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Kaladesh
Kaladesh art
Information
First seen Magic Origins
Last seen March of the Machine
Planeswalkers Chandra Nalaar, Dovin Baan, Saheeli Rai
Rabiah Scale 5[1]
Status Recovering from New Phyrexia's invasion
Demonym Kaladeshi[2]

Kaladesh is a plane where aether manifests more than on other planes, being present in the atmosphere. Kaladesh was introduced in Origins as the home plane of Chandra Nalaar.[3] Slightly over a year later, it was the setting for a block of the same name.

Description[ | ]

The atmosphere of Kaladesh is saturated with Aether due to greater proximity to the boundaries of the Blind Eternities. The influence and cyclical passage of Aether through the world below is the driving force of the plane. The aethersphere may be observed as twisting swirls in the sky. From time to time, this Aether comes down to the earth via rain or similar weather events. The entire ecosystem is influenced by it and grows with it in similar swirling and twisting patterns. Refined aether is the primary power source for most of Kaladesh. In Ghirapur, the raw aether is harvested from the sky via large aetherspires placed on mountaintops or thopters, refined, and then pumped through large pipelines all over the city.

Kaladesh is an ethnically diverse[4] plane where natural mages are rare. Work that would be done with magic on other planes is instead accomplished through devices.[5] The automatons, thopters and other artifact creatures of the plane are all fueled by the aether. These artifacts are built as much for beauty as for function. Inventors are the most valued members of society.

Natural mages are a rarity on Kaladesh and are regarded with suspicion and dread. Fire magic is strictly banned, and pyromancy punishable with a death sentence, since pyromantic magic interacts dangerously with the aether in the air.[6][7] Religion plays next to no role in the lives of the plane's people, and magic derived from the power of the gods is unknown.

Kaladesh is ruled by the Consulate. Its forces and works are nearly omnipresent.

History[ | ]

United kingdoms[ | ]

Centuries ago, Kaladesh was made up of of eleven kingdoms, and inventors sought the patronage of these courts. Over the years, social and political entanglements between these court inventors bound them together in an informal network. When the kingdoms warred in a massive bloody conflict, the inventors used their influence to negotiate a peace, and Ghirapur was founded on neutral ground. Eleven inventors - one of each kingdom - became the first Consulate.[8]

Great Aether Boom[ | ]

Since the discovery of harnessing aether by Avaati Vya sixty years ago, the Consulate reportedly has worked to ensure that this refined aether is accessible to all, leading to an era referred to as the Great Aether Boom. This happened around the same time as the Mending.[9]

Inventors' Renaissance[ | ]

The current era is known as the Inventors' Renaissance, with the Consuls promoting and patronizing new discoveries and scientific studies, awarding the most impressive during the Inventors' Fair. The Consulate also heavily regulates use of the aether, assigning its use among the citizens. They are opposed by Renegades, who believe that the Consulate is corrupt and constricts their freedoms. At least two members — Tezzeret and Kambal — were working against the good of Kaladesh, giving the renegades good reason to be suspicious.

The tensions boiled over during the Inventors' Fair, coinciding with the return of Chandra Nalaar to her homeplane, when the Consulate confiscated the entire swath of inventions. Much of this was a cover for Tezzeret to obtain the Planar Bridge and without his initiative the Consulate buckled to the revolution. Renegade leader Pia Nalaar, thought deceased, was instated in Kambal's position, giving a stronger voice for freer use of aether.

Phyrexian invasion[ | ]

Kaladesh was a target in New Phyrexia's Invasion of the Multiverse.[10] While most of the city of Ghirapur was evacuated, Pia worked with the city's artisans to defend the aetherflux reservoir, which if breached would destroy the city. Several days into the defense, Pia rendezvoused with Saheeli Rai, who confirmed that the reservoir was drawing the interest of the Phyrexian forces.[11]

In the aftermath of the Invasion, Kaladesh's denizens again began to question the Consulate's leadership.[12] Pia's responsibilities grew to include rebuilding the wartorn city.

When the Omenpaths opened across the Multiverse, Ghirapur was blessed with a wealth of stable Omenpaths to various planes.[13] The city was poised to become a center of Multiversal trade, travel, and industry. To that end, the Consulate began opening embassies on various planes to promote Kaladesh's culture and commerce.

Known locations[ | ]

Kaladesh

Aetherflux Reservoir.

  • Ghirapur, the city of wonders, capital of Kaladesh, seat of the Consulate
  • Devra Cliffs - a location in the northern mountains
    • Lathnu, a mining city on the cliffs
  • Peema, a forest whose fauna is infused with aether.
  • Vahd, an expansive region that was once solely devoted to farming, but now has become the center of the aerowright industry.
    • Maranjapur, a village in Vahd
    • Panka, a village in Vahd
    • Cambi, a village in Vahd
    • Vinday River
    • Mapani River
  • Bunarat, a village burned down by Captain Baral.

Inhabitants[ | ]

Most lifeforms of Kaladesh have been transformed by the aether in some way.

  • Elves: Kaladeshi Elves are more in tune how aether influences the natural world.
  • Humans: One of the few species whose physiology is unaffected by the aether.
  • Vedalken: Vedalken on Kaladesh are tall, six-fingered beings that subscribe to the view that nothing is perfect.
  • Dwarves: Dwarves on Kaladesh are primarily aligned with white mana, for their strong focus on quality of their work.
  • Gremlins: Gremlins are red-aligned creatures that are attracted to Aether and often jam artifice in their search for it.
  • Aetherborn: A mysterious black-aligned race that spawns from use of the Aether and lives short, hedonistic lives.
  • Giants: Massive humanoids that follow aether streams in extended migrations.
  • Whales: Flying cetaceans that live in the aethersphere.
  • Cat Dragons that prey on the sky whales.
  • Angels: Living inventions created through white mana.
  • Demons: Living inventions created through the Dark Schematic, a blueprint devised by unknown artificers of the ancient past.

Trivia[ | ]

  • Kaladesh is inspired by steampunk[14][15] and India.[16][17]
  • Kaladesh may be translated from Sanskrit into kala ('tomorrow' or 'black') and desh ('world' or 'country'). The intended translation is "world of tomorrow".[18]
  • Soan papdi is a popular dessert on the plane.[19]

Planeswalkers[ | ]

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Visitors[ | ]

In-game references[ | ]

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References[ | ]

  1. Mark Rosewater (February 26, 2024). "Where is Kaladesh on the Rabiah Scale?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  2. Mark Rosewater (October 13, 2016). "How does it make you feel that Lupine Prototype can't attack or block on it's own,...". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  3. Jenna Helland (June 3, 2015). "Magic Origins: A new Era". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Doug Beyer (June 11, 2015). "Many players have noticed...". A Voice for Vorthos. Tumblr.
  5. Magic Creative Team (July 9, 2015). "The Worlds of Magic Origins". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Doug Beyer (June 10, 2015). "Chandra's Origin: Fire Logic". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Chris L'Etoile (August 29, 2016). "Homesick". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Jay Annelli (2022), "Magic: The Gathering - The Visual Guide", DK
  9. Magic Story Podcast -- Q&A 5/24/2017
  10. First Look at March of the Machine (Video). Magic: The Gathering. YouTube (February 19, 2023).
  11. K. Arsenault Rivera (March 17, 2023). "March of the Machine - Episode 4: Beneath Eyes Unblinking". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  12. WeeklyMTG - March of the Machine: The Aftermath (Video). Magic: The Gathering. YouTube (May 2, 2023).
  13. Magic Creative Team (April 11, 2024). "A Legendary Crew for an Unbelievable Heist: Outlaws of Thunder Junction". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Mark Rosewater (September 5, 2016). "Kaladesh Ingredients, Part 1". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  15. Mark Rosewater (September 03, 2016). "So since steampunk was rejected to make it shinier with the aetherpunk". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  16. Magic at PAX: Kaladesh World-Building Panel
  17. Mark Rosewater (April 24, 2023). "Choosing Your Battles, Part 3". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  18. Shivam Bhatt (September 20, 2016). "On Kaladesh and pronounciations". Finding the Path. Tumblr.
  19. Valerie Valdes (October 20, 2023). "The Lost Caverns of Ixalan - Pawns". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  20. a b c d e f g h i j k l m Greg Weisman (November 2019). "War of the Spark: Forsaken." Del Rey.
  21. See background for Daretti, Ingenious Iconoclast (Mythic Edition)
  22. a b MacKay, Jed. (2021). Magic. Iss 21.

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