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Race Goblin Planeswalker
Birthplace Lowlands, Fiora
Lifetime Born c. 4510 AR[1]
Center: {R}
Currently: {B}{R}

Daretti is a goblin planeswalker from the plane of Fiora. He was the master and suspected murder victim of the artificer Muzzio.[2]

Appearance and characteristics[ | ]

Daretti is a short but sturdy goblin with brown eyes and auburn hair.[1] He is a master artificer skilled at finding treasure where others see only trash. Unable to use his legs, he uses a cogwork wheelchair known as a cogchair. Seated in his chair, Daretti reaches 6 feet in height.

Daretti is primarily red-aligned, but secondary in black mana.

History[ | ]

Daretti grew up as a poor goblin in Paliano's Lowlands.[1] From an early age, his goal in life was both simple and audacious: to become a master artificer at the Academy in the High City of Paliano. An artificer of surprising intellect, talent, and ambition, he used scraps to create devices more intricate than Paliano's most experienced inventions. Despite prejudices against goblinkind, he rose through the ranks to become a tenured professor, evoking the gossip of the city’s mage elite. Soon, gossip turned to irritation, and later, to outright disdain. While Fiora is a plane of cunning and shadowy games, it was not their plotting that led to his downfall, but a malfunction of Daretti’s experiments.

One of Daretti's cogwork constructs exploded, apparently killing him. Daretti's apprentice Muzzio was blamed for the artificer's death, allowing the Academy to remove two troublesome members at once. In reality, the explosion ignited Daretti's Planeswalker's spark, and he planeswalked to relative safety. Although he escaped with his life, the accident was not without cost, leaving Daretti without the use of his legs. As a true artificer, he built himself an elaborate cogwork rig that assisted him in movement and in continuing his experiments in artifice, both on Fiora and beyond.[3]

When Marchesa was crowned queen of Paliano after Brago had been assassinated by the planeswalker Kaya, Daretti allied with several disenfranchised goblins under the leadership of Grenzo, former dungeon warden, to take revenge on those that had wronged them. His schemes were responsible for the disbanding of the Academy, as he tipped Grenzo, the palace's goblin prison warden, off to Muzzio's storehouse of cogwork warriors. He was also instrumental in instigating the goblin riots, both to overturn Paliano's current leadership and to root out former members of the Academy who are now lying low in the city. Together with Grenzo, he raided the home of Professor Fimarell, gathering his books to burn them. When they were intercepted by the city guards, Daretti discovered that the professor had plagiarized some of his designs. After killing Fimarell, he and the other goblins turned their attention to other former academy members that had opposed him and have now fallen in league with the new Queen.[4]

During New Phyrexia's Invasion of the Multiverse, Daretti fought and defeated many Phyrexian warriors, considering their artifice inelegant.

Artifacts acquired[ | ]

  • Daretti's cogchair, which he uses to get around.[1] Besides its massive cogwheels, the chair is equipped with a variety of manipulator arms that can be used in artifice, for maneuvering over rough terrain, or in combat.

Planes visited[ | ]

Gallery[ | ]

Story appearances[ | ]

Title Author Publishing date Set Setting (plane) Featuring
Like Cogwork Matt Knicl 2014-05-28 Conspiracy Fiora Muzzio, Grinaldi, Alendis, Emralla, Fimarell, Tulando, Regness, Sydri, Daretti, Irie
Blood Will Have Blood Shawn Main 2014-06-04 Conspiracy Fiora Selvala of Alberon, Grenzo, Muzzio, Daretti
Bloody Instructions Shawn Main and Mel Li 2016-08-17 Conspiracy: Take the Crown Fiora Daretti, Grenzo, Zadrous Fimarell, Alendis

In-game references[ | ]

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Trivia[ | ]

Daretti had a planeswalker card in War of the Spark vision design, but R&D ended up having too many red planeswalkers to do them all.[6]

References[ | ]

  1. a b c d Jay Annelli (2022). Magic: The Gathering - The Visual Guide, DK. ISBN-13 978-0744061055.
  2. Matt Knicl (May 29, 2014). "Like Cogwork". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Planeswalker profile: Daretti
  4. Shawn Main, Mel Li (August 17, 2016). "Bloody Instructions". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. See background for Daretti, Ingenious Iconoclast (Mythic Edition)
  6. Mark Rosewater (May 11, 2019). "Do you happen to have any plans for Daretti?". Blogatog. Tumblr.