"Then I think you know exactly who you ought to be.". Vraska looked up and saw an illusion of herself. Eventually, he looked at Vraska. A long droning whine yanked Jace and Vraska out of the sphinx's mind and back to the rooftop in the driving rain. A peel fell onto the page like a bookmark. she asked. Tokens. Jace was entirely out of control. Either that or he had simply cried himself out. She had spent so much of her life alone and shut away, it was impossible for her to deny comfort to someone who, like her, had suffered such an immensity of hurt. "Come to me.". She held him for all the times she wished someone had held her when she was imprisoned. Any greater act of spellcraft would have led Tishana straight to him. Jace kept his eyes closed. . The others will notice if you don't come home tonight," said the woman. She wanted both to hold him and to vanish, and she froze in the process of deciding which was the better option. Vraska smiled. Vraska knew she shouldn't watch, yet she knew she couldn't leave. The current Jace, the Jace she knew, the illusionist, pirate, and companion, was lost in grief on the riverbank. "Neither," said the voice. Her words came slowly and deliberately. "Kumena the Shaper, child of the Great River, leader of your people. MTG JEFF. The voice was deep and commanding, the voice of a leader. Jace was looking at the woman in violet attentively. Ravnica was before her once again. . Jace's convulsive tears were slowing, and fatigue was settling in. Vraska felt awful. Jace was on the ground below. The river widened. Flood Printings/Rarity: Cost: CMC: 1 Card Type: Enchantment Oracle Text: : Tap target creature without flying.. The Jace in front of her was pathetically young. he grunted. "I used to imagine my parents hated me. . Flood - Fifth Edition, Magic: the Gathering - Online Gaming Store for Cards, Miniatures, Singles, Packs & Booster Boxes. "It's not all back. Could it be? Jace leaned back in his chair and stared at her over his glass. The sensation was alien and alarming, but utterly necessary. Kumena entered the labyrinth and walked steadily, in a meditative trance, following the call of the Immortal Sun around every twist and turn. To Vraska's relief, the illusion dissolved, and the riverbed returned. There was a massive barrier made of white brick against a turbulent sky. Gorgons are meant to be despised. She looked back at Jace. His voice was tentative. The world rippled, fluid as water, until it settled into an illusion of a dim alleyway. And sometimes I've done it of my own volition. She saw his psychic mastery by the time he was thirteen (Vraska shivered—how the hell could he do that at thirteen?! ", "I am the Sun, Kumena. The mother startled, as if she had never taught him how to do that. He was barely using his magic—just a nudge here and there so that the undergrowth helped his passage rather than hindering it. His expression was unguarded, eyes still red from emotion, a lighthearted tilt to his lips. "Look. "Then take a swig of that," the shaman said in the memory, pointing at a bottle on the young illusion-Jace's left. . She wondered what its significance was. As though he hadn't said it with a desperate yearning for her approval written plainly on his face. Her lipstick was end-of-the-day faded and her eyes betrayed an indifference that Vraska prayed this version of Jace would notice. "I've never known a version of myself with my memories unimpaired," Jace said, breaking his silence with weary honesty. The ground shifted beneath him, and his perspective shifted with it. ", "I want to believe I do, but how can I choose to be who you think I am when I remember how many times I've let people take advantage of me? That's it? All that remained was the image of the sphinx's collar, an elongated ring, open at the bottom, with a circle floating in the middle. shouted Kumena. "This'll hurt like a Rakdos comedy.". He was consumed by the act of reliving, and Vraska realized in horror how many times Jace's mind had been tampered with. All this time, the golden city was a prison, not a stronghold? This was so bad, but he was too far lost to pull back the curtain of affection and see the bored cruelty of her intentions. More Magic.. Jace's nodded. This room was a world unto itself, the furniture its continents, the rug its ocean, as if nothing outside of the space mattered. . This place was Vraska's kind of beautiful. He did not know, and when he had looked at her then, he saw her only as a killer, a beast. Additional contributions by Gregg Luben and Kelly Digges. Contact | Morally ambiguous. This site is unaffiliated. Alison Luhrs is a game designer for Magic: The Gathering. The stones beneath his feet rippled with power, but it was his own power reflecting back at him. The sound of the river vanished and the hot air of the jungle turned chill. 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