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Xander
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Race Vampire Demon
Birthplace New Capenna
Lifetime Pre-Mending Era to Present (but deceased)
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Lord Xander was the crime-lord and boss of the Maestros family in New Capenna.[1] He was killed by Ob Nixilis during the events of Streets of New Capenna.[2]

Description[]

The vampire Lord Xander was an avid fashionista, who had been alive since before the founding of the city.[3]. He would think himself first among equals if any equals presented themselves to him. Until that happened, he reigned as the self-appointed curator of New Capenna's history and orchestrator of its present. History he staged through exhibitions in the Maestros's many galleries, museums, and archives. The present he orchestrated through the Maestros's skilled, discreet assassins for hire. A former assassin himself, injuries to his right knee often forced him to use a cane concealing a hidden blade outside his personal quarters.[4][2] In his quarters, Xander has a hidden storeroom cramped with all manner of ancient relics. These were the last remaining histories of the founding of New Capenna, a time he no longer remembered due to the distortions of time and the magic of the deal.

History[]

Lord Xander used to be an ailing artist of an all-but-dead aristocratic house, jealous over the critical acclaim his younger peers received.[1] He was one of the five heads of families that were appointed by the archdemons and original signatories of the contract that created New Capenna. The deal made him part demon himself, as demonstrated by his long horns, one of which was tipped with gold.[4] He was the progenitor of the plane's other vampires, including his former lover Evelyn.[5]

He was burdened by three gifts: vampirism, which granted him all but eternal life; a demonic blessing, which granted him power; and a crown, whose weight he couldn't feel now that noble titles meant nothing. Taken together, Lord Xander bore the mantle of the collector and curator of New Capenna. Curation was exhausting work, a labor that had increasingly begun to remind him of his old life before the city rose and the age of knights, lords, and monsters fell behind.[6]

On the night of the New Year during the Crescendo, Xander was killed by Ob Nixilis. He willed control of the Maestros to his deputy, Anhelo.[2]

Story appearances[]

Title Author Publishing date Set Setting (plane) Featuring
Episode 1: Homecoming Elise Kova 2022-03-28 Streets of New Capenna Theros, New Capenna Elspeth Tirel, Ajani Goldmane, Heliod, Xander, Anhelo, Jetmir, Jinnie, Regis, Kitt, Giada, Vivien Reid, Tezzeret, Urabrask
Episode 3: Tests Elise Kova 2022-03-30 Streets of New Capenna New Capenna Elspeth Tirel, Xander, Vivien Reid, Rocco, Kitt, Jinnie, Giada
Episode 4: The Font Elise Kova 2022-04-04 Streets of New Capenna New Capenna Xander, Anhelo, Ob Nixilis, Elspeth Tirel, Jinnie, Kitt, Giada, Jetmir, Vivien Reid

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References[]

  1. a b Miguel Lopez (April 28, 2022). "Planeswalker's Guide to Streets of New Capenna". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  2. a b c Elise Kova (April 4, 2022). "Episode 4: The Font". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Elise Kova (March 28, 2022). "Episode 1: Homecoming". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  4. a b Elise Kova (March 30, 2022). "Episode 3: Tests". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Wizards of the Coast (April 8, 2022). "Evelyn, the Covetous". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Doug Beyer, Ari Zirulnik and Grace Fong (April 22, 2021). "The Legends You'll Find in Streets of New Capenna". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  7. SEA Exclusive Family Treasure Tokens. Reddit (April 5, 2022).
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