Parade of Planeswalkers | Kevok of Keld
The nation of Keld is a land of tattered war banners, each petrified by the years of blood soaked into their tapestry. The rifts that ravaged all of Dominaria brought the Gatha's experimental creatures to fight the Keldons: brother against mutated brother. Years were spent following half-blood Doyens like Radha, and though her rule was just, it was not without opposition. Opposition fueled by something else that came from the rifts: straggling numbers of pure-blood Keldons. Of these, the mightiest was Kevok.
Kevok was not a mindless warmonger. He was of a mighty stock of Keldons who would serve Kradak and rule the plumes of fire mana needed to help the Keldons survive the north of Icehaven. But among them, he was known as a thinker: an asset to any ruler with a heart and loyalty that was without question. And now, in a time where the spine of Keld has been broken atop the ruination of Dominaria, Kevok returns to look for a ruler to throw his banner and his factions behind. Radha is most definitely NOT it.
Kevok drove deep into the valleys of Icehaven to rally villages to his banner, besting in combat all the mightiest heroes of each town he visits. The valleys of Keld are rich in red mana, standing at the root of the mountains whose mana fuels her people. Radha has taken note of this, and both her emissaries sent to parlay and warriors sent to subdue Kevok have been sent back in clay urns of ash. This was enough to call Radha to face the growing threat personally.
It was a blistering-cold day when Radha and her warriors met Kevok. He greeted her while working in the smithy with the village blacksmith, his personal guard busy sharing their rations with the destitute of the town. Radha was there to arrest and try Kevok, but Kevok was there to size Radha up. Their conversation was brief before a few of her best warriors were bid to attack Kevok. With a kick of dust, Kevok dove near the kiln while Radha's guard struck nothing but the cluttered racks of weapons with their halberds. Kevok reached into the kiln and drew its fire, encircling his fists with a halo of fire. He caught a swinging halberd bare-fisted and cupped a hand of the other Keldon in his flaming grip. In one motion, Kevok had melted one warrior's weapon while burning the hands of the other. He pushed them back and stood ready, but did not attack. Kevok was haloed in fire, but his face was stone. "Come to the summit of Kinnivek, let us settle this in a fight on the megaliths there." he spoke with a voice that showed neither anger nor fear. Radha agreed.
It is not known what happened upon the summit of Kinnivek. Radha and her remaining warriors followed Kevok and his guard from the village to a small outpost at the base of Kinnivek. From there they would supply and climb three days. Each outpost grew more abandoned. Each outpost swelled with numbers of warriors on both sides who could not fight the blizzards of Kinnivek. Only Radha and Kevok reached the summit. Keldon warriors would not speak of it, but it is rumored that Kevok returned with Radha slung over his mighty shoulder. He left her at the last manned outpost, and returned down the mountain, taking his most loyal warriors and never returning to the land of Keld.
Kevok's wrath is as terrible as his loyalty, but never served cruelly. He doesn't seek to oppress, but ignite passion in those he leads. He doesn't stand dissidents, apathy, or cowardice. And to stand with Kevok means to follow him, even unto the doom of the world.
[spoiler Kevok of Keld]
Comments and criticisms appreciated!