Last time, I profiled the tough and unflinching clan of Tarkir, white-black-green’s practitioners of Endurance symbolized by the Dragon’s Scale, the Abzan Houses. Now, the last of the clans is due for the spotlight. Here’s how the clans work:
The one major mechanical-slash-flavorful thing we know about Khans of Tarkir is that during the time period that the first set of the block takes place in (for this is a block that doesn’t take place in a linear time fashion, as it were), the wartorn plane of Tarkir is divided up between five warring clans, each representing a “wedge” tricolor combination. Usually, this means a color and its two enemies, but for Tarkir this represents a color, one allied color, and one enemy color, for reasons that have yet to be explained (though this is the same as the usual idea in most practice).
The clans have a love-hate relationship with Dragons – having killed the species all off, they continue to revere one aspect of the great monsters, and embody that with a symbol drawn from a Dragon body part.
The one clan that perhaps has a harsher lifestyle than even Abzan is the green-centered clan, that also dips into blue and red, the masters of Savagery, the Temur Frontier.
These nature-revering people are considered halfway to animals by the other clans, for their lifestyle of bare survival in the arctic ice flats. They are hunters and elementalists, guided by the visions of their Whisperers, and led by a man named Surrak Dragonclaw (who takes his surname from the symbol of the Temur, the Claw of the Dragon). Surrak is, well, a scrapper of sorts, which means in this case that he beats up wild predators with his bare hands.
The basis for the Temur seems to be the far northeast of Asia in general, and, in particular, the Himalayas and Siberia. Of course, the colors of this clan, plus their general aesthetic – grizzled, primal, associated with ice – should bring a particular planeswalker to mind: Ramaz, antagonist of Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014. Could everyone’s favorite Yosemite Sam impersonator finally get his card in Tarkir block?