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Race Human
Birthplace Tarkir
Lifetime Before and after the Khanfall

Alesha was a khan in the past of Tarkir. She ruled over the Mardu Horde with an iron fist and a steel blade. Seeing her charge into battle is enough to make warriors who were out of the fight rise up and enter the fray once more.[1]


Alesha is a transgender woman, assigned male at birth and identifying as a woman.[2][3][4] Alesha's clan believed that a name was something earned by battle and glory. If you amassed enough tales of personal glory, then you earned the right to name yourself. She chose the name of her grandmother at age 16, and became khan 3 years later.[5][6]

In the new timeline created by Sarkhan Vol, Alesha abolished the Mardu, following Kolaghan's invitation for the clan's warriors to keep up with the dragon in her travels.[7]

Story appearances

Title Author Publishing date Set Setting (plane) Featuring
The Truth of Names James Wyatt 2015-01-28 Fate Reforged Tarkir Alesha, Battle Brawler
Khanfall Kelly Digges 2015-02-18 Fate Reforged Tarkir Alesha, Atarka, Daghatar, Ikra Shidiqi, Kolaghan, Ojutai, Reyhan, Shu Yun, Silumgar, Tasigur, Yasova Dragonclaw

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  1. Mike Cannon (February 16, 2015). "Legendary Leaders". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Jessica Lachenal (January 30, 2015). "Magic: The Gathering Smiles at Trans Representation with Alesha, Who Smiles at Death".
  3. Rich Goldstein (March 31, 2015). "Alesha, Who Smiles at Death: The Story Behind Magic the Gathering’s First Trans Character".
  4. Samantha Riedel (November 4, 2018). "Magic: The Gathering's Canonically Trans Character Is Changing the Game for Trans People". Them.Us.
  5. James Wyatt (January 28, 2015). "The Truth of Names". Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Magic Creative Team (January 7, 2015). "Planeswalker's Guide to Fate Reforged". Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Kelly Digges (February 18, 2015). "Khanfall". Wizards of the Coast.