|First seen:||Magic Origins|
|Last seen:||Aether Revolt|
|Planeswalkers:||Chandra Nalaar, Dovin Baan, Saheeli Rai|
|Status:||Undergoing political reform|
Kaladesh is a plane where aether is more manifest than on other planes, being present in the atmosphere. Kaladesh was introduced in Origins as the home plane of Chandra Nalaar. Slightly over a year later, it was the setting for a block of the same name.
Description[edit | edit source]
The atmosphere of Kaladesh is saturated with Aether due to a greater proximity to the boundaries of the Blind Eternities. The influence and cyclical passage of Aether through the world below is the driving force of the plane. The aethersphere may be observed as twisting swirls in the sky. From time to time, this Aether comes down to the earth via rain or similar weather events. The entire ecosystem is influenced by it and grows with it in similar swirling and twisting patterns. Refined aether is the primary power source for most of Kaladesh. In Ghirapur, the raw aether is harvested from the sky via large aetherspires placed on mountaintops or thopters, refined, and then pumped through large pipelines all over the city.
Kaladesh is an ethnically diverse  plane where natural mages are rare. Work that would be done with magic on other planes is instead accomplished through devices.  The automatons, thopters and other artifact creatures of the plane are all fueled by the aether. These artifacts are built as much for beauty as for function. Inventors are the most valued members of society.
Natural mages are a rarity on Kaladesh and are regarded with suspicion and dread. Fire magic is strictly banned, and pyromancy punishable with a death sentence, since pyromantic magic interacts dangerously with the aether in the air.   Religion plays next to no role in the lives of the plane’s people, and magic derived from the power of the gods is unknown.
Kaladesh is ruled by the Consulate. Its forces and works are nearly omnipresent. Since the discovery of harnessing aether by Avaati Vya sixty years ago, the Consulate reportedly has worked to ensure that this refined aether is accessible to all, leading to an era referred to as the Great Aether Boom. This happened around the same time as the Mending. The current era is known as the Inventor's Renaissance, with the Consuls promoting and patronizing new discoveries and scientific studies, awarding the most impressive during the Inventor's Fair. The Consulate also heavily trafficks use of the aether, assigning its use among the citizens. They are opposed by renegades, who believe that the Consulate is corrupt and constricts their freedoms.
Known locations[edit | edit source]
- Ghirapur, the city of wonders, capital of Kaladesh, seat of the Consulate
- The Inventors' Fair
- Lathnu, a mining city in the mountains of the far north.
- Peema, a forest whose fauna is infused with aether.
- Vahd, an expansive region that was once solely devoted to farming, but now has become the center of the aerowright industry.
- Bunurat, a village burned down by Captain Baral.
Inhabitants[edit | edit source]
Most lifeforms of Kaladesh have been transformed by the aether in some way.
- Elves: Kaladeshi Elves are more in tune how aether influences the natural world.
- Humans: One of the few species whose physiology is unaffected by the aether.
- Vedalken: Vedalken on Kaladesh are tall, six-fingered beings that subscribe to the view that nothing is perfect.
- Dwarves: Dwarves on Kaladesh are primary aligned with white mana, for their strong focus on quality of their work.
- Gremlins: Gremlins are red-aligned creatures that are attracted to Aether and often jam artifice in their search for it.
- Aetherborn: A mysterious black-aligned race that spawns from use of the Aether and lives short, hedonistic lives. They are referring to themselves as "they", having no actual genders.
- Giants: Massive humanoids that follow aether streams in extended migrations.
- Whales: Flying cetaceans that live in the aethersphere.
- Angels: Living inventions created through white mana.
- Demons: Living inventions created through the Dark Schematic, a blueprint devised by unknown artificers of the ancient past.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Kaladesh is inspired by steampunk  and India.
- Kaladesh may be translated from Sanskrit into 'world of tomorrow' or 'black country'.
In-game references[edit | edit source]
- Artificer's Epiphany
- Chief of the Foundry
- Commencement of Festivities
- Inspiring Vantage
- Lawless Broker
- Long-Finned Skywhale
- Paradox Engine
- Prophetic Prism (Kaladesh)
- Rishkar, Peema Renegade
- Thriving Ibex
- Thriving Turtle
- Wind Drake (Kaladesh)
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- "Planes of Existence: Kaladesh" — Wizards of the Coast
- Magic Creative Team. (November 2, 2016.) “Planeswalker's Guide to Kaladesh”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Magic Creative Team. (November 9, 2016.) “The Making of Kaladesh”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Plane Shift - Kaladesh
References[edit | edit source]
- Mark Rosewater. (November 29, 2016.) "The Rabiah Scale", Blogatog, Tumblr.
- Jenna Helland. (June 3, 2015.) “Magic Origins: A new Era”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Doug Beyer. (June 11 2015.) "Many players have noticed...", A Voice for Vorthos, Tumblr.
- Magic Creative Team. (July 9, 2015.) “The Worlds of Magic Origins”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Doug Beyer. (June 10, 2015.) “Chandra's Origin: Fire Logic”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Chris L'Etoile. (August 29, 2016.) “Homesick”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Magic Story Podcast -- Q&A 5/24/2017
- Mark Rosewater. (September 5, 2016.) “Kaladesh Ingredients, Part 1”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater. (September 03, 2016.) "So since steampunk was rejected to make it shinier with the aetherpunk", Blogatog, Tumblr.
- Magic at PAX: Kaladesh World-Building Panel
- Talinthas. (September 20, 2016.) "On Kaladesh and pronounciations", Finding the Path, Tumblr.