Melira Sylvok Outcast

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A Different Kind of Magic

Published November 18, 2013 by A. Featherquill

Last November 2, I posted an article about Remus Lupin. This post sets the theme for the month, which, as I have stated in my earlier article, is about being able to transcend the discrimination that you have experienced.

As promised, on the third week, I will feature something related to the theme, but not coming from the world of Harry Potter. At the end of my former post, I have included a clue: It has something to do with magic, and you can collect it like Chocolate Frog cards.

Have you guessed what it was? Congratulations, if you have thought that I meant Magic The Gathering.

However, the focus of this article will only be the following card:

The Sylvoks are known to have brown or green copper studs or laces on their skin, and often don metallic armor. Nevertheless, Melira, though born from this race, does not have those qualities. So, lacking of metal in her body, she has been left to perish at the forest of Tangle. Luckily, the troll Thrun took care of her. Yet, due to her condition, Melira has been branded an outcast.

Things changed when the Phyrexian contagion began. The metal bodies of the Sylvoks were very susceptible to corruption brought by the glistening oil while the very condition that made Melira an outcast has made her immune to the spreading disease. Thus, Melira became the hero capable of defending and helping the people of Mirrodin.

Like Remus, Melira has been viewed as a pariah. Yet she also has chosen to protect the very people who mistreated her.  She led the Resistance of the people of Mirrodin just like Remus who fought with the Order of the Phoenix. The former became labeled “Mirrodin’s last hope” and the latter became awarded the Order of Merlin, First Class.

Fortunately, these former outcasts had the chance to show the world their value. Others do not have that opportunity. Sometimes it is also because we do not let them demonstrate their worth and we do not bother to even notice them. However, let us allow Melira and Remus to remind us that even those who are discriminated can be valuable and deserving of acceptance. Let us hope that there will be no need of an event as great as the wizarding war or the Phyrexian contagion to remind us to love even those we find unlovable.

On the other hand, for those who have been mistreated and discriminated, there is hope.

So, with the shining examples of Remus and Melira, I end this post.

Stay magical,
A. Featherquill
Image taken from Gatherer.Wizards.Com
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