Rakdos

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For the guild of Ravnica founded by Rakdos, see Cult of Rakdos.
Rakdos
Rakdos.jpg
Demographics
Birthplace Ravnica
Lifetime Existed prior to the Guildpact
Race Demon
Sources
Dissension, see also references

Rakdos is the demonic parun and guildmaster of the Cult of Rakdos on Ravnica.[1][2][3][4] He spends most of his time slumbering in a lava pit located in Rix Maadi. He was given responsibility of a guild by the guildpact in an effort to bind him to a greater purpose, or at the very least keep him busy enough that he would be less of a problem for the other guildmasters.

Description[edit | edit source]

Rakdos embodies hedonism. He is also a consummate entertainer, whose mere appearance is an act of grisly performance art. A monstrous figure standing thirty feet tall, spreading enormous wings, crowned with fire and swinging a flaming scythe, Rakdos demands the spotlight. His every entrance is a showstopper.[5] * Rakdos' armour resembles the signet of the Rakdos guild.

Sometimes after his grand entrance, Rakdos crouches to witness the performances of those who adore him. To them, his opinion is only one that matters, but he is a demanding spectator. He has seen thousands of years of circus tricks and has no patience for performers who don't give their all. His flaming sword has brought more than one tepid show to a sudden and spectacular close.

Jaded as he is, Rakdos attends his cult's performances only rarely. He often retreats in his lair below Rix Maadi, for months or years at a time, but his followers know that he might emerge at any time to witness the latest spectacle. Getting him to show approval of a performance, much less actual interest, is regarded as the ultimate test of a Cultist of Rakdos.[5]

History[edit | edit source]

Dissension[edit | edit source]

Izolda, the then acting guildmaster of the cult, raised Rakdos from his pit to wreak havoc on Ravnica. She awakened him with the blood of Myc Zunich, son of the Golgari guildmaster Jarad, and planned on using a concoction of draconic cerebral fluid to take control of her demonic master. Myc's parents intervened, which resulted in Myc gaining control over Rakdos. After a brief rampage, Izolda was able to finish the ritual, and took control over Rakdos herself.

Unbeknownst to her, Momir Vig, who had supplied her with the cerebral fluid, had planned to use Project Kraj to defeat Rakdos and use this victory to convince the inhabitants of Ravnica to give him control of the entire plane. However, Vig was killed by Agrus Kos and Kraj fell later, during the fight. Rakdos suffered extensive damage and Izolda suffered the backlash of the spell. Unfortunately for her, her fellow cult members saw her moment of weakness, and tore her limb from limb to feast on her flesh. With the nature of the spell, Rakdos's mind was split amongst all those who consumed a piece of the blood-witch and he dropped into a coma as a result. Later, the new Boros guildmaster Feather dumped Rakdos' body back into his lava pit, unsure if he would ever rise again.

Guilds of Ravnica block[edit | edit source]

Rakdos is still alive and is destabilizing the authority by mocking and undermining the authority of other guilds. The Cult's performances range from satire and mocking the leaders in their shows to having special shows that end with the killing of the individual.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Of the ten guildmasters from the original Ravnica block, Rakdos is the only one still in charge of his guild. (Niv-Mizzet is still alive and part of the Izzet, however he has put Ral Zarek as acting guildmaster so the dragon could focus on his research)

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Magic Arcana. (August 14, 2006.) "Dissension Style Guide: Rakdos", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Magic Arcana. (August 15, 2006.) "Sketches: Rakdos 1-2-3s", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. The Magic Creative Team. (September 19, 2012.) "Planeswalker's Guide to Return to Ravnica: Part 3", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Monty Ashley. (December 12, 2012.) "Rakdos, Then and Now", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. a b James Wyatt and Jeremy Crawford (November 2018). "D&D Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica", Wizards of the Coast