Gideon Jura is a planeswalker who wields white magic. Unlike most planeswalkers, Gideon doesn’t hesitate to enter combat. He also practices hieromancy, the magic of holy justice.
Wherever chaotic forces rise to threaten innocents, Gideon Jura can be found diving into the fray. Gideon fights with a fluid grace and deftness that rivals any warrior on the battlefield, practicing an obscure martial art with his unique bladed whip weapon, the urumi. Although he is an accomplished mage, he prefers to wade into battle personally rather than hide behind his spells.
Gideon is far from perfect. A troubled and angry young man, Gideon committed crimes and spent time in prison - a part of his life he rarely speaks about. Then a powerful mage took young Gideon under his wing and helped him hone his skills. Although he's has a dark side, Gideon has come down firmly on the side of honor and justice. He won't forget the trials of his past, and he now devotes himself to helping those who can't help themselves.
Gideon wields a sural, a four-bladed, whiplike weapon that also serves as a focus for his spellcasting.
Kytheon Iora was born on Theros, and rose to prominence as a soldier of Akros. As a youth, he led a band of street toughss known as Kytheon's Irregulars. Kytheon and his irregulars worked outside the law to bring justice to the streets of Akros, and kept the poor of the city safe and fed. However, Kytheon was imprisoned in Akros's cells for stealing from the aristocracy to feed his friends and family. But a benevolent warden, Hixus, saw potential in him, and trained him.
He became a powerful warrior, thanks to his training and magical talent, and had a team of friends and compatriots known as his Irregulars. His friends stood up to tyranny and fought for the poor and the weak.
However, he was charged by Heliod to defeat a titan sent by Erebos. Though successful, in a moment of hubris he attacked Erebos directly. In the fateful encounter, Erebos reflected his hurled spear back at him, charged with divine energy. Kytheon's magic protected him, but his friends weren't so lucky. The spear thrown by Kytheon's own hand was the weapon that felled his friends.
The guilt that racked Kytheon ignited his spark, sending him to the plane of Bant. There he met a proud order of knights and took on the mantle of Gideon Jura. There, he began his long road toward redemption.
Regatha and Kephalai
His strong morals and sense of duty led him to serve as an agent for the Order of Heliud, an organization that sought to bring law to the plane of Regatha, adopted home of the pyromancer Chandra Nalaar. Chandra’s home, the fire monastery called Keral Keep, became an obstacle to the Order of Heliud’s goals, and the Order’s leader, Walbert, needed Chandra out of the way. He sent Gideon to intercept her on the plane of Kephalai, where Chandra was attempting to steal - for a second time - the so-called scroll of Ugin, which contains not only a powerful fire spell but the map to the Eye of Ugin, a hidden chamber on the far-away plane of Zendikar.
On Kephalai, Gideon apprehended Chandra and delivered her to the authorities there, but she escaped. He tracked her to the dark plane of Diraden, where the two planeswalkers became allies in order to escape the predations of the plane’s ruler, the vampire Velrav. Only on returning to Regatha did Chandra learn that Gideon served the Order of Heliud, and that she would have to surrender herself to Walbert to prevent Keral Keep from being destroyed. With Gideon’s help, however, Chandra survived Walbert’s persecution and gave Gideon reason to question the Order’s true motives.
After a short time and some soul-searching, he regretted the way things had ended and decided to find her. Her aether trail was long cold, but he had some idea where she was going. The stolen scroll contained a partial map to the Eye of Ugin, an unknown treasure on Zendikar. And Gideon knew the tempting mystery would be too much for the tempestuous pyromancer. He'd traveled enough to know of Zendikar's dangerous reputation: a world that lured planeswalkers, then killed them in any number of gruesome ways. Believing he could help her stay alive on the treacherous, unpredictable plane, Gideon followed Chandra to Zendikar
Gideon left his hieromancers behind, and now he seeks to strike a blow against mindless destruction on Zendikar. There he finds the Eldrazi, an adversary more deadly than he could have possibly imagined, waking from their slumber, ready to put his skills to the ultimate test.
Chandra wasn't a woman who would appreciate his protectiveness, but it wasn't in his nature to desert a friend, even if she was headstrong and difficult. By the time he reached Zendikar, Chandra was nowhere to be found, and Zendikar was under siege. The ancient Eldrazi have been released from their imprisonment. And Gideon's desire to protect innocents put him in harm's way as he became embroiled in the carnage sweeping the countryside.
Following the rise of the Eldrazi, Gideon planewalked to other planes looking for help. For a while, he aided the Boros Legion on Ravnica.
Since then, he has returned to traveling from world to world, looking for planeswalkers who might be able to help him fight against the insatiable cosmic entities known as the Eldrazi. He tried fighting them singlehandedly at first, but he quickly realized that while he could do some major damage to the lesser Eldrazi of the brood lineages and clear out lots of the Eldrazi spawn, the massive legendary Eldrazi titans were going to be far too much for him to handle alone.
"The essence of a lawful society is swift deterrence." (Gideon)
"The good don't sit and wait for the evil to act. They prepare to defend. They prepare to punish." (Gideon)
"Scores will die in the name of peace. That is what you call compromise?" -Gideon Jura, to Aurelia (Renounce the Guilds)
"Yes, Boros tactics are unparalleled. But when your comrades are dying around you, inner strength must carry the day." -Gideon Jura, to Aurelia (Martial Glory)
"First, you must fight among the rank and file. It is there I will discern your skills as a leader." -Aurelia, to Gideon Jura (Boros Elite)
"I once saw the Obzedat moved to action. Since that day, I've been thankful that they're mainly lazy, and dead." -Aurelia, to Gideon Jura (Merciless Eviction)
"'Invincible' is just a word." -Gideon Jura (Oust)