Ari is a main villain in the Third Saga of the W.I.T.C.H. comic book series. He is the king of Arkhanta who transformed the land by capturing the banshee Yua.
He and his son Maqi later reappear as part of the supporting cast in later arcs.
Ari has blue eyes and short dark blue hair with a single braid coming from the back of his head. In the front, a small tuft of his hair is a lighter blue. He has tanned skin and appears to be well-built, both are probably because of his former occupation as a farmer.
Ari was a young farmer in the world of Arkhanta who lived a life of labor and toils. His wife, whom he loved dearly, Jamayeda, died giving birth to his son, Maqi, who had a condition which made him unable to connect with other people as most other children did. Believing it to be an illness, Ari searched incessantly for a way to rid of his son's strange affliction, consulting the land's wisest physicians and scholars, but none of them could help the boy.
Ari then followed the legend of the banshees and caught Yua, the most powerful of these creatures, to help his son. Yet for all her power, Yua was not able to grant Ari's wish, because her magic extended only to material wishes. Devastated, Ari instead wished for the Scarlet Citadel, an enormous palace that would serve as their home, and sufficient wealth to satisfy any earthly desire his son could have. Lastly, he wished for the banshee's eternal servitude, and she could not refuse.
With Yua's powers, Ari soon became King of Arkhanta and greatly improved the life of his fellow farmers by transforming the land. For this, the people of the land came to love him and respect him.
Third Saga: The Crisis on Both Worlds
Time and time again, Ari made pleas to the Oracle of Kandrakar. The Oracle, however, reasoned that such matters were not his concern, as they had little impact in the universe as a whole. Appalled and frustrated, Ari eventually declared war on Kandrakar, hoping that the Oracle would reconsider the statement that his pain was of no consequence. The threat of Ari's power grew more and more concerning, especially when Kandrakar's ambassadors arrived from Arkhanta with a mental trauma that caused them to act like Ari and Maqi. Hence, the guardians were assigned as Kandrakar's ambassadors in hopes of successfully carrying out a peaceful negotiation and free the banshee from Ari's control, thereby relinquishing him of his power.
Eventually, the Guardians (with the help of Orube) freed Yua. But Yua, bitter against Ari for the time that she spent as his prisoner, not only undid Ari's wishes, but also kidnapped Maqi. Though reluctant at first, Ari agreed to work with the guardians to rescue Maqi.
Guided by Ari, the group went to the Banshee Swamps, where the banshees, Yua's sisters, confronted them. Eventually Yua appeared with Maqi in her arms, which caused Ari to attack her. In the struggle, Maqi fell from a great height, stunning everyone around them.
Ari angrily shielded his then-dying son from everyone else, but with the guardians' advice, he allowed them to come near Maqi. The guardians eventually figured out that they could give him the Gift of Xin Jing, a healing power that came with guardianship. The power not only healed Maqi from near death, but also granted Ari's wish for him. Ari then freed his hatred toward the Oracle.
Ari later reappeared when the Guardians visit Arkhanta as ambasadors of Kandrakar. He and Maqi greet them in the reconstructed Scarlet Citadel. Two two invited the girls to participate in the popular games of the world. While W.I.T.C.H. performed rather poorly and hilariously, Ari and Maqi still congratulate them.
|Arc 3: A Crisis on Both Worlds|
|Heroes:||W.I.T.C.H. (Guardians) · Orube · Yan Lin · The Oracle|
|Villains:||Ari · Yua · Maqi · Jamayeda · Astral Drops · Riddle · Raphael Sylla · Joel McTiennan · Maria Medina|
|Items:||Heart of Kandrakar · Aurameres|
|Planets:||Earth · Kandrakar · Arkhanta · Basilíade|
|Issues:||025 · 026 · 027 · 028 · 029 · 030 · 031 · 032 · 033 · 034 · 035 · 036|