Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Dominaria Geography, the Center of All Worlds

Dominaria is the center hub planes of the multiverse- once known as Dominia.  Dominaria was the central stage for a large number of sets and worlds for Magic, showing of a variety of settings and continents, and being filled with multiple races for each color, continent, and culture.

You can see the continent Aerona to the right, with parts of Terisiare in the shadow on the left. Copyright is by Wizards of the coast, image posted originally at

The world included sets: Antiquities, The Dark, Legends (parts of it), Fallen Empires, Ice Age, Alliances, Coldsnap, Mirage, Visions, Weatherlight, Urza's Saga-Legacy-Destiny (parts of Serra's Realm and Phyrexia are also explored), Prophecy, Invasion, Planshift, Apocalypse, Odyssey, Torment, Judgement, Onslaught, Legions, Scourge, Time Spiral, Planar Chaos, and Future Sight. 

Any novels associated with those sets take place at least partially on Dominaria, including both Legends book trilogies.  

A brief (as possible) quick history of Dominaria: 

Ancient Days: The Thran were a race of ingenious inventors.  Their civilization birthed powerstone artifacts, and wonderous mechanisms.  They were destroyed by Phyrexia, and their founder, Yawgmoth, whom the Thran sought out for help long before any corruption on his part. 

The Dominaria timeline is measured roughly by Argivian reckoning.  It starts at 0 AR for the birth of Urza, and soon after his brother Mishra. 

The brother artificers went to war, which ended in the Golothia sylex exploding in 63 AR. 

Feldon, during the time after the Brother's War, remembers Loran's smile.

The world begins cooling (~2400 AR), and over a few thousand years, freezes into an Ice Age.  Freyalise, with help from Jodah and Jaya Ballard, restore the shard of the 12 worlds to the rest of the multiverse (2934 AR). 

Not everyone is happy about the flood age and the melting.  Heidar, Rimewind master has a plan to continue the Ice Age.  Heider has his stories. 

Throughout all this, Urza is planning his defense of the world against Phrexian invasion (~1800-3250 AR).  He founds the Tolarian Academy in 3285 AR. 

Gerrard, Mirri, and Rofellos join the Weatherlight (4198 AR), The Rath cycle events occur, and subsequently, the Phyrexian invasion.  Dominaria is victorious in 4206 AR with the killing of Yawgmoth by activating the entire Legacy and crashing a moon's worth of white mana into him.

In the continent of Otaria, the Mirari causes massive upheaval (4305 AR) and Karona the False god demands service from all (including magic itself, 4306 AR).

The plane becomes unstable with time rifts from so many world changing events, and the Mending is performed by Teferi and other planeswalkers (4505 AR).  Welcome Home (2006).  Dominaria was left with weak mana sources and somewhat broken after the Apocalypse and Karona. After the mending, Dominaria begins to heal and rebuild its mana. 

Side Story during the time rifts and planar chaos: Time twists and destinies interchange.

In current storyline times, it has been around 60-80 years since the Mending. This is the time of the Gatewatch meeting and forming, and traveling to Amonkhet.  This is estimated to be around 4567 AR.

Isolated Lore:

In the next few articles, we'll be exploring parts of the world and history that may be relevant for the return to the plane in Dominaria (spring 2018), and what a more cohesive world may look like when it comes to Dominaria.

Update: 2018.  New story from the Magic sets: Dominaria and Magic Core 2019 released new stories.  You can find them listed and compiled in this article

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