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The Story of the Elementals of Zendikar

There are many Elementals on Zendikar, with many legends among them for the protection, reconstruction and purification of the plane. It's time to meet them.

The elementals of Zendikar are numerous and diverse, they are physical incarnations of natural and primordial forces of the world, appearing like infused animals which live natural cycles of birth and death, animated plants or even living parts of the land, like moving isles, water extensions and highlands. Many elementals came to be as pieces of the plane itself, like antibodies against the Eldrazi. The more the Eldrazi advanced with their destruction along the plane, the more active and violent the elementals became. With the destruction of the Eldrazi, they received new purposes, which we will investigate now by looking into the legendary creatures of this type. [cardinfo](Ashaya, Soul of the Wild) Ashaya is an elemental of approximately 10 meters, shaped like a curved head, made of living plants and thick vines. The planeswalker Nissa Revane summoned this elemental in Zendikar during her fight against the Eldrazi. Ashaya is a fragment of the soul of Zendikar. It became Nissa's companion, and the planeswalker gave it the name of [[Ashaya, the Awoken World Token]]. The elemental showed the planeswalker that she was also a part of Zendikar and, thus, when the plane was in danger, so was Nissa, just like while the plane was fighting, so would be the planeswalker. Ashaya also taught Nissa how to manipulate the plane's leylines to use this power to turn the land against the Eldrazi. [cardinfo](Phylath, World Sculptor) Like I have said before, Elementals are physical incarnations of the natural forces which constitute the plane of Zendikar and, after the battle against the Eldrazi, they are more violent and destructive than ever. Phylath is the exception. Since it was born, Phylath always created - never destroyed. On the depths of Murasa, it takes care of its little and peculiar garden, which it has cultivated for many years. They live like a small society which a delicate touch never seen before in an elemental. Is Phylath different from the other elementals because the world is changing, or has the elemental changed by itself? [cardinfo](Yarok, the Desecrated) Two years after the Eldrazi were freed, the entire continent of Bala Ged was invaded and destroyed. This corrupted land became home to many nightmares and horrors. Of course, the elemental on this continent is also a horror: Yarok wanders through Bala Ged, trying to purify the land which has turned into ashes. However, Bala Ged still lives and is being slowly rebuilt, like we can see on the card [[Bala Ged Recovery]]. [cardinfo](Yasharn, Implacable Earth) Yasharn appeared as a direct response to Kozilek's return. It is the will of the Makindi Mesas and it has spread ceaselessly since its awakening. While the ascension of the Skyclaves attracted the elementals to the ancient kor ruins, Yasharn remained on Makindi. When Yasharn steps on the land, new buds appear from its footprints, including fruits and flowers never seen before on Zendikar. They flourish for a brief and beautiful moment, before the elemental folds back and smash them under its massive and green hooves. [cardside](1 Omnath, Locus of Mana || 1 Omnath, Locus of Rage || 1 Omnath, Locus of the Roil ||1 Omnath, Locus of Creation || 1 Omnath, Locus of Creation) Finally, we have [[Omnath, Locus of Creation]], an elemental who is causing a lot of trouble in Magic Arena and Standard. While it costs 4 different mana colors, this elemental is so strong that it is worth to play 4C just to use it. Once more, we see a card which grants you another "free spell". Is it possible that no one sees how wrong this always becomes or is it better to focus on selling boxes instead on the health of the game? Anyway, I'll stop crying because of Omnath and tell you its story. As you can see Omnath has appeared in many cards and in each collection he gains a new color. Also known as "flickering heart", he is a divine manifestation of the wild and chaotic mana of Zendikar, a being of pure mana, a manifestation of the primal forces of the plane, capable of causing massive destruction. Many references to him can be found in some incarnations of many of the plane's creation myths. Omnath came to be like a creature of pure green mana, but later incorporated red, blue and white mana, in this order. Each of its arms manipulates a different type of mana around it. Although there is a certain uncertainty regarding the real existence of Omnath, a real place in a highland of Ondu was nicknamed "Prison of Omnath". The place was protected by a circle of strange swamps, stone hedrons and animal bones. The circle created a weird sensation in those who came close to it, preventing them from getting close to its center, where a huge moat leads deep into the underground. Those who came too close died from the destructive power waves of the circle. Religious pilgrims travelled to the Prison of Omnath twice a year to perform the "Ritual of Lights", a ceremony made to protect the world against Omnath's freeing. During the events that preceded the Rise of the Eldrazi, the ritual was interrupted and Omnath was freed like a humanoid body fighting against a disease. The elemental started to adapt itself to deal with the Eldrazi threat, absorbing more and more mana, incorporating not only the power of forests and jungles, but the fury of the mountains, the relentless seas and the life-giving plains of Zendikar. The Eldrazi are gone, but Omnath is still growing. What is its objective? If it really is the incarnation of Zendikar, what does the plane want and how will it obtain its objective? It is clear that the future of Zendikar is tied to Omnath... [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/uploads/1600990960.jpeg)

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Emrakul and the origin of life in the Multiverse.


The Eldrazi are colossal beings, incomprehensible in their totality. They are attracted by mana and move by using Leylines, which are the force lines which flow in a plane and are used by mages across the Multiverse to cast their spells. The origin of the Eldrazi is unknown and they are beings without a planeswalker spark which can nevertheless travel through existence planes. On Zendikar the Gatewatch faced two of these titans, [[Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger]] and [[Kozilek, the great Distortion]] and, through the use of the leylines and of the Zendikar's Roil, the manifestation of these titans on Zendikar were destroyed. After the destruction of these titanic beings, Ugin was angry with the Gatewatch. None of them knew or understood the importance of these creatures to the Multiverse, and this could lead to irreversible consequences. It's important to remember that Ugin, a dragon, is more than 25,000 years old and even he didn't know the origin of the Eldrazi. [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/crop/roe-rise-of-the-eldrazi/all-is-dust-1-med.jpeg?8991) While the Battle for Zendikar happened, the planeswalker [[Nahiri, the Harbinger]] was planning her revenge against Sorin, which abandoned her when she needed the most. Nahiri, Sorin and Ugin imprisoned the Eldrazi in Zendikar millennia before, but when they got freed, none of her friends came to her aid. The Lithomancer went to Innistrad to question Sorin about this and ended up caged in the [[Helvault]] for a thousand years. Liliana eventually destroyed the vault and Nahiri became free, but Zendikar was already almost completely consumed by the Eldrazi. To take revenge on Sorin, she attracted [[Emrakul, the Promised End]] to the vampire's birthplace, the plane Innistrad. The presence of Emrakul brought madness to the plane, transforming every living thing in servants of the Eldrazi. On the Battle of Innistrad, the Gatewatch, with the help of Tamiyo and Liliana Vess, which joined the group during that period, managed to fight against Emrakul. Did they win? For an unknown reason, the Eldrazi titan gave up on the battle and let herself be imprisoned on the moon of Innistrad. Emrakul said only that it wasn't her time yet, but what does this mean? It's this that we'll try to understand in this theory. It looks like there is an order for the action of the Eldrazi titans, like if it was a mechanism of the Multiverse itself. Ulamog devours all of the mana in a plane. No one knows what he does with the mana he devours, but that is also going to be part of our theory. Kozilek distorts the decimated land left by Ulamog and reshapes it, creating new structures. Finally, Emrakul corrupts all life, transforming living beings into bizarre spongy creatures with tentacles. [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/crop/pgpx-grand-prix-promos/all-is-dust-2013b-med.jpeg?4286) At first sight, we know the Eldrazi bring a cycle of destruction, but let's take a moment to analyze what we know about them. It is said that they are older than time itself. They don't consume healthy planes, only "broken" planes that are condemned. When Ugin, Nahiri and Sorin saw the Eldrazi consume a plane, they became horrified and didn't understand what they were, fearing that they could destroy many other planes. They imprisoned the titans in Zendikar and that might have been a huge mistake, as Zendikar wasn't a troubled plane. It was the Eldrazi's prison that made the Roil appear and transform the plane which threatens every living being. On the Battle of Innistrad, Nissa, which was connecting herself to the land of Innistrad, felt the will of Emrakul. On this moment, the titan referred to herself like the Life. And Emrakul knows that she was attracted to Innistrad in the wrong way, she doesn't belong to that place. She also knows that she is alone. Ulamog and Kozilek aren't there, so everything is wrong. *"This is all wrong. I am incomplete, unfulfilled, inchoate. There should be blossoms, not barren resentment. The soil was not receptive. It is not my time. Not yet.*" [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/crop/emn-eldritch-moon/imprisoned-in-the-moon-65-med.jpeg?4684) After analyzing all of this, comes the great question of this theory. Are the Eldrazi the creators of the Multiverse? Not exactly. From this point forward, everything that I'll say is my personal perception about the titans. As you may have noticed, the Eldrazi carry great inspiration from the works of H. P. Lovecraft [T.N.: The writer of Call of Cthulhu]. Like in Lovecraft's books, I believe that Magic's Multiverse wasn't created by the hand of any being, no great god. The Eldrazi are the older known ancient beings, maybe they are related to the plane of Equilor, which according to Urza is the plane located on the extremity of time. The plane also has a bizarre form which you can see on the card [[Bloodhill Bastion]], but the Eldrazi exist since before the origin of time itself, so they existed before the beginning of everything. Probably the origin of the Multiverse came through an event like the "Big Bang", which gave origin to the Blind Eternities and then the planes of existence. The Eldrazi might be a manifestation of the Blind Eternities and Emrakul may be the origin of life, the first creature to inhabit the world may have come from her. The titans work in a cycle, based on what we know: They go to a condemned world; Ulamog consumes it; Kozilek reshapes it; and Emrakul creates new life. If the cycle began with Emrakul, life came from her. She affirmed herself that she is the origin of life and, during the Battle of Innistrad; She knew that she shouldn't be there, as it wasn't yet the time to recreate that world. She understood that and realized the other titans weren't there. Something was wrong and until the moment that world was destroyed or renewed, she would remain trapped on the moon. However, this day might never come, so it is possible that we will never see Emrakul again, maybe just her influence coming from the moon. But, if there isn't a broken world, she won't be able to act. [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/crop/bfz-battle-for-zendikar/shrine-of-the-forsaken-gods-245-med.jpeg?5239) We still have lots of questions. Are there other titans? What the destruction of Ulamog and Kozilek caused to the Blind Eternities? Could Emrakul bring them back? Many questions, few answers. It is clear that Emrakul is linked to the life which exists in the Multiverse and she may be the creator of life herself.

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