|Birthplace||Zhalfir, Jamuraa, Dominaria|
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|Time Streams, Prophecy, Invasion, Scourge, Time Spiral, Planar Chaos, Future Sight|
Appearance and characteristics
Teferi is an ancient being who has seen many things. He is a philosopher and scientist. He eschews violence and will attempt to deal with opposition via the control of its allies and the eventual removal of its power-base. He is a chronarch, a wizard who can manipulate the flow of time.
As a student, Teferi was caught in a slow-time bubble after the temporal disaster, but was rescued by Jhoira, Urza, and Karn. He later became a royal mage of his homeland Zhalfir and ascended to become a planeswalker (though he was not originally aware of the change at the time). He became a guardian of Jamuraa, although his experiments with the time streams indirectly caused the Mirage Wars. When the Phyrexian Invasion broke out he phased out northwestern Jamuraa and parts of Shiv to save them from the war. He returned over a century later to discover Dominaria in ruins and plagued with time rifts, which he quickly set about trying to close. In order to safely phase back Shiv, Teferi had to sacrifice his planeswalker status.
Although the young Teferi was a prankster and at times a bully, he had considerable magical potential and was thus brought to Tolaria, where the planeswalker Urza had founded an academy to train the mages of Dominaria and prepare the plane for an attack from Phyrexia. It was at the academy that Teferi first met Jhoira, Karn, and Barrin. Although they would become his best friends later on in time, he got off on the wrong foot because of his constant practical and less practical jokes.
One day, the Phyrexians attacked the island, and Teferi and Jhoira were killed. Urza sent Karn back in time to prevent the attack; the golem was successful, but the time machine overheated, causing a massive explosion that killed many and completely disrupted the time stream of Tolaria. Teferi survived but was caught in a slow-time bubble for many years. After some time Jhoira, who had also survived and was stranded in a normal time zone, found him like that and threw a wet blanket at him. Five years later that blanket put out the fire on his clothes.
After Karn, Barrin and Urza returned and rebuilt the academy, Jhoira fell into a coma. When she awakened 10 years later, she had discovered a way to free Teferi. She constructed a machine that used the water of Tolaria (which wasn't affected as drastically by the time anomalies as organic material) to create a portal between the normal time zone and Teferi's bubble. It was only a prototype, but the resilient bodies of Karn and Urza could pass through and pull Teferi out. For a while, he felt depressed and out of sync with the world because everyone he had known had either died during the explosion or had aged 20 years while he had been in stasis. But with a little help from Karn and Jhoira, he was back to his usual tricks soon after.
Some years later a more mature Teferi was told by Urza that he should accompany Jhoira to her homeland of Shiv, where the two worked on the Thran Mana Rig that could produce the powerstones needed to fuel the artifacts Urza built to battle the Phyrexians. Although there had always been an age difference between them (which had only become more pronounced while he was trapped in the time bubble), some romantic feelings developed between Teferi and Jhoira. Time had little meaning for students of Tolaria anyway.
For a while Teferi stayed closely involved in Urza's crusade against Phyrexia, helping out in the battle against K'rrick and the battle for Serra's Realm, but after a while he became a royal mage of his homeland of Zhalfir, becoming a protector of the region. What happened to his relationship with Jhoira during this time is unknown. He did befriend the reclusive Jolrael, but this never became more than friendship and he didn't try to persuade her to return when she forsook civilization to live in the deep jungle.
The Mirage War
As his power and influence grew, he used it to conduct risky experiments related to time magic and phasing — until one of them went horribly wrong. But instead of disaster, something else struck in its stead. Something inside of him activated. A Spark ignited. Teferi had become a Planeswalker. Feeling the urge to wander the planes, he created the guild structure of Zhalfir to aid the country in his absence. Thus the Civic Guild, the Shaper Guild, the Shadow Guild, the Armorer Guild and the Granger Guild were called into existence.
When he returned, however, Teferi found the continent on the brink of war. Southern Zhalfir had split off and formed the theocracy of Femeref because the churches didn't agree with the fact that Teferi had left control of the dead in the hands of the Shadow Guild. When Femeref had found gold in the mountains, the northern country of Suq'Ata had invaded part of Zhalfir and had driven the dwarves there from their mountain homes. When the dwarves had aided Femeref in harvesting the gold, increasing their efficiency greatly, Zhalfir felt cheated out of their rightful portion of the gold. Teferi tracked down and tutored a capable girl of royal descent. After Teferi crowned her as Queen Yormeba she brought peace to the nation but failed to unify it. Tired of the petty squabbles of his people, Teferi left with a group of trusted advisors, sages, artificers, and sorcerers. They sailed for a hidden realm in the Chaza Isles, where Teferi wanted to manipulate time to make it easier to summon creatures.
The experiments met with limited success, but after years of trial and error, Teferi realized that the process was inherently unstable. By then, however, the damage was done. The earliest experiments of Teferi had been clumsy and had damaged the temporal balance. Teferi attempted to correct the problems by unleashing a blast of mana to repair the hole in the stream. Although he had anticipated danger, he did not anticipate the results of his “cure”. The unleashed mana burned into all plants, animals, and buildings on the isle. Instantly everything but the bare rock of the island phased out of existence.
After several years,[note 1] Teferi's Isle returned. For a long time, its people were unaware that any time had passed, but when one of Jolrael's dragons attacked the isle, they began to realize something was terribly wrong. Teferi did some research and discovered that they had been absent from time for quite a while and that his "cure" for the timeline had indirectly caused a great war on the mainland.
The energy surge had attracted three powerful mages. The first was Mangara, a wise man from Corondor who was versed in politics and had been attracted out of curiosity. The second was Teferi's old friend Jolrael, coming to see what happened to her friend. The last one was Kaervek of Urborg, who wondered if he could use the power for his own gain. After realizing that there was nothing on the island but bare rock, the three moved to the mainland to monitor it from a more comfortable place. Mangara involved himself in the local politics and with his brilliant diplomacy, he solved the struggles between the countries and managed to put himself in the position of de facto ruler. A jealous Kaervek manipulated the xenophobic Jolrael into joining his side and the two of them had amassed an army. After imprisoning Mangara in an Amber Prison, they declared war on the three nations.
Unable to interfere directly with the war because of his need to monitor and reconstruct the timelines, Teferi aided the defenders with visions and sometimes helped empower their spells. However, during the remainder of the war, he remained at the sidelines. Still, he felt tremendous guilt over his role in causing the conflict. After Jolrael had defected to the defenders and Kaervek had been defeated, Teferi remained a recluse in the Chaza Islands and gave up manipulating with time. Teferi later appeared during the Planeswalkers' War on Corondor to save Daria from an Amber Prison.
Attempting to avoid the invasion
Shortly prior to the Phyrexian Invasion, Keld attacked Jamuraa. For reasons unknown, Teferi stayed out of the war until the last moment when he defeated the Keldons. They made Teferi realize that he didn't want to be part of Urza's plans to fight Phyrexia anymore and he began to devise an alternative.
When the invasion began and a portal opened in the sky over Zhalfir, Teferi convinced Urza to join him in teleporting in and out of the portals with him, overloading them. Teferi told his former tutor that he had a plan to use the resulting energy, but when Urza found out what this plan was, he wasn't happy about it. Teferi weaved it into one gigantic phasing spell that removed northwestern Jamuraa and the part of Shiv that Jhoira stayed on from the time stream to save them from the horrendous attacks of the Phyrexians. A furious Urza ordered Teferi to stop, for this action would remove many powerful allies from the time stream, but it was too late.
One hundred years later the goddess Karona was looking for beings like herself. While doing so she pulled Teferi back into the time stream. Although he couldn't help her, he did get to see Dominaria again and realized the Phyrexians had been defeated. He left contemplating whether it was time to bring the phased-out lands back.
Three hundred years after the Apocalypse, Teferi and Jhoira returned to Dominaria in an effort to return Zhalfir and Shiv safely to their home plane. Teferi was terrified to find that Dominaria was almost completely barren of mana. After consulting Freyalise, Teferi was shocked to learn that he was reportedly seen speaking with Karona nearly two hundred years ago. Teferi apparently has no knowledge of the meeting, which casts doubt on whether or not the gathering did in fact take place.
Teferi allied with Radha, a Keldon half-elf, and Venser, an Urborg artificer, in an effort to permanently close the time distortions that had gathered at several key locations of Dominaria. After losing a battle against Nicol Bolas, Teferi gave up his powers as a planeswalker to seal the time rift over Shiv, restoring the continent to its rightful form. The Zhalfirin rift suffered a different fate. Jeska, manipulated by Leshrac, used Radha as a mana lens, forcefully closing the Zhalfirin rift. Without precise timing, the phased lands of Zhalfir were seemingly lost forever, although Teferi said that he could probably save it if he was still a planeswalker.
While trying to find a new purpose for his life, Teferi met the caravan drover Subira. She had a wit as sharp as Talruum crystal, and twice as lethal if she chose to turn it on you. When he met her, she thought he was a murderer for phasing out Zhalfir. Once he convinced her he didn't casually kill people, they got along great. Teferi decided to travel with the caravan for a week, and that week became a month, and that month was the happiest month of his entire life. They were wed soon after that and had many simple, happy years together. They left the caravan and settled down long enough to have their daughter Niambi. However, Subira's heart belonged to the road most of all, and she returned to the caravan when Niambi was very young. She visited as often as she could, but Teferi was the one who raised their daughter.
Sixty years after the Mending, Niambi is an adult and Subira has passed away of old age. At this time he discovers that his friend Urza has left behind a series of devices and magical artifacts that could be of help in repairing the Zhalfirin time rift. With help from his daughter, the Weatherlight crew and the Gatewatch, he retrieves one of these artifacts, a delicate dark crystal orb nestled in a cage of silver vines, from a monument in the Tivan Desert. After this, he joins Jhoira's crew to fight Belzenlok.
Unbeknownst to Teferi, Jhoira wore an amulet around her neck, which contained a small Powerstone which held Teferi's Planeswalker spark. She has made this stone herself at the Thran Mana Rig. After several other planeswalkers unexpectedly showed up, Jhoira finally found the right moment to hand it over to Teferi. After he became a Planeswalker again he joined the Gatewatch to fight Nicol Bolas.
War of the Spark
Teferi 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. Alongside many other planeswalkers and Ravnicans, he fought against the Eternals of Bolas' Dreadhorde.
At the start of the conflict, Teferi slowed down the time around the Planar Bridge, thus greatly delaying the advance of Bolas' army. He also used his time manipulation abilities to save many planeswalkers and Ravnicans from the Eternals. According to Jace, he may have saved more lives than anyone else that day.
During the invasion, the trapped planeswalkers got together with Ravnican leaders to strategize. At Jace's recommendation, they decided to split up into teams to focus on specific tasks. Jace, Jaya, Teferi, and Vivien volunteered to assassinate Liliana. When they found her, Teferi warped time around her, slowing her ability to react, defend herself, or strike back at her attackers. This allowed Jaya and Vivien to badly wound her with fire, arrows, and animal spirits, although the Onakke spirits in Liliana's Chain Veil protected her. Nonetheless, they almost succeeded, but Bolas stepped in and saved Liliana by destroying the buildings they were standing on. Fortunately, Teferi saved himself and the other three planeswalkers by slowing their falls.
Teferi survived the battle and was present during the Planewide Celebration that followed.
Aftermath of the War
Teferi participated in the memorial service for Gideon on Theros. Afterwards, Teferi hosted Karn and Ajani Goldmane at his daughter Niambi’s home in Femeref on Dominaria. There they strategized on how to assist Karn in his plans to help the Mirran Resistance.
After coming to Innistrad for the first time, he joined a group of cathars in the hunt of a "white witch" in the Kessig woods. There he met the dryad planeswalker Wrenn. While attempting to help her find a new host, a malicious entity assaulted them. Teferi tried to throw the dark beast forward existence but his magic went awry, trapping him and Wrenn in a loop of time. The Dryad taught him a further understanding of metamagic, allowing him to undo his spell, free them and accidently accelerating her new host's growth. Thankful, Wrenn promised to return and help the planeswalker undo the spell he cast long ago on Zhalfir, but only after showing her new host the multiverse.
Arlinn Kord went to Ravnica to ask The Gatewatch for help to find the Moonsilver Key. She found and explained Innistrad's situation to Teferi, Kaya and Chandra. The three planeswalkers agreed to help Arlin and headed to Innistrad to fight the coming of the Eternal night.. Together with the cathar Adeline, they decided to go to Thraben to investigate.
Teferi, Arlinn, Chandra, Kaya, Adeline and a group of cathars arrived in Thraben. They found the city destroyed and full of zombies, the army Liliana used against Emrakul. In town, Kaya found a clue to the whereabouts of the Moonsilver Key. The Key should be in the possession of the Betzold family. Arlinn and Adeline knew a Church bishop with that last name. They located bishop Worrin Betzold amid the ruins of a church. The group made its way through the zombies until they reach the bishop. Teferi used his powers to slow down time, thus slowing the undead's advance. Arlinn interrogated the zombie bishop and is given the name Dennick. The group moved to Gavony, where the family had a mansion. In the ruins of the mansion, they found the spirit of Dennick Betzold who tells the group the location of the Key. The key had been given by an ancestor of Dennick to Sorin Markov. At Markov Manor, Teferi and Arlinn waited with Sorin for the vampire to hand over the Key so they can help restore balance to Innistrad. The vampire refuses to give the Key. When Arlinn mentions Avacyn, Sorin attacks twice with his sword. The second time, Sigarda appears by answering a prayer made by the group before entering the Manor and stops the attack. The angel says that the Key is in Sorin's quarters, and that she will stop the vampire giving the group a chance to get the Key. Teferi bowed in thanks to the angel and went with the group to get the Key.
The party returned to the Celestus in possession of the Key. At that moment, Tovolar launched his army against the Harvesttide festival, but the witches' magical protections managed to stop the werewolves' advance. Arlinn told Kaya to take the Key to Katilda. At this point, the protections failed, so Teferi cast a powerful spell to delay the sunset and the transformation of the werewolves into their wolf forms. Planeswalkers, witches and cathars began their battle against the invaders to defend the humans. When Teferi's spell wore off, the werewolves complete their transformation, including Arlinn's. During battle the witches begin the ritual. After Tovolar's defeat, he and his army retreat and Arlinn goes to the central area of Celestus. There Katilda asks Arlinn for help to finish the ritual, but Olivia Voldaren appears interrupting and taking the Key away with her.
|“||I've walked a hundred worlds ...||”|
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria variant art.
Oath of Teferi - “For the lost and forgotten, I will keep watch.”
Retro Teferi, Time Raveler art by Adam Rex.
Teferi uses his powers to delay the sunset in Innistrad.
- Represented in:
- Associated cards:
- Oath of Teferi
- Teferi's Ageless Insight
- Teferi's Care
- Teferi's Curse
- Teferi's Drake
- Teferi's Honor Guard
- Teferi's Imp
- Teferi's Isle
- Temporal Machinations
- Teferi's Moat
- Teferi's Protection
- Teferi's Protege
- Teferi's Puzzle Box
- Teferi's Realm
- Teferi's Response
- Teferi's Sentinel
- Teferi's Time Twist
- Teferi's Tutelage
- Teferi's Veil
- Teferi's Wavecaster
- Depicted in:
- Quoted or referred to:
- Careful Consideration
- Drown in Dreams
- Essence Leak
- Fog Elemental
- Historian of Zhalfir
- Impulse (Visions)
- Kher Keep
- Magus of the Candelabra
- Niambi, Faithful Healer
- Paradox Haze
- Powerstone Shard
- Rainbow Efreet
- Reality Ripple
- Rift Elemental
- Serene Heart
- Shrieking Drake
- Stern Proctor
- Tectonic Instability
- Thraben Exorcism
- Time and Tide
- Time Wipe
- Tranquil Domain
- Two hundred in prerevisionist continuity. This has probably been altered by now, but no definitive date was given.
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