“It’s good to learn from your failures, but I prefer to learn from the failures of others.”
Forewarning, this along with The Infinite Consortium are the longest entries of this post and are very important ones, since this one tells of Jaces beginning and his spark and the other talks about its influences on Jace and sets precedents for future events.
For the sake of condensing an already lengthy post I will leave out major events such as the Battle for Zendikar and the Oath of the Gatewatch.
I want to focus on how Jace became a planeswalker, what his abilities are and the events that lead to him being a pivotal role in the Magic Lore.
Here is a list of what I plan to write about on the future. This way when I get around to certain events everything will ne nicely connected together.
- The remaining planeswalkers
- The major events
- The most noteworthy planes
- The clans
- All the dragons of Tarkir
Not necessarily in the order. I know that there a lot more things I could write about but this is all I have planned out for now.
Now onto Jace himself. Quite possibly the most, if not one of the most, notable planeswalkers ever.
Although all planeswalkers are badass in their own way (my personal favorite being Chandra), Jace plays one of the biggest roles in the Magic lore. Usually playing a pivotal role in most of the events.
“Brilliant, curious, and always in control, Jace is a master of mental magic: spells of illusion, deception, and mind reading. His powers allow him to manipulate enemy mages by countering their magic or using their spells against them. An adept analyst, he has an optimized plan (and a backup plan) for every situation” -Wizards of the Coast
Jace was born at Silmot’s Crossing on the plane of Vryn. His gift of telepathy and illusion was discovered very early in his life when he was a child.
Jace’s parent were desperate to help him control and uncover his abilities and decided to seek out the assistance of the local mage who went by the name of Alhammarret. Alhammarret allowed Jace to apprentice underneath him.
Under his tutelage, Jace learned new spells and skills, but most importantly, he finally began to feel welcome after being thought of as an outcast for the majority of his childhood.
Jace and his spark
After some time training with Alhammarret, Jace felt compelled and strong enough to try using his powers on his master, but what he got was something he did not expect. He discovered that his planeswalker spark ignited over a year ago.
Oh, something to note, a lot of antagonists in the Magic lore are douches. Some even go and change the entire timeline. But I’ll get to Nicol Bolas at a later date.
Alhammarret had lied to Jace about his spark, explaining to him that his visions and feelings were misguided and that he should trouble himself with it.
Jace thought over the news for days, holding in his anger and frustration until during one of his practice sessions, Jace snapped.
Jace slipped into the mind of his master and unleashed all of his rage, anger, and pain at once, completely destroying Alhammarret’s mind.
After this event Jace ran away since he was now a wanted criminal for the crime he had just committed.
As a result of the battle Jace’s memory was shattered, due to the excruciating pain he received fighting a telepathic battle with Alhammarret.
There is one other story out there that heavily contradicts the one I wrote about but the one above seems as if it’s the official one.
Jace and The Infinite Consortium
After some time Jace, with his memories shattered and wiped clean, Jace found his way to the plane of Ravnica. Here he lived in peace, using his telepathy to blackmail the rich. While conducting, uhm, “business”, Jace was attacked by members of the Infinite Consortium. After some digging and searching, Jace learned that this was some weird invitation to join the Consortium. After taking some time to think about joining, Jace accepted the invitation and began training with Tezzeret to hone his powers and work for the Consortium.
Jace was partnered with a talented blademaster named Kallist, who weirdly enough, resembled Jace’s appearance in almost every way.
Jace began to feel guilty about carrying out the various missions for the Consortium as they took a heavy toll on conscience.
A mission that ended in the massacre of a Nezumi village seemed like the last straw and resulted in Jace pondering on his involvement with the Consortium.
Shortly after the massacre, Nicol Bolas, the original master of the Infinite Consortium and Tezzeret’s main rival, contacted Tezzeret over a mining dispute on an unknown plane.
Tezzeret scheduled a meeting with the dragon on an arctic plane and brought Jace along to ensure that Bolas would not attempt any telepatchic trickery during their conversation.
However, Jace became distracted when the dragon held conversations with Tezzeret and himself at the same time.
With Jace’s skills still being lacking and rather untested, Nicol Bolas took advantage of this and struck.
After fleeing for their lives from Bolas’s forces, Jace succumbed to frostbite and lost a toe.
Tezzeret brutally beat Jace for failing him despite the huge difference of power between the dragon and himself.
Events following the Consortium
With time, Jace unsurprisingly grew uneasy with Tezzeret’s methods and total lust for power.
This caused obvious tension between Jace and Tezzeret and as a result Jace decided to leave and run away.
Urging Kallist with to go with him, the two ran to the farthest reaches of Ravnica in hopes of Tezzerets wrath and anger.
While in hiding, Jace and Kallist ran into the charming, but deadly necromancer Liliana Vess, who flirted endlessly with both of them, but eventually engaging in an affair with Jace.
Sadly, and this is where the deadly part comes into play, Liliana revealed where Jace and Kallist were hiding to Tezzeret.
In an attempt to save both their lives, Jace tried to absorb Kallist’s mind and switched bodies with the assassin srent by the Consortium when it failed.
A few months later, Jace in Kallist’s body died and his mind returned to its original body with extreme trauma to Jace’s psyche. Liliana aided Jace in his recovery and persuaded Jace to go out and seek Tezzeret to avenge the death of Kallist. This resulted in a prolonged battle between Tezzeret and Jace, with Tezzeret trying to kill Jace for his insubordination and constant failure and Jace wanting to be rid of the Consortium and avenge the death of his friend.
Surprisingly, Jace turned to Nicol Bolas for help in locating Tezzeret and the Consortium. And surprsingly Nicola Bolas obliged him.
With the help if Liliana, the pair planned an attack on the location of the Consortium.
Ultimately, the attack failed, Jace was captured, and it was revealed that Liliana was in cahoots with Tezzeret.
During his time in captivity, Tezzeret created an artifact to control Jace’s mind without damaging his abilities in the process.
After seeing Jace tortured for months, Liliana approached the damaged Jace and attempted to explain to him the reasons why she did the things she did.
Jace forgave Liliana and together they again attempted to beat Tezzeret.
Ultimately, Jace and the Tezzeret battled, resulting in Jace wiping Tezzeret’s mind, leaving the Consortium without a leader.
The deeds Jace performed on Ravnica earned him the title of Living Guildpact. Where he serves as the magically empowered arbiter between the city’s many guilds.