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Birthplace Ravnica
Lifetime After the Mending
Race Spirit
Commander 2015

Grandfather Karlov was the greediest of the Orzhov Oligarchs in life. As a ghost he was a member of the Obzedat, the oligarchy that ruled the Orzhov Syndicate on Ravnica.

As the head of the council, he gave final approval to its decisions and broke ties within the group. Even if he was long dead, he hadn't lost his wealth, his power and his greed, and clinged fiercely to every scrap of influence his position in the council afforded him. He cast a suspicious eye on the ambitious scheming of his descendant, Teysa. In her position as Grand Envoy, Teysa served as the Obzedat's dealings with the living. Karlov responded to Teysa's schemes with grand plans of his own, growing his power by collecting the tithes of legions of sycophant and servitors.[1]

When Teysa's attempt to seize power from the Obzedat failed, Karlov gave the order to imprison Teysa, eliminating her role of Grand Envoy, and canceling all dealings with other guilds.[2][3]

The reign of the Obzedat ended when the planeswalker Kaya killed all five members of the Council and took over as guildmaster.[4]

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