Klothys

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Klothys
God of Fate and Destiny
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General Information
Plane Theros

Klothys is the God of Fate and Destiny on Theros. She is associated with red and green mana.

Description[edit | edit source]

Klothys has a mask on either side of her face, which implies she's a goddess with three aspects. Her long hair twists around her horns. She holds a lance-sized spindle in her right hand. Her eyes are covered to signify that Destiny is blind and impartial. Her left thumb has a sharp golden nail to cut the threads of destiny.

History[edit | edit source]

Origin[edit | edit source]

She, alongside Kruphix, was one of the oldest gods.[1]

The Binding of the Titans[edit | edit source]

Long ago, the titans had been sealed away in the Underworld by the combined might of the gods, and it was Klothys who volunteered to serve as their eternal jailer.[2] While Erebos ruled his realm beyond death, Klothys acted as an eternal seal to ensure the titans remained imprisoned.

Beyond Death[edit | edit source]

The aftermath of Xenagos’ ascension to godhood, his death, and the death of Elspeth had revealed a disturbing reality: the gods were replaceable. As war broke out among the gods themselves, Erebos was consumed by his hatred of Heliod, and so Erebos began to lose control of the souls of his realm.

When countless souls dared defy fate to reverse their own deaths, Klothys was livid. In reaction to all those who sought to reverse their own deaths, Klothys dispatched numerous Agents of Fate to ensure they did not succeed. These Agents wielded Klothys's thread in pursuit of their goals. To properly deal with the soul of the Planeswalker Elspeth Tirel, a special agent would be needed. For this task, Klothys created Calix. As the God of Destiny's greatest masterpiece, Calix was solely created to carry out the will of Klothys.[2]

Inspiration[edit | edit source]

The character of Klothys is inspired by Clotho, one of the Moirai or Fates, Greek mythological incarnations of destiny. Of the Moirai, Clotho spun the threads of destiny, Lachesis measured and Atropos cut. Klothys also seems to take aspects of Persephone, namely being a female deity confined to the underworld, and Hecate, a chthonic triple goddess. She may also be based on Anake, the primordial goddess of inevitability and fate, even holding a spindle, and wife of Chronus, primordial of time (not to be confused with Cronos the titan). Her design also seems to be partially based on Lady justice as the blindfolded goddess, which is in turn based on the Roman goddess Iustitia.

Background[edit | edit source]

The Fates were earlier depicted in the Theros block on Triad of Fates and Fate Unraveler. One of them was named Andrasteia.[3] Although she and her sisters controlled many things in the destinies of all in Theros — even at times the gods themselves — there were rules that should not be bent, and a few that must never, ever be broken. There are also fate weavers, such as Tymna, humans who have learned the magic of the Fates, and can manipulate the threads for their own machinations.

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Vorthos Cast (February 10, 2020). "This week we have special guest James Wyatt from Wizards of the Coast on to talk about Theros: Beyond Death.". The Vorthos Cast.
  2. a b Wizards of the Coast (January 10, 2020). "Theros Beyond Death Story Summary". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Clayton Kroh (February 05, 2014). "Emonberry Red". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.