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Noyan Dar once was a merfolk lullmage on the plane of Zendikar, a powerful wizard able to suppress and control the force of the dangerous and terrain-altering Roil. Later, with the Eldrazi unleashed and rampaging through the land, Noyan Dar and his fellow mages realized that the power of the Roil could be something to be harnessed and used as a weapon rather than suppressed. Noyan Dar is extremely arrogant and has little patience for those he deems to be idiots or unintelligent. When Gideon Jura visited him to gain his and his student's allegiance, Noyan considered the planeswalker to be both. Noyan was not interested in joining the Zendikari army. He compared himself to Cosi the Merfolk god who in the stories tricked the more stupid god Ula into dancing to his tune. After demonstrating both his and his student's capabilities he was flattered by Gideon who mentioned that "Cosi, he is too smart for me."
A buoyant Noyan took this as acknowledgement of his superior intelligence and skill and agreed to join Gideon's army. Later that night while nursing a drink he realized that Gideon had tricked him similar to how Cosi tricked Ula into doing something that he did not want to do.
Despite Gideon's trickery, Noyan honored his promise and both he and his roilmage students were present during the Liberation of Sea Gate and helped in driving off Ulamog's brood. After the awakening of Kozilek by Ob Nixilis, Dar was the last roil mage standing.  He also survived the last confrontation with Ulamog and Kozilek, in which the titans were defeated by the Gatewatch and their allies. 
In-game references[edit | edit source]
Quoted or referred to in:
- Dampening Pulse
- Dismiss Into Dream
- Fleeting Distraction
- Lodestone Golem
- Mind Control
- Mindbreak Trap
- Spell Pierce
- Wave-Wing Elemental
References[edit | edit source]
- Ken Troop. (October 21, 2015.) “Shaping an Army”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Ken Troop. (January 13, 2016.) “The Blight We Were Born For”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Doug Beyer. (February 17, 2016.) “Zendikar's Last Stand”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.