Marak is the name of the splinter world through the South Gate. The original inhabitants of this world were men exiled from Athera by the Fellowship for beliefs or practices that were incompatible with the Compact. Specifically, these men were interested in the advancement of technology (such as black powder). Cities crisscrossed the continents with glimmering strings of light.
The works of these exiles led to creation of the Mistwraith, which invaded Athera in Third Age 4993. After the invasion, Marak was left lifeless and covered in ice and fog, and the South Gate was sealed by Traithe to prevent further incursion from the larger body of the Mistwraith left on the planet.
Role in the Story
|Spoiler warning: Contains plot elements from multiple books in the series.
Ships of Merior
Third Age 5644: At some point in the six years after the Battle of Strakewood, Kharadmon travels to Marak in hopes of learning more about the Mistwraith. He narrows his search to the gutted shells of libraries but can find no roll list of Names that comprise the original sentience. He is attacked by the remnants of the Mistwraith left on the planet.
Warhost of Vastmark
Third Age 5648: To guard Athera, the Fellowship construct the star wards. Its creation spans an entire year with efforts from the 2 discorporate Sorcerers in space and the 3 corporeal Sorcerers at Althain Tower. The wards spread across arc seconds in space, and cut through time as well.
Third Age 5922: In autumn, Asandir travels to Whitehold to meet with Selidie Prime. It is revealed that, over two centuries ago, the Fellowship allowed the free wraiths from Marak to reach Athera in order to delay the execution of Arithon, who had been captured by the Koriathain and whose talents were needed to banish them. The last of the free wraiths are banished just before this meeting.