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Crimson Gem of Cyttorak

Crimson Crystal of Cyttorak

Ruby of the Crimson Bands

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Ancient gem containing a fraction of the essence of the ancient god of destruction, known as Cyttorak.

Note: Cyttorak resides in a dimension known as the Crimson Cosmos and his power is invoked by mystics such as Dr. Strange to create indestructible bands of ruby light which serve as a shield or a bind.

Special Properties

Usually transfers the essence of Cyttorak into the host that possesses the gem. In the case of Cain Marko, Cyttorak was unable to supplant his will.

There are seven other artifacts besides the Crimson Gem of Cyttorak which channel the powers and essence of other ancient gods - collectively known as the Octessence.

Regularly Appearing
X-Men Vol. 1
First Appearance
X-Men Vol. 1 #12 (July, 1965)
Stan Lee & Jack Kirby

Over a millennium ago eight ancient gods known as the Octessence formed a wager to decide which of them was the most powerful. Creating a series of totems and gems they imbued the artifacts with a fraction of their essence. The rules of the wager dictated that when a host found one of the artifacts others would be called to the remaining items becoming Exemplars. Driven by the essence of the deities the Exemplars would raise great armies dividing the Earth into eight portions and battle until one remained victorious.

Entombed within the Asian Temple of Cyttorak sat a gem until it was discovered by Cain Marko, a soldier taking refuge from combat. Reading the inscription "Whosoever touches this gem shall possess the power of the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak! Henceforth, you who read these words, shall become forevermore a human juggernaut!" Marko was transformed into an unstoppable Juggernaut by the Crimson Gem of Cyttorak.