Return to the Aboretum

Deep below Ravnica, an ancient vault was sealed, mere hours after being opened. Its guardians had deemed the contents far too dangerous to ever become exposed to the multiverse, items of destructive potential in even the right hands. However, many years later, one planeswalker, the next in a line of keepers, has foolishly opened the vault. The Aboretum is open once more, its contents privy to discovery.


Welcome, everyone, to a reincarnation of a contest from nearly two years ago! It was, and still is, one of my favorite contests to ever grace this site, created by our very own @pewnd. You can check it out here. (Highly recommended)

The rules here are the same as the last one:

Create a Legendary Artifact and provide a small little lore blurb as short or as long as you'd like to accompany it. Non-Artifacts such as enchantments or creatures will be permitted with a good lore piece.

However, I am tacking on one additional rule: No more than two entries a person. I want to see quality over quantity.

The due date for entries is July 18th, two weeks from today. It is privy to extension if deemed necessary or desireable.

Now, my brave explorers, show me what you can find in this massive vault!


  • Do any dare to brave the arboretum and unlock its secrets? (Aka bump)
  • edited July 6

    Did someone say legendary artifact!? Here yah go. And here's my lore, and IRL lore.

    Of my many DnD characters, my Tiefling Bard Alicia Afi is my favorite by far. She does your standard bard things, influencing and damaging enemy's whilst buffing her team, even if not often. During one campaign she was put into a wrestling wring, of sorts, more of an underground fight club. Here she was required to choose a name, and of course, I had to go with something nice... so, after this, she became 'Alicia Scarlet, The Infernal Flutist'

    In MTG, I imagine during many of her journeys across worlds and all,
    I suspect she will have defiantly found her journeys end in a peaceful, age-ended death. After a short few years working for the many guilds on her own time, not theirs. She would use her bard-like magic to fight and influence others, whether opposition and those she worked for to get what she wanted. Of course, they eventually discovered where she lived, and her habits. But due to how she operated, she was never bothered, until her death. Lying in bed, she died in her sleep, and not soon after the Dimir came to take her artifacts... yet they weren't there when they arrived. It seemed someone had taken them. That someone was never known by anyone, not even me. We can only guess someone else took it, or something stored it. Somewhere.

  • edited July 14
    Here's an entry:

    The dark blood of the monstrous machine god Yawgmoth survived his demise at the hands of the Legacy weapon. Raining down upon Dominaria it was collected and stored in the Aboretum before it could be allowed to spread. There it waits within its container for a mage foolish enough to wield its power and spread its contagion once more.

    Glutting itself upon any source of black mana it can find, the ichor will grow and infect any who come into contact with it, slowly poisoning them from the inside.
  • I'll be posting an entry if able tomorrow! Also, *bump!*
  • edited July 14
    This second entry is inspired by the 'Lair of the Ashen Idol' planechase card.

    On the dark plane of Azgol, the natives worship a monstrous stone known as the Ashen Idol which resides in the centre of a long dormant volcano. The stone is inscribed with the symbol of the volcano's god, known as the Ashen King. The Ashen King slew all of the plane's other gods long ago, but was so weakened by this battle that he took refuge within the stone. From there he commands his followers with telepathy, spurring them to acts of violence and bloodshed. Should enough blood be spilled upon the stone, the King may yet regain his former might.
  • @Lujikul Is it arboretum or aboretum?
  • edited July 18
    (Using MTG.Design because there is no colored legend artifact border.)


    Lore: In this another timeline, Bolas just found something that was very interesting as he visited Tarkir in times before the Clans themselves and kept the said item in secrecy because it held forbidden and dangerous knowledge about the magic itself and many more intricate spells in prosperous times before Bolas himself, or possibly much deeper in the past during the reign of the First Dragon of the multiverse itself.

    "Whoever holds the Primordial Eye, that one holds the key to the unlimited potential of the magic itself." Proclaimed the infamous elder dragon.

    Altough then, at some time even the Arboretum with an unknown reason somewhat also held the eye. It was unknown whether it was a Bolas's plan to kept the eye in Ravnica. In the end, the keeper of the vault just stored it along with many other dangerous artifacts in the Arboretum itself.
  • edited July 15
  • edited July 15
    Here's my second entry.


    Lore: Somewhere in a plane far far away, lived a planeswalker named Aldnora. She was an accomplished planeswalker but she had a lot of things to collect in her journey through the multiverse.

    And because of that, she decided to experiment with the spatial magic to construct the ultimate box to store her belongings: A box with a seemingly endless space.

    But hey, who would know that she accidentally also made the box unstable due to the volatile amount of experimental enchantment she bestowed upon that box? In the end, the box was very volatile that almost anything in the vicinity who opened it would be sucked inside the box and eternally lost.

    Furious due to the lost of her precious belongings, in the end Aldnora decided to throw away the volatile box to whatever unlucky plane it was, waiting for an unlucky soul who opened it and anything within its vicinity to be lost forever inside the cataclysmic box.
  • Entry 1:
    Aetherplant of Ghirapur

    High above Ghirapur is the pinnacle of aether engineering. The Aetherplant, a monolith that reaches into the Aethersphere itself, harvesting aether and refining it to its purest state. Machines that are powered with this aether are faster, more efficient and more extraordinary than their counterparts. Automatons receive a similar benefit, ratcheting their processing and physical abilities. But left without refined aether, the same machines that some would call marvels lapse back to normalcy. All of Ghirapur wants access to this aether, and the few that do get it must pay a steep price and maintain its use.
  • edited July 17

    One of the taboos of Kaladesh is time manipulation, and it's largely due to a man named Lakja Makobi. Credited as the father of time, Lakja discovered not only the properties of time as they are currently known, but how to travel through it. His masterpiece was his Temporal Accelerator, which he used to speed up pockets of local time. It was famously said that he used it to travel from one end of the city to the other in under 2 seconds. However, during what would be his final use of the accelerator, Lakja simply vanished. None of his colleagues at the College of Temporal Studies could find his mana signature in any location or time. It is widely believed that Lakja threw himself out of the time stream. With more tests, the College found that the time stream around Kaladesh was exhibiting signs of severe stress, to the point of almost tearing. From then on, temporal studies was banned from Kaladesh for being too dangerous to the public.



    Story has it that Savra, once guild leader of the Golgari Swarm, was to attend a meeting of the Ravnica Guilds, in which there was one person of import she wanted desperate to impress. So, she had her guild go out and find the most beautiful scent in the world. Her guild scoured the city but could find no scent to her liking. They scoured the outskirts, but still could not find anything satisfactory. But one day, an apprentice came back from the woods beyond the city with news of a flower so sweet that he nearly fell asleep in bliss. Naturally, Savra was interested.

    They traveled to the location the apprentice told them and found not a flower but a nymph. "I must have her," Savra said. The look in her eyes told the others that either they captured the nymph or they would die trying. Planning carefully, Savra and her entourage lured the nymph to a secluded glade with no trees around to hide in and sprung their trap. With a wicked grin, Savra stared at her prize struggle in the cage.

    In order to make the perfume, Savra worked with the Simic Combine to distill the nymph down to her life essence. This retained her sweet scent while allowing it to be put in a container. However, the essence of a creature from the forest is strong, especially one of a magical nature. The container started to reach out on its own and drain the energy of anyone who would touch it or wander close by. It became known as the Lifedrinker Ichor. Savra was furious. In anger, she threw the bottle out of her window and into her garden, smashing the bottle. There, the ichor seeped deep into the garden and began to gather strength from the nearby mulch and death, steadily growing and infusing black mana into itself.

    From that ichor grew back the nymph, but not as she had been. The influence of black had twisted her core nature and she became malicious and deceitful. Savra took notice, and Larisa became the sweet-scented flower amidst the maggots of the Golgari Swarm.
  • edited July 16

    Hedron of Calling

    When Ugin, Nahiri, and Sorin had trapped the Eldrazi on Zendikar, Ugin realized that there was a chance, however small, that the Eldrazi could be released, and if that happened, Zendikar would most likely be destroyed. So, he created an artifact that would force the Eldrazi to a certain plane in the Multiverse, so that the Eldrazi could be imprisoned once again. He hid this Artifact on Mirrodin, which would be the next Eldrazi prison. Many years later, an unknown Planeswalker found this device, and after realizing its world breaking power, vowed to make sure no one would ever find it.
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