Sigarda is an Angel from Innistrad associated with purity and birth and the protection of humans. Also known as the Host of Herons, she is the leader of the Flight of Herons and wields a heron-shaped scythe. She is a sister of Bruna, Gisela, and Liesa, and fought Avacyn and her corrupted angels, including two of her sisters after their corruption.
The Four Sisters
Sigarda, Bruna, Gisela and Liesa are described as sisters and are older than Avacyn. Unlike the more loyal Gisela, Sigarda felt unconnected to Avacyn, due to the latter's own detachment from the other angels, though she respected her power as a leader.
The Flight of Herons
Sigarda and the other angels of the Flight of Herons are connected to birth and purity and are associated with the New Moon season. Their magic is said to ward humans against harm in life (as opposed to the Alabaster host, which wards against harm in death). Most of the angels from this flight helped in the efforts of humans against the werewolves.
In the Hunter's Moon the year after Avacyn was restored, Sigarda was approached by Gisela and Bruna in her own solar. The two flanked her as Avacyn manifested before her. By now fully corrupted, Avacyn advocated genocide against Innistrad's humans, which Sigarda regarded with fear and disgust. She didn't respond to Avacyn's insane statements, but Avacyn sensed her hesitation and blew up her solar's roof, implying a threat should she fail to comply. Already resentful towards Avacyn for the death of Liesa, Sigarda cried and vowed to fight the archangel.
Upon discovering what her sisters had become, Sigarda could only weep. In Thraben, she chose to fight against the corrupted angels, aiding the Cathar Thalia in slaying the monstrosity that was comprised of her former sisters. Multiple humans turned to worship Sigarda for protection since she alone had not turned her host against them.
|“||Sigarda the true, the shadow slayer, the hope of the lost, protect us through this long night, may the dangers in the darkness bring harm to no one, and may our fears be met with heron's grace. Avacyn is gone, yet you remain. To you, Sigarda, we offer this prayer.||”|
—Prayer to Sigarda
Sigarda took up Avacyn's role as best she could, answering the fervent prayers of the lost and endangered. The people gave her many epithets: Sigarda the True, Sigarda the Shadow-Slayer, Sigarda the Hope of the Lost.
Sigarda, Host of Herons. Art by Chris Rahn.
|Title||Author||Publishing date||Set||Setting (plane)||Featuring|
|Episode 3: The Fall of the House of Betzold||K. Arsenault Rivera||2021-09-15||Innistrad: Midnight Hunt||Innistrad||Chandra Nalaar, Teferi, Kaya, Arlinn Kord, Adeline, Worrin Betzold, Dennick Betzold, Sorin Markov, Sigarda|
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- James Wyatt (July 13, 2016). "Saint Traft and the Flight of Nightmares". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Doug Beyer and Ari Zirulnik (September 9, 2021). "Planeswalker's Guide to Innistrad: Midnight Hunt". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.