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This time around, we take a look at Magic: The Gathering's more obscure planeswalkers, Geyadrone Dihada, and her relationship to other MTG characters including Dakkon Blackblade, Sol'Kanar, and others.
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Welcome back to Who Is on Magic Untapped as we explore the origins and backstories of various characters from throughout Magic: The Gathering’s history.
This time around, we’re taking a look at one of Magic’s planeswalkers who, up until not too long ago, was considered obscure. And that’s due, in part, to a cancelled Magic: The Gathering comic book line some 20 or more years ago.
I’m, of course, talking about none other than Geyadrone Dihada.
A demonic planeswalker with the upper body of a woman and legs that end in octopus-like tentacles, Geyadrone Dihada appeared sometime between the fall of the Thran and Dominaria’s Brothers’ War.
Forever lustful for power and dominance, Dihada has a talent for finding powerful beings and corrupting them into becoming her champion – doing her bidding for her. And this includes a warrior blacksmith known as Dihada.
While in his workshop, Dakkon was visited by Dihada. She tasked him with forging the most powerful sword ever created and, in exchange, she would bestow upon him the powers of a planeswalker.
Intrigued by this promise of power, Dakkon agreed and Dihada shared with him the secret enchantment spell by which he could create this sword capable of stealing the soul of whomever it slays. Over the next ten years, the warrior blacksmith worked on the weapon, cooling the blade by using it to slay one of his slaves after each time it was heated. In his lust for planeswalker power, Dakkon even felled his own son.
Finally, the blade finished, Dakkon couldn’t help but want to test out his creation. With it, he went into battle. With each successive kill, the warrior blacksmith felt his strength grow. So fierce and gruesome was his fighting, that stories began to circulate about Dakkon Blackblade, so nicknamed because of the awesome weapon he carried.
Soon enough, these stories got back to his planeswalker patron who pays him a visit. As agreed, Dakkon relinquishes to her the soul-stealing sword. She repays him by running him through with it.
Having sensed a planeswalker spark within the blacksmith when she first met him, her end of the bargain came to fruition. As the enchanted sword began to take his soul, Dakkon’s spark ignites and he begins life anew as Dakkon Blackblade, Planeswalker.
Dakkon’s soul, however, would be forever bound to the sword.
She then left Dakkon to wander the planes on his own with Dakkon wondering why she would grant him so much power only to make an enemy out of him.
Later on, she visited the forest of Khone on the Dominarian island of Corondor. She hailed an audience with the forest’s maro-sorcerer protector, known simply as the Force of Nature.
She presented him with the blackblade. Almost as soon as he touched it, the blade’s corruptive nature took hold, changing the benevolent maro-sorcerer into one who would become known as Sol’Kanar. With the former maro-sorcerer now her current champion, Dihada turned his forest into a salt marsh and tasked her new minion with laying waste to the civilizations of Corondor in her name.
Using the remains of his slain foes, Sol’Kanar built on Corondor the Unholy Citadel, which crept across the island on giant legs of bone.
In time, Dihada was in complete control of the island.
In a prison was a young man named Carth. While incarcerated, another of the prisoners gave him an amulet, telling him it can summon forth a strong warrior. Carth used the amulet, which brought Dakkon Blackblade back to Dominaria, his soul bound to the artifact.
Dakkon, understandably, was angry to have been brought across the planes in such a manner. He tried to slay Carth, but the amulet protected the young man. It wasn’t until Dakkon learned that the two have a common enemy (the planeswalker Geyadrone Dihada) did the blacksmith planeswalker agree to accompany him.
Upon learning of Dakkon’s return, the demonic planeswalker sent Sol’Kanar off to deal with him. Things, however, didn’t go as planned.
Dakkon bested Sol’Kanar, disarming him and reclaiming the blackblade as his own. That’s when Dihada made herself known.
She laughed at both Dakkon and Sol’Kanar, and applauded their “entertainment” for dueling at her pleasure. The demonic planeswalker then summoned forth two Elder Dragons, Piru and Chromium, and commanded them to attack Dakkon, ignoring the young man, thinking him of little importance.
Dakkon banished Chromium almost immediately and used the power of the blackblade to slay Piru. The death of the Elder Dragon let off an immense cascade of energy.
Dihada then turned to Carth. She thanked him for bringing Dakkon to her as she, in disguise, had been the one to provide to him the amulet that summoned the blacksmith planeswalker.
The demonic planeswalker then began to absorb the energy put off by Piru’s death, but her victory was short lived as Dakkon rushed up to her, stabbing her with the very sword she had commissioned many years prior.
Despite his own planeswalker powers and the strength the soul-sucking blackblade bestowed upon him, Dihada was stronger.
She placed her mark upon him, binding him to her forever in servitude.
After the conflict with Dakkon and Carth, Dihada left Dominaria for a long while and wasn’t seen again until, not long before what would become the Phyrexian invasion of Dominaria, she found herself summoned back to Corondor by the mad planeswalker Ravidel and his Mox Beacon, along with a number of other planeswalkers such as Leshrac, Tevesh Szat, Kristina of the Woods, Ash Warlord Embereck, Sandruu, and a man whose planeswalker spark had not yet ignited named Jared Carthalion, coincidentally a descendant of Carth many generations past.
In what would become known as the Planeswalker War, she found herself caught up in a conflict manufactured by Ravidel as a means to settle some scores he had with other planeswalkers (whether they knew it or not). While a number of the planeswalkers Ravidel had trapped on Corondor perished, Dihada was not one of them.
At the war’s close, Dihada once again departed from the plane of Dominaria. In her absence, rumors began to spread about her – that she survives, but (due to the Planeswalker War), is but a mere shadow of her former self, and that, upon her death, Sol’Kanar, who still rules the wastes of Corondor as a demon king, would be restored to his own former self, once again becoming the maro-sorcerer and protector of the island as he once had been.
As for what Geyadrone Dihada has been up to since, well she recently made a cameo appearance during New Phyrexia’s sleeper incursion of Dominaria during the events of the set Dominaria United, with her disposing of the archmage in charge of the Tolarian Academy at Lat-Nam and assuming his place in charge of the mages’ school.
Whether this is because she’s working in league with the New Phyrexians, or if she simply saw an opportunity and took it, perhaps we’ll know at some point in the future.
But, for now, that’s pretty much all that can be said about the demonic planeswalker, Geyadrone Dihada.
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