|Race||Phyrexian Soratami Planeswalker|
- 1 Appearance and characteristics
- 2 History
- 3 Artifacts acquired
- 4 Planeswalkers met
- 5 Planes visited
- 6 Gallery
- 7 Story appearances
- 8 In-game references
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Appearance and characteristics
When the field scholar's spark ignited, the secrets the Multiverse offered were a greater dream than any she had ever had. Each plane seemed to be an unexplored trove of knowledge to be brought back to the great scroll-towers of Oboro. For Tamiyo, every plane holds a mystery that makes it unique, and she spends a great deal of time studying whatever she can. However, in the end she always returns to her loved family and her husband Genku in Otawara.
Tamiyo's magic centers on the stories recorded in her scrolls, each story, when read, providing her with a different power. She has telepathic and telekinetic powers, and like all moonfolk, she is capable of flight. Her eye color is violet.
Family and Story-Circle
Tamiyo and Genku have several children: among others their son Hiroku, daughter Rumiyo and their adopted nezumi son Nashi. Tamiyo's parents are still alive and she has at least one brother or sister.
Tamiyo has founded a small, informal story-circle that exchanges stories about what happens in the Multiverse. Members of Tamiyo's Story-Circle include fellow planeswalkers Narset, Elspeth, Ajani Goldmane and possibly Dovin Baan as a former member.
Tamiyo travels through the Multiverse collecting stories. She uses these stories as catalysts for her magic.
On Innistrad she found the mystery of the great silver moon that hung in the sky. Tamiyo observed Innistrad for many cycles, using her powers as a Planeswalker to gain insight into the forces the moon exerted on the world below. She watched with rapt attention how the moon affected the werewolves and vampires on Innistrad, and she wrote extensive notes on the ebb and flow of violent frenzies in relation to the moon's influence. Her curiosity eventually led her to the door of the famed Nephalian astronomancer Jenrik. Tamiyo spent months in his moonstone tower pouring over countless charts, adding her own observations to his collection about the odd power the moon holds over the denizens and populace of this plane.
When Avacyn was freed from the Helvault Tamiyo excitedly began writing theories about the angel's influence on the land, its creatures, and the moon. The nature of the Helvault, the creation of the wolfir, the reappearance of the gryffs, and the origins of the newly empowered holy wards have been filling her scrolls with further questions.
Meeting with other planeswalkers
In the months after the opening of the Helvault, Tamiyo returned for a short visit home with her family. During that time, Ajani Goldmane visited her from Theros where he had witnessed Elspeth's death. She allowed him to stay until he was ready to move on.
Shadows over Innistrad
After Avacyn went mad through Nahiri's machinations, Tamiyo started to investigate this new phenomenon. Again she only wanted to understand and didn't want to destroy Avacyn, because the angel warded the entire plane against unknown evils. However, Jace Beleren persuaded her to face Avacyn together. When they confronted Avacyn, they almost lost their fight. In the end, Sorin Markov showed up and destroyed his creation himself. After the last protection of Innistrad had vanished, Jace and Tamiyo witnessed the arrival of the third Eldrazi titan, Emrakul. Jace immediately went to fetch the Gatewatch.
Joining forces with the Gatewatch, Tamiyo was the one who deduced that Emrakul could not be defeated like the other titans, but had to be sealed. Pointing to the moon as the origin of the Helvault, she combined forces with Jace and Nissa to seal Emrakul. While the spell seemed to fail at first, Tamiyo took out one of her iron-clad scrolls and the spell succeeded to seal the titan. Afterwards, Gideon approached her and offered her a place in the Gatewatch, but Tamiyo declined, seemingly shaken by the experience.
Later, she and Jace met in an abandoned chapel. She revealed that she had been possessed and that the scroll's spell had not been of her design, but of Emrakul. She left afterwards, leaving Jace to ponder what Emrakul's plan was.
War of the Spark
Tamiyo traveled with the Gatewatch to Ravnica for the final confrontation with Bolas, and immediately became trapped there due to Bolas's use of the Immortal Sun. She initially wished to simply observe the conflict without directly getting involved. However, while recording the events of the war, she was forced to put her neutrality aside when confronted by the God-Eternal Kefnet. Alongside many other planeswalkers and Ravnicans, she fought against the Eternals of Bolas' Dreadhorde.
During the invasion, the trapped planeswalkers (including Tamiyo) got together with Ravnican leaders to strategize. Tamiyo was one of the few planeswalkers who chose to remain on Ravnica after Chandra disabled the Immortal Sun, helping the Gatewatch in their fight against Bolas. She survived the battle.
Aftermath of the War
With Kaito Shizuki pursuing Nashi, Tamiyo intercepted the former, worried about her son. After learning that Kaito was really after Tezzeret and Jin-Gitaxias, she proposed an alliance. She advocated patience, but Kaito rushed in and was almost killed, but luckily the Emperor protected him, and he escaped with the Reality Chip he managed to steal.
Later they went to Eiganjo Castle, hoping to fix the Emperor's spark. Tamiyo applied the Reality Chip to the Emperor's hand, and while it did seem to help, it also showed that it was still linked to the old research facilities Jin-Gitaxias was using. At that moment, they were attacked by Asari Uprisers, so Kaito and Tamiyo went back to destroy the old research facilities while the Emperor stayed behind to help the battle. Unfortunately, Jin-Gitaxias and Tezzeret ambushed them, noting that he truly needed planeswalkers to experiment on. The Emperor saw what was happening through her new link, and intervened to save them. Tamiyo captured Tezzeret with a spell of paralyzation, and Kaito knocked him out after he was still able to manipulate machines while paralyzed.
To quickly return to the battle at the castle, Tamiyo took posession of the Reality Chip from the Emperor to hotwire a nearby mech so they could fly back, carrying Tezzeret with them. As they arrived, Tezzeret awoke and caused the mech to crash, freeing him from the spell, and allowing him to take control of the Reality Chip and thus Tamiyo. Tezzeret then used the Planar Bridge to kidnap Tamiyo, and take her back to New Phyrexia.
- Tamiyo carries scrolls and journals where she writes down her stories, discoveries and magics. Among these scrolls are some with very dangerous spells that she keeps bound in iron seals.
- After she undergoes Phyrexian compleation, she keeps her records in artifacts called Tamiyo's Notebook.
- The Reality Chip.
Tamiyo's original appearance before becoming a phyrexian.
Tamiyo, Field Researcher, Secret Lair Drop art by Yeong-Hao Han.
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- Tamiyo's Journal:
- Nik Davidson (May 11, 2016). "Stories and Endings". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Ari Zirulnik, Grace Fong, Emily Teng, and Gerritt Turner (February 11, 2022). "The Legends of Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Akemi Dawn Bowman (January 25, 2022). "Episode 3: An Unexpected Alliance". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Chris L'Etoile (October 5, 2016). "Release". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Chris L'Etoile (August 29, 2016). "Homesick". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Doug Beyer (May 18, 2016). "I Am Avacyn". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Kimberly J. Kreines (June 20, 2016). "Emrakul Rises". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Ken Troop (July 27, 2016). "The Promised End". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Tamiyo's Epiphany
- Greg Weisman (April 2019). "War of the Spark: Ravnica". Del Rey.
- Greg Weisman (November 2019). "War of the Spark: Forsaken". Del Rey.
- Akemi Dawn Bowman (January 27, 2022). "Episode 5: Threads of War". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Akemi Dawn Bowman (January 26, 2022). "Episode 4: The Break-In". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- See background for Tamiyo, the Moon Sage (Mythic Edition)
- Tamiyo. Planeswalker Biography. Wizards of the Coast.