MTG’s Phyrexian Language Has Finally Been Detailed

MTG’s Phyrexian Language Has Finally Been Detailed

MTG’s Phyrexian Language Has Finally Been Detailed

Unfortunately, you will need mandibles to pronounce each syllable.

A massive breakthrough has been announced in the decryption of the Phyrexian language of Magic: The Gathering. That’s according to an in-universe communication posted on Magic’s website that explains how you too can talk like a Phyrexian. Provided you also have a whistle, several knives, a bell and a large metal hammer.

“By examining the items confiscated from Phyrexian sleeper agents and cross-referencing them with the Phyrexian wreckage of the excavated portal ships, the late Associate Professor of Archeology and Linguistics Valko Indorian was able to decipher the Phyrexian alphabet,” the Dean wrote. from the Tolarian Academy, which is apparently an amalgamation of three Magic developers and Matt Danner, the brand’s global marketing manager, who occasionally helps out with fun R&D stuff like the Phyrexian language.


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It’s… complex, to say the least. Every English vowel is represented, along with a few consonants, but “some parts of the language are difficult or impossible to pronounce with humanoid mouths”. For example, “metal consonants”, which are variations of “p”, “t”, “k”, and “q”, sound “like a dagger being rubbed against a sharpener”. There are also “click consonants” for “t”, “k”, and “g”, which are followed by “a sharp metallic click”. There are also bells, whistles, snaps (like snaps) and other metallic rubbing sounds that simply cannot be imitated using vocal cords.

Phyrexia Layers Art by Illustranesia
Art by Illustranesia

Getting into the language itself is equally strange. Phyrexians do not use pronouns, although they understand the concepts of “father” and “mother”, implying the existence of a gender within Phyrexian society. When describing groups, Phyrexians will use a generic name to describe this collection of individuals, such as “čkaqq” for “a mixed organic and inorganic sentient being, or an entirely inorganic sentient being”. There is also əmn for “a fully organic being”.

The words themselves are written vertically, with very linear and irregular markings – almost as if they were written with a sharp object like a claw or a knife. These are probably the handiest writing implements most Phyrexians have.

Phyrexia: All Will Be One arrives February 10.

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