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Race Human, Spirit (temporarily)
Birthplace Kessig, Innistrad
Lifetime Mending Era

Katilda is a strong-willed witch from Innistrad. She is the leader of the Dawnhart Coven.[1]


Katilda appears to be a young woman, but wise beyond her years. Her white hair is looped through the many branches of her headdress; the pale crescent and sphere painted on her dusky skin only serve to make her features blend in.[1] She uses a large staff to perform her magic.


Early Years[]

Katilda was a healer and teacher in the Kessig town of Avabruck, but when the town was destroyed years ago (the ruins of the town are now called Hollowhenge), she retreated into the Ulvenwald Forest. In an area of rocky caves called the Natterknolls, she met hermits and witches who practiced ancient hedge magic. They soon decided to reform the Dawnhart Coven around an ancient forest deity, Ghrin-Danu, and two years later, Katilda had emerged as their leader.[2]

When the Dawnhart Coven first reformed, Katilda was at odds with the young acolyte Saryth. Saryth, a powerful hedgewitch, believed that Ghrin-Danu's power was not enough to restore Innistrad. She expressed a desire to worship additional gods, but the other witches were unflinching in their loyalty. Whether she was expelled from the coven or left on her own depends on who you ask.[2]

Midnight Hunt[]

Katilda gathered the Dawnhart Coven to reverse the unnatural darkness and cold that had began spreading over Innistrad after Emrakul was trapped in Innistrad's moon.[1] Needing a the energy of a large human gathering, she organized the Harvesttide festival. Planning to use the Celestus, Katilda recruited Arlinn Kord and the Gatewatch to find the Moonsilver Key.[3]

During the preparations for the Harvesttide festival Katilda ended up helping Leinore to save her sister Sinnia, who was possessed by the powers of the witch Saryth and would be used in a ritual to summon a creature called the Coiled One.[4]

Arlinn and her group managed to retrieve the Key but upon returning to Celestus, Tovolar began his attack on the Harvesttide festival. Kaya's intangibility let her run through the attack to bring the Key to Katilda, letting the witches begin the ritual. After the battle with Tovolar, Arlinn went to the center of Celestus and offered her blood while Katilda offered her soul for the ritual. But Olivia Voldaren appeared and interrupted the ritual once again, using Katilda as a hostage for the Key. After Olivia obtained the Key she launched Katilda towards the ground, then left with the Key. Arlinn jumped in front of Katilda to cushion the impact, but the extent of their injuries were left unknown.[5]

Crimson Vow[]

Katilda's spirit is trapped inside the Moonsilver Key.

After ruining the ritual, Olivia left with the Moonsilver Key that, unbenknownst to everyone, contained Katilda's soul. Everyone assumed Katilda had died in the fall. During her marrige ceremony Olivia intended to use a captive Sigarda's blood and the Key's powers to gain control over Innistrad's angels, and for that she would need the powers of Edgar Markov. Sorin Markov tried to block the marriage between Olivia and his grandfather and by attacking Olivia at the altar he ended up awakening Katilda's spirit.[6] Katilda manifested coming out of the Key in the form of a spirit, using her powers to free Sigarda.[7]

The Gatewatch and their allies emerged victorious and successfully retrieved the Moonsilver Key. Their journey back to the Celestus to complete the ritual was accelerated with the help of Teferi. Still in spirit form, Katilda followed along and spoke with Arlinn Kord about Tovolar and their uncertain future. Upon arrival, Katilda was returned to her body and with the combined efforts of the Dawnhart Coven, the balance between night and day was restored. In gratitude for his service, Katilda allowed Teferi to borrow the Moonsilver Key for his temporal studies.[8]

Story appearances[]

Title Author Publishing date Set Setting (plane) Featuring
Episode 1: The Witch of the Woods K. Arsenault Rivera 2021-09-02 Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Innistrad Klaus, Arlinn Kord, Agatha, Redtooth, Boulder, Streak, Patience, Katilda, Tovolar
Episode 2: The Motives of the Wolf K. Arsenault Rivera 2021-09-08 Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Innistrad, Ravnica Arlinn Kord, Tovolar, Redtooth, Boulder, Streak, Patience, Katilda, Teferi, Chandra Nalaar, Kaya, Adeline
Sisters Eugenia Triantafyllou 2021-09-10 Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Innistrad Leinore, Sinnia, Katilda, Jagger, Saryth, the Coiled One
Episode 5: Night Closes 'Round K. Arsenault Rivera 2021-09-29 Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Innistrad Arlinn Kord, Tovolar, Redtooth, Boulder, Streak, Patience, Chandra Nalaar, Adeline, Kaya, Teferi, Katilda, Olivia Voldaren
Episode 3: Forever Hold Your Peace K. Arsenault Rivera 2021-11-10 Innistrad: Crimson Vow Innistrad Sorin Markov, Olivia Voldaren, Edgar Markov, Sigarda, Chandra Nalaar, Arlinn Kord, Kaya, Adeline, Teferi, Katilda
Episode 5: Till Death Do Us Part K. Arsenault Rivera 2021-11-24 Innistrad: Crimson Vow Innistrad Adeline, Chandra Nalaar, Sigarda, Kaya, Teferi, Tovolar, Sorin Markov, Edgar Markov, Arlinn Kord, Redtooth, Boulder, Streak, Patience, Olivia Voldaren, Katilda

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  1. a b c K. Arsenault Rivera (September 2, 2021). "Episode 1: The Witch in the Woods". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. a b Ari Zirulnik and Grace Fong (September 16, 2021). "The New Legends of Innistrad: Midnight Hunt". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. K. Arsenault Rivera (September 8, 2021). "Episode 2: The Motives of the Wolf". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Eugenia Triantafyllou (September 10, 2021). "Sisters". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. K. Arsenault Rivera (September 29, 2021). "Episode 5: Night Closes 'Round". Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Doug Beyer, Ari Zirulnik and Grace Fong (November 12, 2021). "The Legends of Innistrad: Crimson Vow". Wizards of the Coast.
  7. K. Arsenault Rivera (November 10, 2021). "Episode 3: Forever Hold Your Peace". Wizards of the Coast.
  8. K. Arsenault Rivera (November 24, 2021). "Episode 5: Till Death Do Us Part". Wizards of the Coast.