Born in the nation of Zhalfir on Dominaria, Teferi was recognized as a magical prodigy at a young age. He studied at the Tolarian Academy, where the Planeswalker Urza was preparing gifted young mages to fight the horrific machine empire known as Phyrexia. With a talent for temporal magic and a fondness for practical jokes, Teferi became one of the academy's most renowned - and confounding - students. Then a Phyrexian attack on the academy left Teferi trapped in a bubble of slow-flowing time for two decades. After he was freed from the bubble, he helped Urza prepare for war against the Phyrexians, despite his concern that Urza's judgment was clouded by a desire for war. Eventually, Teferi returned to his homeland and became a royal mage, protecting Zhalfir and finding common ground among splintered factions. He established five guilds to help lead his country to prosperity and maintain its stability while he continued his research into temporal anomalies on a secluded island. This research led him to the discovery that he could phase the entire island, with all its inhabitants, out of the time stream completely. But this magic was unstable, and Teferi disappeared - with his island home and every creature on it - for hundreds of years. When Phyrexia launched another attack upon Dominaria, Urza sought Teferi's assistance in fighting off Yawgmoth's terrible forces. But Teferi knew Urza well enough to understand that he would become a mere pawn in the other Planeswalker's arsenal. Instead of joining in the war effort, Teferi drew on the lessons he learned from his earlier failure, protecting Zhalfir and other parts of the plane from the invasion by phasing them out of the time stream for centuries. Three centuries later, Teferi returned to Dominaria to see if it was safe for Zhalfir to return. Although the Phyrexian threat was long gone, he found the plane - and indeed the whole Multiverse - imperiled by rifts in the fabric of time, some of which were caused by his own meddling. Desperate to repair this damage, Teferi sought help from other Planeswalkers - Freyalise, Venser, and even the dragon Nicol Bolas - to seal the rifts, with only partial success. Teferi sacrificed his Planeswalker spark, using its energy to close one of the temporal storms. Dominaria survived, but Zhalfir was lost outside of time, and Teferi was left as a powerful but merely mortal mage.

Early Life

Teferi was one of the students of the Tolarian Academy, studying under Urza and Barrin. He met Jhoira as a fellow student.

Teferi also organized the magical guilds of Zhalfir. These guilds were the Granger guild, the Shaper guild, the Armorer Guild, the Civic Guild, and the Shadow Guild. Designed to work in harmony with each other, the guilds helped to bring peace to Jamuraa. However, the guilds caused those more religious folk to leave Zhalfir, eventually establishing Femeref.

After establishing the guilds, and helping restore peace, Teferi began to research time. He conducted the majority of his temporal experiments on his native continent of Jamuraa, which includes Zhalfir. He successfully created a method that shifted objects out of the current time stream, which then returned shortly afterward. His experiments attracted the attention of three other wizards, each with their own agendas: Mangara, Jolrael, and Kaervek.

Phyrexian Invasion and Planar Rifts

Teferi phased out most of the continent of Jamuraa, including much of his native Zhalfir, at the beginning of the Phyrexian Invasion, to protect it. In order to allow Shiv to phase in, taking its rightful place on Dominaria, Teferi attuned himself to the rift and closed the wound using his planeswalker spark to fuel the mending. Teferi was made mortal and brought low.

After losing his planeswalker spark, Teferi still struggled to mend the planar rifts before they corrode the very structure of the multiverse. With his allies Jhoira and Venser, he succeeded in restoring the wayward region of Shiv to its natural place in Dominaria, healing one rift. But danger awaits them as the trio attempts to teleport to Urborg: the chaos of an alternate Dominaria.

To save this plane, he must forsake all others.

"Rest now. You've neither won nor lost, but this battle is over for you just the same." -Teferi (Wash Out)

"Think of the problems we'll face if you uproot entire continents," said Urza."I have," replied Teferi, "but the alternative is worse." (Tectonic Instability)

"An ancient court mage unified the houses into guilds to serve Zhalfir above their own interests. Even during the civil war, the guilds stood together, a testament to the wisdom of Teferi." -Afari, Tales (Tranquil Domain)

"Can you prepare for the unexpected? No, you cannot. You can prepare only to be surprised." -Teferi (Reality Ripple)

"I preferred the harsh tutors -they made mischief all the more fun." -Teferi, third-level student (Stern Proctor)

"Controlling time ensures you need never look impulsive again." -Teferi (Impulse)

"It's difficult to heal a rift after it begins wandering about on its own." -Teferi (Rift Elemental)

Made you look. (Teferi's Imp)

"Fire is dead. Water has killed him." -From The Stories of Nature (Teferi's Realm)

"A beauty made more so by its fleeting visitations." -Teferi (Rainbow Efreet)

"Careless, like a child with fire, so was I with time." -Teferi (Vanishing)

"What would Urza think, I wonder, if he could hear how the nature mages still snarl at his name, but venerate the work of his apprentice?" -Teferi, to Jhoira (Magus of the Candelabra)

"Time may heal all wounds, but what heals time?" -Teferi (Time and Tide)

"If I do nothing else, I will protect my people." -Teferi (Teferi's Care)

"Teferi snapped his fingers, and the viashino started clucking like a chicken. Silly, yes, but exactly the thing we needed to break the stifling tension." -Jhoira, master artificer (Bewilder)

Teferi wanted no part of Urza's battle plans, but both agreed the Phyrexian portal must be closed. (Disrupt)

"Keep your pace steady through the haze, lest you step on the heels of your future self or trip the self a moment behind you." -Teferi (Paradox Haze)

"We define the boundaries of reality; they don't define us." -Teferi (Essence Leak)

"Stepping through time is like riding a camel. It may get you where you want to go, but the ride is rarely pleasant." -Teferi (Teferi's Curse)

"The most disappointing thing about learning telepathy is finding out how boring people really are." -Teferi, fourth-level student (Telepathy)

"They're still here? The cockroach may have finally met its match." -Teferi (Kher Keep)

"I don't like to speak ill of 'walkers ... but just what did Teferi think he was doing?" -Ertai, wizard adept (Teferi's Veil)

"We threw dried fruit to the drakes that rode the air, streaming along the Weatherlight's side as we sailed amidst the clouds." -Sisay, Captain of the Weatherlight (Teferi's Drake)

"Isolation is not the answer." -Urza, to Teferi. (Teferi's Moat)

"It's the perfect sentry. Those who should pass can go right through it." -Teferi (Fog Elemental)

"Sages who take the time to verify their sources are rewarded for their diligence." -Jhoira, to Teferi (Careful Consideration)

"You wish for me to cow your enemies? I can do better than that ...." -Teferi, second-level student (Ovinize)

"They may seem ceremonial, but their swords are still sharp." -Kipkemboi, Kukemssa pirate (Teferi's Honor Guard)

"There are secrets out there begging to be rediscovered. We just need to look in the right places." -Teferi, planeswalker (Excavation)

"I don't have time for you right now." -Teferi (Exclude)

"Teferi is a problem student. Always late for class. No appreciation for constructive use of time." -Barrin, progress report (Disruptive Student)

"Kaervek believes the drakes' cries herald his victory; in truth, they mourn aloud for his impending demise." -Teferi (Shrieking Drake)

"If magic is your crutch, cast it aside and learn to walk without it." -Teferi (Serene Heart)

The three wizards knew only that this isle held a great mystery -and that patience alone would solve it. (Teferi's Isle)

"The most disappointing thing about learning telepathy is finding out how boring people really are." -Teferi, fourth-level student (Telepathy)

"Isolation is not the answer." -Urza, to Teferi (Teferi's Moat)

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