Will Kenrith is a planeswalker who specializes in ice magic. He is the twin brother of Rowan Kenrith. His other siblings are Erec and Hazel, his father is High King Algenus Kenrith, and his stepmother is Queen Linden.
Appearance and characteristics
The young warrior-mage twins, Rowan and Will Kenrith are unique among planeswalkers in that they share a single planeswalker's spark. Rowan, bold and impetuous, augments her swordplay with crackling electrical energy that dances along her blade, while Will, reserved and contemplative, uses his power over ice to control the flow of a fight. They often coordinate their magic to make it more effective.
Will's easy acquiescence during his youth made everyone think he was the obedient twin while Rowan was the headstrong, insubordinate one. The misapprehension gave him a lot of space to do what he wanted, which was to seek out secrets he could someday trade to the mirror at Castle Vantress in the hope of winning knighthood there. At Vantress he aspired to study and learn to his heart's content.
Together the twins travel from plane to plane, following the knightly virtues with which they were raised in pursuit of achieving the most good. Like his twin, he is cursed from birth. This curse came to fruition on Arcavios, where he lost his right leg below his knee in the fight against the Blood Avatar. He now uses a lattice-work of ice and steel to replace his leg. All-day, a part of his mind has to be focused on shaping and refreezing it around the metal frame.
Will Kenrith is centered in blue mana.
Will and his twin were born after a witch had enthralled their father and lived with him for a year. Their birth-mother killed the newborns for their blood, which she would have drunk to extend her life. When Algenus regained his conscience, he killed the witch. At the same time, their adoptive mother gave up her sword's power to restore life to the twins and took them in as her own children.
At seventeen, Will experienced a vision in a sheet of ice. He saw a dragon’s skull as tall as a house blocking a forest path with its bony jaws gaped wide open and seen deep down the dark tunnel of its jaws a figure obscured by shadows crouched on a massive branch. As if hearing a cry, the faceless person scrambled down a rope ladder that descended past branches and more branches until it seemed only this vast tree existed in all the world. The vision rippled again to gleam with a host of brightly armored knights as they spread shining wings and rose into the teeth of a mighty wind. But the dazzling beauty of the wings faded, sucked away until nothing was left except a spear so black it absorbed all light, all existence.
This vision later came true when the twins visited an amphitheater made of a petrified dragon in the Wilds. They experienced the machinations of the planeswalker Oko, and they witnessed the tribute of the Ardenvale griffin-knights after the death of their father.
The Wildered Quest
Eighteen years old, the twins' quest for their missing father, the High King, who has been abducted by the planeswalkers Oko and Garruk Wildspeaker. Indrelon, the Magic Mirror, reveals the location of their father and that he has been transformed in a stag. Later on, Will rescues Garruk from certain death. His act of braveness and persistence summons the Cauldron of Eternity, which cures the hunter of the Chain Veil curse. The twins fail to protect the stag from the Wild Hunt, but Algenus is brought back to life by his wife Linden. This all happens near a witch's cottage at the fringe of the Wilds, which was actually the house where the twins had been born. As Linden reveals the shocking truth about their origins, Rowan becomes upset that they hadn't been told earlier. The shock ignites the twins' planeswalker's spark and they disappear. Garruk, who is thankful for his cure, promises the King and Queen to track their children and to keep them safe.
Will competed with his sister at the stadium of Valor's Reach on Kylem. No one knew where the mysterious pair came from, or why they felt the need to test themselves on Valor's Reach. But anyone who faced them in battle realized very quickly that their ability to reinforce each other's powers was a force to be reckoned with. The twins were champions of Valor's Reach.
The siblings were invited to join Strixhaven as students by Kasmina. While Will fitted right in, Rowan had problems to adjust. Moreover, she seemed to lose control over magic, often crackling with electricity when she lost her temper. Their arguments became a full-on quarrel before they were stopped by Professor Onyx. She had noticed that they were planeswalkers and tasked them with coming up with a defense against an Oriq attack. While Will studied the books, Rowan tried to gain more power.
After the Oriq and an army of mage hunters began their attack on Strixhaven, Will set out to find his sister. He survived a close call with a couple of mage hunters just as the Founder Dragons arrived to help. Will and Rowan were reunited and saved from an Oriq attack by Professor Onyx. Realizing that the larger assault was only a misdirection, Professor Onyx guided the twins through an old maintenance passage to an area underneath the Biblioplex. There they found Extus Narr who had bound himself to an immense power source called a Snarl. As they attempted to intervene, Professor Onyx was translocated away, leaving only Will and Rowan to face Extus and a summoned entity known as the Blood Avatar. Realizing that Rowan had grown in strength during her stay at Strixhaven, but Will had grown in control, they once again joined their powers. With Rowan drawing on the power of the Snarl and redirecting it to Will, her brother managed to wrestle control over the Blood Avatar away from Extus Narr. The Avatar killed the Oriq leader and was sent back from where it came, but not before it hacked off Will's leg.
|Title||Author||Publishing date||Set||Setting (plane)||Featuring|
|Episode 1: Class is in Session||Adana Washington||2021-03-25||Strixhaven: School of Mages||Arcavios, Kylem||Liliana Vess, Will Kenrith, Rowan Kenrith, Lukka, Mila, Kasmina, Shaile, Nassari, Lisette|
|Episode 3: Extracurriculars||Adana Washington||2021-04-07||Strixhaven: School of Mages||Arcavios||Will Kenrith, Rowan Kenrith, Quintorius Kand, Liliana Vess, Kasmina, Lukka, Mila, Extus Narr|
|Episode 4: Put to the Test||Adana Washington||2021-04-14||Strixhaven: School of Mages||Arcavios||Will Kenrith, Rowan Kenrith, Liliana Vess, Imbraham, Kianne, Lukka, Extus Narr, The Blood Avatar|
|Episode 5: Final Exam||Adana Washington||2021-04-21||Strixhaven: School of Mages||Arcavios||Will Kenrith, Rowan Kenrith, The Blood Avatar, Extus Narr, Uvilda, Lukka, Mila, Nassari, Lisette, Liliana Vess, Kasmina|
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- Quoted or referred to:
- Mark Rosewater (July 21, 2019). "You revealed that the marketing art character is a planeswalker we've seen before whose home plane is Eldraine.". Blogatog. Tumblr.
- Magic Calendar 2019
- Mark Rosewater (August 23, 2019). "Would Will or Rowan ever be in a set without the other?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
- Adana Washington (April 21, 2021). "Episode 5: Final Exam". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Kate Elliott (2019), Throne of Eldraine: The Wildered Quest, Penguin Random House
- Rowan & Will Kenrith. Planeswalker Biography. Wizards of the Coast.
- Adana Washington (March 25, 2021). "Episode 1: Class is in Session". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Adana Washington (April 7, 2021). "Episode 3: Extracurriculars". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Adana Washington (April 14, 2021). "Episode 4: Put to the Test". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.