Unlike other elementals, he did not return to the land after a battle. He became her companion, and she named him "Ashaya" in the Graypelt tongue. If she was "Shaya", the Worldwaker, then it only made sense that the elemental was "The Awoken World".  Ashaya showed Nissa that she was one with Zendikar. As long as Zendikar was in danger, so too was Nissa. And as long as the world was fighting back, so too would Nissa. He also showed how to see and manipulate the leylines of Zendikar and use this ultimate power to use the land itself in the attack on the Eldrazi.
Just before meeting Gideon and Jace, Nissa suddenly lost her connection to Zendikar, and by extension, to Ashaya, who disappeared.  After traveling to Khalni Heart and freeing Zendikar's soul from the hedron prison that Ob Nixilis had constructed, Ashaya returned to Nissa .
In-game references[edit | edit source]
- Nissa, Sage Animist produces a legendary 4/4 green Elemental creature token named Ashaya, the Awoken World.
References[edit | edit source]
- Kimberly J. Kreines. (August 12, 2015.) “For Zendikar”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Kimberly J. Kreines. (August 26, 2015.) “The Silent Cry”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Kimberly J. Kreines. (October 7, 2015.) “Nissa's Resolve”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.