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Dakkon Blackblade
Dakkon Shadow Slayer
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Race Human Planeswalker
Birthplace Corondor, Dominaria
Lifetime Active as early as between -1500 and -200, still alive in 4204 [1][2]
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Currently: {W}{U}{B}
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Dakkon Blackblade

Dakkon Blackblade is an ancient planeswalker who was forced into the service of Geyadrone Dihada.[3][4][5] He is also referred to as the "Shadow Slayer" and "Dakkon the Avenger".

Appearance and characteristics[ | ]

Dakkon appears as a muscular adult male with fair skin. He is left-handed.[6] He wears dark-colored armor that he forged himself, along with a shield styled with a dragon and his sword: the Blackblade, which he forged using magic and dark rituals. The sword was created at the request of Geyadrone Dihada as a reward for igniting Dakkon's planeswalker's spark. Dihada used the sword to steal Dakkon's shadow, forcing him to serve her. His armor covers his entire body except his hands and his face, which is always obscured by a kind of "shadow." His glowing red eyes and mouth are the only visible parts of his face.

Dakkon has a violent personality and is short-tempered, he is a master warrior in hand-to-hand combat and an exquisite blacksmith, he has magical healing powers, increased strength, and banish creatures. Dakkon had access to white, blue and black mana.

History[ | ]

Forging the Blackblade[ | ]

Dakkon

Dakkon, Bearer of the Blackblade

As a mortal, Dakkon was a master blacksmith and a warrior. One day, he was visited by the planeswalker Geyadrone Dihada, who offered to make him a planeswalker if he would make her the most powerful blade in existence, the Blackblade. He agreed and she shared with him the secret sorceries required to make the sword a "soul-drinker", a blade capable of stealing the energy of those it killed. Dakkon claimed to have stood at his anvil every day for ten years, cooling the blade by killing a slave with it each time he heated it. Dakkon was willing to sacrifice even his son to the blade in his quest for power.[7] Finally, the blade was completed, and Dakkon could not help but test it.

Dakkon waded into battle and, with each kill, felt his strength grow. So ferocious was his assault that as tales spread of his slaughter, his name became "Dakkon Blackblade". Dihada returned when she heard these stories and did make him a planeswalker, having sensed the spark within him when they first met but immediately afterward she stabbed the sword into Dakkon's shadow and absorbed his soul but not his life. Plunging the Blackblade into Dakkon's shadow, she bound his soul into the blade as his planeswalker spark ignited. Dakkon was left wandering the plane, wondering why Dihada would grant him so much power, only to make him her enemy.

Dakkon's new master[ | ]

Dakkon and Piru

Dakkon kills Piru

Many years later, Dihada began a war on Corondor. A young thief from the fallen kingdom of Carth fell to Dihada and was imprisoned in her dungeons. With the help of a monk in the same cell, the young man escaped. The boy (known as the Son of Carth) used the Amulet of Ti-Fu to bind himself to Dakkon, robbing Dakkon of the ability to planeswalk away. Dakkon was not so easily won over though and attacked Carth, intent on slaying him and ending his servitude, but the amulet protected Carth and left Dakkon with no choice but to serve. Serve he did, happily, when he learned of Carth's enemy, Dihada herself. Dihada heard of the two and sent her corrupted Maro-Sorcerer, Sol’Kanar, to slay the pair. Her plans did not go as she anticipated, because Dakkon bested the natural spirit. Dihada made herself known then, laughing as the combatants fought for her pleasure. She summoned the Elder Dragons Piru and Chromium Rhuell to attack Dakkon, considering Carth below her notice. Carth managed to sneak close enough to reclaim the Blackblade. Dakkon used his power to banish Chromium immediately. Piru then fought him but was killed when Dakkon stabbed her with the Blackblade, which Carth had returned to him. This released a massive energy blast that created the Dueling Chasm of Golthonor.

This was all exactly as Dihada had planned, as she absorbed the power of Piru's soul and took on her true demonic visage. She then revealed to Carth that the monk who had set Carth on his quest was none other than Dihada herself. The entire thing had been an elaborate plot to empower her with Piru's soul, but she was abruptly cut off as Dakkon struck at her. Unfortunately, Dakkon's great power paled and Dihada left her mark on him, saying he would serve for all eternity. Dakkon cursed the boy for having ever summoned him in the first place, but Carth had seen something Dakkon had missed. Dakkon's shadow had returned.

Life bound together[ | ]

He and the boy traveled to Terisiare, where the boy started the Carthalion legacy, named after Dakkon's nickname for the boy, "Carth the Lion". After the boy died, Dakkon probably served as Dihada’s main warrior. Ages later, Dihada and Dakkon were present during the Planeswalkers' War of Corondor. One of the key players during this war was Jared Carthalion, the last surviving member of the Carthalions, but it is unknown how Dakkon interacted with him, what his other actions in the war were. Dakkon did survive this war, however, and was alive as late as AR 4204 just before the Phyrexian Invasion of Dominaria.[2]

Korlash[ | ]

At an undisclosed point in time, an undead being named Korlash claimed the Blackblade, but it hasn't been revealed yet if he did so before or after becoming a zombie.

The Blackblade reforged[ | ]

The Blackblade would later come into the possession of the Cabal minion Needle, and the Cabal rewrote its origins to having been forged by the Cabal's new leader, Belzenlok.[8] Later, the planeswalker Gideon Jura used the Blackblade to attack Nicol Bolas, but the sword broke against the Elder Dragon's flesh.[9][10] Bolas revealed that he had enchanted the Blackblade in the past so that it would never be able to hurt another elder dragon again.[11][9]

In other media[ | ]

Dungeons & Dragons[ | ]

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Character art by Max Dunbar

Some say Dakkon is a gifted blacksmith who sold his soul for his uncanny ability to shape steel.[12] Rather than Geyadrone Dihada, he was enticed by an entity known as Shadow Slayer to craft his sword. Guided by its voice, he inscribed demonic sigils on his forge and his skin, donned a set of magically imbued armor, and crafted the sword, which the entity now inhabits and shares its name with. Shadow Slayer needs souls to enter the material plane and becomes the dominant personality when its hunger manifests. Having already lost a part of his soul to Shadow Slayer, Dakkon is now imprisoned by his armor: should he remove it, he would turn to dust in seconds.

Dakkon wears a suit of draconic armor known as the Ur-Armor, which greatly empowers him but makes him dependent on its power.[12] Under Shadow Slayer's instruction, Dakkon forged the soul of a female wyvern into a shield. Now known as the Wyvern Shield, it can summon his mount and companion Razharak.

Artifacts acquired[ | ]

  • Dakkon was the forger and original owner of the Blackblade sword. He also wore armor and a shield that he possibly forged.

Planeswalkers met[ | ]

Planes visited[ | ]

Gallery[ | ]

Story appearances[ | ]

Title Author Publishing date Set Setting (plane) Featuring
Return to Dominaria: Episode 1 Martha Wells 2018-03-21 Dominaria Dominaria Sadage, Needle, Dakkon Blackblade, Belzenlok, Jhoira, Hadi, Ziva, Gideon, Liliana, Nissa, Chandra, Raven Man, Josu Vess, Ana

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References[ | ]

  1. Squirle (April 22, 2015). "Dakkon Blackblade #1". Multiverse in Review. Tumblr.
  2. a b Error on call to {{WebRef}}: Parameters url and title must be specified
  3. Dakkon Blackblade (comic)
  4. April King (March 29, 2018). "The Book of Geyadrone Dihada". Pokeinthe.io. Battlemage excerpt
  5. Ethan Fleischer (June 10, 2021). "The Returning Legends of Modern Horizons 2". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Wizards of the Coast (April 1, 2022). "Secret Lair Knows its Left From its Other Left". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Jay Annelli (2021). "Magic: The Gathering - Planes of the Multiverse". Abrams ComicArts.
  8. Martha Wells (March 21, 2018). "Return to Dominaria: Episode 1". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  9. a b Greg Weisman (April 2019). "War of the Spark: Ravnica". Del Rey.
  10. Greg Weisman (June 12, 2019). "War of the Spark: Ravnica – Ashes". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Desperate Lunge and Tyrant's Scorn
  12. a b Adam Lee (July 18, 2021). "Dakkon, Shadow Slayer". Wizards of the Coast. Archived from the original on July 19, 2021.
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