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Race Human
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]


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 ends 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 manage to retrieve the Key and upon returning to Celestus, Tovolar begins his attack on the Harvesttide festival. Arlinn asks Kaya to bring the Key to Katilda. So the witches begin the ritual. After the battle with Tovolar, Arlinn goes to the center of Celestus and helps the witches with the ritual. Arlinn offers her blood while Katilda offers her soul. But Olivia Voldaren appears and interrupts the ritual. She picks up Katilda and demands that Arlinn give up the Key in exchange for the witch. After Olivia obtains the Key she launches Katilda towards the ground. Arlinn steps in front of Katilda to cushion the impact. Olivia leaves with the Key.[5]

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

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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.