|Dates run:||September 9, 2005 - October 21, 2011|
|Plots:||Head Like A Hole, These Earthly Things, Operation: Anansesem, House of Wolves, Operation: Dasavatharam|
"I'm free?" There was a pause and then a horrendous laugh as Chthon the Corruptor sat up in a body not of his own. "I'm free!"
The chosen vessel/prison of the Elder God of Chaos, Wanda Maximoff finds her life complicated in more ways than one.
In 2005, Wanda discovered, by dint of being possessed, that she was the living prison for one of the Elder Gods, Chthon the Corruptor. While the X-Men managed to rescue her from being trapped within her own mind, Wanda still had questions. A return to Wundagore, where she was born and the intercession of a group called "The Knights", gave her some insights and reassured her that Chthon would not be able to use her to escape again, but still left many questions.
Chthon's exile was not the end of its influence on Wanda's life. Over the next few years, a number of incidents, seemingly unrelated but all linked by the same symbol and by Wanda's personal connections with those involved, haunted her, culminating in the abduction of Agatha Harkness and the revelation that the Cult of Chthon, led by Agatha's own son Nicholas Harkness, would stop at nothing to return the Elder God to the earthly plane.
Head Like A Hole - Wanda finds herself locked inside her own mind when an Elder God comes calling. With a rather specific plan in mind.
These Earthly Things - When a fundamentalist hate group pickets the mutant drop-in center Alejandra Torres has been volunteering at, things take a violent - and horrifying - turn and a prophecy is realised.
House of Wolves - An attack on Wanda's mentor leads to a lot of questions and very few answers.
Trivia and Meta
A recurring link running through the plot arcs was the mark of Chthon, left at the scene of the various incidents.
The events of this plot arc still occurred in Phase 2, but specifics, such as which characters were involved, remain fuzzy for the purposes of not breaking the world. ;)