Over at Magic Salvation earlier this week, Legend asked whether we had a world description for Tesla, and while we have our nice Storyline page over at the Multiverse, it doesn't actually go into much detail about Kaladesh itself! This week, in addition to a good old fashioned hole-filling challenge, I also would like us to do a world-filling challenge!
|Mountain by Noah Bradley|
Kaladesh has at least one major confirmed city, Ghirapur. The city features adaptive architecture, mobile mosaic courtyards, that moves freely to the needs of its people. Ghirapur, and possibly other cities, are ruled by the consuls. While not usually considered oppressive, their presence is everywhere, and they have control over the city's automatons, the supply of aether and canisters, and the 'whirlers', reconnaisance Thopters. The consuls decide which artificers are given aether, and how much; so they effectively control the industry of the city. Ghirapur is definitely blue/red - a city of artifice - but is ruled by a white government. In Tesla, the consul also has elements of black, due to its pragmatism and oppression that some people experience.
|Art by Lius Lasahido|
|Art by Dan Scott|
However, this frontier is where our knowledge of Kaladesh ends, and even where our hypothesizing does; we know nothing about any other possible cities in the plane, or any other locales. We've seen the wild forests and mountains, and Ghirapur's canals and cliffside cityscape; but we've seen nothing else of the plane. Perhaps Ghirapur is more empire than city, and rather than other cities, we merely have 'zilas', districts of Ghirapur, each with their own specific color(s) and culture? Or, if there are other cities, could they be allies of Ghirapur? Rivals?
The artwork above captures some possibilites of Ghirapur; feel free to use it as inspiration for the challenges this week
So, let's try to do that, with a design (and creative) challenge!
Your challenge for this week is threefold:
- Propose some worldbuilding elements for Kaladesh. Kaladesh is in need of some depth beyond Ghirapur and an un-detailed Wilds; the more worldbuilding elements we have, the easier it is to find inspiration for cards! These worldbuilding elements can inspire you for challenge #2...
- Design cards to fill the remaining holes in Kaladesh's commons. Currently, Kaladesh has only 14 remaining slots under contention - while each has some possibilities, we want as much feedback and as many proposals as we can get, in order to get the best possible card for each slot! Note that each color needs one vanilla (though black doesn't have a slot for it yet); these vanillas are your best chance to achieve challenge #3...
- Get some more flavor text! For this challenge, either design simple cards for the above hole-filling that you can put flavor text on, or try to add some flavor text to cards with room for it in the Multiverse skeleton!
I look forward to seeing all of your ideas for Tesla and Kaladesh! Until next week, have a great weekend!