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“Also, why do people like cute things? Is there no audience for dark, edgy, grim, and gritty stories and media?”

This is somehow a sillier question than your previous one. Literally no one is saying there is not an audience for dark stories - the fact we just finished up an arc about a bunch of evil corrupting oil that firmly falls into the body-horror genera shows that Magic is very much still here for gritty stories.

People are not saying Magic should not have dark stories - they are just saying they want to see cute stories also.

May 19, 2024 5:18 p.m.

“regular animals do not possess the capacity for logic and reasoning, so why would WotC wish to make such a set?”

Why did Aesop’s stories of animals displaying a human level of logic and reasoning last for 2,500 years?

Why do so many of our classic fairy tales involve talking animals?

How was Narnia so successful, despite the inclusion of such things as talking beavers, horses, foxes, and more?

How were they able to churn out 22 successful Redwall books?

I honestly do not understand your confusion - it seems unfathomable to me that someone could grow up without experiencing talking, personable, but regular in appearance animals.

That is what Wizards is doing. They are making a plane that does something new for them… but which is inheriting several thousand years of literary legacy.

May 19, 2024 5:12 p.m.

We have never seen anything like Bloomburrow before. These are not anthropomorphic animals with human-animal hybrid traits like Leonin - they are just regular animals. The plane is the inheritor of a legacy stretching back to Æsop and continuing through the popular Redwall series. It decidedly does offer something Magic has never seen before - and something that has been pretty popular for the past 2,500 years of human history.

May 19, 2024 12:42 a.m.

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