The Golgari Swarm
Welcome to the third Guilds of Ravnica guild spotlight, the Golgari Swarm! For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Magic: The Gathering plane known as Ravnica, allow me to give you a brief intro that will help you better understand the succession of reviews that will be posted over the next few months. Ravnica is a city that sprawls to the corners of the plane it exists on, an ecumenopolis, if you will. Very few have been close enough to the border to even have a chance at just spotting the city limits. At the time of this post, there are 10 active guilds who have each carved out a section of the city-proper. The guilds are bound by magic to obey laws, but a law abiding city wouldn’t make for a great story, now would it? There are of course loopholes, the major one being that the upholder of the magical laws is a planeswalker named Jace Beleren, who isn’t always on the plane of Ravnica. His absence leads to skirmishes, plots and subterfuge between the guilds, who are all jockeying for control of the city. The Golgari Swarm is but one of the 10 guilds, but there will be spotlights for the other 9 guilds coming your way soon, if they’re not already posted. Please enjoy some pics of the new miniatures from Wizkids that go with this set as well!
Garbage, trash and detritus are a burden on every city, and Ravnica is no exception. During the creation of the Guildpact, the duty of waste management was assigned to the necro-druidic guild known as the Golgari Swarm. They are seen by the others as a lesser guild, alongside the Gruul Clans, and as such have taken up refuge in the underbelly and darkest corners of Ravnica. At first glance, they may appear to be no more than a mindless mass of rot-farmers, oversized mushrooms, plant-zombies, massive insectoids and various gelatinous, quasi-sentient oozes. However, at closer inspection, one might notice that there is actually some organization to this wretched and festering pileof lifeforms. Jarad vod Savo, the Devkarin Lich, holds the title of guildmaster now, after many betrayals caused it to change hands before him. His own sister, Savra vod Savo, turned out to be a House Dimir double-agent. The double-crosses run deep, six feet deep, as even the dead aren’t spared as pawns in these grime-covered power struggles.
The most significant events took place around the Decamillennial Festival of the Guildpact, and they forever shaped the political landscape of Ravnica. Savra herself was brutally slain, by Szadek, the Dimir Parun, losing guild leadership as quickly and crookedly as she had gained it. Under the current leadership, not much has changed in the day to day aspects of the guild. The three main bodies of power, the Devkarin (drow, dark elves), the medusas and the kraul still vie for majority control daily. Their goal? To be the group that can fully leverage the writhing, pustulent and spore-laden population to their dark purposes.
The Golgari Swarm utilizes green and black magic to perform their duties, and defend their catacombs and underground territories. Where one guild might move to cure a disease, the Golgari may improve it, weaponize it and wield it against their foes. Insects and plants, as well as the corpses they are inundated with, are all used in some form or another to achieve their guild’s driving purpose. With the absence of the Living Guildpact and air of turmoil aboveground, they know that now is their time to rise to power and claim their rightful status.
In this guild highlight you’ll see some close-ups of a few of the Golgari Swarm miniatures from Wizkids, in their Icons of the Realms: Guildmasters’ Guide to Ravnica set. This is series 10, but we’ve also included a few pieces from the premium set of series 9, including sarcophagus A, sarcophagus B, and the weeping woman statue. These graveyard pieces are incredible, and they are truly befitting of the premium mantle. In addition to the Golgari-themed minis from series 10, you will also see some of the semi-transparent effect pieces from the Spell Effects: Arcane Fury and Divine Might bundle. There’s no end to the amount of customization that you can achieve in your game with the Wizkids Icons of the Realms line. Check out some of the links for pricing and purchasing options!
This entry is part three of a multi-part review series exploring the new Icons of the Realms: Guildmasters’ Guide to Ravnica (Series 10) miniatures and tabletop accessories by Wizkids. Check back frequently as we will revisit Ravnica for more guild spotlights!