|First seen||Arabian Nights|
|Last seen||Arabian Nights|
|Rabiah Scale||10by definition, see Rabiah scale|
Rabiah is a collection of one thousand and one originally identical planes, all refracted off of the original Rabiah during the Thousandfold Refraction. It is for this reason that Rabiah is known as "the Infinite". Over the centuries, these planes have since developed independently of each other. However, there are some general features that are consistent across almost all variations of Rabiah.
Rabiah is a desert world. Where Rabiah's plane touches another, the severe environment often begins to "infect" its neighbor. However, that rarely worries Rabiah's inhabitants, since they are hardy desert dwellers. Planar links in Rabiah often appear in the form of giant desert twisters. Such dust storms violently propel any who venture too near them into the particular plane the gates link to. One plane often linked to Rabiah is Wildfire; another one is Dominaria, in particular the continent of Jamuraa.
Although most Rabian cultures are patriarchal and Arabic in feel, the vast range of Rabiahs also includes matriarchy. Furthermore, one plane, known as Dark Rabiah, has been taken over by sinister forces and is as evil a place as even Phyrexia.
Known denizens of Rabiah
A variety of characters are connected to the multitude of planes which compose Rabiah:
- Alexandria (Library of Alexandria)
- Baghdad (Bazaar of Baghdad)
- Bassorah (Bazaar of Bassorah, Mosque Quarter of Bassorah)
- Cairo (Ali from Cairo)
- City of Brass
- Crags of Jaruq (Castle of El-Hajjâj)
- Crags of Sana'a (Nailah's Keep)
- Island of Wak-Wak
- Karun Desert
- Sea of Sand
- Serendib (Serendib Efreet)
- Giant Fish
- Giant Tortoises
- The Djinni
- The Guardian Beast
- Bird Maidens
- Singing Trees
- Brass Men
- Dancing Scimitars
- Referred to:
Mark Rosewater stated that Rabiah will likely never be revisited in a Standard-legal set, due to the fact that it is not Wizard's own intellectual property. Continued prompting on this subject led him to create the Rabiah Scale, as a planar equivalent of the Storm Scale, on which Rabiah holds the highest (least likely) rank by definition. Even with the advent of the Universes Beyond creative treatment, Rosewater maintains that the plane as designed is not revisitable, but a mythology-inspired plane would have better odds.
- Outside of its plane card, Rabiah is only referred to by name in the flavor text of Sorceress Queen and Suleiman's Legacy. Although Sorceress Queen was printed in Arabian Nights, only its Fifth Edition reprint has flavor text.
- The plane is alluded to in the flavor text of Tempest Djinn.
- Brady Dommermuth (March 19, 2008). "The Known Mutliverse (sic)". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Encyclopedia Dominia - Rabiah (archived).
- Mark Rosewater (November 26, 2016). "What /would/ be a 10 on the hypothetical plane equivalent of the Storm Scale? Ulgrotha? Rabiah?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
- Mark Rosewater (November 26, 2016). "So, the plane storm scale would be the Rabiah Scale, right?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
- Mark Rosewater (November 29, 2016). "The Rabiah Scale". Blogatog. Tumblr.
- Mark Rosewater (February 28, 2021). "Now that Universes Beyond is a thing, how's Rabiah looking on the Rabiah Scale?". Blogatog. Tumblr.