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Glamour Spinning · 10:51pm May 22nd, 2017

I've had a series of Rarity moments lately. Inspiration struck me right between the eyes, and I got the ideas out as quickly as I could before they took their leave. Manufactured accents may or may not have been involved.

The end results are twofold: Expect an amusing story in short order and a special edition card blog right now.

I always enjoy it when Magic takes a turn for the etymological. Populate and proliferate, transmute and transfigure, the various prefixed abilities like multikicker, I like it when the language of Magic feels especially linguistic. I was talking with a friend this weekend when I noticed the similarity between the words "monstrosity" and "grandiosity," and considered what it would mean to make a permanent grandiose. While I was thinking about that, I realized that when it came to pony cards, there was a term even more appropriate, matching the suffixes in both cases:


Let me present an example, then put the full concept out on display:

Unfinished Masterpiece 2
Fabulosity 3 (3: If this artifact isn't fabulous, put a gem counter on it and it becomes fabulous.)
As long as Unfinished Masterpiece is fabulous, it's a 4/4 Golem artifact creature.
Even the finest sculptor needs the occassional break.

Of course, it doesn't need to go on artifacts. It can go on just about any permanent type, though planeswalkers lack the space and have their own counters to worry about. Plus, I like the idea of focusing on cards that at least begin as noncreatures to emphasize the difference between fabulosity and monstrosity. Here are some other such cards with, if you'll pardon the pun, higher rarity.

Stylish Confidence 2WW
Creatures you control get +1/+1
Fabulosity 4WW
As long as Stylish Confidence is fabulous, creatures you control have double strike.

Market Research 2U
Fabulosity 3UU
At the beginning of your draw step, draw an additional card. Then, if Market Research isn't fabulous, discard a card.
Know the trends now to create them later.

Retro Chic 3B
When Retro Chic enters the battlefield, return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield. Exile it when Retro Chic leaves the battlefield.
Fabulosity 6B
At the beginning of your upkeep, if Retro Chic is fabulous, you may return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield. If you do, exile that creature when Retro Chic leaves the battlefield.

Boundless Creativity RR
Fabulosity 4RR
At the beginning of your upkeep, exile the top card of your library. You may play that card this turn and, if Boundless Creativity is fabulous, you may cast it without paying its mana cost this turn.

Splendid Adornments 2G
Each permanent you control with a counter on it has hexproof.
Fabulosity 4GG
As long as Splendid Adornments is fabulous, each permanent you control with a counter on it has indestructible.

Femme Fatale 1(bg)
Enchantment — Aura
Enchant creature you control
Enchanted creature has deathtouch.
Fabulosity 3(bg)(bg)
When Femme Fatale becomes fabulous, enchanted creature fights target creature.

Carousel Boutique
T: Add C to your mana pool.
Fabulosity 5
T: Add two mana in any combination of colors to your mana pool. Activate this ability only if Carousel Boutique is fabulous.

Comments ( 14 )

Inspiration Manifestation 4BB
Fabulous permanents don't untap during their controller's untap phase.
B: Target permanent becomes fabulous

A monstrosity snuck into your Retro Chic. :) I love this! I really liked the Monstrosity mechanic, actually, because I have a thing for super-forms of anything, and Fabulosity makes perfect sense both mechanistically and flavoristically.

Also maybe an opportunity to make a legendary Rarity from "Life is a Runway" who can actually do the Fashion Beam thing, maybe something like Marauding Owlbear :)

And now, I'm trying to work out mechanics for every word ending in '-ity'. Ferocity, Audacity, Atrocity...

You left a Monstrosity in Retro Chic.

Apart from that, this is glorious. :raritystarry:

Reading the first reminder text out loud cracked me up.

Why can you only make a permanent fabulous? A moment can be fabulous too. :)

You've done it yet again, FOME! Absolutely 'fabulous' :raritywink:

Fabulous Discovery XXWU


X target permanents with fabulosity become fabulous.

(Art: Filly Rarity discovering her first cache of gems)

All this talk of Glamour and not a single mention of the Fae?

You're creating Fashion: the Adorning, aren't you?


Brevity 3 (Counters pls kthxbye)

4543313 4543713
Okay, let me try this. Results not guaranteed to not suck.

Ferocity 2 (Whenever this creature is blocked, it gains +2/+0 until end of turn.)
Audacity (This creature can block any number of creatures, and gains +1/+1 until end of combat for each additional creature it blocks.)
Atrocity BB (As an additional cost to cast this spell, you may pay BB. If you do, it cannot be countered,)
Brevity 3 (3: Destroy this permanent. Any player may activate this ability, but only if the stack is empty.)
Curiosity (T: Add one mana to your mana pool of any color that target creature is. This creature may not attack this turn. Activate only before combat.)

You accidentally used 'monstrous' on boundless creativity.

Out of Style (1U)
[Art contains some sort of Applejack]
Remove a gem counter from target fabulous permanent. It becomes non-fabulous.

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