Description[edit | edit source]
She values coordinated purpose and cooperative action. Her Trial of Solidarity is the first one undergone by initiates, forcing them to rely on the other members of their crops and stand or fall together. She is an archer with unshakable focus who never misses her mark. Her arrows are made from the light of the Second Sun, and a single wound is enough to take down even the largest desert horror.
History[edit | edit source]
Amonkhet[edit | edit source]
In Amonkhet, Oketra was the goddess of solidarity. She led many initiates through the first Trial: "At the beginning of the trial, Oketra shoots a massive arrow to the far side of the chamber. The floor of the monument shifts, creating a treacherous landscape, and all manner of enemies swarm in—viziers, anointed mummies, horned beasts, and even angels. The enemies assault both the initiates and their obelisk. The crop must work together to defend their obelisk and retrieve Oketra’s arrow. They succeed or fail together."
Hour of Devastation[edit | edit source]
Before or after meeting with the Scorpion God, Oketra used her last remaining bit of strength to heal some of the people caught in the Hour Of Devastation.
War of the Spark[edit | edit source]
Oketra was zombified. During the War of the Spark on Ravnica, she reappeared as a God-Eternal in Bolas's army. While under Liliana's command she took a shot at Gideon with her bow, as he charged at Bolas to deliver the killing blow. However Liliana made her miss, the Divine Arrow impaling Gideon's Pegasus instead, leaving Gideon tumbling through the air. After she repented, Liliana commanded Oketra and Bontu to attack Bolas. As Oketra and Bontu advanced, Nicol Bolas remained confident and defiant but was surprised by Niv-Mizzet who impaled the God-Pharoah through the back with Hazoret's spear. Bolas managed to obliterate Oketra, but the distraction gave Bontu the opening to bite Bolas and despark him.
Inspiration[edit | edit source]
Oketra could be inspired by Bastet, Egyptian goddess of dance, music, protection, family. She could also be inspired by Sekhmet, the lion-headed goddess of war and healing. Bastet was also a lion-faced war deity, but her image changed over time to a more protective cat goddess. Sekhmet had close ties to the sun and so did Bastet before becoming associated with the moon after Greek influence.
In-game references[edit | edit source]
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References[edit | edit source]
- Wizards of the Coast. Explore the planes: Amonkhet
- Amonkhet Players Guide
- Alison Luhrs (June 28, 2017). "The Hour of Promise". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Greg Weisman (April 2019). "War of the Spark: Ravnica". Del Rey.
- Greg Weisman (June 12, 2019). "War of the Spark: Ravnica – Ashes". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.