Tazri is the general of the allied forces on Zendikar, and was a trusted advisor to Commander Gideon Jura. She wears a halo around her neck. Tazri was instrumental in the recapture of Sea Gate from the Eldrazi titan Ulamog's brood. She took over as Commander of Sea Gate when Gideon left the plane after the defeat of the Eldrazi.
History[edit | edit source]
Earlier years[edit | edit source]
As a successful, nearly twenty years old caravan captain on the Tazeem roads, Tazri once came upon an angel who was severely wounded in a battle with vampires. She killed the angel as an act of mercy and took the angel's halo as a way to remember her. Although the angel had asked for it herself, the killing caused Tazri to be cursed. Over the next four years, she fell on bad times and was forced to find a low-status job at the Sea Gate militia. She immediately caught the interest of militia captain Vorik, who saw her potential as a leader, despite her decline in fame over the years.
Battle for Zendikar[edit | edit source]
Fifteen years later, after the initial release of the three monstrous Eldrazi titans, the city of Sea Gate on the continent of Tazeem was established as the primary bastion for the allied forces of Zendikar. However, it was soon overtaken by the Eldrazi. At this point, Tazri was the primary advisor to Commander Vorik, the trusted military leader from the city. She first met Gideon Jura in a refugee camp outside the city, after a battle with Ulamog's spawn.
The animosity between the pair quickly blossomed, after the commander began to value Gideon's advice over Tazri's while establishing a new camp at a floating [[hedron] known as Sky Rock. However, Vorik's injuries after the battle soon proved lethal, and, contrary to Tazri's wishes, he named Gideon as his replacement. The coldness between now-Commander Gideon and his general only increased after this, yet she eventually realized that Gideon was, in fact, there to help her and to retake Zendikar.
Tazri joined Gideon, the vampire Drana, and the kor Munda in an attempt to retake Sea Gate. After a failure during the battle, resulting in the deaths of many Zendikari, Tazri's disdain for the planeswalker only continued to grow, and her anger intensified as she believed he was leading her people into certain death. Despite her worries, Sea Gate was reclaimed after intensive training; however, the merfolk Jori En soon arrived with bad news: the Eldrazi titan Ulamog himself was approaching Sea Gate.
At this time, Tazri was meeting with Gideon and his other advisors, and first met the planeswalkers Nissa Revane and Kiora. After hearing of Ulamog's approach, Tazri pushed to evacuate the city, believing anything else would be suicide. However, Gideon, Drana, and Kiora all formulated a plan to battle with the titan, and the planeswalker Jace Beleren soon returned from the Eye of Ugin, saying Ulamog could be trapped using an aligned hedron network.
Despite her concerns, Tazri begrudgingly went along with the plan, and Ulamog was trapped. After this, though, the demon planeswalker Ob Nixilis appeared and disrupted the network, leaving Ulamog to ravage the city and waking Kozilek as well. In quick succession, the planeswalkers dedicated to stopping the Eldrazi were either defeated or had gone missing. Beset by the distortions of Kozilek, Tazri was saved by the protection of her halo. She regrouped with the roilmage Noyan Dar, the vampire queen Drana, and the Kor squad leader Munda and, inspired by the angel she had killed so long ago, took command. Her group was able to point the way to Ob Nixilis and his planeswalker captives when Chandra Nalaar arrived.
Tazri partook in many battles against the Eldrazi and ultimately withstood their assault thanks to the power of the halo and the soothing, forgiving angelic power within. She survived the last confrontation with Ulamog and Kozilek, in which the titans were defeated by the Gatewatch and their allies. Afterwards, she would be leading the rebuilding of Zendikar's civilization.
Zendikar Rising[edit | edit source]
In the wake of the Eldrazi's fall, a plan was needed to rebuild Sea Gate. Unfortunately, the Sea Gate Reconstruction Project found itself with a few plans too many. Each of the five expeditionary houses presented its vision for a wonderful new city. Fed up with the houses' infighting, Tazri drafted a plan of her own. Surprisingly, Tazri was as good of a city planner as she was a military leader. Her proposal clearly outshone any offered by the expeditionary houses, and she quickly got a large portion of the populace on board. The angel Linvala immediately stood behind her proposal, and the word of an angel swayed even the stingiest expeditionary house. Within a year, the city was restored.
Story appearances[edit | edit source]
|Title||Author||Publishing date||Set||Setting (plane)||Featuring|
|Up in Flames||Doug Beyer||2016-01-20||Battle for Zendikar||Zendikar||Chandra Nalaar, Kozilek, Ulamog, Tazri, Gideon Jura, Jace Beleren, Nissa Revane, Ob Nixilis|
|Brink of Extinction||Kelly Digges||2016-02-10||Oath of the Gatewatch||Zendikar||Gideon Jura, Chandra Nalaar, Nissa Revane, Tazri, Jace Beleren, Jori En, Kiora|
|Zendikar's Last Stand||Doug Beyer||2016-02-17||Oath of the Gatewatch||Zendikar||Chandra Nalaar, Gideon Jura, Jace Beleren, Nissa Revane, Kiora, Ulamog, Kozilek, Tazri, Noyan Dar, Drana, Jori En|
|Zendikar Resurgent||Ari Levitch, Doug Beyer, Kelly Digges, and Kimberly J. Kreines||2016-02-24||Oath of the Gatewatch||Zendikar||Gideon Jura, Tazri, Chandra Nalaar, Jace Beleren, Ugin, Nissa Revane|
In-game references[edit | edit source]
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References[edit | edit source]
- Kimberly J. Kreines (September 9, 2015). "The Survivors of Sky Rock". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Kimberly J. Kreines (November 18, 2015). "Hedron Alignment". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Ari Zirulnik (September 15, 2020). "The Legends of Zendikar Rising". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Ken Troop (January 13, 2016). "The Blight We Were Born For". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- James Wyatt (August 19, 2015). "Slaughter at the Refuge". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- James Wyatt (October 28, 2015). "The Liberation of Sea Gate". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Adam Styborski (December 31, 2015). "Allied Command(er)". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Doug Beyer (January 20, 2016). "Up in Flames". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Doug Beyer (February 17, 2016). "Zendikar's Last Stand". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Ari Levitch, Doug Beyer, Kelly Digges and Kimberly J. Kreines (February 24, 2016). "Zendikar Resurgent". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Ari Zirulnik and James Wyatt (September 1, 2020). "Zendikar: Thing Have Changed". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.