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    Phyrexia, Rath, and Mirrodin 

Old Phyrexia



Yawgmoth's original praetor and right hand man. Originally called to Dominaria by Urza and Mishra through a portal in the caves of Koilos. His priests corrupted Mishra and used him as a pawn to try and take the plane over. Urza was able to drive him back... well, most of him; the portal closed before he was all the way through, severing his claw. He was tortured for a thousand years for his failure to take Dominaria, and was eventually shunted into an unstable temporal portal of his own creation. Whether he still exists is unknown.

  • And I Must Scream: If he survived his final battle with Urza, this is likely his final reward.
  • Body Horror
  • The Dragon: Yawgmoth's first.
  • Holier Than Thou: "We decide who is worthy of our works."
  • Karmic Transformation: He is introduced as a remorseless killer, and is eventually transformed to appear as the monster that he is. Unfortunately, for Phyrexians in general this is almost always considered Cool and Unusual Punishment or Cursed with Awesome, at the absolute worst.
  • Knight Templar
  • Mind Rape
    There were uglier beasts in the Multiverse, meaner ones, and possibly more dangerous ones. None of them has a demon's malignant aura. Born-folk had a word, rape. It occurred on every world, in every language. In Phyrexian, as Xantcha understood it, the word for rape was Gix.

Tsabo Tavoc

The Phyrexian general in Invasion. A half-human half-spider hybrid with mechanical augmentations and a great lust for battle and death.


Not all Phyrexians were turned into machines; some were made humanoid spies. One of said spies, Xantcha, rebelled against her masters, and became a hero, allying herself to Urza.

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Inverted; she defected from the villains.
  • Artificial Human: Grown from a vat, she looks human for the most part, enough to fool Urza into thinking she was a young woman kidnapped by the Phyrexians when he found them torturing her, prompting her rescue and the beginning of their partnership.
  • Defector from Decadence: The spark of individuality given to her by Gix caused her to rebel against the Phyrexian creators who saw her as an obsolete abomination.
  • Floating in a Bubble: Urza implanted a cyst in her stomach that allows her to yawn a giant bubble out of her mouth, which she can use to fly around in. It's rather disgusting, actually.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She sacrifices herself to defeat Gix and save Urza.
  • Morality Pet: To Urza. As his only companion for centuries, she becomes his anchor to sanity. Considering how off his rocker he is most of the time, that's saying something.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much
  • No Biological Sex: Though she self-identifies as female - and can usually pass as one - following her Mind Rape by Gix, she is biologically neuter.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else: She's a sleeper agent.
  • You Are Number 6: "Xantcha" is a Phyrexian number.



The original evincar of Rath. Was eventually replaced.

  • Achilles' Heel: Davvol's Phyrexian boss gives him a skullcap which is impenetrable except for a small circular indentation at the back. Davvol correctly suspects that this weak point was deliberately engineered to allow him to be killed once he's outlived his usefulness.
  • The Chew Toy: "‘Davvol, blast those elves.' ‘Davvol, transport those troops.' No one cares that today is my birthday."
  • Doomed by Canon: He appeared as evincar of Rath in Urza's Legacy, a prequel to the Weatherlight Saga, in which we already saw Rath ruled by a different evincar.


Born Vuel, son of Sidar Kondo in Jamuraa. He failed his ritual rite of passage due to machinations of agents of Rath, and was saved from death by his adopted brother, Gerrard, which he took as a Fate Worse Than Death, as he was disowned by his clan for his failure. Yawgmoth's agents stoked his newfound enmity of Gerrard and made him Volrath, evincar of Rath. Years later, he kidnapped Captain Sisay of the Weatherlight, hoping to lure the Legacy to the plane and destroy it and its heir (Gerrard again). When the gambit failed, he shapeshifted into his agent's daughter to attempt to destroy them from within. Failing this, he killed his agent and returned to Rath... where he was captured and executed by the new evincar of Rath, Crovax.

  • Arch-Enemy: To Gerrard.
  • Cain and Abel: With Gerrard.
  • Disc One Final Boss: Volrath was built up as the ultimate villain of the Weatherlight Saga... until Urza's Destiny, when we find out that Rath is just one part in Yawgmoth's plans.
  • The Dragon: To Yawgmoth. Had one himself in Greven il-Vec.
  • Evil Former Friend: To (guess who?) Gerrard.
  • Pride
  • Shapeshifting
  • You Have Failed Me: Yawgmoth's response to Volrath's twice failure to kill Gerrard and procure the Legacy? Give Rath to Crovax and let him execute Volrath in the most hideous way possible.

Greven il-Vec

Commander of the skyship Predator, and Volrath's Dragon. A former member of the Vec tribe, who betrayed them to serve the Evincar (thus the il- in il-Vec.)

  • Arch-Enemy: To Gerrard.
  • The Dragon: To Volrath. Forced to be one to Crovax.
  • Restraining Bolt: A mimetic spine was grafted into him, giving Volrath (and later Crovax) control over him (by sending intense pain through it if he strayed.)
  • You Have Failed Me: Did this to Vhati il-Dal, who fired on the Weatherlight while he was still on board.
    "The fall will give you time to think on your failure."

Crovax Windgrace

A cursed noble from Urborg who eventually becomes evincar of Rath and leader of the Phyrexian invasion of Dominaria.

  • Ax-Crazy: After his transformation, at least. His accomplishments include killing over a thousand civilian hostages to his own detriment by impaling them on flowstone spikes in order to eat their souls, executing Volrath by injecting him with flowstone and then disassembling him him molecule by molecule white he was still alive, and ripping Tsabo Tavoc apart before eating her.
  • Death Equals Redemption: After Crovax's death, Gerrard sees the spirits of both Crovax and Selenia finally reuniting, free of their corruption.
  • The Dragon: To Yawgmoth.
  • Face–Heel Turn
  • Fallen Hero
  • Love Makes You Crazy
  • Not So Different: From Gerrard. Or at least he thinks so.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: He became one as the final part of a curse.
  • Tragic Villain: When he was forced to kill the love of his life (an angel named Selenia), the corruption that had taken control of her did the same to him. He continues his service to Yawgmoth because he "gave" Selenia back to him, albeit in the form of an artificial copy.


A fallen angel and Crovax's love, Crovax ultimately saw her betray the crew of the Weatherlight and killed her for doing so, fulfilling the curse that he would fight evil and join it. In the Planar Chaos alternate timeline, Mirri kills Selenia and becomes the evincar instead, and Crovax becomes a hero.



When Karn (see below) created the artificial plane of Argentum, he transfigured the powerful artifact called the Mirari into a thinking construct he named Memnarch, and charged his creation with guarding the plane of his absence. However, Memnarch was corrupted by a trace of Phyrexian oil accidentally left behind by Karn and shut his creator out of the plane. Memnarch abducted countless creatures from other planes, turning the sterile Argentum into the thriving metal ecosystem of Mirrodin in his mad search to gain a planeswalker spark. He was ultimately defeated by Glissa and her companions, allowing Karn to return to Mirrodin.

Karn transformed Memnarch back into the Mirari and entrusted it to Glissa, Slobad, and Geth. With Slobad's death and Glissa and Geth's betrayal of Mirrodin, the Mirari's whereabouts are now unknown.

Raksha Golden Cub

The kha (ruler) of the leonin, the lion-like humanoids of Mirrodin's Razor Fields. Raksha helped Glissa in the battle against Memnarch. After Memnarch's defeat, he was sent back to the plane from which Memnarch originally plucked him along with the rest of the older leonin, leaving the younger generations (who were born on Mirrodin) leaderless.

In Raksha's absence, Kemba took up regency of the leonin, causing a civil war that weakened them in the war against New Phyrexia.

New Phyrexia

Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite

The White Praetor. Leads the theocratic faction known as the Machine Orthodoxy.

Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur

The Blue Praetor. Leads the Phyrexian R&D department known as the Progress Engine.

Sheoldred, the Whispering One

The Black Praetor. Maintains her position by out-backstabbing the other members of the Seven Steel Thanes.

Urabrask the Hidden

The Red Praetor and leader of the Quiet Furnace.

  • Anti-Villain
  • Dark Chick
  • Even Evil Has Standards
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Not surprising for a Red-aligned character, his profile says he has temper issues.
  • Mad Artist: It is implied that he wants to turn Mirrodin/New Phyrexia into what he considers aesthetically pleasing.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: His appearence has led to the speculation that he is a "compleated" furnace dragon (a species that once occured in Mirrodin).
  • Red Is Heroic: Not heroic per se, but he is defenitely the least malevolent of the praetors, and his metal-skin is as red as his alignment.
  • Token Good Teammate: He and his entire faction are, due to their red mana, not entirely bound to Phyrexian will and are capable of not compassion per se, but at least empathy. He's betraying the rest of the Phyrexians (that is, betraying them for a different reason than wanting the big chair for himself) by allowing Mirran refugees to hide within his territory, and banned the other factions from entering. It's mostly a case of him thinking the Mirrans are merely misguided, not abominable, and that he has bigger priorities whenever they're not actively sabotaging the Great Furnace.
  • What Is This Feeling?: Due to being aligned with the color of emotions, Red Phyrexians, including Urabrask, have some empathy which is completely alien to the Phyrexians. While their feelings disturbs them to a degree, that doesn't stop them from hesitating to fight the Mirrian Resistance because of their emotions.

Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger

The Green Praetor and boss of the Vicious Swarm.

Geth, Lord of the Vault

Once the mighty lord of the Vault of Whispers, he was overthrown after trying to pull a You Have Failed Me on the wrong minion. After spending some time as nothing more than an undead talking head, he became a collaborator with the Phyrexians in exchange for a new body. He is now trying to claw his way back up to the top of the heap, a task complicated by all the other Phyrexians who are also vying for the position.

Glissa Sunseeker/Glissa the Traitor

  • Brought Down to Normal: For a while she was a planeswalker, but she lost her spark after nearly dying in a fight against Memnarch.
  • The Dragon: To Vorinclex.
  • Face–Heel Turn
  • Fallen Hero
  • Luke Nounverber
  • Our Elves Are Better
  • Tragic Villain
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Can they do anything to make the poor elf's existence any more outright soul-crushing? Her family is violently killed by little automated thresher machines. She endures a great many difficulties in collecting the Macguffins of Power only to have them turned on her almost immediately by the Big Bad. Her Heroic Sacrifice lets Slobad save the people of the world, transporting those who were abducted from other planes back to their original planes... including every one of Glissa's friends (except Slobad) and her only surviving family member, but not her, ensuring her heroism is forgotten by everyone else. When she gets back, she's blamed for everything bad that happened in the last several years before being corrupted by Phyrexian oil and turned into a powerful enemy of the same world she'd worked so hard to save.

The Mirran Resistance

Melira, Sylvok Outcast

Kemba, Kha Regent

Thrun, the Last Troll

Jor Kadeen, the Prevailer

     Weatherlight Crew 

Gerrard Capashen




Squee, Goblin Nabob

Orim, Samite Healer

Ertai, Wizard Adept/Ertai the Corrupted

Mirri, Cat Warrior
  • Action Girl
  • Butt Monkey: She has an unrequited crush on her childhood friend Gerrard. She loses nearly all of the fights she's in. She dies fighting Crovax after he gets cursed. She's barely even mentioned after her death. And then, in the Time Spiral block, she's the one who gets cursed and becomes evincar of Rath while Crovax, the man who killed her in the original timeline, lives and becomes a hero. When even multiple timelines conspire to ensure you never have anything remotely resembling a happy ending, you know the multiverse hates your guts.
  • Cat Girl
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend

     Other Weatherlight Saga Characters 

Urza's brother, born on the last day of the year Urza was born (Urza being born on the first day). They fought over possession of a stone.

Radiant, Archangel

An Archangel from Serra's Realm, she was left in charge after her master left due to the phyrexian taint. Over time, she became more and more ruthless, even turning against loyal subjects in her attempts to protect her master's dying realm.

Multani, Maro-Sorcerer

  • Nature Hero
  • Nature Is Not Nice: He imprisons Urza in a tree for years while inflicting the same pain upon Urza that he inflicted on the forest of Argoth.
  • Nature Spirit: As a maro-sorcerer, he is the sentient manifestation of the forest of Yavimaya, as well as its guardian.

Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary

Barrin, Master Wizard

  • Unstoppable Rage: After his daughter dies to a Phyrexian disease, he goes on to destroy every Phyrexian on the island of Tolaria, as well as himself, in a massive blast of fire.

Rayne, Academy Chancellor

Maraxus of Keld

  • Starter Villain: He's the first antagonist in the very long Weatherlight Saga.

Oracle en-Vec

Eladamri, Lord of Leaves

  • Adult Fear: His daughter is killed by an assassin and stolen away in the night.
  • Badass
  • The Chosen One: He is the legendary Korvecdal foretold in prophecies as the one who would unite the people of Rath.

Cho-Manno, Revolutionary

Lin Sivvi, Defiant Hero

Darigaaz, the Igniter

     Mirari Saga 
Kamahl, Pit Fighter / Kamahl, Fist of Krosa

Jeska, Warrior Adept / Phage the Untouchable

Balthor the Stout / Balthor the Defiled

Cabal Patriarch

  • A Father to His Men: Surprisingly, he is this. He is referred to as Pater by his subordinates and referring to them as his children.
  • Touch of Death: His mere touch literally causes people to rot, which leads to him "forgiving" those who failed him with a hug.
  • Squick: The thought of him and Phage being in a relationship and having a child together.

Braids, Cabal Minion

Chainer, Dementia Master

  • Body Horror: He dies by tapping too deeply into the power of both the Mirari and his own dementia space, which unleashes everything he has stored in there, as well as turning him into a writhing mass of nightmarish beings that form the vague outline of his old body. Kamahl ends up killing him in an act of mercy.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Chainer, despite being brutal to his enemies and delving in the darkest of magic, is actually a pretty good guy, being exceedingly loyal to both the Cabal and his friend, Kamahl. He is one of the few black-aligned protagonists in Magic.
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: A twisted version of this is how dementia casters gain control of their nightmares. He has to enter his dementia space and defeat the monsters within before they will obey him upon being summoned.
  • Power Born of Madness: Dementia magic is a very literal case of this, allowing the user to summon horrible monsters based on their own fears and nightmares. It also has the side-effect of slowly turning the user insane as they delve further and further into the darkness of their own psyche - which, in turn, leads to more powerful monsters to summon.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: So very much. Apart from the insanity brought on by his practice of dementia magic, Chainer also goes way off the deep end once he gains control of the Mirari and overthrows the Patriarch, trying to gain control of Cabal City on his own. The more he uses it, the looser his grip on reality becomes.

Aboshan and Llawan, Cephalid Emperor and Empress

Ambassador Laquatus

  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: There is not a single one of his allies that Laquatus doesn't end up betraying at one point or another.
  • Flunky Boss: While he is more than accomplished as a mage, he prefers to let his minions Turg and Burke do the dirty work for him.
  • Stepford Smiler: Is extremely friendly and courteous while planning to murder the person he's talking to.

Pianna, Nomad Captain

Major Teroh

Lieutenant Kirtar

Commander Eesha

Seton, Krosan Protector

Thriss, Nantuko Primus

Ixidor, Reality Sculptor

Formerly a colliseum participant in Otaria together with his wife, Nivea. The two of them faced off with Phage in the tournament, resulting in Nivea's death and Ixidor's exile. He later discovered that he could transform his fantasies into reality, and thus used it to create Akroma and wage war against Phage.

Akroma, Angel of Wrath

An angel created by Ixidor in order to avenge his wife's death at the hands of Phage the Untouchable. One of the main characters in Onslaught block.

Karona, False God

    Dominaria during the Time Rift Crisis 
Jhoira of the Ghitu

A Ghitu artificer and Teferi's (often exasperated) friend. Her history with Teferi and Dominarian history goes all the way back to Urza's famous Tolarian Academy, and her incredibly slow aging stems from her drinking slow-time water in the wake of the time disaster.
  • The Chick: Out of the entire party, she's the one who takes part in combat the least. Even Venser gets to take out the Weaver King by himself.
  • In Another Man's Shoes: She tries to make sure that Teferi understands the mortal perspective of planeswalker meddling. While it doesn't take immediately, the extinguishing of his spark and the experiences he has afterwards leads him to a very profound understanding.
  • Older Than They Look: She is over one thousand years old, though she does age very slowly.
  • Only Sane Woman: She's the sensible, competent, and grounded one of the group, compared to Teferi's well-meaning mendacity, Venser's perpetual panic, and Radha's barely-checked aggression.
  • Not So Above It All: While she tends to be the sensible and careful one, she eventually does slip up when using Venser to help cast a defensive glass storm spell, which ends up going out of control and ravaging the Shivan desert for miles.
  • Pair the Smart Ones: While she does care about Venser, the smart one Jhoira finds herself more drawn to is Archmage Jodah, who is immortal after a dip in the Fountain of Youth.
  • The Smart Guy: While Teferi's knowledge of time is extensive, Jhoira is the one who organizes and makes sense of the information Teferi gives her to form a plan.
  • Team Mom: She's basically the cat-herder of the group.
  • Villains Act, Heroes React: She acknowledges that their basic plan of action is "get a vague sense of what's most pressing and do that next."
  • Wrench Wench: She is a supremely skilled artificer. Fitting for the lady depicted in Tinker.

Radha of Keld

Half-Skyshroud Elf and half-Keldon, Radha is one of the new breed of planeswalkers, along with Venser. However, the only things that interest her are fighting and reclaiming the glory of her Keldon heritage.
  • Amazonian Beauty and Statuesque Stunner: Teferi immediately describes Radha's combination of elven and human features, vitality, and connection to mana as beautiful, and she's stated as being just shy of seven feet tall.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: As was the rule for Keldon warlords, Radha leads her warhost by virtue of being the baddest ass on the block.
  • Badass: She really is.
    • Badass Boast: She loves to give these, and they're a part of Keldon battle strategy and magic.
  • Blood Knight: In spades, as was typical for Keldons. Jeska notes with some pleased surprise that Radha wasn't a cruel bully like she'd assumed...granted, this was because she'd pick a fight with anything, even the sun if she felt she had to. By the end of the story, she mellows out to Boisterous Bruiser.
  • Determinator: She displays both good and bad aspects of this. Her stubborn devotion to Keld as well as her supreme tenacity is praiseworthy for its earnestness, but it also makes her miss the bigger crisis at hand until she gets the importance pounded into her.
  • Don't Think. Feel: Interestingly, she displays both sides of this. Early on, her overconfidence and reliance on ferocity leave her outmatched and badly hurt when she fights enemies that simply outclass her. Later, however, she uses her speed, power, and spur-of-the-moment creativity to get the edge on more calculating opponents.
  • Dual Wielding: She often fights with a blade in each hand.
  • Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!: The primary thing she wants out of life is to be able to define herself on her own terms and not be under anyone's yoke.
  • Kick the Dog: After Freyalise's sacrifice to seal the Skyshroud rift, she finds herself without a source of green mana, and it leaves her even more volatile than usual, reacting to starving refugees begging for her to slow their march by stabbing one of the leaders through the chest before healing him using painful red adaptations of green healing spells. She does privately express dislike of the spells, but decides to make do with what she has.
  • The Nicknamer: Mere moments after meeting her, most people have at least one. The Viashino were Scalies, Venser was Pasty, Jhoira was Little One, and Teferi got a two-for-one bonus: Clean-head and Gasbag. She does switch to using their names if warranted or necessary, though.
  • Pet the Dog: While dismissive and belligerent towards most people, when she sees a child who was likely forced to watch his parents get murdered and himself mutilated by Gathan raiders, she gives him one of her blades and tells him to play dead, wait for the raiders to come back and taunt him up close, then leap at them and kill as many as he can. Later, she has the boy brought to her warhost and is currently training him. She also shows unabashed admiration and solemn respect for people brave enough to die fighting, even when completely outmatched.
  • Refusal of the Call: She initially has no interest in the rift crisis, partly because she thinks her talents don't really apply, but mostly because it neither has anything to do directly with Keld nor involves beating the tar out of people. On a related note, she does possess a spark like her associate Venser, but it remains dormant inside her because she just doesn't care about it.
  • Unstoppable Rage: She is more or less in a chronic state of this, until Multani restores her connection to green mana.

Dinne il-Vec

A Vec warrior caught between realities like most of Volrath's troops. He first serves the Weaver King before the Weaver King dies and Leshrac takes up the reins.
  • Archenemy: Finds himself to be Radha's, after he attacked the boy she saved and severely injured her lieutenant.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: He relishes the feeling of pain, because it's one of the few things he feels any more.
  • Empty Shell: The Weaver King used severe Mind Rape to excise all of his emotions that didn't have to do with the hunt and kill.
  • Gradual Grinder: He's not the strongest person around by a long shot, but his intangibility plus his replenishing supply of throwing spikes lets him play defensive while he plinks the opponent to death.
  • Intangible Man: As a shadow creature caught between realities, it's difficult to affect the material world. He's got an atypical degree of control over his tangibility, though.
  • Light Is Not Good: Well, he is White aligned.
  • Storm of Blades: He fights with a barrage of conical throwing spikes.

The Weaver King

Formerly Oleg il-Dal, he was trapped in an oubliette by Volrath and experimented on until he became a bodiless "mind-spider," capable of creating parasitic psychic threads into other people and using them as proxies. He's the arc villain in the Planar Chaos novel.
  • Breaking Speech: He likes to hurt with words to force people to overreact and deepen his hold on them...or simply because it amuses him.
  • For the Evulz: Destroying the will of others gives him pleasure.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He was just the leader of an outcast group of Dal before Volrath turned him into the horror he is now.
  • Grand Theft Me: He plans to do this to everyone he can, but especially Venser.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He's a selfish and childish wreck who likes nothing more than to bend creatures of all kinds to his will.
  • Marionette Master: His main way of manipulating events.


The Archmage Eternal Emeritus of the School of the Unseen, he was rendered immortal by a dip in the Fountain of Youth. He descends from Urza, but despises his ancestor's ruthlessness and sociopathy.

    Lorwyn and Shadowmoor 


Dubbed The Last Yew, he is one of the oldest Treefolk in Lorwyn and has foreseen the coming of the Great Aurora, which will plunge the bright Lorwyn into the dark Shadowmoor, wiping out the memories of their inhabitants. He is killed some time prior to that event, but leaves behind a sapling which carries his memories until after Shadowmoor comes.

Gaddock Teeg

The cenn of the Lorwyn kithkin. With his cenn threatened by the elves, he orchestrated the fall of the protagonists. He was presumably killed, since he never appears again.


The queen of the faeries. She is another of the few individuals aware of the Great Aurora, and in fact is immune to it.

Rosheen Meanderer

A giant who is yet another one to be aware of the Great Aurora. She manages to resist the effect of the aurora unlike her kin and thus is the only giant in Shadowmoor who keeps her memories of Lorwyn intact.
  • Cassandra Truth:
    Night after night, Rosheen babbled about a bygone sunlit world, her every word dismissed as a madwoman's ravings.

The Demigods

Shadowmoor's mysterious deities, which seemingly are responsible for its screwed up status. While absent from the main storyline, they are the subject of the poem The Seer's Parables, where a kithkin asks a seer about them and predictably gets to regret it. A lot.

  • Bat out of Hell: The Demigod of Revenge. Quite literally too, given his tale.
  • Dark Is Evil: Predictably, most of the Black aligned deities especially the Divinity of Pride, though it also gets Light Is Not Good points.
    • Dark Is Not Evil: Probably the Deity, depending on how you interpret his character.
  • Eldritch Abomination
  • Expy: Of several celtic/norse deities, with the most blatant being the Oversoul (Sunna and other female sun goddesses of the area), the Nobilis (Thor and/or Neigh), the Ghastlord (Arawn), the Deity (Nodens) and the Divinity (The Morrigan).
  • Jerkass Gods: Aside from The Oversoul (seems benign), the Deus (destructive, but more or less mindless), and maybe the Deity (who drives living beings to keep on fighting for survival), all of them are at best incredibly dickish.
  • Light Is Not Good: Special mentions go to the Godhead of Awe, which drives mortals mad for no logical reason, and the Nobilis of War, which incites hatred and violence for his own sustainance.
    • Light Is Good: The Oversoul, however, is the one truly benevolent demigod.
  • Lunacy: The Godhead of Awe, which appearently is the personification of the Moon. Also literally, as it drives people mad
  • Mind Rape: The Godhead and the Divinity engage on it.
  • Our Gods Are Different: They're appearently higher spirits. Then again, Shadowmoor spirits are incredibly mysterious by themselves.
  • The Power of the Sun: The Oversoul, which appearently controls the Sun, and has hidden it for some reason
  • War God: The Nobilis of War, down to invoking hatred and other negative emotions.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: The Dominus absorbs a king into the scepter he carries about, with the king's soul still screaming. The Ghastlord is implied to do this, or possibly Cessation of Existence.


An elven leader of Gilt-Leaf in Lorwyn, and one of the first elves Nissa met after her first planeswalk.

  • The Fighting Narcissist: Standard among Lorwyn elves, who see themselves as the most beautiful beings in the plane and thus have the right to obliterate the ugly creatures out there (read: everybody else). Nissa was just lucky they considered her beautiful.
  • Horned Humanoid: Again, standard for Lorwyn elves.

Toshiro Umezawa

Toshiro Umezawa, or "Toshi" for short, is the black-aligned protagonist of the Kamigawa saga. Toshi's only true loyalty is to himself, and he'll never fight when it's possible to bargain. Luckily for the rest of Kamigawa, it's currently in his best interest to save the world.

Konda, Lord of Eiganjo

The central villain of the Kamigawa Block, Takeshi Konda is the ruler of a vast empire spanning most of Kamigawa. Seeking immortality so he could personally ensure that his kingdom would last forever, he committed a great crime that triggered the spirit war and eventually drove him to madness.

  • And I Must Scream: His fate following his judgment by Kyodai.
  • Big Bad: Of the Kamigawa block. Currently the only main antagonist to be purely white aligned.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: Konda's eyes are the only visual indication of his transformation. They change color and begin to swivel around randomly.
  • The Caligula: He's quite mad to begin with, and when Toshi steals his precious Power Source, he goes into full crazy mode and devotes the full resources of his empire to its pursuit.
  • The Determinator: Konda kidnapped a god in order to secure everlasting prosperity for his kingdom. The gods turned on the mortal world as a result, and by the events of the novels, twenty years of war and strife have reduced Konda's once-mighty kingdom to a scarred fraction of its former size. In spite of all the death and suffering, Konda's blind pride refuses to let him see anything but victory.
  • The Emperor: His role.
  • A God Am I: Konda fancies himself the all-powerful eternal ruler of the realm.
  • The Heavy: Konda is the central figure, not only of the mortal realm but of the story, and his actions drive the entire Kamigawa plot.
  • Light Is Not Good: Despite all of this, he is still pure White. For added bonus see his depiction in Reverence.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Thanks to his stolen power.
  • Parental Neglect: He cares more about his power than he does about his daughter, and rarely ever speaks to her or spends time with her.
  • Sanity Slippage: He becomes more and more obsessed as the trilogy progresses.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: His power turned him into The Caligula.


A demon-worshiping ogre mage that lives in the Sokenzan Mountains. Toshi's blood brother and co-founder of the Hyozan Reckoners.

  • Affably Evil: Hidetsugu has civilized conversations with his guests, all while his prisoner screams in the background from having a superheated gem embedded in his chest.
  • Ax-Crazy
  • Badass: Using only a few brainwashed shamans, he manages to assault an entire academy of mages, kill a gigantic spirit dragon, and even kill the All-Consuming Oni of Chaos with only his own two hands.
  • Badass Bookworm
  • The Determinator
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He levels the entire Minamo academy to the ground because one of their students killed his apprentice in self defense.
  • The Dreaded
  • Religion of Evil
  • The Starscream: When he realizes his master fled from battle, he chases him back to the Honden of the All-Consuming and beats the shit out of him.


The Kami of the Crescent Moon, the mysterious, ever-smiling Mochi is the patron of the Soratami. He manipulated Konda into taking a piece of O-Kagachi as part of a plot to gain more jurisdiction than just a few moon phases.

  • Affably Evil
  • Big Bad Wannabe: His influence helped cause the Kami War. His role in the narrative, however, serves primarily to shed light to the protagonists (and the reader) on the origins of the War (though he tends to gloss over his own involvement). He seeks the eventual destruction of Konda's kingdom so that his worshippers, the Soratami, can remake the world in their image. However, shortly after his Soratami armada is finally launched to realize his goals, Konda discovers Mochi's betrayal and wipes out the Soratami fleet before they can do any real damage beyond Jukai Forest, bringing Mochi's endgame to a screeching halt.
  • The Chessmaster: A very clever trickster; he might have succeeded in his plan had his former ally, Konda, not discovered his treachery.
  • Karmic Death: Torn apart by the demonic Hidetsugu at the end of the novels. It is oh so satisfying.
  • Meaningful Name: An especially clever and elusive one; "mochi" is rice dough, which the chubby little kami's body resembles. In Japanese lore, the moon holds the image of a rabbit pounding mochi dough (hence the association with the moon). Mochi's followers, the Soratami (or Moonfolk), bear physical similarities to rabbits.
    • There's also a more direct pun involved: "mochi" can be short for "mochizuki" (望月), or "full moon."
  • Smug Snake
  • Smug Smiler

Michiko Konda

Daughter of Lord Konda. It was around her birth that Lord Konda got the idea of capturing a piece of O-Kagachi for his ritual.

  • Barrier Maiden: She and Kyodai team up after the war to become the new guardians of the barrier between the mortal and spirit realms.
  • Fusion Dance: With Kyodai.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: She graces that trope's page as the page picture.

That Which Was Taken/The Taken One/Kyodai

A fragment of the soul of O-Kagachi, stolen from the spirit realm by Lord Konda in order to perform a ritual that would make him invincible.

  • Artifact of Attraction: Especially pronounced in Saviors of Kamigawa, where Konda and O-Kagachi himself both go on huge-scale rampages chasing after their prize.
  • Barrier Maiden: She and Michiko team up after the war to become the new guardians of the barrier between the mortal and spirit realms.
  • Fusion Dance: With Michiko.
  • MacGuffin Turned Human: Takes a human form when Toshi releases her from the stone disc towards the end of the war.



The guardian archangel of the plane. Created by Sorin Markov, she was tasked with protecting mankind from the many monsters of Innistrad, but she was accidentally trapped within a mountain of silver known as Helvaut. The story of Innistrad is about how mankind almost became extinct during her imprisonment, as the holy magic she offered the clergy and the cathars (holy warriors) faded. She returned in the Avacyn Restored storyline thanks to the machinations of Liliana Vess.

  • Balance Between Good and Evil: She was created by Sorin specifically for this reason: to give the humans their means to survive but never able to completely overthrow the forces of darkness. She seems to realize this, and has no real opinion on it. That is, until she starts to lose her mind.
  • Battle Ballgown: Her armor.
  • Big Good: Of Innistrad. In Shadows of Innistrad, things get a little shaken up.
  • Blade on a Stick: Her moonsilver spear.
  • Blood Is the New Black: At the end of "A Gaze Blank and Pitiless", she appears with blood-stained wings.
  • Boobs of Steel: She's the single most powerful angel in the game, more powerful even than Akroma. She's also the most well-endowed.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Or creator, in this case. She pins her corruption on Sorin because his intentions were not worthy in making her, and won't allow him to remake her now that she knows what he is.
    Avacyn: If I am not the daughter you want, then we must battle again, and again, forever. For I will never yield. I am no monster's instrument. I will not be altered by the likes of you.
  • Celestial Paragons and Archangels: The goddess of her world, master of White mana, and ruler of the angels.
  • Comeback Mechanic: A rare In-Universe example. According to Word of God, since Avacyn was created to maintain balance, the more dire things are for Innistrad's humans, the more powerful Avacyn becomes.
  • Crystal Dragon Jesus: The Church of Avacyn is a religion centered around her, and has many trappings associated with Roman Catholicism.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Sorin created her in his own image, with bleached white hair and black clothes (not to mention her deathly pale skin and black eyeliner and lipstick), but she is the protector of Innistrad's humans.
  • Death In The Limelight: "I Am Avacyn" is told from the POV of Avacyn, which ends with her death at Sorin's hands.
  • Deity of Human Origin: She was created by Sorin Markov, after all, even if Sorin was already a planeswalker when he made her.
  • Dying as Yourself: She spends her final moments standing against a creature of darkness and reaffirming her purpose as defender of humanity.
  • Emotionless Girl: Word of God describes her as like a robot; she never smiles because she sees no purpose in it, though she feels a deep satisfaction in her work. In "A Gaze Blank and Pitiless", one of the signs she's not in her right mind is that she starts to smile and laugh at the wanton destruction she weaves.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Once the light of Innistrad and protector of humanity, Avacyn went mad and became and Omnicidal Maniac bent on wiping Innistrad clean of human life.
  • Fallen Angel: After being driven mad by whispers from the moon.
  • Fallen Hero: Goes off the deep end in "A Gaze Blank and Pitiless".
  • Flying Brick: Avacyn, Angel of Hope is a Nigh Invulnerable flier with 8 power and toughness.
  • Guardian Angel: She was created to defend the whole of humanity on Innistrad, to the point that she can hear all their prayers for aid at once wherever she is.
  • Heel Realization: When Sorin tells Avacyn that he created her, Avacyn's madness starts to lift and she realizes that he created her to protect the innocent — the innocent people that she had been slaughtering.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Wears an outfit made of black leather.
  • Heroic Albino: Avacyn may have white hair and pale skin but she's the guardian angel of Innistrad. Starts to veer into Evil Albino starting in Shadows Over Innistrad.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: She goes from fighting Innistrad's biggest threats to humanity to becoming the biggest threat to humanity, although her corruption certainly didn't help.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Got trapped in the rock she used to trap demons. A rare heroic example, therefore.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: Her speciality.
  • Killed Off for Real: Courtesy of a bitter and bereft Sorin, who couldn't bring himself to look at her face as he unmade her.
  • Kill It with Fire: She starts setting villages ablaze and burning humans to a crisp in "A Gaze Blank and Pitiless".
  • Knight Templar:
    • Starting with "A Gaze Blank and Pitiless" she is attempting to wipe out humanity, believing them to be, in their own way, just as bad as the monsters she fights.
    • Even before that, Avacyn seemed to have very rigid ideas about good and evil. There used to be a fourth angel alongside Sigarda, Bruna and Gisela,note  who they shunned for consorting with the very sort of creature the angels were supposed to fight, thought she argued that to defeat their enemies they had to know those enemies. When this angel made an alliance with a demon lord, Avacyn branded her a heretic, annihilated her and her small flight of angels, and made it forbidden to speak her name.
  • Light Is Not Good: In Shadows over Innistrad, Avacyn and the other angels begin "purifying" the world by slaughtering the humans.
  • Lunacy: She is essentially a moon goddess. Her whole church is based on lunar worship, her symbol is a stylized heron (which is associated with Innistrad's moon because its craters look like a heron), and her holy magic is associated with the moon. And of course, when there is something wrong with the moon, it affects her, too.
  • Madness Mantra:
    • Starts hearing a few in "A Gaze Blank and Pitiless": The seeds of men are rotten, and All will burn. All will bleed.
    • As she tries to cope with the realizations being given to her by Sorin in "I Am Avacyn", she mentally repeats "I am Avacyn. I am to protect," and "An angel is made of goodness — is goodness made of an angel's acts?"
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Her special ability projects this unto all creatures you control.
  • Not So Stoic: As mentioned in Emotionless Girl above, she displays very little emotion to the point where some (including the writers) question whether she can feel any. "A Gaze Blank and Pitiless" shows that she can, and it is terrifying.
  • Obliviously Evil: She seems to think that she is right in destroying humanity to cleanse the plane, and it isn't until she has a Heel Realization when she meets Sorin that she sees what she is doing is wrong.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Once she goes off the deep end and decides that, for peace to come to Innistrad, humans have got to go.
  • Our Angels Are Different: Innistrad's angels are usually your typical sort (by that, we mean winged women with white robes, not the biblical things), but she is a Gothic woman that governs the plane's White Magic and all that entails; when she's gone, holy magic becomes weaker, and her servant angels disappear.
  • Prophet Eyes: Her eyes are pure white in color, possibly to show she's a supernatural being.
    • They start turning black in Shadows over Innistrad, though.
  • Sealed Evil in a Duel: She was trapped in the Helvault during her duel with Griselbrand, and the only way to release her was to set all the trapped demons free with her.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: As a result of Griselbrand's plan, Avacyn was trapped in the Helvault for most of the original Innistrad block until Thalia destroyed it.
  • Statuesque Stunner: "The angel at her side stepped forward, a full head shorter than Avacyn, yet I still tilted my head to look upon her face."
  • Through the Eyes of Madness: "I Am Avacyn" is mostly in Avacyn's point of view, and she sees humans and vampires as monsters ridden with Body Horror.
  • Tragic Villain: Her villainy in the Shadows Over Innistrad block was not of her own volition; she was simply doing her job until she was struck with delusions caused by Nahiri's magic.
    Avacyn: I can only say to you, in this, my final prayer to the world, that I only ever meant to keep the innocent from harm. I am Avacyn. I am to protect.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In "A Gaze Blank and Pitiless", she has every intention of hunting down and killing the child she saved a few months before, once she's done with his mother and their village. In her visions in "I Am Avacyn", she sees a mother crying over her child, implying that she had personally had a hand in killing children.

Gisela, Bruna, and Sigarda

Three guardian angels, in the service of Avacyn. Gisela is the Red and White aligned angel that trains the cathars. Bruna is the White and Blue angel who personifies the "Blessed Sleep", preserving the dead and protecting them from desecration (forcible resurrection, being made into skaabs, etc.). Sigarda is the Green and White aligned angel whose flight primarily protects humans from harm while they are alive. When Avacyn returned and descended into madness, their reactions to joining her crusade were... mixed.

  • Defector from Decadence: Sigarda.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Gisela and Bruna are on-board with Avacyn's plan to Kill All Humans.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Gisela took Avacyn's disappearance the worst.
    • Sigarda, meanwhile, openly wept when she beheld Brisela.
  • Hour of Power: During the Feast of Goldnight, when the sun is at its highest and doesn't dip below the horizon for two whole days, fully obscuring the moon, Avacynian wards and magic are at their strongest.
  • Humans Are Special: The Flight of Herons protects humans with their wards while they live.
  • Number Two: Gisela was Avacyn's chief confidant.
  • Only Sane Angel: Sigarda doesn't abandon humanity when her sisters and Avacyn descend into madness. This all comes to a head when Sigarda battles Brisela, the melding of Bruna and Gisela thanks to Emrakul.
  • Shame If Something Happened: Avacyn, Gisela, and Bruna's threats to Sigarda to join them in their crusade were about as subtle as a moonsilver spear to the back of the head. Sigarda still said no.
  • The Nothing After Death: The Blessed Sleep, personified by the Flight of Alabaster, is the best reward for a good and virtuous life one can hope for on Innistrad; the deceased is sequestered to quiet and restful oblivion rather than being used as parts for a skaab or having their tortured spirit wandering the land.
  • The Power of the Sun: Gisela and her flight are associated with the sun, the opposite of Avacyn and her Lunacy.
  • The Remnant: Bruna and her Flight of Alabaster refused to go down without a fight while Avacyn was AWOL.

Gisa and Geralf Cecani

Distantly related to the Lunarch and once nobles, these twins were banished to the moorlands. Geralf is a skaaberen (a blue-aligned Mad Scientist specializing in Flesh Golems) and Gisa a ghoulcaller (a black-aligned necromancer); both wage war against each other with undead hordes. They eventually invaded Thraben during Avacyn's imprisonment, resulting in the Lunarch's death. After the events of Avacyn Restored, Gisa is imprisoned by the cathars, but is rescued by Geralf's skaabs and ends up meeting and helping Nahiri, whereas Geralf seeks apprenticeship under Ludevic, Innistrad's most infamous necro-alchemist.

  • Ax-Crazy: Gisa is very much insane.
  • Butt Monkey: Geralf verges on this.
  • Captain Obvious: After breaking out of prison, Gisa sends Geralf a letter saying, "GUESS WHO JUST BROKE OUT OF PRISON!" ...and signs it herself. Geralf notes that putting forth a "guess who/what" question and then immediately answering it defeats its purpose.
  • Enemy Mine: They put their sibling rivalry on hold to combat Emrakul's brood.
  • Even Evil Has Standards/Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: When Gisa tells Geralf that she raises their dead parents to chat, Geralf is clearly upset.
    Geralf: You are being incredibly irresponsible. Put Mummy and Father back in the ground where they belong.
  • Fallen Princess: Both of them were once nobles.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Gisa is the foolish one and Geralf is the responsible one. According to Geralf, at least.
  • In the Blood: Affinity for the dark arts seems to run in the family; their mother in particular was regarded as a very talented necromancer, and their family was a good acquaintance of Ludevic.
  • Necromancer: Both of them, though Gisa is the more traditional Black Magic using one.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Both of them. Geralf tries to hide it beneath a Mask of Sanity, acting like the mature and responsible sibling. Gisa, on the other hand, is openly childish and psychotic.
  • Quantity vs. Quality: Gisa vs Geralf, respectively. Gisa favors swarming the field with an army of uniform zombies, whereas Geralf prefers to create a single customized zombie.
  • Shovel Strike: This is Gisa's weapon of choice, and in her card art she's gleefully about to swing it at the viewer.
  • Sibling Rivalry: They do not get along at all.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: On one hand, we have Geralf, who is cold, composed, dedicated to his craft of ghoul-stitching. On the other, we have Gisa, openly psychotic, loud, cheery, and fond of raising the dead en masse at moment's notice.
  • The Sociopath: Both seem to lack empathy, though Geralf fits the model more closely, what with his egomania and so. At least Gisa seems to be enjoying herself.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: In the wake of Avacyn's unmaking and Emrakul's arrival, the Cecani siblings have temporarily put aside their petty feud to fight back the eldritch horrors consuming the plane.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Despite, and eventually after, Geralf's constant reminder that it is his skaabs who break Gisa free, she doesn't thank him.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: They insult and snark at each other all the time... but they're willing to join forces to invade Thraben, Geralf sent his zombies to break Gisa out of prison, and Gisa often writes letters about her life to Geralf. One gets the sense that there's some strange sort of affection there.
    "These fiends are slightly less tolerable than you."
    "A sentiment that warms my heart, sister."

Mikaeus Cecani, the Lunarch

The chief of Avacyn's church. Killed by Geralf and made a zombie by Liliana.

Edgar Markov

Sorin's grandfather, the world's first vampire, who made a pact with a demon in other to achieve immortality for him and his grandson. Unfortunately, Sorin was traumatized, and feeling guilty over the actions his vampire brethren inflicted on Innistrad's humans, Edgar's grandson created Avacyn, ensuring vampires would be pushed back. This made Edgar bitter, and to this day Sorin is not welcome in the family manor.


A young Cathar rapidly rising in the ranks as humanity's defenses crumble, Thalia has become the new Guardian of Thraben in the wake of her mentor Mikaeus's death, and seems to be the last human to lead the fight against the ever-growing power of Innistrad's monsters.

  • Badass Normal: Thalia's not a mage or divinely empowered, but you have to be a badass to still be fighting with the Cathars at this point in Innistrad's history.
    • Empowered Badass Normal: Thalia is empowered greatly by her bonding with Saint Traft, to the point where she is able to heal battle wounds in a matter of seconds and manifest a set of angelic wings. Furthermore, this allows her to wield Avacyn's spear. And with said spear, she's able to Mercy Kill Brisela.
  • Defector from Decadence: In the Shadows over Innistrad block, Thalia leaves the Church of Avacyn as the Lunarch Inquisition becomes depraved and ruthless.
  • Determinator: Steadfastly refuses to give up in the face of increasingly hopeless odds.
  • Kill It with Fire: Her orders to evacuate the outer ring of Thraben and pull down all the thatch available in the face of a Zombie Apocalypse convince most of the soldiers she's lost her wits, but she proceeds to nearly obliterate Geralf and Gisa's entire army with a single match.
  • Lady of War: Very pretty, and her First Strike ability and low toughness indicates she fights more with her wits and finesse than brute strength.
  • Mercy Kill: She does this to a young cathar who becomes lost in Emrakul's corruption.
  • Sadistic Choice: Break the Helvault, betraying your final duty and risking whatever disaster Mikaeus wanted to avert, or watch her comrades get eaten alive by Liliana's ghouls? Thankfully giving in to Liliana's demands and destroying the Helvault may well have saved humanity from extinction.
  • Willing Channeler: Becomes one for the Geist of Saint Traft sometime after Avacyn becomes mad and the Lunarch Church launches its inquisition due to Emrakul's influence on Innistrad.


One of the demon lords of Innistrad, object of worship by the Skirsdag cult, and one of the demons who claims ownership of Liliana's soul. He is the quarry Liliana has come to the plane to fight against...but nobody can seem to figure out where he is. Griselbrand was trapped in the Helvault along with Avacyn after his gambit to release the demons within and/or trap Avacyn forever went sour. When the Helvault shattered, Griselbrand escaped and quietly retreated to bide his time for future mischief. Unfortunately for him, Liliana followed him.

  • Arc Villain: Ultimately the one directly responsible for the events of the Innistrad block.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Before Avacyn Restored even came out, it was revealed that Griselbrand is killed shortly after his release by Liliana.
  • Deal with the Devil: His card's ability. You can get yourself a nice new hand of cards. And you don't even have to throw away your current hand! All it'll cost you is seven life.
    • Game Breaker: Drawing seven cards at instant speed for a mere seven life, while Black is a color where someone will, as R&D describes it, "rip their own arm off and beat you to death with it"? It didn't take long for him to go right on the EDH ban list.
    • The kicker? He has lifelink! And he's a 7/7! All he has to do is hit something, anything, and he'll pay for his own ability.
  • Killed Off for Real: By Liliana.
  • Sealed Evil in a Duel: Inside the Helvault with Avacyn.
  • Smug Snake: His arrogance is mentioned repeatedly in the fluff, but things don't really go the way he planned. It's mentioned he underestimated Liliana quite a lot before she destroyed him easily with the Chain Veil.
  • The Chessmaster: He had an elaborate plan to defeat the angels and bring the demons to power. His death has set the scheme back a bit.
  • Villain Exit Stage Left: He knows better than to stick around when Avacyn's heavenly host gathers and divine magic goes into overdrive, but escaping his doomed plan doesn't save him from Liliana...
  • We Will Meet Again: Or not.


A powerful demon lord who was sealed in a magical blade called Elbrus. He is infamous for killing Saint Traft.

Olivia Voldaren

The first and current head of the Voldaren vampire family. Most vampires agree that she throws the best parties, but her human guests would probably disagree.

  • A Glass of Chianti: Several artworks show her with a glass of red liquid in hand.
  • Deal with the Devil: She's the devil in the equation, asking Sorin for some favor (which involves removing Avacyn) to help him fight Nahiri. True to the trope, however, when Sorin loses the battle, she laughs at his plight and leaves him to rot.
  • Does Not Like Shoes
  • Enemy Mine: Her lineage, now geared up for war, go into battle alongside Thalia and her Order of Saint Traft cathars against Emrakul's minions and the abomination Brisela.
  • Power Floats
  • Puny Humans
    "I have seen a hundred mortal families rise and fall. I shall outlast a thousand more."
  • Rich Bitch
  • Vampires Own Night Clubs: Or at least their gothic horror counterparts.
  • The Wonka: A highly eccentric bon vivant with a flair for the dramatic, and the progenitor of one of Innistrad's most prominent vampire bloodlines.



"'I am lord of the pantheon. I am the greatest of these."

The Theros god of the Sun, presiding over law, justice, retribution, honor, ethics, speeches, marriages, dawn meals, and self sacrifice. His color alignment is White.

  • Ambition Is Evil: His ambition to be king of the gods causes a great deal of the trouble in the Theros block.
  • Arc Villain: The real villain of the Theros cycle.
  • Blade on a Stick: His weapon is a spear called Khrusor.
  • The Caligula
  • Composite Character: Of Helios and Zeus. Also, given his role on the storyline and personality, possibly of the Demiurge.
  • Deity of Human Origin: Hinted at. Kruphix outright says that Heliod wasn't always the sun god. And if Xenagos was able to ascend, who says other people haven't?
  • Evil Is Petty: The sheer nastiness he descends into just to stick it to people (and gods) he dislikes are awe-inspiring.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: His reason for killing Elspeth.
    Heliod: You are too much like the satyr. Your eyes have seen things I can't fathom. And a champion cannot know more than her god.
  • Hate Sink: Given how he is written as a petty, traitorous, hate-filled bastard in Godsend, it's unlikely that he was intended to be particularly sympathetic.
  • Hero Killer: Murders Elspeth with his spear.
  • It's All About Me
  • Jerkass: There is simply no way to describe his sheer arrogance, carelessness and petty acts of cruelty.
  • Jerkass Gods: Perhaps the biggest offender, being prone to violent retribution.
  • Karma Houdini: The atrocities he commits are never repaid upon him in the Godsend saga.
  • Kick the Dog: Killing Elspeth is the standout example.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: Tries to pull this off on Elspeth and Purphoros alike. The former most often.
  • Knight Templar: The reason Heliod remains White despite his It's All About Me tendencies: he believes his actions are truly for the good of Theros.
  • Light 'em Up: As the sun god of Theros, it's a given.
  • Light Is Not Good: He's a sun god, but is one of the most ruthless of the gods of Theros. He's also the real villain of the Theros Block.
  • Mook Maker: His card can summon 2/1 Cleric tokens.
  • Odd Job Gods: Presides, among other things, over dawn meals.note 
  • Pride: Basically his character flaw. It's tearing the world apart because of his progressively more taxing demands for acknowledgement.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He's basically throwing one hell of a temper tantrum because he wants acknowledgement.
  • The Power of the Sun
  • Pyrrhic Villainy: His goals for starting the war between the gods is to get more praise, and he got the opposite when most of the other gods found out and begun to despise him. Elspeth, meanwhile, became recognized by the denizens of Theros as a hero. On top of that, his murder of Elspeth prompted Ajani to spread the story of what happened, sparking a burgeoning movement to stop worshipping the gods, and since the gods of Theros are powered by belief...
  • Treacherous Advisor: Sets up Elspeth as his Champion, only to use her to his own selfish ends.
  • You Have Out Lived Your Usefulness: To Elspeth.


The Theran god of the sea, presiding over aquatic creatures, ancient knowledge, murmurs, gradual change, introspection, vast distances, long voyages and patterns. Her color alignment is Blue.

  • Bad Boss: Orders Kiora's army of monsters to slaughter legions of tritons just to make a point to the Planeswalker.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Thassa is slow to anger, yet is implacable once roused.
    • Which becomes a plot point when she learns of Kiora's actions during Born of the Gods; their resulting feud makes sea travel very difficult for a certain Champion's attempt to get to Kruphix's temple at the edge of the world.
  • Evil Gloating: Takes her sweet time trashtalking Kiora after she has already won, which allows Kiora to book it with Dekella. To be fair, she was trying to put on a show to encourage the tritons to worship her.
  • Expy: Of Thalassa.
  • Making a Splash: As the God of the sea, she has control over water.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: She looks like one and many of her worshipers are Tritons, the merfolk of Theros.
  • Prongs of Poseidon: Her weapon is a bident called Dekella. It's later stolen from her by Kiora.
  • Unblockable Attack: Her mana ability makes an attacking creature unblockable.


The Theros god of the Underworld, born from the first shadow cast by the Sun, and banished into the lower realms by Heliod. Presides over death, misfortune, ill fate, begrudging acceptance, envy, bitterness and wealth. His color alignment is Black.

  • Casting a Shadow: An interesting subversion: as the god of the Underworld, he is both unconnected from sunlight and from the realm of Nyx, the night sky, thus he has no particular control over magical darkness despite his color-identity.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He's mono-black, but is (relatively) one of the more benevolent gods of Theros.
  • Don't Fear the Reaper: Treats those who call on them compassionately, and is firm but ultimately benevolent to the dead.
  • Expy: Of Hades, with the name of an older protogenoi deity.
  • Everybody Hates Hades: Averted. Like the mythological Hades, while Erebos' domains include some rather unpleasant things like death and bitterness, he is also a god of wealth, and treats those who call on his name with compassion.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He does morally questionable things from time to time (his repeated attempts to capture and possess Daxos come to mind), but he's ultimately capable of genuine moments of compassion, as shown in "Emonberry Red".
  • Necromancer: His whip's ability can bring back creatures from the graveyard for one turn.
  • Religion of Evil: Played with. While most of Erebos' worshippers are benign, there is a minority among them who exalt death and seek to have Erebos battle Heliod. This minority happens to be the most dangerous of them.
  • Whip It Good: His Weapon of Choice is a whip called Mastix.
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: As the god of wealth, Erebos is venerated by a money cult. Erebos himself doesn't care much about gold, especially when it's common in the Underworld. Actual underworld currency is coinage minted from the clay of funerary masks.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: This is basically his hat. He is benevolent to those who resign themselves to their fates, but becomes enraged should someone attempt to flee from the Underworld, trying to pull them back with Mastix.


The Theros god of the forge, fire, "the restless Earth", labor, passion and artistry. His color alignment is Red.


The Theran god of the hunt, the seasons, forests, predation, hunger, metamorphosis and rebirth. Her color alignment is Green.

  • Archer Archetype: Her weapon of choice is a shortbow called Ephixis.
  • The Beastmaster
  • Big Good: Of the Theros block. She is ultimately the one god who sees through Xenagos before his ascension, and she is the most helpful to Elspeth and Ajani, providing some assistance during their fight against Xenagos and trying to evacuate them from Heliod's wrath.
  • Cassandra Truth: She discovers Xenagos' plan, but the other gods only listen to her when it's too late.
  • Expy: Of Artemis.
  • Green Thumb
  • Hypocrite: Hates and kills sport hunters... while using insects as her target practice (illusory ones, though).
  • Irony: She hates hunters even though she is the goddess of the hunt.
  • Nature Hero: Comes with being a green deity.
  • Only Sane God: She is the only one amidst the gods who remains neutral to Heliod and Purphoros' conflict. She's also the only one to understand Xenagos' plan, and the only one who ultimately acknowledges that Elspeth is not responsible for Xenagos' ascension.
  • Seasonal Baggage: Word of God says that each of the four abilities of the Bow of Nylea card represents one season.
  • The Social Darwinist: Also comes with being a green deity.


The Theros goddess of magic and scholarship and one of the 10 minor gods. She taught the inhabitants of Meletis the art of spellcasting which led to the overthrowing of the tyrannical Archon Agnomakhos. She became the patron goddess of Meletis ever since. Her color alignment is White/Blue.

  • Benevolent Precursors: As a contrast to most of the other gods, she helped the humans of Meletis overthrow Agnomakhos by teaching them magic.
  • Expy: Of Athena who's the patron goddess of the city of Athens of which Meletis is based off of. Ephara also shares similarities with Hera, both being goddesses of civilization, structure and buildings, and her image of carrying a leaking pot reminds one of the sign of Aquarius, associated with Hera.
  • Western Zodiac: Her artwork shows her pouring a jar filled with what can best be described as galaxy-water. This brings to mind Aquarius, especially since it as the sign associated with the goddess Hera, which she takes visual clues from.


A minor god of Theros, who is the ferryman to the underworld. His color alignment is White/Black.

  • Don't Fear the Reaper: Similar to Erebos, he's an okay guy with a really morbid job. He probably doesn't get invited to the other gods' parties, though.
  • Expy: Of Charon, the ferryman of the underworld of Greek mythology.
  • Our Gryphons Are Different: Uses undead gryphons to snatch whoever is unwilling to go with him.
  • Psychopomp: Comes with being a stand-in for Charon.
    • The Ferry Man: See above. Incorporated into his card, which forces your opponent to pay a toll of life in order to ensure that your creatures stay dead.
  • Sickly Green Glow: The artwork for his card and his Sentry of the Underworld both feature eerie green gas and lighting. This may be a feature of the rivers that Athreos ferries souls across.


One of the 10 "minor" gods of Theros, Phenax is the Theran god of lies and deceit. He plays an important role in the Theros storyline, being associated with Ashiok. His color alignment is Blue/Black.

  • Ambition Is Evil
  • Bargain with Heaven: Ashiok seemingly committed this with him.
  • The Blank: His default form is in the likeness of the Nostron (the "Returned"), having no face to speak of and wearing a golden mask. Quite fitting for the god of deceit.
  • Creepy Crows: Seemingly associated with them.
  • Dark Is Evil: Or at least very much a jerk.
  • Depraved Homosexual: In the short story The Consequences of Attraction, he cursed a woman and turned her into a siren because she basically "stole" a guy he was in love with.
  • Expy: He seems to share some traits with Hermes, particularly in his attributes as a deceptive god, only without the charm and benevolence of the mythological counterpart. Like Hermes, he is also associated with death (albeit in the exact opposite way; instead of bringing souls into the Underworld, he takes the Returned out) and with LGBT romance (albeit in the case of Hermes it was benevolent patronship, while with Phenax is throwing a hissy fit over someone else "stealing his lover"). Also similar to Eris, goddess of discord; like her, he manipulates everyone into offing themselves for his benefit.
  • God of Evil: God of deception, lies, deceit. Not to mean an utter jerk about it. Also the patron of the criminals.
  • I Love the Dead: At least according to Xenagos' Double Entendre in the Born Of The Gods trailer.
  • Jackass Genie: Pray to him to avoid looking at a gorgon? He'll be happy to permanently blind you.
  • Jerkass Gods: And how! Enough that Heliod (who is far from a role model himself) wants him gone.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Comes with being a god of deceit.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Governs over the Nostron (the Returned), Theros' tragic, shade-like zombies. Quite fitting, considering he's all about subverting fate... and screwing with people.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Appearently he escaped imprisonment in the Underworld imposed by Heliod himself.
  • Visionary Villain: Plans to create another necropolis for the Returned, which apparently is all part of his grander plan.
  • White Mask of Doom: Well, gold, but same difference.
  • Yandere: Given his treatment of Xandria.


A minor god of Theros, Keranos is the god of storms and is known for delivering prophecies. His color alignment is Blue/Red.


A minor god of Theros, Mogis is worshiped by the Minotaurs as the god of blood lust, wanton violence, murder, cannibalism, and the anger and fear that arises from war. His color alignment is Black/Red.

  • A Load of Bull: His default form is a giant axe-bearing minotaur.
  • Chaos Is Evil
  • Dark Is Evil
  • The Corrupter: It was him who created the catoblepas (which, like their mythological counterparts, are evil pestilence breathing beasts) by cursing an arrogant farmer's cows. Also his influence lies on the hearts of all people.
  • Evil Twin: Mogis represents the anger and blood lust of war in contrast to his twin brother Iroas' domain over the honor and sportsmanship of competition.
  • Expy: Shares similarities with Ares who's a blood-thirsty War God. Also with Phobos and/or Deimos, which are similarly twins of war.
  • God of Evil: God of bloodlust, anger, hatred and other violent, negative emotions. Also quite possibly literally the god of evil, as he is described as the god of malice and in the short story The Nature of Identity his corrupting influence is described in almost satanic terms.
  • Jerkass Gods
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His red eye is adopted into slang in Meletis which means a violent death.
  • Sadistic Choice: His card offers his opponents the choice of losing life or sacrificing a creature every upkeep.
  • Satanic Archetype: In addition to drawing parallels to some Greek gods, he also draws some to Satan as well in that he corrupts the hearts of men into violence and hate. Being a minotaur only helps establish the connection.
  • War God: He's technically the god of bloodlust and fear caused by warfare but he still counts.


A minor goddess of Theros, Pharika is the goddess of medicine, poison, and snakes. Commonly worshiped by Gorgons. Prayers to her are written on letters and wrapped in ceramics to be dumped in bogs. Her color alignment is Black/Green.

  • Blood Magic: It's said that she hid many medical cures inside the blood of gorgons.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Or at least her worshipers aren't, since they work as healers and even aided Elspeth.
  • Deadly Doctor: Is the goddess of medicine and poison, both being two sides of the same coin.
  • Expy: Of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine (with some aspects of Apollo in his plague bearer aspect), and of Hecate, which is also a magician goddess associated with cures and dark things.
  • The Medic: The Theros goddess of medicine.
  • Medusa: Some of her followers are gorgons.
  • Poisonous Person: The Theros goddess of poison.
  • The Sacred Darkness: Of the "double edged sword between disease and plague" sort of way.
  • Snake People: She has a serpentine body from the waist down.


A new, minor deity of Theros, Xenagos is the god of revelry, and ascended using the power of a victory celebration thrown by the citizens of Akros. His color alignment is Red/Green.

See Xenagos on the Magic The Gathering Planeswalkers page.


A minor god of Theros, Iroas is the god of competition, honorable combat, and victory. Also the patron god of Akros where people throw ceremonies similar to the Olympics. His color alignment is Red/White.


A minor goddess of Theros, Karametra is the goddess of agriculture, the hearth and orphans. She serves as both an associate and rival towards Nylea. Her color alignment is Green/White.


A minor god of Theros, who is associated with horizons, dawns, mysteries, and prophecies. He helps Elspeth and Ajani reach Nyx to confront Xenagos. His color alignment is Green/Blue

  • Almighty Janitor: A "minor" god, but also the eldest and as shown in Godsend is powerful enough to keep all thirteen of the other gods inside Nyx.
  • Badass Grandpa: As the "eldest" of the gods.
    • Godsend reveals he is powerful enough to force all thirteen of the others to stay in Nyx, if only for a while before they start meddling with the mortal world again.
  • Expy: Of Phanes and Ananke, Greek primordial deities of cycles and inevitability. Also of Eos, if his role as a dawn deity is indeed a correct assessment.
  • The Faceless/Living Shadow: Usually manifests as a silhouette of Nyx. Fitting for a god of mysteries.
  • Gods Need Prayer Badly: Kruphix explains that the gods are mortal beliefs made real by the magic of Nyx, he himself coming into being when a mortal first began to wonder. Their existence is dependant upon those beliefs continuing.
  • Mind Rape: Performs this on Purphoros.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Has four arms.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: If he hadn't banished the gods to Nyx, Nylea might have been able to prevent Xenagos from ascending.
  • The Omniscient: Played with. As the god of mysteries, he knows everything that everyone on Theros knows. This includes planeswalkers, so Kruphix knows of the Eldrazi, Nicol Bolas, and Phyrexia.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: As the "eldest" of the gods, his wisdom and concern are definitely shown.
  • These Are Things Man Was Not Meant to Know: He holds the knowledge of such, and a quote of his from Dictate of Kruphix sums it up:
    "Knowledge is cruel. It will break your heart and test your allegiances. Are you certain you want this curse?"


Anax and Cymede

The monarchs of the polis of Akros.

Daxos of Meletis

Daxos was an oracle of the gods from Meletis who joins Elspeth on her journey. He ends up dying as a result of Xenagos using mind-control and comes back as Daxos the Returned.

  • And I Must Scream: His ultimate fate is being revived as a Returned who pursues Elspeth even though she is dead. The Commander 2015 set shows that he is still condemned to this fate.
  • Came Back Wrong: Erebos cheats Elspeth her end of the deal, as seen in And I Must Scream above.
  • Cool Mask: Gets a golden face mask as a result of coming back as a Returned.
  • Fallen Hero: As a Returned.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: His Weapon of Choice.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Xenagos uses mind control to manipulate Elspeth into stabbing him to death.
  • Mook Maker: He is able to create spirits after being brought back. The spirits grow in power and toughness the more enchantments you play.
  • Ship Sinking: His love for Elspeth is interrupted by his own death at her hands, as a result of Xenagos mind-controlling her. Even when Elspeth makes a deal with Erebos to bring him back before her own death, he is returned as a zombie and the two are further separated.
  • Stalker with a Crush: He loses most of his memories as a Returned, but has kept enough to remember Elspeth and seek her out. Unfortunately, he is unaware that she is condemned to the Theros Underworld.
  • Unblockable Attack: Somewhat. His original card can't be blocked by creatures 3 or greater (keep in mind that he himself is a 2/2).
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: His card art shows him bare-chested. Gets what looks to be a toga as a Returned, though most of his chest is still visible.


An historical Archon tyrant that once ruled what is now Meletis, then defeated by the humans, who used Ephara's magic.


A philosopher hailing from the polis of Meletis, and the teacher to many of Meletis' children. Consults with Ephara herself when she sleeps.

  • Cool Teacher: Refuses to treat her students as morons, although she is seen admonishing them to be patient when formulating answers to philosophical questions.


The protagonist of The Consequences Of Attraction, a woman cursed into being a siren by Phenax for daring to love the subject of his attractions.


A triton (merfolk) speaker of the Siren Sea. Upon Kiora's arrival in Theros, she presses him into service as her guide.

  • God Guise: Averted. While most of the local tritons are impressed enough by Kiora's display of power to think this, Kalemnos points out several inconsistencies with the actual Thassa's appearances. Though it should be noted that Kiora wasn't trying very hard.
  • Join or Die
    Kiora: I like you. I also have a sea monster. Want to help?


The human prison warden of Akros. Master of the magic of hieromancy. Teaches a young Kytheon Iora the art of hieromancy during his incarceration.

  • Reasonable Authority Figure: While he's unhappy about the prison riot that happened because of Kytheon, he's willing to talk to the youngster and see the latter's potential, thus taking young Kytheon under his wings.


Brago, King Eternal

King of Fiora, he recently died and returned as a ghost.


Advisor, confidant, and friend to King Brago before his resurrection.

  • Friend to All Living Things: Or at least to all people. She was instrumental both in keeping Brago's plans from harming the people and in gaining his support among the people of the Low City.
  • Mercy Kill: After the Custodi was prolonging his life to the point of agony, Selvala sneaked in to inflict a mercy killing on Brago. This only ended up releasing his spirit and got her banished to the dungeons by the Custodi.

Marchesa, the Black Rose

Head of Paliano's foremost crime syndicate and spy network. She later becomes queen after having Brago assassinated.

  • From Nobody to Nightmare: She comes from a small family, far from royalty. While she eventually became one of Fiora's most infamous criminals, she manages to one-up that by becoming the plane's queen.
    Marchesa: I pray that everyone who claimed me a fallen daughter of a fallen house enjoyed their fall from the High City.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Former crime lord who has the king assassinated to become queen? This can't be good.
  • Magnificent Bitch: Is deemed as such in-universe by her Worthy Opponent, a smuggler named Ervos Trax.
  • Poisonous Person: She relies mostly on poisons hidden in her gems to physically defend herself.


Dungeon Keeper of the High City


  • Actual Pacifist: "I can [murder], but I do not need to. For every obstacle toward my grand design, there is a very simple, nonviolent solution: information."
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Let's hope he never meets Phyrexia.
    Muzzio: There are even rumors of a place where the perfection of machines blends inseparably with the vitality of organic life. I hope we can one day be like those places."
  • Gadgeteer Genius
  • Guile Hero: Orchestrates the removal of several obstacles without using a stab in the back, drop of poison, or any other form of violence.
  • Mad Scientist: Implied to want to replace organic life with a mechanical world.


Tarkir's Present

Zurgo Helmsmasher/Bellstriker

Khan of the Mardu Horde in the original timeline, he holds a special hatred for Sarkhan Vol for the destruction of much of the Horde at the planeswalker's hands. In the new timeline where Dragons rule the clans, he serves under Kolaghan as the clan's bell-striker and has no memories of Vol at all.

  • Arch-Enemy: Sarkhan.
  • The Berserker: Attacks each turn if able.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: In the old timeline he was Mardu's quarterback. In the new timeline, he's Kolagan's water boy.
  • Lightning Bruiser/Fragile Speedster: Extremely strong hulkish-looking, having the greatest power of the Khans, he nonetheless has a toughness of two.
  • Revenge Before Reason: His obsession with finding and killing Vol has clouded his judgement to the point that most of his clan is starting to doubt his ability to continue leading them.

Narset, Enlightened Master

Khan of the Jeskai Way in the original timeline. In the new timeline where Dragons rule the clans, she has vanished after being labed a heretic by Ojutai's followers. In reality, she discovered Shu Yun's scrolls and had her spark ignite upon reading the final scroll detailing Ojutai's part in the Khanfall. To read more about that Narset, visit the Planeswalkers page.

Sidisi, Brood Tyrant/Undead Vizier

Khan of the Sultai Brood. In the new timeline, she is a zombie vizier.

  • Deal with the Devil: She has made a deal with the Rakshasa Feyomsi in exchange for dark magic, and possibly others as well.
  • Evil Chancellor: Silumgar had her executed after he (correctly) suspected her of being this. Even after being raised as an undead servant, she still plots against him.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Is the queen of the Sultai and she's haughty and cruel, even to her own people.
  • Necromancer: Has the ability to raise the dead, which is reflected in her card's ability to produce zombie tokens.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: The reanimation and control of the Sultai's sibsig hordes is done mostly through Naga magic. This might be why she seems to have retained enough intelligence to be Silumgar's vizier, despite being undead.
  • Snake People: She's a Naga.


Former Jeskai monk who, feeling that his clan's philosophies were holding him back from realizing his true potential, struck a deal with a Rakshasa for the power he felt he deserved and defected to the Sultai clan. In the new timeline where Dragons rule the clans, he has replaced Narset as Master and serves directly under Ojutai.

  • Ambition Is Evil: His desire for power over enlightenment puts him at odds with Narset. In both timelines, no less.
  • Deal with the Devil: Made a deal with the Rakshasa Ebirri for fortune and power in the original timeline.
  • The Dragon: His title is "Sidisi's Hand", so he serves as this to Sidisi. In the new timeline, he instead serves Ojutai.
  • Fallen Hero: Taigam was once a Jeskai monk, but defected to the Sultai to fulfil his own ambitions.
  • A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: Trained under Narset back when he was with the Jeskai.

Anafenza, the Foremost/Kin-Tree Spirit

Khan of the Abzan Houses. In the alternate timeline, she becomes a Kin-Tree spirit after being executed for practicing "necromancy."

  • The Cavalry: Leads a horde of ancestor spirits to aid her Dromoka comrades in battle, whether they like it or not.
  • Inspirational Martyr: Following her execution, many among the Dromoka secretly maintain their beliefs in the spirit-worshipping ways of their Abzan ancestors.
  • Not Too Dead to Save the Day: After her death, her soul was bound to a kin-tree safely hidden away from the rest of Tarkir, allowing her to continue to fight alongside her people as a guardian spirit.

Surrak Dragonclaw/the Hunt Caller

Khan of the Temur Frontier.

Chianul, Who Whispers Twice

A Temur shaman who serves as the advisor to the Dragonclaw.

  • The Mentor: Was this to Sarkhan when the latter was younger.
  • Only Sane Man: Chianul seems to be the only person on Tarkir who realises how incredibly screwed up Tarkir has become since the Clans drove the dragons to extinction.

Tarkir's Past

Daghatar, the Adamant

Khan of the Abzan Houses in Tarkir's past.

  • Badass: Being one of Tarkir's khans usually comes with this, especially so in the past when the dragons existed.
    • Badass In Charge: Was noted by Reyhan, joint commander of the forces of three Abzan Houses, to have taken down two dragons in the span of six months with his mace in a counsel meeting between Abzan leaders.
  • Drop the Hammer: His weapon, Remembrance, is a mace forged from the amber of the First Tree. The spirits of every past Abzan khan live on within. When he pledges himself to Dromoka, he shatters it.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Selling out to Dromoka was, by his estimation, the only way his clan could survive.
  • The Quisling: He pledges his allegiance to Dromoka so that his clan may be spared, uprooting the kin-trees and forbidding necromancy.

Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest

Khan of the Jeskai Way in Tarkir's past.

  • Badass
    • Badass In Charge: Not only has Shu Yun slain at least one dragon as evident by his tattoo of a ghostfire warrior, he has also fought and survived a battle against Ojutai in his past.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: While it's unknown if he fights with only his hands regularly, he takes down a dragon with his bare hands when Ojutai and Silumgar attack with their broods during the meeting of the Khans.
  • Killed Off for Real: Ojutai kills him with a blast of his icy breath when Tasigur betrays the khans, but not before he has a Jeskai monk hide the history of Tarkir.
  • Older Than They Look
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: During the meeting of the five clans, Shu Yun serves as the voice of moderation, making sure that they don't go for each other's throats.

Tasigur, the Golden Fang

Khan of the Sultai Brood in Tarkir's past.

  • Bullying a Dragon: Throws a hissy fit when Silumgar's idea of "a place of honor" doesn't match his own.
  • Creepy Souvenir: Adorns Dragonlord Silumgar's favorite necklace in the present.
  • Dirty Coward: When the Dragons attack the meeting of the Khans, he is nowhere to be found, having betrayed them in favor of Silumgar.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He pretty much didn't like being tricked by the Rakshasa to kill a loyal warrior of his.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After his constant mistreatment of his people and his betrayal of the other four Khans, Shidiqi double-crossing him and Silumgar enslaving him was a well-deserved fate.
  • Royal Brat: The youngest of the Khans of his time— and the cruelest.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Surprisingly impulsive and entitled for the khan of a clan involving the colors Blue and Green.
  • Whip It Good: Carries a long, sharp-tipped whip with multiple tails the he will not hesitate to use on others when displeased or simply bored.

Yasova Dragonclaw

Khan of the Temur Frontier in Tarkir's past, she seeks to ensure the survival of her people by ridding the plane of dragons once and for all.

  • Anti-Villain: Type III. She is motivated mostly by the need to save her people from the dragons, and this includes having a part in Ugin's death/hibernation. Sadly, neither go well for her or her clan in either timeline.
  • Badass
    • Badass In Charge: One of the first things Sarkhan sees when he travels a thousand years into the past is Yasova taking down a young dragon single handedly.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Led Nicol Bolas to Ugin, leading to the extinction of the Dragons of Tarkir. In the original timeline, a later member of the Temur Frontier highlights the mass genocide as a bad thing.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Didn't care for any fallout so long as the Dragons of Tarkir were destroyed, all for the sake of her clan.
  • Villain Has a Point: Chews out Sarkhan's obsession with predation and dragons by righteously showing to him that the people on the receiving end are dead meat.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Wanted to kill the dragons for the sake of her people. Unfortunately for her, it didn't quite work out well either timeline.

Alesha, Who Smiles at Death

Khan of the Mardu Horde in Tarkir's past.



The brood leader of the Green/White dragons from Tarkir's deserts. In the new timeline, she took over the Abzan due to a pact with Daghatar, pressured by her genocidal actions.

  • Anti-Villain: The most merciful of the dragonlords by a wide margin, though she is still oppressive and hypocritical in her methods.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Her spin-down die is yellow, for her searing breath of light.
  • Culture Police: She is willing to commit genocide simply because of the Abzan custom of communing with their dead, then goes further and penalizes the very use of "khan" and "clan" under her rule.
  • Final Solution: Attempted on the Abzan. Daghatar surrenders to her rule so that they may be spared.
  • The High Queen: Most beneficent of the five Dragonlords, especially by the time of Dragons of Tarkir.
  • Hypocrite: For someone preaching the sanctity of life, she sure is trigger happy.
  • Knight Templar: Perfectly willing to commit genocide simply because the Abzan practice of ancestral spirit summoning offended her.
  • Light 'em Up: Her and her brood's signature breath weapon, a beam of searing light coming from her mouth.
  • Light Is Not Good: Doesn't get any less "good" than a genocidal dragon that breathes lasers.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: She's not called "Dromoka the Eternal" for nothing. Dromoka's brood is known for being insanely tough to take down, and Dromoka herself seems to be physically invincible.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Seems to be a standard dragon, but covered in enormous scales better than armor.
  • Principles Zealot: While she respects the Abzan and most of their principles, she isn't willing to change her opinion about necromancy.
  • The Social Darwinist: Is described as "devouring the weak link" when she finds something displeasing in her inspections of her clan.
  • Super Toughness: Her and her brood's greatest strength. When Daghatar met her, he noticed that her scales were unmarred despite thousands of weapons having been used against her.


The brood leader of the White/Blue dragons of Tarkir's mountains. He ambushes the Jeskai in the new timeline, violently taking them over.

  • Color-Coded Characters: His spin-down die is a pale blue for his ice breath.
  • Culture Police: The very first thing he does after taking over the Jeskai is declare their identity as a clan over, and then do away with the elements he finds most distasteful.
  • Fantastic Racism: See White Man's Burden below.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In spite of his borderlinely despotic behaviour, he managed to form a close student/teacher relationship with new-timeline Narset.
  • Evil Is Deathly Cold: He has a heart as cold as his ice breath.
  • Evil Is Petty: It's understandable to want your worst enemy dead, but killing everyone who even has the tattoo of a dragon slayer, destroying the Jeskai's entire archives, freezing over the monasteries, forcing the former Jeskai to call him Great Ojutai, calling himself the wisest being in the land (considering the Jeskai's former Khan, Shu Yun, outsmarted him)... This guy's sheer pettiness does not end; even if he did fulfill his deal with Shu Yun to the letter by sparing the clan, he utterly destroyed its soul.
  • An Ice Person: He and his brood breathe frost as a weapon.
  • Light Is Not Good: Despite being the most elegant of the dragons, he is still every bit as ruthless and tyrannical as Dromoka or Silumgar.
  • Morality Adjustment: He seems to have mellowed out greatly over the millennia of ruling. He cares deeply for his students and encourages them to follow their own path and always seek enlightenment. In fact, he's actually proud of Narset for uncovering the truth about the fall of the clans 1,280 years ago, telling her that one must always take time to reflect on what they know, and that there is always more to learn. However, he still has many nasty traits.
  • Orwellian Editor: Once he takes over, he demands edits to the Jeskai archives to erase everything he doesn't like, such as the very words "khan" and "clan".
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Ojutai and his brood have furry serpentine bodies and feathered wings, and are known for their near-unparalleled cunning.
  • White Man's Burden: He and his brood clearly consider themselves miles above their mortal charges, pretty much inflating their egos as they "educate" them. The levels of condescension are actually pretty comical.


The brood leader of the Blue/Black dragons of Tarkir's jungles. In the new timeline, after Tasigur offends the Nagas and Rakshasa into leaving, the khan of the Sultai makes a pact with him, which he accepts in return of acting as The Mole for the other khans. Predictably, this doesn't go well for the Sultai humans, who are enslaved for good.

  • Color-Coded Characters: His spin-down die is black, for his poisonous breath.
  • Creepy Souvenir: Tasigur's mummified corpse dangles from his neck to gently remind the former Sultai who, exactly, is in charge.
  • Dark Is Evil: There's very little doubt that the Black-aligned poison-breathing black-scaled dragon is up to no good.
  • Dragon Hoard: Spends his free time resting on his treasures in his fortress on the Marang River.
  • Evil Overlord: One thing that hasn't been changed in Sulti since his usurpation of Tasigur is the faction's hunger for power, and that its people are slaves at best to its leader.
  • Exact Words: Tasigur did get an important position. He's Silumgar's prize.
  • I Lied: It's very doubtful he considers what he gave to Tasigur to be a genuine honoring of his terms.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: His capture and murder of Tasigur, considering Tasigur was just as bad if not worse than the dragon.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "The Drifting Death".
  • Our Dragons Are Different: The swamp-dwelling Silumgar and his brood are similar to giant basilisks, having large fangs, poisonous bodily fluids and highly corrosive breath.
  • The Paranoiac: He has a tendency to sink into a state of deep, obsessive paranoia when bored. His subjects have learned to keep him entertained at all times, lest he slaughter them in fits of delusion.
  • Poisonous Person: He and the rest of his brood breathe venom and acid.


The brood leader of the Black/Red dragons of Tarkir's steppes. In the new timeline, she invites the Mardu to keep up with her, peacefully establishing a new partnership between both groups - for a value of "peaceful" that does not extend to anyone who gets in their way. Her ways of "keeping up", however, ended into turning the Mardu into a cannibalistic horde of berserkers.

  • Ax-Crazy: She's basically Tarkir's Joker, if prioritizing freedom more.
  • Blood Knight: She lives for the thrill of the kill, and doesn't care about much else.
  • The Caligula: While Ojutai has become much softer and caring about the humanoids under his rule, Dromoka still cares about her Clan as an extended family, Silumgar encourages the most powerful (whether they are dragons or humanoids) and Atarka has taken up social darwinism up to eleven, Kolaghan is just cruel and brutal, having nothing in mind but destruction and caring nothing about her Clan, even killing them for nothing but a slight.
  • Chaotic Evil: Just lives for destruction and the indulgence of her whims. In the words of her clan: "To Ruin is to Rule".
  • Color-Coded Characters: Her spin-down die is purple, representing her lightning.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She is initially the least malevolent of the dragon brood leaders, with the possible exception of Atarka (who doesn't really seem to care about anything), not being interested in enslaving or even just leading the Mardu and instead just inviting them along. She's still very prone to violently imposing herself, however, and doesn't particularly care about the lives of her clan. Averted after 1, 280 years, when she has become a straight example of Dark Is Evil.
  • Dystopia Justifies the Means: Kolaghan has completly destroyed her Clan in ways that rival that of Atarka. The edicts of Ilagra have been forgotten for the sake of mindless killing, her shamans practice dark magic that draws its power from twisting the draconic language and those to weak to bring glory to the dragonlord in battle being punished.
  • For the Evulz: Kolaghan kills and hunts just for amusement. The same extends to her raids on the territory of other clans. Once everyone has been slaughtered, she loses interest and will incinerate it with her lightning breath just for the sake of watching it burn.
  • Morality Adjustment: After 1, 280 years, Kolaghan has become as much as a tyrant as the other dragonlords, killing even own clan members without much provocation. The Mardu transformed from an honorable Clan into a bunch of cannibalistic murderers who rush from battle to battle in order to stave off Kolaghans wrath and kill just for the sake of it.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: In this case, Kolaghan and her brood have four feathered wings, long spiky frills, and a very streamlined shape.
  • Orwellian Editor: Like all dragonlords, Kolaghan enforces the ban on the word "khan", with Zurgo and Vial Smasher becoming anxious when Sarkhan even mentions his name that contains the word.
  • Shock and Awe: She and her brood breathe lightning. Also overlaps with Psycho Electro.
  • Super Speed: She and her brood are fast.
  • Token Good Teammate: "Good" is a bit of a stretch, but she was definitely the only one of the dragon brood leaders who wasn't initially tyrannical. However, things have changed in the last 1,280 years.
  • The Unfettered: Kolaghans drive for freedom has turned it into a drive for freedom from civilization, from limits, from any form of honor or law.
  • The Voiceless: Noted to be the only one of the five dragonlords who never speaks, even in Draconic. She's perfectly fine with expressing herself through blowing stuff up, though.
  • Yellow Lightning, Blue Lightning: The bolts of lightning she and her brood breathe are purple in color.


The brood leader of the Red/Green dragons of Tarkir's slopes. In the new timeline, Yasova is forced to plead with her to not eat her clan, offering her food. For now, it seems to be working.

  • Big Eater: Has an appetite that could probably be fairly compared to a forest fire.
  • The Brute: Looks the part, anyway.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Her spin-down die is red, for her fire breath (even if it's green in color).
  • Dumb Muscle: Subverted. She seems dumber than the other dragonlords, but is actually a rather cunning tyrant herself
  • Dystopia Justifies the Means: She completely destroyed the Temur's culture, making them her submissive servants, and actively reminds them they're nothing but her potential next meal. Arguably the worst of the dragonlords in this regard, other than perhaps Silumgar.
  • Evil Is Petty: Deliberately goes out of her away to remind her underlings that they're nothing but her personal feeders, and that she'll turn on them the moment they fail to be of use to her.
  • Jerkass: Probably the most out of the dragons in this regard. She readily asserts the former Temur where they stand in her world (as in, food-providers or the food itself) and shows it with being as much as a Darwinist as Dromoka is. She even views weak dragons with similar disdain.
  • Might Makes Right: Unlike other dragonlords, such as Ojutai, she has no real objection to mortals killing weak dragons; if it's not strong enough to kill them, it's not strong enough to survive.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "World Render".
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Of the standard "giant feral fire-breathing beast" variety, though it's worth noting that she and her brood have antlers, providing a slightly elk-like appearance.
  • Playing with Fire: Atarka and her dragon brood breathe fire.
  • The Social Darwinist: Provides a strong selection pressure in favour of being a good hunter, mostly by eating anyone who fails to provide.
  • Technicolor Fire: The fire they breathe is green in color.
  • Villainous Glutton: Is only actually interested in eating. According to Yasova Dragonclaw, left unchecked she would devour all of Tarkir.


The Allies of Zendikar


Former leader of the militia of Sea Gate, he became the Commander-General of the refuges of Sea Gate and the Sea Gate forces after the rise of the Eldrazi.

  • Killed Off for Real: Mortally wounded by a Eldrazi of Ulamog's lineage in a skirmish. Vorik's death leads to Gideon's promotion as his successor.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: While he is only featured in a few Uncharted Realms articles, Vorik's decision to name Gideon rather than Tazri as Commander-General to succeed him plays an important role in the story and the overall strategy of the allied army of Zendikar as Gideon decided to liberate Sea Gate from the hordes of Eldrazi while Tazri opted for a more defensive option by attempting to find a safe haven.


A once famed caravan guard captain of the Tazeem roads, who fell on bad times due to a curse set upon her when she agreed to mercy kill a heavily wounded angel who fought against a group of vampires. After killing the angel, Tazri suffered from a series of bad caravan jobs and lost much of her credibility as a guard. Eventually, she joined up with the Sea Gate militia group led by Vorik and became his second-in-command.

After the Eldrazi overran Sea Gate, Vorik became the leader of the survivors with Tazri as his second-in-command. When Vorik succumbed to his wounds from a skirmish with the Eldrazi, he chose Gideon as his successor instead of Tazri, to her dismay and shock. Tazri is now a leading officer and a general of the allied armies.

  • The Ace: Was a famed caravan guard before the age of twenty and a expert swordsman.
  • Curse: Was said to be cursed due to killing an angel.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Was unable to find purpose or value in herself after her series of failed caravan jobs until she met Vorik who believed in her and helped her. In fact, it is suggested that she has sought a purpose her whole life if the visions caused by Kozilek are to be believed.
  • Drop the Hammer: Currently uses a mace, but was once a noted sword user.
  • Four-Star Badass: Vorik's second-in-command and one of Gideon's leading commanders.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Towards Gideon, who was named successor by a dying Vorik. This is made more evident in her hallucinations caused by Kozilek as she felt happiness when she witnessed Kozilek crush Gideon in its hand in the vision.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Suffered from this after a series of failed caravan jobs until she met Vorik who saw potential in her.
  • Mercy Kill: Killed an heavily wounded angel who begged Tazri for death to avoid a slow and painful fate at the hands of the vampires she was battling.
  • Mind Rape: Due to Kozilek's reality warping presence. However, the experiences and visions caused by Kozilek's distortions ultimately help her grow as a leader and move on from her curse.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Tazri keeps the halo of the angel she mercy killed and wears it around her neck.
  • You Are in Command Now: When Gideon goes missing after the emergence of Kozilek and the allied forces are routed, Tazri resolves to take command in his stead and rallies the remaining forces left. Is eventually given the position of Commander-General permanently after the final battle against Kozilek and Ulamog as Gideon cannot stay on Zendikar forever due to his obligations to the Gatewatch.


The ancient and powerful bloodchief of the Kalastria vampires, the wealthiest of the five vampire families of Malakir on Zendikar. Drana foiled Kalitas's plot to turn all of the vampires of Malakir into thralls of the Eldrazi, taking Malakir back from House Ghet and driving out Kalitas. However, Drana's victory was short-lived as the Eldrazi pushed her and her subjects out of the city. As such, she led her people away from Malakir to seek a refuge from the ever-growing horde of Eldrazi. Most vampires have either joined Drana or Kalitas after the rise of the Eldrazi.

Drana joined her forces with Gideon when news reached her that he was assembling an army to liberate Sea Gate from the Eldrazi, she became one of his leading commanders during the retaking of Sea Gate.

  • The Ageless: A few thousand years old at this point.
  • Anti-Hero: Has become this as of the Battle for Zendikar block, being forced to work alongside the mortal races against the Eldrazi.
  • Badass
    • Badass Cape: Wears one in both her cards.
    • Badass In Charge: Aside from the fact that she's the leader of House Kalastria and one of Gideon's commanders during the allied retaking of Sea Gate, she took down a large Eldrazi alone.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Is willing to employ orphans as child soldiers against the Eldrazi and allow the Kors sent by Gideon to selflessly sacrifice themselves as distractions to the Eldrazi to cover her retreat.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Not entirely evil at least, she's willing to work alongside the other mortal races and take orders from Gideon (and from Tazri, after Gideon goes missing).
  • Heroic Willpower: Is able to break out of an Eldrazi's attempt to enslave her through her sheer will alone.
  • It's All About Me: In a good way, sort of. Drana channels the power of a Eldrazi she absorbed into her forces, and resolves to fight for her people and subjects rather than planeswalking away with said Eldrazi power as she believes that they belong to her (and as such, it is her duty to protect everything that is her's).
  • Last of Her Kind: Drana is one of the two known remaining bloodchiefs alive (the other being Kalitas). The bloodchiefs were originally humanoids transformed by a magical Eldrazi disease and numbered in the hundreds, but were cut down to only around a dozen in the years before the Eldrazi were freed.
  • Monster Lord: Leader of the Kalastria vampire clan.
  • Really 700 Years Old: One of the oldest vampires of Zendikar, she has lived for thousands of years, but she doesn't look any older than a woman in her mid-to-late 20s.
  • Status Buff: Empowers her forces with the energy of a Eldrazi she absorbed in one Uncharted Realms article. Drana also buffs her entire board in one of her actual cards when she deals combat damage to a player.
  • The Fog of Ages: Drana has trouble remember much of her memories with clarity due to her longevity, the only thing she clearly remembers is her commitment of serving no one.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: One of the original vampires, which were humanoids who were contaminated by a infection of Eldrazi origin.
  • Vampire Monarch: As bloodchief of House Kalastria.

Noyan Dar

Formerly a powerful merfolk lullmage (a wizard able to calm and control the force of the dangerous and terrain-altering Roils of Zendikar) and iconoclastic scholar at the Sea Gate lighthouse. Noyan Dar is now a roilmage who uses his powers to rouse Zendikar's Roils to combat the Eldrazi threat, and the founder and leader of the new merfolk capital of Coralheim Refuge. He also has a small number of apprentice roilmages under his tutelage.

Noyan Dar and his roilmages are recruited by Gideon to join his united force to retake Sea Gate from the Eldrazi after Gideon personally comes to visit him.

  • Badass Bookworm: Formerly a iconoclastic scholar from the Sea Gate lighthouse, and now a leader of Coralheim Refuge who fights the Eldrazi on a almost daily basis.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He was pretty snarky to Gideon when Gideon came to recruit him.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: As a lullmage, he has the ability to create earthquakes and such by rousing the Roils of Zendikar.
  • Elemental Powers: Able to create earthquakes and such by riling up the Roils.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Suffers from a minor one after finding out most of his roilmages are dead after the allied forces are routed by the Eldrazi. However, Tazri is able to get Noyan to regain his composure and channel his anger into fighting the Eldrazi.
  • Ignored Expert: According to the Art of Magic the Gathering: Zendikar book, Noyan Dar had hypothesized from his studies that the merfolk deities (distorted memories of the three Eldrazi Titans) were destroyers and not benevolent beings. He received much criticism from his academic peers at the time.
  • Our Merfolk Are Different
  • The Rival: He has been rivals with Thada Adel since their school days in the Merfolk Enclave when he tried to recruit her into his circle of cronies; she took an instant dislike to him and has been enemies with him ever since.


A kor who is a close friend of Gideon. While it is unknown what Munda did before the Eldrazi were freed, he now serves as a leading figure of the survivors. Munda is called "The Spider" by his allies for his great skill with ropes for trapping and immobilizing enemies. Gideon appointed Munda as a squad leader during the retaking of Sea Gate.

  • Badass
    • Badass Normal: Fights Eldrazi with nothing but ropes and a pair of sickles. Munda isn't a planeswalker like Gideon, vampire like Drana, or wizard like Munda either.
    • Colonel Badass: Badass and one of Gideon's officers.
  • Bald of Awesome
  • Frontline General: One of Gideon's leading officers and often found on the frontlines fighting the Eldrazi.
  • Heroic Albino: White hair and pale skin is a characteristic of all kors, and Munda is pretty heroic considering he's willing to go toe-to-toe with Eldrazi on a daily basis.
  • Red Baron: Called "The Spider" by the allied forces of Zendikar.

Jori En

A archaeologist and friend of Kendrin, a human scholar who had been close to cracking the "puzzle of the leylines," who was killed by the Eldrazi when they invaded Sea Gate. This puzzle was believed to be crucial as it may allow the Zendakaris to understand how the magic of the hedrons could be used—and turned into a weapon against the Eldrazi.

Jori En, trapped at Sea Gate due to the Eldrazi attack, was rescued by Gideon and his forces due to her importance as she knew something about the puzzle of the leylines. Afterwards, she continued the work of her late friend and continues to crack the puzzle, hoping that it will ultimately prove to be Zendikar's salvation from the Eldrazi.

Mina and Denn


A goblin who is somewhat knowledgeable about the hederons due to the fact she grinds them up and eats them, something that makes the goblins of Zendikar stronger. Zada overthrew the leader of the Tuktuk goblin tribe, Tuktuk, by convincing the other goblins of the tribe that Tuktuk had been contaminated by the Eldrazi and was a dangerously unreliable leader. She shattered him into many pieces and became the new leader of the tribe.

She encountered Jace when he was making his way to the Eye of Ugin in his jounrey to crack the puzzle of the leylines.

  • Eat Dirt, Cheap: Zada, like many goblins of Zendikar, eat grinded up rocks as it makes them stronger.
  • Status Buff: Gameplay-wise, her card can buff all your creatures with instant and sorcery spells you cast targeting her.
  • Our Goblins Are Different
  • The Usurper: Convinced the goblins of the her tribe to overthrow their leader Tuktuk.

Eldrazi-aligned Characters


The bloodchief of the Ghet vampires, formerly the poorest and least powerful of the vampire families of Malakir on Zendikar.

Unlike Drana, Kalitas seeks to aid the Eldrazi and plotted to turn all the vampires of Malakir into thralls of the Eldrazi. However, due to Drana's interference, he and his clan were driven from the city. Most vampires have either joined Drana or Kalitas after the rise of the Eldrazi.

  • The Ageless: Presumably, if Drana is any indicator.
  • Face Monster Turn: Both of his in-game cards do this to other creatures, turning them into vampires or nulls (faceless zombies) under his control.
  • Last of His Kind: Kalitas is one of the two known remaining bloodchiefs alive (the other being Drana). The bloodchiefs were originally humanoids transformed by a magical Eldrazi disease and numbered in the hundreds, but were cut down to only around a dozen in the years before the Eldrazi were freed.
  • Monster Lord: Leader of the Ghet vampire clan.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Comes with being a vampire and a bloodchief.
  • The Quisling: Has the title of "thrall of Ulamog" and "Traitor of Ghet" due to his submission to the Eldrazi.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: The vampires of Zendikar are not the traditional undead bloodsuckers, they're actually descended from humanoids who were infected by an Eldrazi-created disease meant to turn humanoids into servants of the Eldrazi.
  • Vampire Monarch: The bloodchief of House Ghet.


A kor who was a cleric of the goddess Kamsa or Emeria, the long lost and warped memory of the Eldrazi Titan Emrakul. After the rise of the Eldrazi and the revelation that the Zendikari gods were actually false interpretations of the Eldrazi Titans, Ayli has become the high priest of a cult that worships the Eldrazi called Eternal Pilgrims.

  • Go Mad from the Revelation: A possible interpretation of her character.
  • Religion of Evil: The Eternal Pilgrims are this, they worship the Eldrazi and kidnap survivors and offer them to the Eldrazi. They attempted to offer Jori En and Jace as living sacrifices to Ulamog when the two were making their way to the Eye of Ugin. It is also said in the Art of Magic the Gathering: Zendikar book that the Eternal Pilgrims perform raids on survivor camps.



The scion of a powerful vampire family in Malakir and an renown expert on ruins, runes, and ancient languages. In his relentless search for answers, he has left a trail of corpses. He is seen as a powerful mage, knowledgeable scholar, and notable expedition leader in some settlements; but, some regard him as a murderer and ruthless power seeker. Despite whatever opinions others may have of him, most can agree that he is respected by friend and foe alike.

While initially a "son" of the House Ghet under the tutelage of Bloodchief Tenihas, he eventually left, leaving Tenihas and the bloodchief's retinue slaughtered with the only survivor claiming that Anowon killed the bloodchief in rage. It is believed that this was the result of growing animosity between Anowon and Tenihas over ancient texts that alluded the enslavement of the vampire race by "famished gods," most likely the Eldrazi.

Anowon spent the following decades as a mercenary and expeditionary leader until he found a powerful scroll now known as the "Dragon's Fire." After this event, he renounced his loyalty to the expeditionary house he served and he disappeared. He assumed a new identity as a human scholar at the Sea Gate lighthouse and attempted to find the Eye of Ugin. However, after an event that exposed his identity as a vampire, he was nearly beaten to death and ousted from Sea Gate by some of the residents. He eventually established his own league of explorers, adventurers, and mages to help in his search of the Eye of Ugin. Inadvertently, Anowon aided in the release of the Eldrazi by leading both Chandra and Jace to the Eye of Ugin.

After the release of the Eldrazi by Chandra, Jace, and Sarkhan, Anowon became enslaved by the Eldrazi broods until he was freed by Nissa Revane and Sorin Markov. He then accompanied the two planeswalkers to the eye of Ugin; however, after Nissa freed the Eldrazi Titans they fled together to Affa where they parted ways with Anowon retreating back to his league and beginning to rebuild it.

  • Adventurer Archaeologist: Many on Zendikar find themselves with this occupation.
  • Badass Bookworm: A notable scholar and powerful mage.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Betrayed House Ghet, the expedition house he was working for, and Chandra.
  • Parental Betrayal: Bloodchief Tenihas was somewhat of a father figure to him, and then he (probably) killed him.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: While the benevolence of Anowon varied depending on who you asked, he became more cutthroat after being beaten almost to death by the angry folk at Sea Gate.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: The vampires of Zendikar are not the traditional undead bloodsuckers, they're actually descended from humanoids who were infected by an Eldrazi-created disease meant to turn humanoids into servants of the Eldrazi.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Led both Chandra and Jace to the Eye of Ugin, as Nicol Bolas had planned. This ultimately weakened the prison that held the Eldrazi when Chandra, Jace, and Sarkhan met at the Eye and unwittingly unleashed the Eldrazi broods onto Zendikar.


A powerful archangel and minor deity of sorts who refuses to let the Eldrazi ravage Zendikar. Strangely enough, unlike many of her brethren who wear their searing halos over their eyes as a reminder of their unpreparedness when the Eldrazi first re-emerged, she does not wear a halo over her eyes. Due to her notable power and importance, she is ironically associated with the Zendikari god Emeria (who is a distorted interpretation of Emrakul) and is called the "Shield of Emeria."

After the release of the Eldrazi, Iona has left her post to combat them. To this day, Iona continues to defend Zendikar from the Eldrazi that seek to destroy it.

  • BFS: Although Iona's sword is somewhat reasonable for her size, she's big as a mountain... so her sword's pretty large.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Averted. Iona's in-game card's ability to prevent casting spells of a certain color doesn't work against the colorless Eldrazi cards; this displays the fact that her formidable power does nothing to fend off the colorless magic of the Eldrazi.
  • Glowing Eyes: Although not a characteristic of all Zendikari angels, Iona has them.
  • Guardian Angel: Iona, like most Zendikari angels, is sworn to stand for justice and righteousness.
  • Large and in Charge: Iona is one of the most powerful angels on Zendikar whose hand is bigger than an average human.
  • Mystical White Hair: A powerful angel with white hair.
  • Power Nullifier: Iona's card is able to prevent the casting of all spells of a named color.
  • Red Baron: Known as the "Shield of Emeria" by most Zendikari, she traditionally stood guard over the passage to the Sky Ruin, which is believed to have once been the home of the goddess Emeria.


Another notable angel of Zendikar. Similar to Iona, Linvala chooses not to put a halo over her eyes. As the Eldrazi Titans and their broods reemerged on Zendikar, Linvala has begun combating them along with the other angels.

Thada Adel

A former merfolk adventurer and scholar before the Eldrazi were freed, she now leads Tikal Harborage, a large merfolk outpost half-submerged in a pool upriver from Sea Gate.

  • Adventurer Archaeologist: An adventurer and relic seeker.
  • Our Merfolk Are Different
  • The Rival: She has been rivals with Noyan Dar since their school days in the Merfolk Enclave when he tried to recruit her into his circle of cronies. Thada took an instant dislike to him and has been enemies with him ever since.


The leader of the Tuktuk tribe of goblins, he was known as a brave explorer. Tuktuk was forever changed during one of his explorations into an ancient ruin in which he emerged as a stone golem of sorts. Somehow, a magical trap in the ruins remade his body into stone and implanted his memories into said body. Tuktuk returned to his tribe and would lead it for five decades until Zala convinced the tribe to overthrow and kill him.


A elemental that is a powerful manifestation of the wild and chaotic mana of Zendikar, said to be able to cause great destruction. Initially sealed away on a high mesa of Ondu, Omnath was ultimately broke free from his prison in response to the Eldrazi Titans ravaging Zendikar.

  • The Berserker: While its rage is aimed towards the Eldrazi, Omnath will not hesitate to destroy other beings in its path.
  • Elemental Embodiment: Omnath is an elemental embodiment of Zendikar's mana.
  • Nature Spirit: Omnath is a manifestation of Zendikar's mana.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Not necessarily evil, but Omnath was sealed away in a prison for an unknown reason and is kept sealed due to the belief that it would cause mass destruction if freed.
  • Unstoppable Rage: it is going on a rampage against the Eldrazi and manifesting the mana of Zendikar as elementals in response to the Eldrazi and their draining of Zendikar.


A large monstrous octopus who lives in the oceans of Zendikar, the merfolk of the plane believed Lorthos controlled the tide.

Lorthos was summoned by Kiora after the Aligned Hedron Network that held Ulamog fell apart and Kozilek emerged from under ground due to Ob Nixilis's interference. After being summoned from the deep seas, Lorthos began to battle the emerged Kozilek and was quickly killed by the Eldrazi Titan.

  • Back for the Dead: Returns in one Battle for Zendikar block Uncharted Realms article and is ripped in half by Kozilek as a display of the titan's overwhelming power.
  • Giant Squid: One of the largest on Zendikar actually, Lorthos is so large that it is said he can control the tides with his movements.
  • Kaiju: A really giant octopus, he's big enough to match Kozilek in size. It even gets into a giant monster fight with Kozilek, although this goes very poorly for Lorthos.



Captain Baral is an officer of the Consulate that was tasked with capturing the Nalaars. After failing to do so, he was demoted to prison duty.

  • Child Hater: Has developed a deep dislike and hatred against children since Chandra burned his face.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: The ignition of Chandra's spark burned his face, leaving him deformed.
  • Jerk Justifications: His justifications for his hatred against pyromancers as public threats.
  • Knight Templar: Goes overboard in his hunt for pyromancers, even burning down the village of Bunurat. Even Dovin Baan acknowledges that he might be too eager for field duty.
  • Mage Killer: Fought against pyromancers that are a threat to the Consulate.
  • Wardens Are Evil: Took a liking in reminding Pia Nalaar in her captivity that he (supposedly) had killed her daughter.

Pia and Kiran Nalaar

Chandra's parents. Artificers in the Kaladesh city of Ghirapur. Renegade to begin with, and later fully hunted down and later murdered by the consul forces of Ghirapur when Chandra's fire powers manifested.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: They were skilled artificers, something Chandra failed to mimic.
  • Good Parents: They even tried to flee the country to keep their daughter from the Consulate, but the responsible officer caught up, killed them, and would have executed Chandra had her spark not ignited.
  • Never Found the Body: Only Kiran is explicitly shown to have been killed. That would be because Pia is still alive.
  • So Proud of You: They were proud of Chandra being a natural pyromancer.
  • Rebel Leader: Pia Nalaar becomes known as "Renegade Prime" after escaping the Dhund prison.
  • Take Me Instead: While Pia could have avoided capture by Tezzeret, she decides to let herself be captured when she sees Chandra, fearing that making a ruckus would endanger her daughter.

Oviya Pashiri

Fellow renegade and friend of the Nalaars.
  • Cool Old Lady: An elderly woman who is a renegade like the Nalaars.
  • Odd Friendship: Despite the fact that leonins do not exist in Kaladesh, she doesn't seem to mind having Ajani, a leonin, as company, to the point that he gladly addresses her as Grandmother.

     Miscellaneous Non-Planeswalkers 

"What he looks like in his later years."

Also called Archmage Eternal, due to his longevity. He discovered/laid down the laws of magic that future generations will take up, and is the founder of a school of magic which still exists today. He fell into a Fountain of Youth when he was young, causing him to age very, very slowly. He is also a mentor to Jaya Ballard.

  • Action Survivor: He has survived the Dark Age, the Ice Age, flipped off planeswalkers, helped two people become planeswalkers and saved the world at least twice in the same day.
  • After the End: He is born after the Brother's War, which destroyed most civilizations on the planet.
  • Apocalypse How: He is born after a Class 2 apocalypse and lives through a Class 1 Apocalypse. The latter would have been just as bad as the former if he had not been forced-he would have done it anyway-into cushioning the impact. He also helps prevent a Class O which was in the form of a Zombie Apocalypse.
  • Apocalypse Wow: He is unable to stop the planeswalker Freyalise from destroying the world, though he is able to cushion it.
  • The Archmage: Obviously.
  • Badass Grandpa: He's old after all, though might not look it.
  • Badass Beard: He has one in his later years despite misleading cover art.
  • Divine Parentage: Of a sort. He is descended from Urza who is a planeswalker.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: He gave a verbal one to a planeswalker, and got off scot free. More or less.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Justified and Invoked. He deliberately spread lies and diminished his status in history. Also a bit Zig-Zagged as while he has been reduced to a footnote in history, his footnote is appears throughout three thousand years of history, puzzling many future historians including the narrator.
  • Eccentric Mentor: He was trained by one.
  • Fantastic Racism: Towards planeswalkers. Downplayed and Justified. He does not necessarily hate planeswalkers, but he condemns them for misusing their power, and is critical of their mental outlook on mortals.
  • Heroic Build: The man has more muscle than the classical archmage. His build is comparable to Gideon's if not the same in his later years, despite contradictory cover page art.
  • Magic Mirror: From Freyalise. This is the same mirror which he uses to ignite Jaya's spark.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He comes off as this to people sometimes. He apologizes a lot.
  • The Kirk: He is half this as well as half Spock, as mentioned below.
  • Magic Knight: He is skilled with both magic and swordplay, though he doesn't use the latter much in his later years.
  • My Skull Runneth Over: And thus he has a magical trinket that he periodically uses to store some of his memories.
  • Odd Couple: Is this with Jaya, made especially so as Jaya kissed him once on the lips and once on the cheek-though she was brainwashed at the time.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gave one to Freyalise-and planeswalkers in general-after she ushered in the Age of Storms.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Of course.
  • Time Abyss: Suffers from this a little as mentioned above.`
  • The Stoic: He has a bit of this. He got better though.
  • The Spock: He is half this and half Kirk, as mentioned above.

The Eldrazi Titans

Emrakul, Kozilek, and Ulamog are the three progenitors of the Eldritch Abomination Eldrazi race. They were sealed away in Zendikar for eons by three ancient planeswalkers (Nahiri, Sorin, and Ugin), but the events of Rise of the Eldrazi released them to devour planes once more.

  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: When Emrakul appears in Jace's mind, he interprets Her as the angel Emeria, the name given by the natives of Zendikar to the angelic god they worshipped as Her.
  • Answers to the Name of God: Stories about Eldritch Moon's plot on Magic's website see Emrakul addressed with capitalized female pronouns.
  • Assimilation Plot: Instead of generating spawn like her 'siblings', Emrakul converts existing lifeforms into her spawn. We see this on Innistrad when she is brought there by Nahiri, with the people and even angels becoming horrific abominations.
  • Above Good and Evil: They're more like forces of nature than villainous entities. Emrakul even seems confused that the people of Innistrad would want to resist her influence.
  • Badass Boast: Surprisingly, Emrakul offers two as Jace communes with her.
    "I am already winning, Jace Beleren. Let us play a game."
    "They are all my pieces, Jace Beleren. They always were. I just no longer want to play."
  • Bigger Is Better: The entire logic behind Rise of the Eldrazi; the cheapest Eldrazi in that set costs seven mana.
  • Blessed with Suck: The ability that shuffle your graveyard back into your library when they die also shuts down cards like Zombify that would help you cheat them into play sooner.
    • Cursed with Awesome: Simultaneously, unlike other "Shuffle back into deck" cards, this one lets you reuse some cards (after some time) and makes it much more difficult for mill decks to defeat you. Entire combo decks have been built around the big 3 Eldrazi's ability to shuffle your graveyard back into your deck.
    • As of Battle for Zendikar the ability has been lost; they've moved to weakening the reanimation spells rather than adding new abilities to the big creatures.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: With Emrakul more so then the others. None of them are truly malicious, but she seems the most cognisant, while the other two are simply blind forces. When Jace interacts with a projection of Emrakul (in the shape of Emeria, an angel the people of Zendikar believed represented her), she interrupts Jace's angry flurry of questions by asking if he plays chess and would like a game with her (she loses the chess game, but on other fronts...). She also seems genuinely frustrated that Innistrad's population are being so hostile towards her as she reshapes them. Finally, she became sealed in the moon because she wanted to be.
  • Body Horror: Not on the Titans themselves, which are the way they are "naturally", but on basically everything influenced by Emrakul in Shadows over Innistrad and especially Eldritch Moon. Knights and riders fusing into one entity, werewolves burning with internal fire, an entire town fused into a writhing blob monster...Grotesque Mutation even looks a bit like the page image for Body Horror.
  • Daylight Horror: Cards that feature them have clear weather and bright colors, all of which show how much destruction they cause by simply existing.
    • Averted when Emrakul comes to Innistrad, since Innistrad is already short on daylight. "Brighter background clouds" is about the closest you can get.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Specifically, the Gatewatch. And hell yeah they did. At the end of the Battle for Zendikar block, Kozilek and Ulamog are dragged onto the plane by Nissa using the leylines of Zendikar then obliterated by Chranda's inferno, created by draining the titans of their own mana and combining it with that of Zendikar. What's left is absorbed by Zendikar itself — the plane consuming the titans as they tried to consume it. They are absolutely and entirely destroyed.
    • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu/Heroic R.R.O.D.: Channelling that much raw mana put a pretty heavy strain on Chandra's magic, leaving her almost unable to use magic or her legs for a while.
    • Didn't Think This Through: Ugin discouraged annihilating them originally on the grounds that they were a natural part of the Multiverse and their loss would cause terrible things to happen. As for what those are, we're not sure. Yet.
    • Then on Innistrad, Jace calls the Gatewatch again, adds a new member (Liliana), and helps Tamiyo imprison Emrakul in Innistrad's moon, a piece of which was formerly the Helvault. However, it's then revealed that Emrakul imprisoned herself, possessing Tamiyo in order to ensure it happened.
  • Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: Emrakul rips apart the minds of Jace's friends, but upon reaching him projects A Form You Are Comfortable With, requests a seat (she's a visitor in his mind, after all, it's only polite), asks him if he minds her working while they talk, inquires whether he still has a headache, offers to play chess with him, complains things aren't going the way she wanted them to, and then casually demolishes most of the mental scape with her true form. Bonus points for Jace saying the trope almost word for word.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The lesser Eldrazi are not distinct entities from the greater ones, but instead are different elements of the horror out in the Blind Eternities — even the Ulamog card is not the whole of Ulamog, but instead is a part of the greater Ulamog creature being pushed into Zendikar to eat things. In an actual conversation (for a given value of "actual") Emrakul isn't even sure if the Planeswalkers attacking/communing with her are real. They're just so insignificant she can't be certain.
  • Eldritch Location: Whereas Ulamog simply reduces everything in its path to dust, Kozilek is a bit more creative, leaving behind trails that resemble bismuth crystals.
  • Exact Words: Note that when Emrakul/Emeria says she wants to play a game with Jace, she does not specify a game of chess.
  • Extreme Omnivore: The Eldrazi eat everything, including your permanents (with annihilator) and your library (with ingest). Ulamog, in particular, is defined by hunger without end.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: Signature of Kozilek and its brood lineage. Emrakul isn't too shabby, either; some of the mutations shown on Shadows over Innistrad depict people with more eyes than the standard.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Being the master of Mind Rape among the three, Kozilek and its brood can also do this, as It That Betrays, Turn Against and Eldrazi Obligator show.
    • Emrakul-mutated creatures end up turning into extensions of the Titan and attempting to messily devour their former kin, and Emrakul's new card gives you full control over your opponent's next turn, essentially making your opponent pull a Face–Heel Turn on themselves.
  • Floating Continent: Emrakul.
  • I Let You Win: Emrakul chooses to seal herself in the midst of handily overwhelming the Gatewatch.
  • It Can Think: For a lack of better words, Emrakul somehow converses with the Gatewatch, and proves herself capable of making several actions normally done by sapient species, including playing mental games and chess with Jace, and willingly sealing herself in the moon.
  • Mechanically Unusual Class: The processor mechanic in Battle for Zendikar is something R&D almost never does because they aren't fans of messing about with the exile zone, caring about colourless mana specifically was mostly unique to Kozilek in Oath of the Gatewatch, and while double-faced cards existed before Emrakul's arrival on Innistrad, meld - a mechanic in which two cards merge into one horrible abomination - did not.
  • Mind Rape: Their mere presence can cause madness, if you aren't ripped to shreds by the warped reality around them. And of course, there are always more active methods. Kozilek, Butcher of Truth, is confirmed in the Battle for Zendikar fat pack booklet to be the worst for your sanity, although the others are no slouch, especially given the ingest mechanic.
  • Mother of a Thousand Young: Each titan creates thousands, if not millions, of spawn in their image.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Emrakul is immune to most colored magic. Ulamog is indestructible. Kozilek doesn't have any comparable protection ability, but 12 toughness is pretty hefty anyway. Lore-wise, the titans at full strength are nearly impossible to kill, even for nearly god-like pre-mending planeswalkers.
    • In their later forms, Emrakul is immune to instants and gets a turn of forcing you to make the worst available decisions (plus having a 13/13 body), Kozilek can defend itself by discarding cards to turn them into counterspells, and Ulamog is...still indestructible.
    • Fighting a Shadow: Even their massively powerful titan bodies are mere projections of their true forms in the Blind Eternities. Kozilek and Ulamog were eventually killed by dragging more of their true forms into Zendikar.
  • Non-Elemental: They're too alien to correspond to any color of mana.
  • Outside-Context Problem: The Eldrazi are native of the Blind Eternities, meaning that they are alien to basically everyone, everywhere. This is especially true for Emrakul, whose arrival boots out the Gothic Horror elements of Innistrad and ushers in a Cosmic Horror Story.
  • Plane Eater
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Eldrazi were originally locked away on Zendikar thousands of years ago by the trio of Nahiri, Sorin, and Ugin.
    • After the events of Eldritch Moon, the last living Eldrazi, Emrakul, seals herself in Innistrad's moon. One can only speculate what she's waiting for.
  • Sufficiently Advanced Aliens: Over time, history became muddled and led to them being worshipped as gods by the natives of Zendikar. Once they re-emerged, that changed quickly.
  • Villain Exit Stage Left: Emrakul was missing in action for the whole Battle for Zendikar block, and was confirmed by Ugin to have left Zendikar for a considerable amount of time after the act of pulling Kozilek and Ulamog onto the plane created "echoes" that Ugin could interpret. No one has any idea where Emrakul has gone... Until Nahiri summons her to Innistrad as vengeance against Sorin. Later on, she makes another 'exit' by sealing herself in the moon.
  • Villainous Glutton: The aptly named "Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger" is this: When it attacks, the opponent exiles the top 20 cards of their library (one-third of a typical Constructed deck, and half of a typical Limited deck). This is a super-sized version of the Battle for Zendikar "Ingest" mechanic, which implies that Ulamog is literally eating people's thoughts and memories.
  • Walking Wasteland: Their mere presence warps and destroys everything around them, as illustrated quite nicely in All Is Dust and Disaster Radius. This story particularly describes Emrakul's world-wrecking capability.
  • White Mask of Doom: Signature of Ulamog and its brood.
  • Worf Had the Flu: The Eldrazi Titans in the present are notably weaker than they were back when Nahiri, Sorin, and Ugin faced them due to the fact that Ugin's prison had been draining their mana via the leylines of Zendikar. This more or less allows the Planeswalkers of the Gatewatch to kill both Kozilek and Ulamog by, among other things, dragging their true bodies onto the plane where they could be wholly destroyed.
  • World-Wrecking Wave: They can do this. Seen in All Is Dust and Consume the Meek.
    • Emrakul's arrival on Innistrad sent even the mildest mutation into overdrive, and caused countless minds to be absorbed into her brood, leading to Innistrad becoming a domain of hideous tentacle monsters and fusion horrors. Even the mightiest remaining angels were not immune, merging into the Voice of Nightmares.
  • Wound That Will Not Heal: It seems nothing will ever again grow where they have withered the ground. However, after draining the mana of both Kozilek and Ulamog, Zendikar will eventually recover and heal from the damage it received from the Eldrazi. It's just going to take a hell of a long time.


One of the four demons whom Liliana made pacts with. Some time after Liliana made a deal with him, he sent her to fetch the Chained Veil, but upon her return she offed him with it.


A sphinx arbiter from Vryn, and Jace's mentor. He took in Jace to train and hone his telepath skills, but is eventually revealed to be using Jace for his own ends, resulting in Jace killing him.

  • Evil Mentor: He essentially raised Jace to be a Child Soldier.
  • Manipulative Bastard: As soon as Jace's spark ignited, Alhammaret wiped the memory of it from Jace's mind, simply to retain control of him.
  • Playing Both Sides: The main crux of his scheme: he would send Jace to gather and sell intelligence to both sides of a war under the guise of it being necessary for his work as arbiter but wiping Jace's memory each time so he didn't notice he was doing so for both sides. Jace only figured out the truth when he found himself in a soldier's memories.
  • Telepathy: His speciality, and the focus of Jace's training.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Jace tore everything he could out of Alhammaret's mind, during their final duel. Up to and including the memories of how to breathe.