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Drafna of Lat-Nam
Drafna will forever be remembered as one of the founders of the College of Lat-Nam during the Brothers’ War. Along with co-founder and wife Hurkyl, Drafna’s dedication to higher learning enabled the College of Lat-Nam to remain the only stable place of thought in all of Terisiare.
After the College of Lat-Nam was founded, Hurkyl and his wife Drafna were invited to take part in a special council held at the Ivory Towers of Terisia City. There, along with such great thinkers as Loran, the Argivian artificer, and Feldon, an architect of wide renown, Feldon and Hurkyl joined in the unanimous declaration of separatism from both sides in the escalating Brothers’ War. Coining the term “the third path,” these scholars made a pledge to find another way to survive the horrors of the Brothers’ War without becoming directly involved in either Urza’s or Mishra’s armies.
“It doesn’t matter if you love war or not if one is coming your way.” This Third Path would be founded in a little known and controversial arcane art known as magic. Although Drafna was highly opposed to the idea, Hurkyl became one of the first magic users of renown after magic use fell to such insignificant levels in the aftermath of the Thran-Phyrexian War over 5000 years before Drafna’s birth. Terisia became a growing center of this “new” art, attracting the attention of Mishra’s chief lieutenant, Ashnod the Uncaring.
Ashnod’s forces attacked the Ivory Towers, which fell without much resistance. Hurkyl died in the opening salvo on Terisia City, leading her husband to become increasingly distrustful of magic and resort more and more to violent actions to gain Lat-Nam’s goals. Drafna fled the Ivory Towers after Hurkyl’s death, surviving Ashnod’s forces to lead the college to great success even after Terisiare was nearly destroyed during the climax of the Brothers’ War.