There is a similar tale in Arab folklore, but the island-fish is called the Zarathan.
To marry Zaynab, Ali from Cairo must steal the magic robe of a sorcerer named ‘Adhra. He get caught and Adhra turns him into stone, a donkey, a bear, and a dog, selling him each time at the market, only for him to be brought back
Ernham is a anagram of Richard Garfield brother-in-law Herman
Notice the mouth on the bark and the skulls under the water.
This is a good card for Edh
The card camel lated inspired some card for Amonkhet.
The mechanic on the card represent his discovery of many fantastic lands.
On the art, he is graping on a giant bird paw. Notice the feathers behind.
He also appear on the card Old Men of the Sea
Hired by a sorcerer, he steal an oil lamp in a cave and flee with his mother. While rubing the lamp to clean it, a powerful djinn came out and made him rich.
It is very strong in aggro strategy. +3/+3 for one mana in blue is no joke.
Back in the day, blue aggro deck was actually a thing, with Flying Man and all the djinn. @maro254 talk often about his blue aggro deck from 1994.
Also read the flavor text.
Careful with that bottle
King Suleiman in #ArabianNight is the same king as the King Solomon mentionned in the Bible, the Qoran and the Torah.
I really like the flavor text on that card.
I guest Richard Garfield wanted to convey this here.
See the flavor text as an exemple.
The reasons Garfield chose the #ArabianNights to make a set?
1- Middle-east tropes were not common in 1990' western fantasy.
2- Everything was public domain, no copyright worry
Many Moors appear in #ArabianNights tales.
Richard Garfield said he heard the concept in the movie Labyrinth and ran across an oubliette in one of the #ArabianNights tales.
This card is heavily played in Pauper format.
This card saw some play in tournaments and is punishing for aggro deck, but it was greatly hampered by the fact that so many of the early decks were lacking creatures
Deserts cards re-appeared in the Amonkhet bloc