Saheeli Rai

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Saheeli Rai
Saheeli Rai.jpg
Demographics
Birthplace Kaladesh
Race Human planeswalker
Sources
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Saheeli Rai is a human planeswalker from the the plane of Kaladesh.[1][2] She is a brilliant inventor who specializes in creating lifelike animated constructs as beautiful as they are deadly.

Description[edit | edit source]

Saheeli has a magical command over metal that she uses for the purpose of artifice and the creation of lifelike artifact constructs. She is even able to transmute metals from one into the other.[3] On Kaladesh, she is regarded as one of the brightest inventors of her age and she has many admirers and rivals. Enjoying competition, she's wholly supportive of the efforts of other inventors, happy to share advice, a kind word, or an encouraging smile. She thrills at the prospect of innovation, and basks in the creative spirit that surrounds her in Ghirapur.[4] Her dazzling intellect and mastery over metal make her a formidable adversary.

Saheeli has a bright, optimistic personality, and she loves facing off against other inventors in contests and tournaments.[5]

History[edit | edit source]

Inventor[edit | edit source]

Saheeli Rai participated in the Inventors' Fair, keeping renegades away from it. When she learned of the work of her friend, the elf Rashmi and the vedalken Mitul, on an aether teleporter that seemed to cross over into the Blind Eternities, she refused to help her, fearing what it could harbour for Kaladesh if such an invention was made public. After being confronted with a previous statement of hers, that innovation has no boundaries, she acquiesced to lend her aid nonetheless, giving an audience with the Enlightened Keeper Padeem, one of the Consuls.[6]

Renegade[edit | edit source]

After Tezzeret's coup and the confiscation of numerous inventions and the abduction of the participants of the Fair, Saheeli joined forces with the Renegades and the newly arrived Gatewatch. Saheeli later learned that Tezzeret had hidden himself in the Aether Spire. She believed that he, together with Rashmi, was conducting experiments on the planar portal she had invented. Saheeli asked for help to break into the Spire. Liliana volunteered to accompany her.[7] While they didn't reach Tezzeret, the pair discovered that Rashmi had escaped and that her invention had been rebuilt and expanded to allow contact to other planes. They brought her away to the Renegades.[8]

Saheeli later aided the Renegades in their attack on the Consulate's Spire. Working together with Pia Nalaar, she constructed the thopter Hope of Ghirapur to destroy Tezzeret's planar bridge and defended the Heart of Kiran from Consulate troops together with Chandra. After Dovin Baan's sabotage was discovered, she modified the thopter to carry Chandra and Gideon. When the pyromancer offered her a place at the side of the Gatewatch, Saheeli declined, stating that there would be much to do in the aftermath of the revolt on Kaladesh.[9]

Host[edit | edit source]

When Huatli arrived in Ghirapur on her first planeswalk, she was quickly recognized for what she was by Saheeli. The two women shared their experiences, with Saheeli being eager to model an artificial dinosaur after hearing about them from Huatli for the first time.[10]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wizards of the Coast. (May 16, 2016.) "Saheeli Rai is our newest Planeswalker!", The Official Magic: The Gathering Tumblr, Tumblr.
  2. Magic Creative Team. (November 2, 2016.) “Planeswalker's Guide to Kaladesh”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Magic at PAX: Kaladesh World-Building Panel
  4. Saheeli Rai
  5. Commander 2018 blurbs
  6. Kimberly J. Kreines. (August 31, 2016.) “A Time of Innovation”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Michael Yichao. (December 7, 2016.) “Quiet Moments”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Kimberly J. Kreines. (December 14, 2016.) “Breakthrough”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Doug Beyer. (January 18, 2017.) “Breaking Points”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  10. R&D Narrative Team. (February 14, 2018.) “Wool over the Eyes”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.