This numbered edition Canvas Print, designed by William King, comes with a numbered and signed certificate of authenticity. Ready to hang, this image is printed onto a 450gsm white finish, 100% cotton canvas and stretched over 1.5” deep wood stretcher bars (3/4” for XS). Each print comes with wall hanging hardware.
ITHAQUA (also WIND-WALKER, DEATH-WALKER, and WENDIGO). Great Old One whose domain includes most of the northern regions of Earth. The Wendigo often emits eerie howling noises, but seeing the creature is worse; any that gaze upon Ithaqua are doomed to be taken by him. Like many of his fellow Great Old Ones, Ithaqua seems to be limited or imprisoned in a certain area. It originally rested beneath a plateau on the world of Borea, until it was able to escape. (Much of its lifeforce may still be held in the Temple of the Winds at the North Pole, which only appears on the night of the winter solstice.) On our own planet, Ithaqua is unable to leave the area between North Manitoba and the North Pole, though in certain circumstances the Wind-Walker may travel further into temperate climates. Whether Ithaqua may also manifest itself in the Antarctic is uncertain, as few humans have spent much time in that region. Ithaqua is not confined to our own world, however; it possesses the ability to fly through space, and is known to travel often to the world of Borea. The Great Old One returns from its journeys elsewhere to earth for one year in every five, when his cult experiences a stunning revival among the peoples of the north. Those in warmer latitudes who consider themselves safe from the Wind-Walker's wrath should beware, however; the Arctic boundaries do not constrain the servitor winds and other minions of Ithaqua, who may be sent anywhere in the world at their master's command. Ithaqua has been worshiped worldwide, with scholars drawing parallels between the Great Old One and the gods Quetzalcoatl, Thor, and Enlil. In the north where his true nature is known, Ithaqua is more widely feared than worshiped, and most of his cults died out in the early 19th century. Centers of this cult existed in the town of Stillwater, Manitoba, the inhabitants of which all vanished in the space of one night, and Cold Harbor, Alaska. In all instances, these cults involved human sacrifice and kidnapping of those opposed to their worship. The Wind-Walker is also responsible for a series of disappearances in Canada and the North. In most of these cases, a person vanishes and nothing is heard of them for months or even years. Later they are found encased in a shroud of downy snow with evidence of having fallen from a considerable height. Such victims may also be alive, babbling of the glories of Ithaqua, and have in some cases carried strange items that have plainly originated in widely-removed parts of the world. Those who have been in close physical proximity with the Wind-Walker are often able to endure the coldest temperatures without discomfort, or even transform into a creature physically resembling Ithaqua. None survive long after their return. Some say that Ithaqua serves the Great Old One Hastur, but there seems to be little hard evidence to support this. Ithaqua is probably one of a race of similar beings, as at least one encounter between Ithaqua and another wendigo has been reported. If this is true, Ithaqua is still the only wendigo to visit Earth regularly. The Plastic Wax Factory, purveyors of intricate and fine molten effigies. All your gods, demons, monsters and creatures of the abyss to Leech Lords of the Cthulhu mythos, witches, warlocks, and lunatic residents of asylums the world over still murmuring their arcane incantations. Plus the odd tome, sigil, place of interest and manifestations of magical mumblings amongst the cursed. All are represented here in glorious molten plastic wax, set alight and melted into puddles of primordial grotesquerie. Recommended for the mad and delirious and those fine folks from Leeds, Hull and Scarborough.
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