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Race Human planeswalker
Birthplace Unknown
Lifetime Birth unknown, died ~3780 AR
Spouse Feroz
Center: {W}
Planeswalker, Homelands comic, Scourge

Serra was a human female planeswalker from the ancient days of the planes, with an affinity for angels, born on an undisclosed plane. She was immensely powerful, enough to create her plane - Serra's Realm, which she populated with her Serra Angels. The Church of Serra was founded on Dominaria in her honor, worshipping the planeswalker as a goddess.

Appearance and characteristics[ | ]

When Xantcha visited Serra's Realm, after having seen angels and archangels, she had expected a tall, slender, and remote woman. However, Serra could have walked through any man-made village without attracting a second glance. Her face, though pleasant, was plain, and she had the sturdy silhouette of a woman who'd borne children and done many a hard day's works. She was also surrounded by a gently flickering white nimbus.[1]

Serra was centered in white mana.

History[ | ]

First visit to Dominaria[ | ]

Thousands of years ago, the planeswalker first visited Dominaria and created her first angels.[2]

Church of Serra Founded In Sheoltun[ | ]

The Church of Serra can be traced back to the days of the Sheoltun Empire, Benalia's forerunner. Here, she was revered as a goddess and a temple was built in her honor in Epityr.[3] The enormous statue that is part of the temple depicts her with wings.

Crucible of Worlds Serra

Creation of Serra's Realm.

Creation of Serra's Realm[ | ]

She created her heavenly plane, Serra's Realm, formed primarily with white mana and populated by her angels and human worshippers. Her worldview, beliefs, and wisdom are chronicled in the Song of All.[4]

Serra's realm came to an end when Urza appeared, wounded from an attack by Phyrexians. He spent years there recovering and left the plane in peace. However, the Phyrexians attacked shortly thereafter, having tracked Urza to her realm, killing many of Serra's subjects. Worse still, the black mana essence of the Phyrexians tainted Serra's Realm so badly that Serra herself could no longer stand to stay there. She abandoned it woefully, taking those who would come with her and entrusting the archangel Radiant as its caretaker in her absence.


Serra in the Homelands

Living with Feroz on Ulgrotha[ | ]

She wandered the planes for some time afterward, eventually meeting and falling in love with another planeswalker named Feroz.[5] They lived together on the plane of Ulgrotha for some time, protected from the rest of the multiverse by Feroz's Ban, and protecting the people of Ulgrotha from Baron Sengir and his vampires. That is until Feroz himself was accidentally killed before her eyes.

Murdered in Sursi[ | ]

Serra, heartbroken, fled Ulgrotha to Sursi on Dominaria and hid among some wandering refugees (possibly from her plane).[3] Serra joined Feroz in death soon after when she was attacked by an unnamed black planeswalker disguised as a thief. Though she could have healed herself easily, her will to live had been shattered and she wasted away. She used her last strength to sanctify the land around Sursi.[2][3][6] Her death inspired Brother Angus, the man who had saved her from the thief, to build the Cathedral of Serra around her tomb.


The Temple of Serra at Epityr. Art by Christine Choi.

Radiant and the end of the Realm[ | ]

After Serra's death, her legions persisted and were taken over by Radiant, who was prideful, quick to judgment, and lacked Serra's compassion, allowing her and many of her followers to become corrupted by the influence of Phyrexia. The sisterhood of angels fell completely under Phyrexian influence, with Radiant's corrupted angels becoming a terrible winged army, slaughtering the inhabitants of Serra's Realm.

Urza visited the Realm in its last days on the Skyship Weatherlight and saved many Serran refugees before collapsing the plane into the Skyship's powerstone to prevent its total takeover by Phyrexia.

March of the Machine[ | ]

After Elspeth Tirel planeswalked into the Blind Eternities with the detonating Sylex, she awoke to see an echo of Serra, who guided her to her destiny, reawakening the planeswalker as an archangel.[7] It is unclear if Elspeth's ascension was as an angel built from her spirit as a fallen warrior,[8] or if she was angelic from her creation, as it is implied Elspeth and her mother were welcomed to New Capenna and potentially not native to the plane.[9] It is also unclear what awakened the echo of Serra, although it may be related to the implosion of the Weatherlight's powerstone not long before Elspeth's death.

Trivia[ | ]

  • Some scholars and fans have concluded that Serra was a human named after a goddess of the same name that used to be worshipped on multiple planes. According to Ethan Fleischer and Kelly Digges that is not true. All references to the goddess Serra are references to the planeswalker Serra who was simply mistaken for a goddess.[3]
  • In J. Robert King's novel Scourge it is stated that Serra and her realm had returned to existence after the destruction of the skyship Weatherlight released the captured plane, which had served as a power source for the skyship. This is now contradicted by the later story, where Tiana found the powerstone containing the realm still inside the wreckage.[10]
  • In Scourge, Serra appeared after the false goddess Karona ended up in her realm, telling Karona and her companions that they could not stay there. After explaining their plight, the angelic figure only mused the fact that Karona reminded her of another being named Urza, who had unintentionally caused great damage to the multiverse in his efforts to protect Dominaria against the Phyrexians. Serra's only advice was to remind Karona that she was Dominaria’s magic and Dominaria was her true home. Though Serra's death is prerevisionist, the continuity of the novel Scourge is dubious in many respects, leaving Serra's status questionable.
  • Serra's name originated from the word "serrated" because the warrior angel that Richard Garfield originally had envisioned carried a serrated sword.[11][12]
  • In an alternate reality, Serra was a blue-aligned intellectual Sphinx Planeswalker.[13]
  • The use of Song of All in the flavor text for Linvala, Keeper of Silence (Secret Lair, #1289) from Secret Lair: Artist Series: Alayna Danner may imply that Serra was involved in the creation of angels on Zendikar.

Gallery[ | ]

Planeswalkers met[ | ]

Planes visited[ | ]

Story appearances[ | ]

Title Author Publishing date Set Setting (plane) Featuring
March of the Machine - Episode 6: The Last to Leave K. Arsenault Rivera 2023-03-24 March of the Machine Capenna, Theros, New Phyrexia Elspeth Tirel, Atraxa, Daxos, Elesh Norn, Urabrask, Koth of the Hammer, Wrenn, Chandra Nalaar, Nissa Revane, Karn, Jin-Gitaxias, Serra

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