running through it, then there must be a font of mana underneath—an old source, probably unused for centuries.” “There is indeed a deep source here/⁵ said one of the other Izzet mages, her eyes closed・ “But the coils will overheatZ，said Skreeg•“They'll be plugged directly into the mana well. That much power— “Direct all of the mana into me,” said RaL “I'll be able to tell instantly if this is the line w&re meant to follow.M An insectile chittering sound echoed from one of the ancient corridors that led into the chamber. The Izzet mages froze. “Who's there?” Rai called into the corridor・ He strained to see, but the light from their instruments couldn't penetrate the dark・ There was a sound of scraping, like eggshell against porcelain—and more chittering, this time accompanied by footsteps. Many footsteps. “End your unnatural experiments，” hissed a voice from the gloom. "Forsake this place. The Guildmaster Jarad claims this territory for the Golgari Swarm.” A small crowd of pale, dreadlocked elves and humans stepped into the light・ Bits of bone and detritus woven into their matted hair clicked lightly・ Their chitinous armor swarmed with tiny, riotous insects that moved in and out of the sheen of moss growing on their shoulders—a bed for sprouting fungi. Whether it was the Golgari themselves who had made the chittering sound or their bugs, Rai could not be sure. A few of them bore short blades, but most of them were unarmed: spellcasters・ The speaker, an elf woman, held forth a gnarled staff. She pointed the tip, which was decorated with a large rat skull, directly at Rai Zarek. “You. Vacate now.” Rai swept his palm around him・ “This is nothing but ruined, abandoned tunnel. No one owns this.” “All that civilization discards, we own,” sneered the Golgari elf. “Well，you，re going to have to scurry away to whatever crevices you crawled out of. The dragon Niv-Mizzet claims this area now—and any other scrap of unused turf he sees fit for the Izzet League?⁵ The Golgari^ complaints were subverbal, guttural ・ Rai thought he heard something that was almost a snarl・ “This kind of trespass would have been illegal under the Guildpact,w said the elf. “Well，there's no Guildpact now, is there? Run along. The dragon doesn't like to wait for his discoveries.” The elf shaman sneered again, but her face lowered, and she backed away. And with her, the rest of the Golgari retreated into the shadows ・ There was a final rattling sound as the shaman shook her rat-skull staff, then all was still. Skreeg heaved a sigh into the silence・ “Glad that's over.” Just as he said this, dark shapes jerked to life all around the Izzet expedition: skeletal remains shuddered to a standing position; heaps of refuse became fungal rot-horrors; magic the gathering proxies mtg proxy proxy mtg cards. email [email protected] if you want to get more details.