization and Kaladesh due to its unfamiliar Aether cycle).

Alara[edit | edit source]

On Alara, Progenitus is the avatar of the worldsoul.[1]

Amonkhet[edit | edit source]

Nissa Revane was able to contact Amonkhet's soul and learned that it suffered under a terrible curse.[2][3]

Dominaria[edit | edit source]

On Dominaria, Gaea is sometimes believed to be its worldsoul.

Kaladesh[edit | edit source]

Nissa felt that Kaladesh is structured. Cyclical. Its soul might be represented by the Great Conduit.[4]

Kamigawa[edit | edit source]

O-Kagachi is the the very first kami, as old as the plane itself.

Ravnica[edit | edit source]

The Dryads of the Selesnya Conclave are believed to be in contact with the worldsoul, Mat'Selesnya.[5][6][7]

Serra's Realm[edit | edit source]

Urza collapsed Serra's Realm worldsoul into the Weatherlight's powerstone core, giving it enough power to travel the planes.

Zendikar[edit | edit source]

Nissa Revane, the "Worldwaker" communicated with Zendikar's soul. Ashaya, the "Awoken World", was its elemental manifestation.[8][9][10][11]

Plane-less worldsouls[edit | edit source]

After the destruction of a plane its essence or soul survives as an entity that can attach itself to other planes or to planeswalkers. Two such entities, (the Bog Entity and Davriel's Entity) were encountered on Innistrad.[12][13]

In-game references[edit | edit source]

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Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. Jenna Helland (January 21, 2009). "The Soul of the World". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Alison Luhrs (April 12, 2017). "The Writing on the Wall". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Michael Yichao (March 30, 2017). "Impact". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Alison Luhrs (September 21, 2016). "Born of Aether". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Jenna Helland (September 25, 2012). "In Praise of the Worldsoul, Part 1". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Jenna Helland (October 3, 2012). "In Praise of the Worldsoul, Part 2". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Jenna Helland (October 10, 2012). "In Praise of the Worldsoul, Part 3". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Kimberly J. Kreines (August 12, 2015). "For Zendikar". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Kimberly J. Kreines (August 26, 2015). "The Silent Cry". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Kimberly J. Kreines (September 23, 2015). "Nissa's Quest". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Kimberly J. Kreines (October 7, 2015). "Nissa's Resolve". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Brandon Sanderson (2018). "Children of the Nameless". Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Children of the Nameless AMA
  14. The "Soul of" cards are more metaphorical. Mark Rosewater (August 11, 2019). "Do (potentially) all planes have souls?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  15. Mark Rosewater (August 11, 2019). "It's established that Ravnica's worldsoul is Mat'Selesnya, who is obviously White/Green. But the Soul of Ravnica in M15 was blue. Why is that?". Blogatog. Tumblr.