Harald

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Harald
Harald.jpg
Demographics
Race Elf
Birthplace Kaldheim
Lifetime Mending Era
Sources
Creating Tivar Kell

King Harald is an elf warrior from Skemfar on Kaldheim. Harald managed to unite both of his plane's elf tribes, the Wood elves and the Shadow elves, declaring himself king and seeking to restore his race to former glories. His younger brother is the Planeswalker Tyvar Kell.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

After generations of fighting between the wood elves and shadow elves, the descendants of the Einir have now been united again. A wood elf named Harald, after eating the fruit of a Jaspera tree and sleeping beneath its boughs, had a vision foretelling the rise of a great elven dynasty that would unite all elves under a single banner. Harald became convinced that it was his destiny to bring this vision into reality. After long years of struggle, wood and shadow elves are joined together at last, though their unity is tenuous. Harald, called the Elder, proclaimed himself king of the elves, ruler over all Skemfar. Some elves believe the Einir imprisoned in the Jaspera tree is guiding Harald's actions. Some even claim that Harald is possessed by the spirit of this ancient elf god. Among those who believe such things, opinions are divided as to whether the involvement of this Einir spirit bodes good or ill for the destiny of the elves.[2]

Under Harald's leadership, the elves are held together by a shared desire to reclaim the power of the Einir and what they believe to be their rightful place as rulers of all the realms. Despite this shared goal, though, old antagonism still simmers just beneath the surface, and it seems clear that Harald is the only tie that truly binds the two elf factions together. If he dies, the shadow elves and wood elves will almost certainly split once more and resume their ancient war.[2]

Tibalt (disguised as Valki) visits Harald and advises the King to prepare his army for the coming war. Suspicious of this "Valki", Tyvar Kell begins to follow and investigate the god through the relams.[3]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Harald may have been based on Harald Fairhair, who unified the Norwegians and became Norway's first king.

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Gerritt Turner (December 14, 2020). "Creating Tyvar Kell". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  2. a b Ari Zirulnik and Jenna Helland (January 14, 2021). "Planeswalker's Guide to Kaldheim, Part 2". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Roy Graham (January 13, 2021). "Episode 2: Awaken the Trolls". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.