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AtoZ2019CChandra Nalaar is a planeswalker who is adept at using spells of red magic. Her specialty is pyromancy: spells of fire, fire and more fire. She is a member of the Gatewatch.

“Spontaneous combustion is a myth. If you burst into flame, someone wanted you to.”

Growing up as a magic-user on a plane of inventors, she’s used to being the black sheep. In fact, she learned to embrace and celebrate her independence through the example set by her renegade parents. But she and her parents were hunted by the local consuls for transgressions against the Consulate’s oppressive rule. Her parents were brutally punished, and Chandra herself was sentenced to execution for crimes she didn’t commit. Outraged, panicked, and grief-stricken, Chandra’s spark ignited along with her pyromancy, and she bathed her punishers in flames before being transported to a new plane. Believing her parents to be dead, Chandra felt lost and alone until she was welcomed into an order of monks, pyromancers like herself, who taught her how to channel her impulses and control her gift.

Now Chandra uses her pyromantic talents in ways she never could have imagined. She took an oath to protect and defend and joined a group of Planeswalkers known as the Gatewatch. Together with Gideon Jura, Jace Beleren, Liliana Vess, and Nissa Revane, she travels the planes of the Multiverse, battling monstrous threats and fighting for freedom.

In Dungeons & Dragons

35_Y3uhGrIsmROne of the most important features to select for a sorcerer is their Sorcerous Origin. The Plane Shift: Kaladesh free supplement gives us the Pyromancer origin, which is a double fit for Chandra: not only it’s about fire, but it’s also linked to her plane of origin. Its “Fire in the Veins” feature feels a lot like Chandra’s ablity to manifest “colorless” fire, and its “Heart of Fire” feature can be matched to her usual hair-on-fire look. Her other trait we’ve seen on her cards is the ability to “fork” spells, which can be seen as duplicating spell effects. The tools we need to accomplish this will be provided by the Metamagic feature from the Sorcerer class: Empowered Spell, Heightened Spell, Quickened Spell and Twinned Spell.


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