Lore: What is the Phyrexian Compleation
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Learn why Phyrexians are likely to once again become the next great villains of the Multiverse in Magic: the Gathering lore.Edit Article
Kamigawa: Neon Dynastyis in full swing and in the last few chapters of its lore we had a shocking surprise. None other than Jin-Gitaxias, Progress Tyrant personally showed up on the futuristic plane, reinforcing what all those interested in MTG Lore had already speculated since the appearance of Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider in Kaldheim: The Phyrexians figured out a way to planeswalk, and they're up to something. In the episodes of
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty, written by Akemi Dawn Bowman and available on the official Wizards website, we got more clues that help explain how Phyrexian praetors can travel the planes even without a planeswalker spark, but I won't give any spoilers here.
Wanderer, the villain
Tezzeretand story hoarder
Tamyio. However, there is something different about the soratami planeswalker that we know. Something really disturbing and hitherto unprecedented in the history of Magic, noticed as soon as we laid eyes on her card for the first time. She was altered by Jin-Gitaxias himself and reborn as a
completedPhyrexian... However, she remains a planeswalker!
New Phyrexiaset. There were 11 years of hiatus, where the attention of the crowd was focused on other events involving the Gatewatch and other great villains, such as the Eldrazi or Nicol Bolas. It is natural that many do not remember or are even aware of the real threat they pose to the Multiverse. Today, I will refresh your memory and
understand how these enemies operate, what their goals are and why they are now more dangerous than ever.
Phyrexia's OriginPhyrexians are a creation of Yawgmoth, Thran Physician. Initially, a human doctor from Thran, an ancient empire on Dominaria, Yawgmoth was noted for his brilliance and his grossly twisted morality and lack of ethics. He was a eugenicist, and he believed that organic life forms were weak and should then evolve into a state of perfection where flesh would give way to metal. Yawgmoth and his followers were eventually driven from their land and exiled to an artificial plane thousands of years ago. He named the plane Phyrexia, and for millennia he reshaped the landscape and its inhabitants to his pleasure, turning it into a great macabre industry of metal, oil, and smoke. There he was like a god - the Father of Machines - and he designed a grandiose plan of revenge and expansion of his ideology.
The Glistening OilHis people, the Phyrexians, were mechanized creatures artificially created from a virulent substance called
Ichoror Glistening Oil. Ichor is not only used as a primary fuel and food source for Phyrexians, it also has the nefarious property of corrupting everything it touches. It can convert flesh to metal and eventually transform living beings into Phyrexians. Once converted, they are reborn as soulless minions subservient to the dogma and will of Phyrexia, utterly devoid of humanity or individualism.
Expansion and FallYawgmoth's plan then involved spreading his "Great Perfection" beyond Phyrexia; especially to
Dominaria, his homeland from which he was expelled. He had ancient Thran technology, which allowed him not only to build devastating weapons, but also to build planar portals that allowed him to carry out invasions to other worlds and enable a campaign of interplanar warfare developed over a millennium. The culmination of this campaign was the great Phyrexian Invasion of Dominaria (told throughout the
Apocalypsesets of the early 2000's, one of the biggest events in the history of Magic: the Gathering lore). The war killed millions and caused unprecedented destruction, but at last both Yawgmoth and the plane of Phyrexia were destroyed, putting an end to the Phyrexian threat for a time.
The New PhyrexiaYears later, the planeswalker golem
Karn- whose heart carried Glistening Oil - creates his own artificial plane made entirely of metal, later renamed Mirrodin. On one of his visits to the plane, Karn accidentally leaks some Ichor from his heart, which unleashes a slow and irremediable corruption that would soon spread across the plane, contaminating its inhabitants and turning Mirrodin into a
New Phyrexia. The new Phyrexians, however, adapted to the morphology of their new home. While the original Phyrexia created by Yawgmoth was a plane entirely aligned with black mana, New Phyrexia is influenced by all five colors of mana, which has resulted in an inevitable split of Phyrexian society into five factions. Each faction has its own interpretation of
Phyrexian perfectionand its own leader, called a
praetor. The five praetors harbor rivalries with each other, which eventually leads to disputes over the control of the fate of New Phyrexia. These conflicts have somehow ended up keeping Phyrexians more occupied with themselves than with expanding on other planes, but that seems to be changing.
The Great Phyrexian Evolution
phyresis. It starts from the moment the creature comes into contact with the Glistening Oil and can spontaneously evolve as a disease, or be induced by procedures supervised by other Phyrexians. The result is
compleation, when all the organic parts of the body are replaced by artificial counterparts. Flesh gives way to metal and fluids become ichor. The being retains its memory and personality, but loses its soul.
“In Magic, compleat (...) is the term for the process of making one become Phyrexian, or the state of being "perfected" by Phyrexia. Phyrexia is not just a necrotech civilization of horrors - it is also a way of thinking, a perspective on organic meat and what makes an organism the best it can be. Phyrexians absorb and transform their victims not just to rule the plane, incomplete.”
- Doug Bayer
Compleation and PlaneswalkersAs the individual's soul is destroyed in the process, it was originally impossible to
compleata planeswalker and maintain it with its spark, as it is contained within the soul. This has kept Phyrexians contained since the days of Yawgmoth, forcing them to resort to difficult-to-build planar portals. However, Jin-Gitaxias discovered a way to compleat a planeswalker without destroying its soul using The Reality Chip. He used this procedure to compleat Tamiyo, which became the first Phyrexian planeswalker.
Karn- whose heart carried glistening oiloil - created his own artificial plane made entirely of metal, later to be called Mirrodin. On one of his visits to the plane, Karn accidentally leaks some Ichor from his heart, which unleashed an irremediable corruption that slowly spreads across the plane, contaminating its inhabitants and transforming Mirrodin into New Phyrexia. Karn himself was unable to escape and also succumbed. Bright oil leaked from his heart, shifting Karn's silver body as he sat on his throne. But as the Phyrexian Praetors and their minions vied for him, each trying to use him to further their own causes, Karn had a moment of clarity. He sent a mechanical guide to lead Venser and his group to the fully corrupted core of the plane once called Mirrodin. After many hardships, they found the golem and managed to save it, at the cost of Venser's life and spark, which replaced Karn's corrupted heart with his own. Now, Karn journeys across the Multiverse searching for a way to right his wrong and destroy the Phyrexian menace once and for all.
Mirrodinblock, and one of those responsible for defeating Memnarch. After becoming trapped in Mirrodin's Core - the epicenter of the Phyrexian infestation on the plane - Glissa ended up being corrupted only by her proximity to the glowing oil. Completed by Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger, she became the praetor's champion and an extremely powerful warrior for Phyrexia.
A Threat to the Multiverse