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Myojin (Japanese: (みょう) (じん) ; rōmaji: Myōjin; literally: "Bright Divinities"), are the greatest kami of all in the plane of Kamigawa.

Description[]

The power of the five myojin was dwarfed only by O-Kagachi, the kami of all things. Each has aspects of one of the different colors of magic and of the five fundamental forces of the world: justice, knowledge, power, passion, and creation. For example, the Myojin of Night's Reach is black mana, and all black-aligned kami are aspects of her.[1]

When the Kami War began, Kamigawa's denizens prayed to the Myojin, hoping that the greatest kami had not turned against them, but due to Konda's crime, the Myojin too were in such throes of chaos and anger that they couldn't begin to communicate the nature of that crime: like all other kami, the Myojin turned against the material world.[2]

While it is unknown if the others have that level of power, the Myojin of Night's Reach was able to exploit the planar boundaries weakening during the Kami War, gaining access to many other planes.

The five myojin are as follows:

Each Myojin has a corresponding Honden built in their honor. During the Kami War, the shrines faced abandonment and were almost in ruin.[3]

Neon Dynasty[]

In Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty's Commander product, five more Myojin were printed. For each color, each have the same mana cost and stats as their previous iterations, the Divinity counter ability was replaced with a functionally similar indestructible counter ability, and the power level of their "remove counter" ability is escalated to modern standards. They are as follows:

  • Myojin of Blooming Dawn ({W}) - The Myojin of Blooming Dawn embodies the force of hope and is largely considered a benevolent kami. This elusive kami has never been seen up close, only ever glimpsed as a figure in the distance, though its wanderings across the land can be tracked by the trail of blooming flowers it leaves in its wake. Some of the oldest, most traditional poetic forms on Kamigawa are based on the chiming rhythms of its bells.[4]
  • Myojin of Cryptic Dreams ({U}) - The Myojin of Cryptic Dreams embodies the force of inspiration. It has never shown itself fully in the mortal realm. Instead, it visits mortals in the dreams, where it shows itself only as a reflection in a mirrored surface and whispers to them, planting new ideas in their minds. Each reflection of the myojin is a unique mirror aspect of it. It has an infinite number of such mirror aspects, each representing a new idea that no one on the plane has ever thought of before.[4]
  • Myojin of Grim Betrayal ({B}) - The Myojin of Grim Betrayal embodies the force of ambition. In ancient times, a warlord prayed to the kami to become the next Emperor of Kamigawa. The Myojin of Grim Betrayal answered his prayer, granting him unmatched battle prowess and conveniently failed to mention that it had answered similar prayers from others and granted them the same boon. The ensuing clash ended up being the first in an era of dynastic infighting that history would later dub the Shattered States Era.[4]
  • Myojin of Roaring Blades ({R}) - The Myojin of Roaring Blades embodies the force of unrest. Its blades, made of molten lava motes, will shard and plant themselves inside those who survive its strike. The mote residing within that person continues to burn, forever filling them with a restlessness that consumes them day and night. The victims are both blessed and cursed, as likely to create and affect change on a level unmatched by anyone else as they are to be mired in chaos and constant dissatisfaction.[4]
  • Myojin of Towering Might ({G}) - The Myojin of Towering Might embodies the force of evolution. For the most part, it lurks in the depths of Jukai Forest, content to let nature run its course without interference. Its appearances in the rest of the plane are rare and typically are a sign of some massive shift occurring in the spirit realm. The last time anyone saw it was right before the formation of the Order of Jukai, or, in other words, right as the Order's founder, Shigeki, was experiencing the visions of the spirit realm's deterioration. Whispered rumors claim that this myojin is soon to make an appearance again, but when, where, and why, no one can say.[4]

Note on the creature type[]

Mark Rosewater has stated that the Myojin-cycle can be seen as the precursor to the Theros Gods. If they had been designed under the current design vision, the cards would have been creature type God, probably Spirit God (or God Spirit).[5]

Gallery[]

References[]

  1. Wizards of the Coast (April, 2005). "Ask Wizards - April, 2005". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Champions of Kamigawa, fat pack booklet.
  3. Magic Arcana (March 24, 2005). "Honden and Myojin". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  4. a b c d e Ari Zirulnik, Grace Fong, Emily Teng, and Gerritt Turner (February 11, 2022). "The Legends of Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Mark Rosewater (January 21, 2018). "Trivia on Myojinn of Night's Reach?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
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