Description[edit | edit source]
Vorinclex stands twelve feet or more and his body is a raw pinkish-red color. Across his shoulders he has a ruff of patchy fur in a dozen different hues swirled together. Vorinclex's long and powerful arms end in horrible, curving talons. Two additional spindly arms extend from its chest, clawed hands twitching like spiders. Its head is a skull-like face flanked by razor tusks and broad, spined antlers, all of it the color of bone.
A social Darwinist, he wishes to make New Phyrexia a place hostile to sentience, which he despises, and based solely on the roles of predator and prey, of which only the strongest will survive.
In spite of his general aversion to intelligence, he is capable of strategic thought, like when he herded Kaya to counter her evasion tactics or when he blackmailed Tibalt to do his bidding.
History[edit | edit source]
Vorinclex created new varieties of predators to infest the Tangle, and compleated many elves — Glissa among them — and turned them into predatory creatures. Beyond this, however, he didn't care for anything else except for his next meal and, unlike the other praetors who plotted against each other and Karn, Vorinclex appeared to be satisfied. Being the most content of the praetors, Elesh Norn was able to manipulate him easily once she took over New Phyrexia.
At some point, Vorinclex managed to enter the plane of Kaldheim. Whatever process he undertook destroyed his organic components, leaving a corpse of metal and bone; a curious stag sniffed it, allowing him to rebuild himself. With the aim of undermining or taking over the plane, he ambushed the planeswalker Tibalt and infected him, forcing him to cause "a distraction" in exchange for an antidote, much to the sadistic pain mage's delight as he had already been planning to cause some chaos on Kaldheim anyway. He stalked the woods of Bretagard where he compleated people and animals until Kaya and the Omenseekers fought him. The god Alrund revealed himself, too disgusted at Vorinclex, and the praetor fled, melting into some oil-suffused metal and escaping, possibly to another of Kaldheim's realms.
In the cover of the chaos Tibalt brought to Kaldheim, Vorinclex invaded the sanctum of Esika and mauled her to near death. Taking a tyrite sample, he concluded his mission, and a portal to New Phyrexia opened, welcoming him once more.
Planes visited[edit | edit source]
Despite Vorinclex not being a planeswalker, he is able to travel between planes through unknown means. The destruction of his organic parts hints that this may be related to the technology used in the planar bridge.
Story appearances[edit | edit source]
|Title||Author||Publishing date||Set||Setting (plane)||Featuring|
|Episode 1: Travelers||Roy Graham with contributions by Jenna Helland||2021-01-07||Kaldheim||Kaldheim||Kaya, Inga, Alrund, Hakka, Vorinclex|
|Episode 5: The Battle for Kaldheim||Roy Graham with contributions by Jenna Helland||2021-02-03||Kaldheim||Kaldheim||Kaya, Tyvar Kell, Arni, Fynn, Inga, Sigrid, Alrund, Hakka, Varragoth, Cosima, Harald, Halvar, Koma, Niko Aris, Esika, Vorinclex|
In-game references[edit | edit source]
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References[edit | edit source]
- Savor the Flavor (May 11, 2011). "Getting to Know the Praetors". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Ari Zirulnik and Jenna Helland (January 21, 2021). "The Legends of Kaldheim". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Roy Graham (January 20, 2021). "Kaldheim Episode 3: The Saga of Tibalt". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Roy Graham (January 7, 2021). "Episode 1: Travelers". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Roy Graham (February 03, 2021). "Episode 5: The Battle for Kaldheim". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.