Lore Ipsum: Curse of Tantalus

Hello! Today’s card follows the myth of Tantalus and his weird ways.

As always, this myth was recently recounted in vlog form by Dael Kingsmill, which i highly recommend you watch before you proceed to the card. I won’t be covering the whole myth in detail, only the aspects my cards drew from, and she tells it far better than i ever could.

Tantalus was a spoiled rich man, son of Zeus and the nymph Plouto. He enjoyed getting up to all sorts of entitled things, like stealing ambrosia from the gods when they refused to give him some, being an accessory to the dognapping of Zeus’ golden hound, and, most famously, serving a dinner to the gods in which the main course was his son. This was the last straw for them and Tantalus was banished to Tartarus, where he was cursed to sink in a pool of water that would always be out of his reach if he was thirsty, and below low-hanging fruit that would always be out of his reach if he was hungry, tantalizing him for eternity.

Curse of Tantalus

Planeswalkers have it a little easier than Tantalus, as they can see the curse for what it is and know to pay the extra mana that will get them to what they need. After they’re hit by it the first time, anyway. Things start getting tricky when multiple curses stack up.

Until next time!