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Race Human
Birthplace Eos, Bant, Alara
Lifetime Post-Conflux

Kaalia is a powerful human cleric from Alara, tormented by her past and scarred by devastation.


Born as Lia, she was the crippled daughter of a farmer in Bant after the Conflux. She was born near the ruined castle of Eos. Although bullied by her peers, she hid her emerging magical abilities, which for the time being were limited to the power to destroy pebbles.[1] When the village was destroyed by servants of the Grixis Demon Nefarox, Lia was saved by the Nacatl Nira.[2] Recognizing her magical abilities, Nira needed her to destroy the "keystone" of the dragon skeleton that the servants of Nefarox were reanimating. To rouse her, she named the girl Kaa ("power") Lia.

Although Kaalia was successful in destroying the dragon skeleton, Nefarox rose and killed her family, all the villagers and Nira too. When she awoke, Kaalia felt empty, like her insides had been ripped out, and there were just shadows left instead. Somehow she had survived, but her soul was fractured, and a growing hatred soon grew in the cracks. Now, driven by a righteous fury and an unholy thirst for revenge, Kaalia broods feverishly, amassing her vast power, waiting to unleash her apocalyptic might upon any who stand in her way.[3]


Kaalia of the Vast is a fan-favorite with Commander players because of her ability to bring any Angel, Demon, or Dragon (three of the most powerful creature types in all of Magic) from your hand onto the battlefield for free every time she attacks.[4] And with flying, she can often find someone to attack safely every turn.

Story appearances[]

Title Author Publishing date Set Setting (plane) Featuring
The Stonekiller Jenna Helland 2012-08-08 Magic 2013 Alara Kaalia
The Stonekiller, Part 2 Jenna Helland 2012-08-15 Magic 2013 Alara Kaalia, Nira, Nefarox

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  1. Jenna Helland (August 8, 2012). "The Stonekiller". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Jenna Helland (August 15, 2012). "The Stonekiller, Part 2". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Doug Beyer (June 22, 2011). "Fifteen Commanders, Fifteen Tales". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Nicholas Wolfram (May 29, 2017). "Commander Anthology". Wizards of the Coast.