Today, Wizards of the Coast has shared a summary of the story for the forthcoming Magic: The Gathering set Theros Beyond Death, revealing the nightmares that visited Elspeth in the Underworld, the conflicts of gods in the mortal realm, Klothys's efforts to stop Elspeth with Calix, and the downfall of Heliod.
You can read the whole summary on the official MTG website, but if you don't feel like reading the whole thing, you can check out the highlights via Redditor Gredman9 below:
> Klothys was absent because she sequestered herself in the Underworld as the Titans' jailer.
> Xenagos' uprising led the gods to realize they were replaceable.
> Ashiok, upon learning of the Phyrexians from Elspeth's nightmares, planeswalked away to learn more about them. Their nightmare powers allowed her dreams to be more "real" than normal, and it is how she was able to bring the Shadowspear to the real world.
> Heliod was afraid of ANYONE replacing him, even other gods, so he revived Daxos and ordered him to remove all traces of other gods.
Erebos distracted by Heliod's act of war was what allowed the tears in the Underworld to go unchecked.
> Klothys was angry that Xenagos dared to defy his own fate and sought to prevent others from doing the same. Calix was made specifically to go after Elspeth.
> During her quest, Elspeth would gather a following of her own, taking down many foes. After each fight, she proclaim that her spear was the real spear, Khrusor, and that Heliod's was a fake.
> Elspeth had many clashes with Calix, and she would win each time. However, Calix would learn a little more from each fight.
> Heliod, who learned of Elspeth's quest from Daxos, confronted her by an Underworld rift. He charged at her, but the new belief of her followers caused his own spear to shatter in his hands. He surrendered on the spot.
> Erebos was pleased by this, and punished Heliod to be strapped under a massive boulder, only becoming free once his followers all stopped believing in him. He then let Elspeth leave to the mortal world.
Calix became confused and frustrated, as he was now unable to fulfill his fate. This mental anguish, combined with an overwhelming desire to capture her once and for all, ignited his spark.
I thought the story was a bit anti-climactic, and the most interesting part to me is this part: "Ashiok learned of the Phyrexians' existence and promptly planeswalked away to learn more of these true living nightmares."
This could lead to Ashiok teaming up with the villainous Phyrexians in a future storyline. Ashiok might be able to use nightmares to bring the Phyrexians to different planes like what happened with Elspeth's spear.
What do you think will happen when Ashiok finds the Phyrexians? Do you think we'll see them team-up in the story of near-future MTG sets? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
Theros Beyond Death, the 83rd Magic: The Gathering expansion, is set to release on January 24, 2020. Prerelease events will take place on January 17-19.
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