Marit Lage

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Marit Lage
Marit Lage
Birthplace unknown (not Dominaria)
Lifetime during the Ice Age
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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.[1] 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, or "500 years ago" in The Eternal Ice), 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.

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Marit Lage might be seen as a precursor to the Eldrazi creatures from Zendikar. She is a Lovecraftian[2] 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."[3] Marit Lage obviously has many similarities with the Eldrazi, (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.

She however has many key differences that distinguishes her from them: she is consistently referred to as "she", while the Eldrazi are genderless; she is called "a great mage" and "a powerful sorceress", while the eldrazi are not known to practice magic; she is a being of black mana while the eldrazi are associated with colorlessness; her physical form is her true body while the eldrazi "project" their appearance on physical planes from the Blind Eternities; the novel The Eternal Ice tells us that Marit Lage is weaker than a (pre-mending) planeswalker while the eldrazi are capable of destroying and reshapping an entire plane and it's inhabitants (the closest feat would be the Nine Titans destroying Phyrexia).

Since Marit Lage and the Eldrazi were created fifteen years apart, the later can be thought of as a modern reinterpretation of the Cthulhu mythos in Magic by a different Creative team.

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