The Show of Feast and Famine #17 – Flavorful Synergy

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All those goofy things we talked about in our nice compact episode today.

top 20 flavor texts

http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/ur/259

 

Flavourful synergy in M14

Shadowborn Apostle

**I want to make a deck purely out of these, and relentless rats. And maybe a handful of demons.

Shadowborn Demon

 

Bogbrew Witch

Festering Newt

(newts irl are aquatic/semi-aquatic; salamanders (also amphibious in the real world) in mythos are noted to have an affinity with fire (makes me think red).Festering newt is black, and sounds like it would live in a swamp

Historic descriptions of salamanders:

Descriptions of the legendary form are more likely to use stylized depictions. In Medieval European bestiaries, fanciful depictions of salamanders include “a satyr-like creature in a circular wooden tub” (8th century), “a worm penetrating flames” (12th century), “a winged dog” (13th century), and “a small bird in flames” (13th century)

Connection to fire:
This connection probably originates from a behavior common to many species of salamander: hibernating in and under rotting logs. When wood was brought indoors and put on the fire, the creatures “mysteriously” appeared from the flames.

Salamanders, dragons, and basilisks were all labeled “crawling things”

Bubbling Cauldron

word cauldron comes from a long mess of etymology, but at the end of that trail is some latin meaning “hot bath”

Billy S’s Macbeth helped found cliche of cauldrons use in witchcraft

*in Irish folklore, purported that leprechauns keep their gold/treasure in cauldrons

“In some forms of Wicca, incorporating aspects of Celtic mythology, the cauldron is associated with the goddessCerridwen. Celtic legend also tells of cauldrons that was useful to warring armies: dead warriors could be put into a cauldron and then be returned to life, save that they lacked the power of speech. It was suspected that they lacked souls. These warriors could go back into battle until they were killed again. In Wicca and some other forms of neopagan or pagan belief systems the cauldron is still used in magical practices. Most often a cauldron is made of cast iron and is used to burn loose incense on a charcoal disc, to make black salt (used in banishing rituals), for mixing herbs, or to burn petitions (paper with words of power or wishes written on them). Cauldrons symbolize not only the Goddess but also represent the womb (due to the fact that it holds something) and on an altar it represents earth because it is a working tool.”

holy grail sometimes referred to as a cauldron

 

Marauding Maulhorn

Advocate of the Beast

 

 

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