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Radha
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Demographics
Race Human/Elf
Birthplace Skyshroud, Aerona, Dominaria
Lifetime ~4485-present AR
Sources
Time Spiral, Future Sight

Radha is the granddaughter of the Keldon warlord Astor and an elf of Skyshroud, and is the first-discovered of a new breed of potential Planeswalkers by Teferi. As such, Radha shares a strange connection with the time rift hovering over Skyshroud.[1] Due to her role during the Time Spiral crisis, Radha's spark has never ignited.

History[]

Radha was always a fiercely independent elf, disputing and even ridiculing Freyalise's xenophobic stance against her people. She aided the planeswalker Teferi during his attempts to save Dominaria from the time rifts, and eventually abandoned her home and drove the Gathans from Keld.

During the events of Future Sight, Radha was approached by planeswalker Jeska, who asked her for help with closing the time rifts. Radha refused, and the two barbarian women fought. Jeska won by instinctive use of her latent powers of Phage. Radha was tethered and taken by Jeska to Zhalfir, where the planeswalker used her to channel the mana to the rift, closing it. Radha was greatly weakened by this act. Jeska then took her to Yavimaya to close another rift. Radha met Multani, who created a bond between her and Yavimaya, allowing her to use green mana again and filling the vacancy in Radha's soul created by the destruction of Skyshroud. Jeska then used Radha again to close the rift in Yavimaya. During the Zhalfirin rift closing, Radha and Jeska's minds merged, allowing the two women to experience the lives of each other. Radha's temper was changed by dealing with Jeska and participarting in world-scale events. On Madara, Jeska was taken by Leshrac, who sent his shadow assassin Dinne il-Vec to deal with the mortals (Radha, Venser, Jhoira and Teferi). Radha fought the shadow warrior and by using newly reestablished green mana abilities, she anchored him in the physical world by a green healing spell, then burned him to ash with her Keldon magic. After Leshrac was defeated and the Madaran rift closed by Nicol Bolas, the party went to Otaria to close the last rift. Radha and Venser willingly accompanied Jeska to the heart of the rift and lent their powers to the planeswalker. Jeska's final act closed the Otarian rift, as well as all others.

Radha returned to her camp afterwards. Her hotheadedness, cruelty and blood thirst was changed by her recent experiences, and she became a more rational, and a bit more caring of a being. She travelled up the sacred Keldon Peak known simply as the Mountain to retrieve Astor's famous daggers, and claimed her Keldon heritage by bonding herself to the Mountain.[2] With Skive and Dassene as her lieutenants, she became the leader of the joint new nation of Keldon elves and humans who were attempting to restore Keld to its former glory. However, repeatedly closing time rifts with Jeska permanently extinguished her planeswalker's spark, thus she will never be able to ascend.

Radha defeated the last Gathan warlord and became the Grand Warlord of Keld. She quietly revolutionized Keld. The taking of slaves as plunder has been abolished, and Keldons now learn industries and crafts.

Fighting the Cabal[]

Sixty years after the Mending, Radha walked a precarious path to restore the original character of Keld, while existing in a time of relative peace.[3][4] She was captured under unknown circumstances by the Cabal, and was forced to fight in the Stronghold's fighting pit. It was only by the timely arrival of Gideon Jura, that she managed to escape. During the escape she ended up killing Whisper.[5] She helped Gideon and Chandra Nalaar to find the Blackblade, and organized the spirits of Urborg in their attack on the Cabal.

Story appearances[]

Title Author Publishing date Set Setting (plane) Featuring
Return to Dominaria: Episode 12 Martha Wells 2018-05-30 Dominaria Dominaria Liliana Vess, Yargle, Rafwyn Capashen, Jaya Ballard, Shanna Sisay, Arvad, Jhoira, Gideon Jura, Chandra Nalaar, The Cabal, Radha, Slimefoot, Muldrotha, Belzenlok, Whisper, Teferi, Karn, Urgoros, Tiana, Nicol Bolas

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References[]

  1. Matt Cavotta (January 11, 2007). "Who’s That Girl?". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  2. James Wyatt (2018), The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Dominaria. VIZ Media.
  3. Magic: The Gathering on Twitter
  4. Wizards of the Coast (April 20, 2018). "Legends from Dominaria’s past". The Official Magic: The Gathering Tumblr. Tumblr.
  5. Martha Wells (May 30, 2018). "Return to Dominaria: Episode 12". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
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