|Lifetime||Birth unknown, died ~3780 AR|
|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 own 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.
- 1 Appearance and characteristics
- 2 History
- 3 Notes
- 4 Gallery
- 5 Planeswalkers met
- 6 Planes visited
- 7 In-game references
- 8 References
Appearance and characteristics[edit | edit source]
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 work. She was also surrounded by a gently flickering white nimbus.
Serra was centered in white mana.
History[edit | edit source]
First visit to Dominaria[edit | edit source]
Church of Serra Founded In Sheoltun[edit | edit source]
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. The enormous statue that is part of the temple depicts her with wings.
Creation of Serra's Realm[edit | edit source]
She created her own 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.
Serra's personal 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.
Living with Feroz on Ulgrotha[edit | edit source]
She wandered the planes for some time afterward, eventually meeting and falling in love with another planeswalker named Feroz. 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[edit | edit source]
Serra, heartbroken, fled Ulgrotha to Sursi on Dominaria and hid among some wandering refugees (possibly from her own plane). Serra joined Feroz in death soon after when she was surprised by a thief who was a disguised planeswalker. 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. Her death inspired Brother Angus, the man who had saved her from the thief, to build the Cathedral of Serra around her tomb.
Radiant and the end of the Realm[edit | edit source]
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.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- 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.
- In J. Robert King's novel Scourge it is stated that Serra and her realm had been 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.
- 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 on 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.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Planeswalkers met[edit | edit source]
Planes visited[edit | edit source]
In-game references[edit | edit source]
- Cathedral of Serra
- Herald of Serra
- On Serra's Wings
- Radiant, Serra Archangel
- Serra's Blessing
- Serra's Boon
- Serra's Embrace
- Serra's Guardian
- Serra's Hymn
- Serra's Liturgy
- Serra's Sanctum
- Serra Advocate
- Serra Angel
- Serra Ascendant
- Serra Avatar
- Serra Avenger
- Serra Aviary
- Serra Bestiary
- Serra Inquisitors
- Serra Paladin
- Serra Sphinx
- Serra Zealot
Quoted or referred to:
- Abbey Gargoyles
- Abbey Matron
- Absolute Grace
- Aysen Highway
- Beast Walkers
- Copper-Leaf Angel
- Crystal Chimes
- Daughter of Autumn
- Defiling Tears
- Disenchant (Urza's Saga)
- Divine Presence
- Dry Spell (Homelands, #46b)
- Fallen Angel (Seventh Edition)
- False Prophet
- Hazduhr the Abbot
- Healing Grace
- Healing Salve (Urza's Saga)
- Holy Strength (Tenth Edition)
- Hope and Glory
- Humble (Urza's Saga)
- Invoke the Divine
- Intrepid Hero (Urza's Saga)
- Isolated Chapel (Dominaria)
- Mask of Law and Grace
- Mesa Falcon
- Metathran Soldier
- Pacifism (Urza's Saga)
- Purify (Urza's Legacy)
- Reliquary Monk
- Resurrection (Friday Night Magic)
- Sanctum Custodian
- Solidarity (Urza's Destiny)
References[edit | edit source]
- Lynn Abbey (1998). Magic: The Gathering - Planeswalker. Wizards of the Coast
- James Wyatt (2018), The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Dominaria. VIZ Media.
- The Magic Story Podcast: The Church of Serra
- Brady Dommermuth (November 01, 2006). "The Song of All! Where can I see this complete song? Does it really exist?". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Wizards of the Coast (April, 2002). "Ask Wizards - April 2002". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Martha Wells (March 28, 2018). "Return to Dominaria: Episode 3". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater (September 15, 2020). "Birthday Trivia: Serra". Blogatog. Tumblr.
- Mark Rosewater (June 21, 2004). "Que Serra, Serra". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.