Hag

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Hag are a creature type used for cards that depict a kind of malevolent female faerie, bearing the appearance of a wizened old woman. Sometimes Hags are described as nightmare spirits. Hags have appeared in all colors, save red.

The first card to bear the type was Brine Hag in Legends.

Storyline[edit | edit source]

Dominaria[edit | edit source]

Hags are found primarily near bodies of water and in the Scarwood of Terisiare (Scarwood Hag).

Shadowmoor[edit | edit source]

Hags returned with a vengeance on the plane of Shadowmoor, where there were two types of hags: swamp hags and gwyllions. Shadowmoor legends said that swamp hags were previously goddesses who had watched over the woodland marshes. Once they fell from grace, they were twisted and transformed into grotesque huntresses who stalk swamps and forests for prey. Gwyllions, on the other hand, were witchy creatures who were otherwise quite civilized. Gwyllions preyed on travelers who would dare cross through the rotting farmlands and bogs they call their home.[1] Examples are Desecrator Hag and Gwyllion Hedge-Mage.

Theros[edit | edit source]

The Fates of Theros were hag sisters who watched over and controlled the destinies of all living creatures on the plane. Even the Gods were controlled by the Fates. One of the Fates was named Adrasteia.[2] The Fates were represented by Fate Unraveler. A female creature resembling a hag was also seen in the company of a gorgon as they fought Dack Fayden. While simply referred to as a "Sea Witch," this woman had powerful water magic and was able to summon a giant kraken to attack the planeswalker.[3]

Notable hags[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Gwyllions are the most human-like of all Hags.
  • "Gwyllion" is actually the plural in Welsh, and an individual would be called a gwyll.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Doug Beyer. (July 30, 2008.) “Concepting Eventide, Part 2”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Clayton Kroh. (February 05, 2014.) “Emonberry Red”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Magic: The Gathering - Theros Issue #2