Thematically, how much land is a single land card supposed to represent? (It's for a story where the Magic: The Gathering card game is going to become kind of-sort of real through ignorance and stupid amounts of raw, untapped magical talent. ...yes, it is Harry Potter.)

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    I'm pretty sure the answer is somewhere between "it depends" and "it's more of an abstract concept", but either way it's unlikely that the question is answerable within the scope of the site.
    – ConMan
    Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 5:05
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    This might be more at home on Science Fiction & Fantasy's magic the gathering tag, because it's a lore question, and we don't often deal with that topic, while fictional universe lore is their bread & butter. Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 7:36
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    I think this question works fine here.
    – Pat Ludwig
    Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 12:00
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    Lore is as much a part of games as rules and mechanics. I don't see the scope of this site as limited to what's printed in rulebooks.
    – Cascabel
    Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 15:53
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    @BenjaminCosman The validity of the question doesn't hinge on what an eager new user OP chooses to accept. And while that answer could be more detailed and thorough, basing things on art is not inherently opinion-based: Wizards gives explicit instructions for artists so that the art conveys what they wish.
    – Cascabel
    Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 16:52

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Thematically a land card (or permanent) doesn't represent any physical land, but rather represents the planeswalker's bond with the lands that they visit as they move across the multiverse, they then draw mana through that bond in order to cast spells (although most of the modern Magic stories ignore this).

Every type of land in the multiverse has a specific kind of mana tied to it, and as such forming a bond with that land will yield that specific type of mana when you tap into it (hence the term tapping a land).

Source: the Learn to Play Magic videos.

  • is it not the case that the mana comes from leylines within that land? such that each "land" is specifically sufficient land to contain a leyline, and that leyline generates mana based on it's surroundings? I could be conflating things here though
    – Patters
    Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 8:28
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    This sounds like correct lore, but does it address the question at all? Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 16:37
  • @Patters I'd have to go find some sources, but from memory it seemed more like the as the ley-lines flow accross particular types of land the mana in them gets 'flavoured' with the type that is associated with that land.
    – KMR
    Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 23:20
  • @BenjaminCosman Answer adjusted to more directly address the question,
    – KMR
    Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 23:21

Many of the more special lands depict a city, or only a single structure. For example Seat of the Synod, or Strip mine. Others show a very specific patch of nature, that's probably a bit larger than city-size.

Perhaps you could assume, based on this, that the other more common lands are about county-sized?

  • That is an excellent suggestion and makes a great deal of sense, thank you.
    – user17839
    Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 10:44
  • Again, thank you. I think I'm just a guest, as it wouldn't let me click the up arrow, but I'm not really on forums and such all that much, so I suppose it's fine. Have a nice day!
    – user17839
    Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 11:47
  • I don't really get how you go from city-sized to country-sized "just because". Also, are we talking about a Canada-sized country, or the Netherlands? Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 12:42
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    @Matt Not country, but county without the R. Municipality if you will. An area akin a baronie or duchy perhaps.
    – steenbergh
    Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 12:49
  • @user17839 just a side note, stack exchange isn't a forums. Just saying :) Commented Jul 23, 2016 at 8:22

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