“We made tempestuous winds obedient to Solomon . . . And many of the devils We also made obedient to him.” The Qur’an, 21:81 – King Suleiman
Welcome one and all to another tale in the vast expanse that is the Magic the Gathering universe. Today I will tell you the story that is the tale of the Arabian Nights. Also I know this is a Tuesday, I apologise, something came up that I could not avoid, it shan’t happen again.
Arabian Nights has some similarities to the story from the plane known as Terra or Earth, where a lot of you come from. Some people such as Ali Baba and Aladdin appear here and there on the plane itself, Rabiah, has a lot of similarities to your land known as Arabia, I have no idea if that is a consequence of the Thousand-fold Refraction or not, but I would call it food for thought.
“For my confession they burned me with fire And found that I was for endurance made.”The Arabian Nights, trans. Haddawy – Repentant Blacksmith
To tell you the tale we must go back to eons ago, where the lands of Rabiah were ruled by a race called the Djinni. The Djinni were evil spirits that roamed the land and ruled with an iron fist, though something drastic happened that tipped the balance of power. There was a war between the spirits known as the Jihad. The various Djinni and spirits tore themselves apart and in turn weakened their grip and the power they had on Rabiah. With their diminished power, a new strength grew on Rabiah, the humans. While there are amazing stories from the lands of Rabiah, many were lost, like grains of sand in a desert. Even one as powerful as I can not obtain a lot of knowledge from Rabiah, bar the ones I have already spoken about: El-Hajjaj and Abu-Jafar. I know of two other short tales about the plane: The City of Brass and Fatima, a powerful planeswalker from Rabiah.
The City of Brass:
What would you say if I told you of a city that was built out of stone and brass. The brass is so prominent that even the surrounding mountains are covered in it. What would you say if I said that because of the searing heat of Rabiah and the structure of the city, the temperature can be twenty degrees hotter than the hottest Rabiahn desert? This is a city in which the Djinni live, as normal folk couldn’t live there or would find it very difficult to. None the less it is still a place sought by many a wizard and magic wielder as it is full of potent mana, but even the mana is so hot it will burn its user. No pain, no gain, I guess. Oh I should also mention that the City of Brass was created by a rage filled planeswalker named Fatima.
Fatima was a planeswalker who was born on Rabiah. She was quite a wealthy and independent woman who enjoyed her freedom, especially in a land that was extremely patriarchal. Fatima’s father was dead but she still had someone to comfort her, a lover named Al-Abi. The special thing about him was that he agreed to never want to marry Fatima which suited her fine as she enjoyed being independent, until one night he did ask to marry her.
Fatima flew into a deadly rage and wanted to be away from everyone and everything and that is exactly what she done. Fatima went to the furthest corner of Rabiah and created her City of Brass to be somewhere she could close off and isolate herself away from the rest of the world. The unfortunate enemy especially stopped by: loneliness. Fatima went to work to create citizens for her city and she called these beings, the Brass men. Fatima came to love her creations and they kept her company while she stayed and still stays in the City, isolated from a world that is slow to change.
But alas, that is it. My tales of Rabiah have dried up. For a plane that has a thousand and one exact copies, it can get quite sparse on tales of heroes and villains and dastardly men and do gooders. I hope you have enjoyed the trip through Rabiah as much as I have, however short it has been. I have no doubt that I will be revisiting these lands someday, but for now, I must bring these mystical tales to those, wise enough to bend an ear. So if you are ready to go, then let us continue our story through the wondrous lands of Magic the Gathering.
I hope you enjoyed my writing and as always, thank you for reading!