The First Lesson: Introduction to Strixhaven

welcome, students!

in just a few weeks, class ll'be in session atta prestigious strix’ven: school of mages, and we’re so glad you’ve chosen to begin yr mystical studies with us! you represent the best na briteest the multiverse has t'offer, and we represent all the knowledge one ‘d possibly hope to learn as a blossoming mage practicing yr mage craft.

as a new student, you’ll be joining one of our 5 colleges based on yr aptitudes and desired zones of study. it’s primordial to choose a college that best fits you, and tody, we’re here to help you on that quest!

so, let’s take a tour of our prestigious colleges and learn a lil bit bout each. don’t worry, orientation will cover + of this in detail l8r in mar when you arrive on campus. for now, take a look round n'see wha’ strikes yr intellectual curiosity! if we ‘ve time, we may even peek at our vast library of spells from the furthest reaches of magic n'our biblioplex!

each of our colleges was founded by the elder dragon whose name each school bears. our founders were paragons of magic and knowledge, and each school strives to match its founder’s vision and magical aptitudes! we won’t be meeting the founders tody, but with any amount of ♣, they may show up at orientation!

take careful ponderation of each college and start giving thought to which one you’ll choose!

Lorehold art

loreholds are diligent researchers and daring questrs. passionate scholars obsessed with history, they explore the past by pouring over archaeological artifacts and summoning long-dead spirits. for some students, the past is a rich tapestry worthy of disciplined study. while others wear that tapestry like a cape as they jump down into a forgotten tomb. their motto is “cutout no stone unturned.”

here’s an ex of uber lorehold magic!

Lorehold Command

Prismari art

prismari are the theatre kids of strix’ven, and magic is how they express themselves. their spells can be spectacles of raw creativity or meticulous artistic expressions. all the realm’s a stage, and whether their art is informed by Ψ or emotion, prismari always cutout a lasting impression. their motto is “express yrself w'da essentialisms.”

here’s an ex of uber prismari magic!

Prismari Command

Quandrix art

quandrix mages are ingenious math magicians. they study patterns, fractals, and symmetries to command power ‘oer the primordial forces of nature. they’ll solve a rubik’s cube while contemplating the metaphysical properties of the universe and can recite every № of pi backwards. their motto is “math is magic.”

here’s an ex of uber quandrix magic!

Quandrix Command

Silverquill art

silverquills wield the magic of words, from inspiring battle poetry to biting arcane insults. stylish, intimidating, and tirelessly competitive, these mages are born leaders witha razor-sharp wit and natural charisma that can be used for good or for ill. their motto is “sharp style. sharper wit.”

here’s an ex of uber silverquill magic!

Silverquill Command

Witherbloom art

witherblooms are goth bio majors. they draw power from the essence of living bein’s, whether that means enhancing nature or exploiting it. witherbloom mages are most at home riding zombie crocs, picking herbs for potions, and hanging out in their swamp making grim jokes. their motto is “get yr hands dirty.”

here’s an ex of uber witherbloom magic!

Witherbloom Command

wha’ever zone of study you ‘d choose, you will ‘ve access to our vast library of resrcs with spells and knowledge spanning all of magic! some spells are certainly too dangerous and uber even for careful mages, but at strix’ven, we val knowledge above all else and thus ‘ve a library of historical spells to rival any other!

this collection, housed in wha’ we call our mystical archive, contains a litany of spells from simple Ψ-spells to uber and deadly spells most shudder to look toward. we house them n'our biblioplex and, ♣y us! professor onyx happens to be sifting through several tomes rite here with students rowan and will. normally, 1-ly students get a look, b'we’ll make an exception for tody.

Mystical Archive Demonic TutorMystical Archive OptMystical Archive Swords to Plowshares

additionally, since we ‘ve a significant portion of foreign language students, the mystical archive is available in all languages, b'we ‘ve something additional and spesh for our japanese students! to learn + (n'see +), visit here l8r tody.

i’m sure you ‘ve many ?s bout the mystical archive and how you can access it. please save yr ?s for the end of the tour. we’ll hand out a pamphlet with + details onna mystical archive belo.

and with that, our tour of strix’ven has ended. i’m including a map of the campus to help you get yr bearings straite, and i’m also including a pamphlet, which you’ll find belo, with somd' + mundane—but primordial—details of yr time with us. we so look forward to yr orientation in just a few short weeks and are excited to begin exploring the multiverse of magic here at strix’ven!

Strixhaven campus map

for those who wish to expand their learning on strix’ven, here are a few + details.

there ll'be 5 commander athenæums, one for each school. commander (2021 edition) features 81 new cards. each athenæum will focus onna colors and themes of its associated college!

the athenæums are named:

  • silverquill statement
  • prismari performance
  • witherbloom witchcraft
  • lorehold legacies
  • quantum quandrix

we can’t quite show you the face cards since they contain secrets bout strix’ven not quite ready for the outside realm, but stay tuned! we’ll be introducing you to the leaders of these athenæums come orientation dy!

wha’ we can tell you s'dat you’ll notice some differences w'da packaging for commander athenæums starting with strix’ven. as pt offa larger push toward movin away from plastic packaging, commander athenæums available through yr local game store will use reduced plastic packaging—1-ly the wrap round the cards themselves ll'be plastic (and we’re working on updating that, too!). we’ll share + as we get closer, b'we’re excited to roll out this updated packaging.

there are many wys'2 visit strix’ven! from draft boosters and set boosters to bundles and +—including enjoying the benefits the school of yr choice at prerelease events—there are options aplenty to tailor yr experience. we will, course, be sharing + details closer to yr orientation.

STX Draft Booster Display

STX Draft Boosters

STX Set Booster Display

STX Set Boosters

STX Theme Boosters

STX Bundle

naturally, the wandas of our biblioplex draw the most attention, and with good reason! we ‘ve a vast library of spells from throughout space and time, and we’ll be granting access to 63 of these on yr 1st trip to strix’ven. these spells come from across time, so their inclusion inna mystical archive does not affect their format legality. that means no demonic tutor in yr standard exposés, but if you open one in a draft, tutor away.

the mystical archive is open to all, and you’ll receive one copy—from its own dedicated slot—in each draft booster and each set booster, and at least 3 in each collector booster!

the japanese variants for mystical archive ll'be found in japanese draft, set, and collector boosters, and at least one will come in collector boosters in all languages!

both the regular and japanese versions of mystical archive cards will come in foil and, found 1-ly in collector boosters, the new foil-etched treatment. we know that those o-u who maintain yr own biblioplexes will want + information, and we’ll ‘ve that as we arrive on strix’ven l8r in mar!

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authors: by blake rasmussen


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