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Race Human
Birthplace Kjeld, Kjeldor, Terisiare, Dominaria
Lifetime ~2954 AR

Prerevisionist: Ice Age

Revisionist: The Eternal Ice, The Shattered Alliance

There were many kings to go by the name of Darien. One of the most important ruled over Kjeldor at the end of the Ice Age of Dominaria, when he fused his land with Balduvia into New Argive.[1][2]

Darien the Great[]

Darien the Great, also known as Darien the Good, was the king of Kjeldor during the final stages of the Ice Age and the first years of the Flood Ages. He was generally thought of as a weak king for the splintered factions of the nation all worked for their own gain.

This all changed after the Archmage Eternal Jodah and Jaya Ballard prevented an attack on his life by the Knights of Stromgald and revealed that Lim-Dûl was behind this. After the treacherous members of the military were removed from their place, Darien grasped control of the remaining groups and formed them into a single army under General Varchild. Bullying the merchants under his control and gaining support of the mages via Jodah, Darien made the position of the king stronger than it had been in generations. This allowed him to make an alliance with the Balduvians and lead an army against Lim-Dûl alongside Jodah and Lovisa Coldeyes.

Twenty years later Darien and Lovisa, once again aided by Jodah, planned for their two nations to be merged into New Argive.

During the Thaw this new force fought the battle of Kjeldor against the forces of Stromgald. Darien fought a duel against the zombie leader Haakon that lasted from dusk till dawn. The duel ended when Darien's men rushed Haakon out of fear for their King's safety. Haakon cut many down but was overwhelmed. His army quickly retreated upon his death, ending the battle of Kjeldor.[3]

Other Dariens[]

Darien the Great's grandson became known as Darien the Bald. His son became known as Darien the Foolish.[2]

Then Darien disappeared as a name for a few dynasties until it came back into fashion. It also became the favored name for another nation's royal house. At this point most historians have given up trying to name them and started numbering the Dariens for no other reason than to preserve their own sanity.

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  1. Jeffrey Gómez & Jeofrey Vita. (August 1995.) "Ice Age #2: The Frozen Dead", ARMADA.
  2. a b Jeff Grubb. (2000.) "The Eternal Ice", Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Monty Ashley. (June, 2006.) "The Battle of Kjeldor", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Blake Rasmussen (March 28, 2018). "Dominaria Card of the Day: Time of Ice". Wizards of the Coast.