|Barra / Fulla / Braids|
|Birthplace||Cabal City, Otaria, Dominaria|
|'Odyssey, Chainer's Torment, Judgment, Onslaught, Legions, Scourge'|
Unlike most dementia casters Braids maintained a fair degree of lucidity, making her much more useful to the Cabal beyond simply being a pit-fighter. The name "Braids" was a nickname due to her hairstyle, as her actual cabalist name was Fulla, while her secret name was Barra.
To the Mer Empire
She was first placed in charge of the Cabalists that were sent to the Mer Empire capital to catalog the valuable artifacts held in the vaults. While there, she made a deal with Laquatus to find the Mirari for him in exchange for being able to keep any interesting artifacts she found. However, her team did not find the Mirari as it instead was first found by Emperor Aboshan, who used it to sink a third of Otaria and also accidentally killed himself in the process. Afterward, the Mirari fell into Braids' hands, but she was immune to its lures as her mind was already occupied with her dementia visions. Instead of using the orb, she merely pocketed it and made her way back to Cabal City to give it back to the First.
In league with the Patriarch
Upon Braids' return to the city, she soon found herself back in the pits fighting alongside Skellum in a rigged fight against an Order squad. She put on a decent show for the audiences but was laid unconscious by an Order justicar. However, unlike Skellum she escaped the fight with her life intact. Afterward, she presumably recovered and carried on fighting until the Patriarch was exiled by Chainer. Following this, she began seeing visions of Kuberr that told her to go south to Aphetto, which she did just to make him be quiet. Along the way, she ran into the Patriarch, who told her to go ahead of him and prepare Aphetto for his arrival. This she did and was rewarded by becoming his second-in-command.
While in Aphetto, Braids again met with Laquatus, who tried to make an alliance with the Cabal to help recover the Mirari from Kamahl. She passed the request onto the Patriarch, who agreed and dispatched Braids to hunt Kamahl down with five serpent assassins that Chainer had originally created to keep guard on the Patriarch. The death squad made swift progress tracing Kamahl, slaughtering several Order patrols, a small mountain village and Kamahl's three former pupils along the way. However, she was unable to claim the Mirari as the barbarians put up significant resistance and killed all five of her snakemen. Defeated, she then met up with Cabal reinforcements and convinced them that they lacked the power to take the Mirari and were better off fighting the Order army that had also come to claim Kamahl and the Mirari.
The capture of Jeska
Following a stalemate battle between the Order and Cabal forces, both sides broke off and gave chase after Kamahl and Balthor as they fled to Krosa. Both armies reached the edge of the forest at the same time and fought another indecisive battle in which they both lost significant portions of their forces, while Laquatus tried to ambush Kamahl with his commandos and with Burke, but ended up losing both. Laquatus then intervened and proposed a temporary alliance between the two forces. Braids then zombified Balthor in revenge for him killing Leer and then set him loose to hunt Laquatus before teleporting away, leaving the dementia caster Traybor in charge of the Cabal army. Braids did not reappear until much later when she, Traybor and Commander Eesha revealed Laquatus's treachery and teleported their forces away from Krosa, leaving the merman alone in the forest. Along the way, Braids somehow happened upon Seton's dwelling, where the centaur was caring for Jeska. She then killed the centaur and kidnapped Jeska to take her before the Patriarch.
After Jeska was turned into Phage, Braids was charged with taking care of her. Later on, when Kamahl and the First made a truce against Ixidor, she was charged as commander of the Cabal forces. During the fight, she became injured and wasn't able to return to Aphetto. Akroma found her and decided to use her to gain access to the Cabal's secrets, during this time she became an acolyte for Akroma's religion claiming Ixidor as their god. She eventually recovered and managed to escape, and rejoin the Cabal.
Succumbing to Dementia
As she came back, she helped Phage and the recently born Kuberr survive the First's assassination attempt, and she killed him instead with one of her nightmare beasts. In the following events, she stayed alongside Kuberr in the Grand Coliseum.
After Karona appeared, Braids led a force of Cabal members claiming that she was theirs to take, because since everyone wanted to see her, everyone could pay the Cabal to see her at their events. In the end, like many other Otarians, she fell in a state of fanaticism and ended up trapped in her own dementia space while trying to keep from being buried alive. Whether she is still trapped there or has died in it hasn't been revealed yet.
Braids was never meant to be a card, but when Eric Peterson reinterpreted a Matt Wilson sketch for what was supposed to be Diabolic Tutor for Odyssey, the card was so impressive and powerful that Continuity and R&D decided to make Braids her own card. Her ability was taken from a card that wasn't used in Tempest.
Quoted or referred to:
- Magic Arcana (January 11, 2002). ""What If?" with Odyssey art". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Magic Arcana (September 27, 2002). "Braids and Wurms". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Randy Buehler (March 22, 2002). "Unlikely Flavorful Inspiration". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Magic Arcana (June 03, 2003). "Sketches: Skulltap". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater (August 14, 2017). "Get It? Unhinged Edition, Part 1". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater (August 21, 2017). "Get It? Unhinged Edition, Part 2". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.