Historically Speaking — Merfolk and Mayans, Oh My!

Welcome back to Historically Speaking! We’ve covered vampires, cat-people and the distinct possibility of bat-gods in previous articles. Today we proceed to examine the probable cultural influences and aesthetics of the green and blue faction of Ixalan—the River Heralds, those jade-encrusted merfolk who guard the path to the Golden City (more on that later—in a […]

#blinding fog, #deeproot waters, #jade guardian, #kopala warden of waves, #shapers of nature, #sygg, #sygg river guide, #veteran of the depths, #waker of the wilds Read More »

Historically Speaking — ‘Nacatl’ means what?!

Words have weight. A heft, like a cleaver, or a rolling pin. Words like imperator or carnifex, tribune, or legion evoke certain images, certain moods; they carry deep over and undertones and implications. Take the previous examples—they evoke a Roman flavor so before we even see a card, we’ve drawn expectations. Look at Licia: Words […]

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Historically Speaking — Silly Hats, Zero-Sum Games, and Lifelink!

Thanksgiving has creeped up upon us, stealthily, like a…stealthy thing. And so of course, instead of devolving into what the turkey meant in Mesoamerica (it was called the Chalchiuhtotolin, or jeweled bird, a favored animal of the Mexica trickster god Tezcatlipoca—oh damn there I go ahead willy-nilly) we will dive into a bit of game […]

#basilica screecher, #black, #Conquest, #extort, #lifelink, #orzhov, #vona butcher of magan, #white Read More »

Historically Speaking — Blood Fast and Bat Gods

Welcome to Historically Speaking! I’m Charlie Allison, and I’ll be your guide through mythology, anthropology, and burn spells! I’ve been playing Magic: The Gathering since middle school, and Commander in particular since college, putting about a decade of experience brewing, scheming, and fuming over historical travesties under my belt. When I’m not playing Magic or […]

#Aclazotz, #Alara, #Arguel, #Bats, #convalescent care, #edh, #enchantress, #form of the dragon, #History, #ixalan, #Maya, #mesa enchantress, #Mexica, #Mythology Read More »