Abyssal Hunter

Creature — Human Assassin 1/1, (4)

, : Tap target creature. Abyssal Hunter deals damage equal to Abyssal Hunter's power to that creature.

Some smiles show cheer; some merely show teeth.

Illus. Steve Luke

Ashen Powder

Sorcery , (4)

Put target creature card from an opponent's graveyard onto the battlefield under your control.

"What you call decay, I call ripening. You'll gain no sustenance from this harvest."—Kaervek

Illus. Geofrey Darrow

Barbed-Back Wurm

Creature — Wurm 4/3, (5)

: Target green creature blocking Barbed-Back Wurm gets -1/-1 until end of turn.

"The Mwonvuli Jungle has given the darkness teeth for tearing the gift of life from the weak."—Jolrael

Illus. Gary Leach


Binding Agony

Enchantment — Aura , (2)

Enchant creature

Whenever enchanted creature is dealt damage, Binding Agony deals that much damage to that creature's controller.

A crash of rhinos in my head—Femeref expression meaning"a severe head pain"

Illus. Robert Bliss


Blighted Shaman

Creature — Human Cleric Shaman 1/1, (2)

, Sacrifice a Swamp: Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

, Sacrifice a creature: Target creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn.

Illus. Ian Miller

Bone Harvest

Instant , (3)

Put any number of target creature cards from your graveyard on top of your library.

Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.

"Only fools believe they will face my armies but once."—Kaervek

Illus. Greg Simanson


Creature — Nightstalker 2/2, (3)

: Breathstealer gets +1/-1 until end of turn.

"As a child, I slept with a cloth over my face, to hide from the spirits that might pull the air from my lungs."—Mosi, Femeref weaver

Illus. Cliff Nielsen


Cadaverous Knight

Creature — Zombie Knight 2/2, (3)

Flanking (Whenever a creature without flanking blocks this creature, the blocking creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn.)

: Regenerate Cadaverous Knight.

Grieve for the soul in death dishonored.—Shadow Guild saying

Illus. Dermot Power


Instant , (3)

As an additional cost to cast Carrion, sacrifice a creature.

Put X 0/1 black Insect creature tokens onto the battlefield, where X is the sacrificed creature's power.

King or herder, the maggots care not.

Illus. Geofrey Darrow


Catacomb Dragon

Creature — Dragon 4/4, (6)


Whenever Catacomb Dragon becomes blocked by a nonartifact, non-Dragon creature, that creature gets -X/-0 until end of turn, where X is half the creature's power, rounded down.

Illus. David O'Connor


Choking Sands

Sorcery , (3)

Destroy target non-Swamp land. If that land was nonbasic, Choking Sands deals 2 damage to the land's controller.

"The people wiped the sand from their eyes and cursed—and left the barren land to the hyenas and vipers."—Afari, Tales

Illus. Roger Raupp


Crypt Cobra

Creature — Snake 3/3, (4)

Whenever Crypt Cobra attacks and isn't blocked, defending player gets a poison counter. (A player with ten or more poison counters loses the game.)

Illus. Ron Spencer


Dark Banishing

Instant , (3)

Destroy target nonblack creature. It can't be regenerated.

"Femeref was guided by the wisdom of the Council of Voices. But in one terrible instant, they were slain, leaving Asmira as the sole voice of leadership."—Hakim, Loreweaver

Illus. Dermot Power

Dirtwater Wraith

Creature — Wraith 1/3, (4)

Swampwalk (This creature can't be blocked as long as defending player controls a Swamp.)

: Dirtwater Wraith gets +1/+0 until end of turn.

"The foul entities of the Uuserk swamp had never before dared to spread their influence to the very heart of Zhalfir."—Hakim, Loreweaver

Illus. Steve Luke


Drain Life

Sorcery , (2)

Spend only black mana on X.

Drain Life deals X damage to target creature or player. You gain life equal to the damage dealt, but not more life than the player's life total before Drain Life dealt damage or the creature's toughness.

Illus. Richard Kane Ferguson

Dread Specter

Creature — Specter 2/2, (4)

Whenever Dread Specter blocks or becomes blocked by a nonblack creature, destroy that creature at end of combat.

Whatever follows life is incurable.—Zhalfirin aphorism

Illus. Kathryn Rathke


Ebony Charm

Instant , (1)

Choose one —

• Target opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

• Exile up to three target cards from a single graveyard.

• Target creature gains fear until end of turn. (It can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures.)

Illus. Gerry Grace



Enchantment — Aura , (2)

Enchant creature (Target a creature as you cast this. This card enters the battlefield attached to that creature.)

Enchanted creature gets -2/-2.

"If it is weak, either kill it or ignore it. Anything else honors it."—Kaervek

Illus. John Bolton

Feral Shadow

Creature — Nightstalker 2/1, (3)


"The night stalkers are such a minor power in Urborg. Their sad eagerness to elevate themselves makes them willing tools in the plundering of little Femeref."—Kaervek

Illus. Cliff Nielsen