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Gorgons, also known as medusae, are snake-skinned humanoid women with hair made of snakes and the ability to calcify organic entities that look at the gorgon in the face. Incredibly deadly, these creatures are rare across the various planes.

The first creature to bear the type was Masked Gorgon in Judgement, though the Infernal Medusa from Legends was later issued errata in the Grand Creature Type Update to become a Gorgon instead of a Medusa.

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Dominaria[edit | edit source]

A gorgon named Visara served as one of the Cabal's pit fighters on Otaria. Unlike other gorgons seen throughout Magic's history, Visara had large, plated wings which enabled her to fly.

Ravnica[edit | edit source]

Ravnica is home to few gorgons, including the Sisters of Stone Death and the planeswalker Vraska. After several battles with the Golgari parun, Svogthir, the Sisters of Stone Death were diminished to only one: Ludmilla. She was believed to be the sole gorgon left on Ravnica, though Vraska and others later appeared as members of the Golgari Swarm as well.

Shandalar[edit | edit source]

Various gorgons are in the employ of Xathrid, a demonic creature worshiped by some cults of Shandalar.[1] This is represented by Xathrid Gorgon.

Theros[edit | edit source]

On Theros, gorgons appear more commonly than on other planes, though they are still quite rare. Unlike the gorgons of previous planes, gorgons on Theros have snakelike lower bodies (similar to Nagas).[2] The god of affliction Pharika is worshiped and attended to by gorgons. One of the most powerful gorgons of Theros is Hythonia, referred to as Hythonia the Cruel. Another gorgon was encountered by Dack Fayden when he entered her lair searching for a magical artifact.[3]

Notable Gorgons[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Doug Beyer. (October 06, 2013.) "Who, what, or where is a Xathrid?", A Voice for Vorthos, Tumblr.
  2. Bonnie Bruenderman. (February 19, 2014.) “Monster Menagerie: Gorgons”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Magic: The Gathering - Theros Issue #2
  4. Doug Beyer. (June 08, 2011.) “Damia, Sage of Stone”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Doug Beyer. (June 22, 2011.) “Fifteen Commanders, Fifteen Tales”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
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