|Birthplace||unknown (not Dominaria)|
|Lifetime||during the Ice Age|
Marit Lage was a powerful being comparable to a demi-god with a kraken-like figure who came to be imprisonned on Dominaria at some point before the Ice Age.  The Argivian scholar Arkol thought Marit Lage was a planeswalker, but he was wrong: she is a being of immense power, able to move across the planes but not by the same means planeswalkers can. Little is known about her life, her fate, or even what exactly she was. It's implied that she wreaked havoc on Dominaria at some point ("lifetimes" before the Ice Age), and it's clear that she had a human following (Acolytes of Marit-Lage and Brine Shamans) even long after her disappearance. During the Ice Age, she was frozen in the heart of a glacier. It is unknown whether she survived and what happened to her or her body once the Ice Age ended.
Influence[edit | edit source]
Marit Lage might be seen as a precursor to the Eldrazi creatures from Zendikar. She is a Lovecraftian inspired cosmic horror, with a Kraken-like shape reminiscent of the tentacled-being associated with the Cthulhu mythos, who ends up slumbering in a large body of water while human worshipers waits for her return. In Wrath of Marit Lage she is quoted as "Dread Marit Lage lies dreaming, not dead", a direct reference to Lovecraft's famous line "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn", which roughly translates to "In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming." While Marit Lage has been confirmed to not being a Eldrazi,[fact? citation needed] she obviously has many similarities with them, (like the ability to move between the plane while not being a planeswalker, becoming dormant and developing a cult dedicated to awakening them, etc.) simply because they were inspired by the same source.
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References[edit | edit source]
- Brady Dommermuth. (August 14, 2006.) "Is there a link that explains who/what Marit Lage is?", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Magic Arcana. (July 13, 2006.) "Coldsnap Release Promo Card Revealed", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]