Predator was the name of the Rathi/Phyrexian skyship created explicitly to aid in the control of the Kor, Vec, Dal, and the Skyshroud elves. It was placed under the brutal command of Greven il-Vec and was used to terrorize the natives of Rath, who lacked a way to fight back against such a vessel. This resulted in it earning the nickname "Scourge of the Skyshroud."
Weatherlight first encountered its nemesis following the kidnapping of 's Captain Sisay. When Weatherlight planeshifted to Rath it was ambushed by the Predator, which attached grappling lines and boarded her. In the ensuing battle, Predator's crew took Karn, Tahngarth and the Legacy artifacts hostage, although their main prize -- Gerrard Capashen -- was knocked overboard into the Skyshroud Forest, and their commander Greven was almost killed by deliberate attack from first mate Vhati il-Dal. As the on-deck battle was drawing to a close, Predator disengaged her attack and returned to the Stronghold with her captives.
Predator and Weatherlight dueled again following the Weatherlight crew's costly but successful rescue mission to the Stronghold. This time Weatherlight was racing to the planar portal being kept open by Ertai and therefore Predator lacked the benefit of surprise and had barely enough speed to keep up with the smaller vessel. As a result, the battle instead compared the weaponry of the two vessels, with Weatherlight's smaller, more maneuverable design and better-trained crew giving it the edge against its bulkier but better-armed opponent. Weatherlight just managed to get to the portal and escape her pursuer, with both vessels sustaining major damage.
After Weatherlight's escape, Predator mainly stayed in dry-dock at the Stronghold for repairs after its battles with Weatherlight. While there, she became the target of a sabotage mission by Rathi rebels, including Eladamri and Lin Sivvi, who saw an opportunity to destroy the vessel whilst she was out of service. Unfortunately, they were foiled and the vessel was fully repaired in time for the Rathi Overlay.
Once Rath had overlaid with Dominaria, Predator found that she was no longer as potent a weapon as she had been on Rath. Overshadowed by the larger Phyrexian vessels, Predator served mainly as the protector of the Stronghold. Predator battled Weatherlight for the final time over Urborg, where she again managed to ambush and board her opponent. This time Ertai, bitter after having been left behind on Rath, managed to capture Gerrard and teleport him directly into the Stronghold. However, the battle between the two ships went badly for Predator, as her moggs were outclassed by Weatherlight's veteran crew, and Greven himself was killed by Tahngarth. The ship sustained heavy damage from Weatherlight's improved weaponry, and was soon destroyed by being sent crashing into the Stronghold.
- Magic Arcana. (October 28, 2008.) "Build Your Own Airship!", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
|Crew: Gerrard Capashen • Sisay • Hanna • Tahngarth • Orim • Ertai • Karn • Mirri • Crovax • Rofellos • Starke • Squee • Multani|
|Other characters: Urza • Jhoira • Teferi • Selenia, Dark Angel • Volrath • Takara en-Dal • Cho-Manno • Serra • Rayne • Barrin • Gaea • Yawgmoth|
|Related pages: Dominaria • Bloodline Project • Rath • Stronghold • The Predator • Mercadia • Cho-Arrim • Serra's Realm • Phyrexian Invasion of Dominaria • Rathi Overlay • The Legacy|
|Weatherlight | Tempest block: Tempest • Stronghold • Exodus | Masques block: Mercadian Masques • Nemesis • Prophecy | Invasion block: Invasion • Planeshift • Apocalypse | Scourge|
|Rath Cycle: Rath and Storm | Masquerade Cycle: Mercadian Masques • Nemesis • Prophecy | Invasion Cycle: Invasion • Planeshift • Apocalypse | Onslaught Cycle: Scourge|