Welcome to the forest of Skund. Your one-stop destination for a fun filled, family vacation! The forest of Skund offers some of the best amenities and attractions that Discworld has to offer. If you are a nature lover, this is the place for you! Spend time zip-lining through the canopy, relive your favorite Dune moment by catching a ride on the back of one our sandwurms, visit the exotic animals in our nature preserve, or simply converse with our world famous talking trees!

If you would like to here more about our one-of-a-kind experience keep on reading! However, if time is short, skip to the bottom for the important details we have for you (condensed deck description).

Introducing our world class staff. These stewards work extraordinarily hard to ensure that your visit is as pleasant as possible.

Our magnificent leader is Jolrael, Empress of Beasts . She really is the heart and soul of this place. Jolrael has a way with the sentient trees here like no one else. With a simple command, she can mobilize the entire forest! A word of caution though, she is a bit of a nature nut so don't make her angry with any unwarranted threats to the creatures (i.e. Wrath of God ), or she may just mobilize your own lands against you.

Our head groundskeeper is Kamahl, Fist of Krosa . This gentleman prefers solidarity amongst the trees, but he is always happy to discuss his craft with visitors if you catch him out patrolling our lands.

Our head zoologist is Yeva, Nature's Herald . The animals love her so much that they will happily come to her side the instant she calls. Yeva is assisted by our world class veterinarian staff . Together they work to ensure that the animals residing within our preserve remain healthy and content.

The rest of our staff is rounded out by an exceptional group of wranglers and tour guides: Sylvan Advocate , Sakura-Tribe Elder , Fierce Empath , and Ulvenwald Tracker . These employees will work tirelessly to ensure your vacation plans stay on track.

The forest of Skund is a Boudless Realms, so why not spend an afternoon hiking through the woods or zip-lining through the canopy? We do our best to Cultivate a thriving environment for our sentient trees here, however, be weary as the thriving environment promotes Rampant Growth and is prone to bouts of Explosive Vegetation .

For the more adventurous hiker, we encourage you to tackle our hiking trail famous for hosting Nissa's Pilgrimage . If you think you have the Gaea's Touch then try conversing with the trees along the trail, but be careful, they may just talk you ears off.

Come spend the day amongst the animals in the nature preserve. Our guides are skilled at getting you (safely) up close an personal with the wild beasts that roam our woods.

Play with our domesticated wolf pack and their shepherd, Wolfbriar Elemental , or run with a heard of Rampaging Baloths , or feel all of your worries drift away by spending time with the enigmatic Archetype of Endurance .

If you are feeling more adventurous, head south to where our big attractions roam. Catch a ride on our sandwurms near the edge of the desert . See the Earth herself rise up and walk in the form of Ghalta, Primal Hunger , or win a prize by guessing the correct amount of heads on our Managorger Hydra or Ulvenwald Hydra .

If you were courageous enough to brave Nissa's Pilgrimage then you may be rewarded with meeting our trees' spiritual leader, the Dungrove Elder . He will regale you with stories about the "ancient tree gods" (a new fad amongst the trees thanks to some bloody wizard who couldn't keep his mouth shut): Avenger of Zendikar and Bane of Progress .

We'll even equip you with a handy-dandy Lifecrafter's Bestiary to provide you with information on each denizen of the forest you may encounter in our park.


An unkown creature has broken into our nature reserve and loosed many of our animals. This creature appears to have penchant for consuming everything in its path while warping reality around it. We are currently working with the locals who have sent out a Nacatl War-Pride to help our staff repel the interloper.

Don't worry though, we have our best man and his trusty companion tracking down and safely returning our wayward animals.

If you want to stay closer to the resort, why not see a show? Jolreal conducts family friendly performances daily. Our current show is The Tail of the Twingrove Brothers . You do not want to miss this performance as Jolrael enlists crowd favorites, Thunderfoot Baloth , Siege Behemoth , and Pathbreaker Ibex to heard our sentient trees as they reenact a classic tail of good's triumph over evil. This show exemplifies Jolrael's Natural Affinity over nature and beasts .

We don't want to spoil the story too much, but bring a camera. Seeing the Earth Surge forward under the might of the lumbering timber and the Splendid Reclamation of the land after many a noble tree fell is something you will want to capture and show to your friends for years to come.

Shows begin at 11am and 3pm, don't be late!

Before you book your stay with us, there are a few things to consider:

While Skund Nature Preserve is a non-profit, we greatly appreciate donations . We work very hard to ensure that our nature preserve flourishes . Any donation will go along way to ensure that we provide the utmost care for our trees and animals.

Please give any hornet nest you encounter a wide berth as the Hornet Queen s are quite territorial.

Please also avoid the Scavenging Ooze breeding grounds near Mosswort Bridge during the spring time. You never know what you might pop up there.

Lastly, please do not disturb any artifacts you may come across while within our preserve. While some may be quite beautiful , many can be perilous or even downright explosive . We are working with the proper authorities to safely Reclaim any artifacts found within our reserve.

The Skund Resort and Nature Preserve welcomes you to a vacation of a lifetime!

Some (odd?) testimonials from a recent group of guests:

“Of course I'm sane, when trees start talking to me, I don't talk back.”

Rincewind, Terry Pratchett's The Light Fantastic

"I often don't know where my Luggage is, that's what being a tourist is all about."

Twoflower, Terry Pratchett's The Light Fantastic

Condensed Deck Description

This is a deck that attempts to mobilize your lands into threats via Jolrael, Empress of Beasts . There is a ton of ramp and card draw to ensure that we can quickly accumulate forests on the battlefield and then have enough cards in hand to pitch to Jolrael's ability. Once animated there are numerous ways to pump all of our lands to apply the killing blow.

NOTE Suggestions are strongly encouraged and appreciated, but this is a budget deck that I have capped at $100 so please keep that in mind.

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Dominaria gave Jolrael three strong cards to play with:

Multani, Yavimaya's Avatar - is a big dumb beater with evasion and the ability to recur itself. He is replacing Kalonian Twingrove . I just hope Multani stays close to bulk mythic value.

Song of Freyalise - I am not sold on Sagas in a multiplayer format. They are slow and telegraph you next few plays. However, Song of Freyalise immediately impacts the board in a big way by providing two turns of Cryptolith Rite . The plan is to play this, drop a bunch of creatures onto the battlefield including my commander, and then on the following turn, animate all of my lands in response to the third chapter trigger (trampling, indestructible, 4/4's sounds fun!). By no means is Song of Freyalise better than the card it is replacing ( Triumph of the Hordes ), but I want to test the card out and Triumph is one of the more $$$ cards in this budget deck.

Sylvan Awakening - This is the card I am most excited to try out in the deck. Giving all of my lands indestructible is pretty sweet. I can also use this card defensively as my lands stay as creatures until my next turn giving me a bunch of reaching blockers. The question is: Do I replace Natural Affinity or Rude Awakening with this card, or do I replace another card (currently Dungrove Elder for budget reasons)? I am really torn on this, so any suggestion that you may have are appreciated.


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Date added 11 months
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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 4.08
Tokens 0/1 Insect, */* Treefolk Warrior, 2/2 Wolf, 5/5 Wurm, 3/3 Beast, 2/2 Morph
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