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Geralf Cecani
Race Human
Birthplace Thraben, Innistrad
Lifetime Mending Era

Geralf III Cecani[1] is a blue-aligned necromancer from Innistrad. He has a rivalry with his sister Gisa Cecani.


Young Geralf is an expert "stitcher" or "skaaberen". He considers his skaabs — shambling corpses stitched together from disparate body parts - works of art. The crazed Geralf has no social bounds when showcasing his latest creations to the world. He is known to have grand ambitions while his sister is far less formal and driven by her whims.


The siblings were scions of a noble family and distant relatives of the former Lunarch Mikaeus.[2] They were banished from Thraben in a hushed scandal and then moved to the Moorland, where they waged war against one another by raising armies of undead. Their battles prompted many of the Moorland's inhabitants to move to the Nearheath, leaving the area even more desolate than before. Now, marauding ghouls range freely through the moors, lost playthings in the mad, epic battles of Gisa and Geralf.[3]

Geralf took over Trostad, most likely massacring the inhabitants that didn't flee. In response, Gisa has attacked Trostad simply to best her brother.[3]


Later on, the two would plan on waging a war against one another. Geralf had tried to set formal rules, named The Five Laws of NecroWarfare:

  1. No spontaneous awakenings.
  2. No luring, killing, and raising of bystanders or livestock.
  3. Combatants face off at a predetermined place and time.
  4. Combatants must have at least three limbs to play.
  5. Headquarters are off-limits.

After Gisa retrieved the magical sword the Bloodletter, Geralf added an additional rule:

  1. No magical swords.[1]

Gisa however would have none of this and considered all was free game, frequently defying Geralf's rules if only to infuriate her brother. The engagement was called off when Geralf decided to invade Thraben and invited Gisa along. Geralf sneaked into the city before the attack to kill Mikaeus. Later he met up with Liliana, who shortly thereafter brought Mikaeus back as a zombie. Gisa was left with tending to the siege, having gained control of Geralf's Skaabs along with her own conventional undead. The army broke the outer wall of the city before being pushed back by the fire, causing Gisa to abandon the siege. Odric, a champion of the church, captured Gisa and held her imprisoned in Rider's Lock.[4]

Geralf is the creator and master of the zombie Grimgrin, named such in honor of his sister's face.[2]

Aftermath of the necro war[]

Geralf sent a horde of skaabs to set his sister free, although she stated afterward that she didn't need his help.[5] She wanted to reinstate the war, but Geralf was occupied with creating what he called his masterpiece, under the wing of the alchemist Ludevic. Gisa retreated to the manor of their parents, ruined by a fight of the siblings in their youth. She later revived her parents as zombies, but sent her father back into the ground. She found a new friend in the lithomancer Nahiri and provided the ghouls to build the Drownyard temple.

Shadows over Innistrad[]

When Liliana Vess was going to raise an army of zombies to fight the hordes of Eldrazi that had invaded the plane, Gisa and Geralf briefly managed to put their differences aside to join her and team up against the Eldrazi.[6]

Midnight Hunt[]

Two years after fighting the Eldrazi alongside his sister, Geralf still lived with Ludevic. He hasn't seen his sister in this period until he received a letter from her brought by a zombie programmed by Gisa to cry without stopping. Geralf wrote to his sister that he wants nothing to do with her and told her she deserved her boring life in Thraben. After Wilhelt's forces besieged the city and Gisa repelled his attack, the ghoulcaller declared her intention to move in with him, to Geralf's horror.[7]

Crimson Vow[]

Although Ludevic has recently been acting erratically, Geralf has paid him no mind. He is fully dedicated to improving his craft (with the occasional detour to torment his sibling).[8]

Story appearances[]

Title Author Publishing date Set Setting (plane) Featuring
Games Alison Luhrs 2016-04-27 Shadows over Innistrad Innistrad Geralf Cecani, Grete, Gisa Cecani, Ludevic of Ulm, Odric
The Dance of Undeath Seanan McGuire 2021-09-24 Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Innistrad Gisa Cecani, Geralf Cecani, Wilhelt

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  1. a b Ryan Miller, Jenna Helland, Matt Tabak, Bruce Cordell, and Josh Brauer (October 24, 2011). "The Cursed Blade". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. a b Jenna Helland (January 16, 2012). "Preview Article: Mikaeus, the Unhallowed". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. a b Magic Creative Team (September 28, 2011). "A Planeswalker's Guide to Innistrad: Gavony and Humans". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Jenna Helland (June 26, 2012). "Odric, Master Tactician". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Alison Luhrs (April 27, 2016). "Games". Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Ethan Fleischer (September 2, 2021). "Gisa, Glorious Resurrector". Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Seanan McGuire (September 24, 2021). "The Dance of Undeath". Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Doug Beyer, Ari Zirulnik and Grace Fong (November 12, 2021). "The Legends of Innistrad: Crimson Vow". Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Chas Andres (June 29, 2016). "Gisa and Geralf". Wizards of the Coast.