When a geological survey team was investigating seismic activity in the Nunavut Territory in Canada, they happened upon an enormous fissure. At the bottom, over two hundred feet down, they located the ancient Temple of Balthakk, buried under the ice for countless centuries. The Gideon Museum of Antiquities brought in Doctor J. Vernon Mann to investigate the site, and he called in Tony Stark to help him investigate the place. While taking shelter inside the Temple, Samantha McGee came across the Brazier of Balthakk, which triggered an ancient spell transforming her into the Exemplar of Balthakk - Inferno. This also triggered the Wager of the Octessence, causing other Temples to mystic entities to be activated.