Description[edit | edit source]
Emrakul is the Titan of Corruption, the largest and most fearsome of the Eldrazi. She does not affect inorganic matter - rocks, water, etc. - but twists all things living, be they plants, animals, or sentient beings. She causes silent terror wherever she soars, embodying desolation, emotional and physical distance, the chill of the void, and the terror of being alone.
The Emrakul lineage is characterized by flesh-like lattice structures, uneasy bilateral symmetry, and tentacles that end in knobby, vestigial digits. Looking like spongy, alien baleen, the lattice respires independent of the Eldrazi herself, supporting a host of unseen mite--creatures within. Some within this lineage, including Emrakul herself, float above the ground, using unknown powers to alter the surrounding gravity.
While the Eldrazi are genderless, lack apparent biological sex, and evidence no awareness of the concept of gender, the question of their gender, or at least proper pronouns, is a recurring topic among players. Arguments for gendered pronouns rest largely on comparisons to the Zendikari deities they inspired, and on dimorphism between the broods. The issue has been further muddied by inconsistent pronoun use in official sources. In particular, Emrakul has been referenced by male, female, and neuter pronouns. The most recent official sources on the matter are cards from Battle for Zendikar and a blog post by creative director Doug Beyer, which agree on the use of male pronouns for Ulamog and Kozilek and female pronouns for Emrakul.
History[edit | edit source]
After the release of Kozilek, Ulamog and Emrakul by Nissa Revane, Emrakul vanished. After the death of Kozilek and Ulamog, Ugin confirmed that Emrakul had been absent from Zendikar for some time. She was drawn through the Blind Eternities to the plane of Innistrad by the planeswalker Nahiri, who was enacting her revenge on Sorin Markov.  On Innistrad, her influence corrupted the plane into tentacled monstrosities. The archangel Avacyn kept Emrakul at bay, but once she was unmade by Sorin, the titan physically entered Innistrad and her influence over the plane magnified. Jace Beleren returned to Zendikar to call the remaining planeswalkers of the Gatewatch Gideon Jura, Nissa Revane, and Chandra Nalaar, in order to combat Emrakul like they had Ulamog and Kozilek on Zendikar.
After destroying much of the city of Thraben, Emrakul was confronted by the Gatewatch and Liliana Vess, who are nearly brought down by her mental assaults. Jace communicates with a figment of her that manifests as Emeria, which tells him that she is "incomplete, unfulfilled, inchoate" and that Innistrad should welcome her, not reject her. When the Gatewatch mounts the ritual to seal her, she willingly lets herself be sealed in Innistrad's moon by possessing Tamiyo, after telling Jace that she "didn't want to play anymore" and "It was not her time. Not yet."
In-game references[edit | edit source]
- Aurora of Emrakul
- Boon of Emrakul
- Emrakul's Evangel
- Emrakul's Hatcher
- Emrakul's Influence
- Hand of Emrakul
- Vestige of Emrakul
- Whispers of Emrakul
- Consume the Meek (Rise of the Eldrazi)
- Eldrazi Conscription
- Gravitational Shift
- Imprisoned in the Moon
- Nissa's Revelation
- Shrine of the Forsaken Gods
- Time of Heroes
Referenced in :
- Bruna, the Fading Light
- Cloud Manta
- Coax from the Blind Eternities
- Exultant Cultist
- Gisela, the Broken Blade
- Gnarlwood Dryad
- Grapple with the Past
- Guardian of Pilgrims
- Kessig Prowler
- Otherworldly Outburst
- Permeating Mass
- Prey Upon (Eldritch Moon)
- Somberwald Stag
- Weirded Vampire
- Boon of Emrakul
Sources[edit | edit source]
- Doug Beyer. (March 17, 2010.) “Gods and Monsters”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Doug Beyer. (March 29, 2010.) “The Eldrazi Arisen”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Magic Arcana. (April 12, 2010.) “Sketches: Consume the Meek”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Monty Ashley. (May 18, 2010.) “Just Out of Shot”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Kelly Digges. (Know Your Spawn!.) “Know Your Spawn!”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
References[edit | edit source]
- Doug Beyer. (July 21 2014.) "Actually, I have a question about Emrakul...", A Voice for Vorthos, Tumblr.
- Mark Rosewater. (September 24 2015.) "Do Eldrazi have genders???", Blogatog, Tumblr.
- Charlotte Sable. (March 26 2013.) "Gender of the Eldrazi", Ask a Magic Judge, Tumblr.
- Mark Rosewater. (July 18 2014.) "FYI I believe most vorthoses...", Blogatog, Tumblr.
- David Sutcliffe. (September 2 2011.) “Feature: Spectacular Tentacular”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Wizards of the Coast. “Eaters of Worlds”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Gavin Verhey. (May 19 2015.) “Modernchantress”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Processor Assault. "Ulamog's processors trail behind him, converting ruined matter into furious energy."
- Vestige of Emrakul. "Emrakul has not been seen in months. Though her brood's numbers have dwindled in her absence, each drone is still a deadly threat."
- Doug Beyer. (September 24 2015.) "So whats the deal the Eldrazi titans having genders now?", A Voice for Vorthos, Tumblr.
- Ari Levitch, Doug Beyer, Kelly Digges and Kimberly J. Kreines. (February 24, 2016.) “Zendikar Resurgent”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Kimberly J. Kreines. (June 20, 2016.) “Emrakul Rises”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Ken Troop. (July 27, 2016.) “The Promised End”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Ken Troop. (April 26, 2017.) “The Hand That Moves”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.