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Gisa Cecani
Race Human
Birthplace Thraben, Innistrad
Lifetime Mending Era

Gisa Cecani is a black-aligned necromancer from Innistrad. She has a rivalry with her brother Geralf Cecani. Both are however quite insane.


The sinister Gisa is a beautiful, young but crazed woman who knows no social restraint, in proving that she is the best. As evidenced by her relatively pure approach to reanimating the undead, she is a black-aligned necromancer. Gisa believes in raising the dead directly from their graves, which is why most of her undead creations are ghouls. Gisa doesn't care about the quality of her work; undead creatures are useful for the moment and can be cast aside at will. While her brother is known to have grand ambitions, Gisa is far less formal and more driven by her whims. She is one of the most powerful ghoulcallers on Innistrad.[1]


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 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 attacked Trostad in the past 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:

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

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 snuck 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]

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 send 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 team up against the Eldrazi.[6]

Midnight Hunt[]

In the two years that passed since Emrakul's sealing, Gisa took control of Liliana's abandoned zombie army and made Thraben her own, taking up residence in the ruined city's least destroyed building. She hadn't seen her brother since and sought to contact him again. After an exchange of letters with Geralf in which she begged him to attack Thraben to alleviate her boredom, only to be refused, Gisa noticed the arrival of her suitor Wilhelt to the gates of the fallen city.[7]

Wilhelt once again declared his love for Gisa and begged to be acknowledged by her as more than just an undead pawn. Tired by his insistence, Gisa easily defeated Wilhelt's army, forcing him to leave. Gisa then wrote again to Geralf, telling him of her intention to leave Thraben and move in with him (to his horror).[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. Doug Beyer, Ari Zirulnik and Grace Fong (September 17, 2021). "The Returning Legends of Innistrad: Midnight Hunt". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. 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. Doug Beyer and Ari Zirulnik (September 9, 2021). "Planeswalker's Guide to Innistrad: Midnight Hunt". Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Seanan McGuire (September 24, 2021). "The Dance of Undeath". Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Chas Andres (June 29, 2016). "Gisa and Geralf". Wizards of the Coast.