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Yavimaya

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Yavimaya and the other Terisian Isles

Yavimaya was a thickly forested mountainous region off the southern coasts of the Dominarian continent Terisiare. It was the domain of the Maro-Sorcerer Multani. The Yavimaya Forest grew into a single sapient mind after the Ice Age, driving out its old and new inhabitants. In the Modern Era Yavimaya forms a seperate island in the archipelago of the Terisian Isles.[1] Another part of Yavimaya has been relocated to Urborg.

History[edit | edit source]

After the Ice Age, the forest became home to the gorilla tribes and a refuge for the Fyndhorn elves. These races united to overcome the forest's native hostility. The elves entered in a symbiotic relationship with the forest. This interdependence reached a point where the forest was heavily reliant on the elves for direction. The elves helped to design all sorts of defenses that the forest would need based on their own experiences and acted as a zealous front line of defense. In return, the forest grew them homes, weapons and food.

After 400 years of evolution the Llanowar elf Rofellos was sent to Yavimaya to foster relations between the two forests by helping build up Yavimaya's defenses for the coming Phyrexian Invasion. When he arrived, he exchanged places with Multani as voice of Yavimaya, allowing Multani to go abroad in the world.

When Urza journeyed to Yavimaya to enlist its aid against the Phyrexians, Yavimaya and many of its denizens remembered Urza's role in decimating Argoth. Urza was then taken captive by the forest's emissary, Multani. For a time Urza's consciousness merged with Yavimaya's.

During Phyrexian Invasion Multani transplanted part of Yavimaya to Urborg's edge to have Yavimaya's powerful inhabitants join in on the last great battle of the Invasion.

Yavimayan rift[edit | edit source]

Urza's earlier Sylex Blast had resulted in Yavimaya's rift. When the rifts worsened, the sentient forest tried to heal the damage, without success. Under the influence of Leshrac, Jeska used Radha to seal the rift, causing the warrior to lose her potential to become a planeswalker.

Revival[edit | edit source]

Sixty years after the Mending Multani’s mind awakened once more, grasping for consciousness as rage itself rebuilt his body. He spurred Yavimaya to frentic, undirected action.[2][3] Meanwhile, his child Muldrotha was born into Yavimaya's offshoot on Urborg. She had grown from from rot and ruin, but bloomed in the recent resurgence of the plane.[4] Like the land that gave her life, Muldrotha is wild, dark, unpredictable and relentless.

Gorilla tribes[edit | edit source]

The apes of Yavimaya are sapient and engage in a form of ancestor worship that draws strength from their forebears.[5]

Plant life[edit | edit source]

Magnigoth[edit | edit source]

The magnigoth was a species of long-lived Yavimayan tree that grew thousands of feet tall.[6] Magnigoth treefolk are awakened trees of the magnigoth species. They were among the foremost to fight the Phyrexians.

Weatherseed[edit | edit source]

The Weatherseed was the seed of the oldest magnigoth tree, the Heart of Yavimaya. Urza transformed it to form the hull of the Skyship Weatherlight.

Known locations[edit | edit source]

Yavimaya has established colonies on Almaaz and New Argive, and is connected to those islands by Magnigoth Mangals.[8]

In-game references[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Martha Wells (March 21, 2018). "Return to Dominaria, Episode 1". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Flavor text for Ancient Animus
  3. Magic: The Gathering on Twitter
  4. Wizards of the Coast (April 21, 2018). "Some of the monstrously cool legendary creatures of Dominaria.". The Official Magic: The Gathering Tumblr. Tumblr.
  5. Magic: the Gathering Twitter
  6. Magic Arcana (October 04, 2006). "Magnigoth Treefolk". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  7. First named in the Invasion novel
  8. Ethan Fleischer (April 20, 2018). "Dominarian Cartography". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.