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Kynaios and Tiro
Race Human
Birthplace Theros
Lifetime Many centuries before the Mending Era
Commander 2016

Kynaios and Tiro were two legendary human soldiers from Theros.


In the age of antiquity, the humans of the region that would one day become Meletis, the largest polis on Theros, were ruled by the tyrant Agnomakhos, an immortal archon. Unchecked for generations, his power grew as he carved out a mighty empire. Kynaios and Tiro, joined by their love for one another and for freedom, rose to challenge him. The people rallied to their cause, and Agnomakhos was defeated. The legend says that the god Ephara granted humans magic to help them overthrow the archon and cast out his leonin guard.[1]

The polis of Meletis was founded on the ruins of Agnomakhos's empire as a beacon of freedom and enlightenment, and its people chose Kynaios and Tiro to be its guardians.[2] Two great statues were built in their honor. Their real story, however, would be lost to the ages. Instead of peaceful lovers, they would be remembered as two feuding rulers whose deaths were celebrated and whose monuments symbolized the end of their wars.

Their tomb is found in the center of the settlement of Oxus, located in the Meletian holdings.[3]


Kynaios and Tiro are based on the Athenian lovers Harmodius and Aristogeiton, known as the Tyrannicides, who assassinated the Athenian tyrant Hipparchus in 514 B.C.E.

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  1. The Magic Creative Team (August 28, 2013). "Planeswalker's Guide to Theros, Part 2". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Magic Creative Team (October 26, 2016). "It's Time to Talk Commander (2016 Edition)". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Wizards RPG Team (2020), D&D Mythic Odysseys of Theros, Wizards of the Coast