Storyline[edit | edit source]
The Saint, the Geist and the Angel[edit | edit source]
Prior to the events of the Innistrad block set, the Skirsdag cultists led a monster slayer named Saint Traft into a trap. They blinded him and switched the sword on his hand for Elbrus, the Binding Blade. Traft slew the cultists with this weapon, inadvertently summoning Withengar, a dreadful demon whose essence was bound in the bone sword. Withengar ended the life of Traft while laughing.
His victory did not last long, since Innistrad's angels vengefully attacked him and destroyed his physical body. However, Withengar did not die, but reverted to pure black mana. Without being attached to the sword or any restrictive spell, it was only a matter of time for the demon to reincarnate again and feast upon devastation of the plane.[fact? citation needed]
Dark Ascension[edit | edit source]
Withengar was reincarnated during the events of Dark Ascension which were caused by the absence of Avacyn. He developed a great desire for revenge and, at some point, attacked a town. Withengar's fate is currently unknown.[fact? citation needed]
In-game references[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The artist Eric Deschamps originally intended for Elbrus, the Binding Blade to be Withengar's severed finger and planned to draw Withengar with a missing finger. On the final card art, Withengar has all of his fingers. 
- Withengar Unbound is the only legendary double-faced card in the Innistrad block. It was the only legendary double-faced card in the game until Magic Origins released double-faced planeswalkers.
- Withengar Unbound is the only double-faced card that transforms from an artifact into a creature.
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