|Nation:||Land of the Dead|
|Faction:||Land of the Dead|
- "It is inevitable."
Death is the Lord of the Land of the Dead. He was created when the Unnamed Evil took over the god Dreamweaver's body centuries before the War of the Andain. He has been subtly manipulating events and corrupting people over the millennia, but his ultimate goals remain unknown.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Aliases and Nicknames
- 3 Appearance
- 4 Personality and Traits
- 5 Powers and Abilities
- 6 Relationships
- 7 See also
- "Wolf and Tinker armed themselves as best they could, and returned to try to save their beloved brother. But it was too late. They found that Dreamweaver had fallen to the shadow, and proclaimed himself Lord of Death."
- —A demon storyteller about the birth of Death
Before Death came to be, the Land of the Dead already existed and lived in prosperity. However, at some point the Unnamed Evil attacked the land, causing devastation in its wake. The gods Dreamweaver, Mardük and Paedün came to put an end to the Evil's threat. However, the Evil's power was too much to handle, and only Dreamweaver's sacrifice gave Mardük and Paedün time to escape and bring back reinforcements.
However, the Unnamed Evil was too powerful to face alone, and it consumed Dreamweaver, filling his head with dark thoughts. In the end Dreamweaver ceased to be as the Evil possessed him, and an entity known as Death was born.
Mardük and Paedün returned some days later, unable to get help from the other gods but determined to save Dreamweaver. They were shocked when they realized that they were too late to save their brother. They faced their brother who had become Death, and after a long struggle, they barely managed to imprison him in the heart of the Land of the Dead. Not having the power necessary to destroy Death, they left him in his eternal prison.
Despite being imprisoned, Death's power was so immense that it could still take over the Land of the Dead, corrupt the once lush landscape and enslave its once happy and peaceful populace. He used various beings, most notably the Grim Reaper, as his heralds who would harvest souls who would then become his subjects.
After becoming the de facto Lord of Death, he set his sights on freeing himself and spreading his influence to other worlds in the cosmos. Although his physical body couldn't leave the realm, his consciousness could traverse through the different planes of reality, and his consciousness used the following millennia to explore various realms in hopes of finding the means to free himself.
- "There can be no Life without Death...and you can never escape the shadow of Death which overcomes all of this fleeting life in the end. But you have a choice to make depending on how you want to live your mortal life, so tell your master: do the others dictate your fate and make you wither, or do you forge your own path and blossom, enjoying your only life to its fullest as every living being in the cosmos should in the time that has been given to them?"
- —Death to Haruko Mizushima
At some point Death's consciousness found the Land of the Living. Having learned from previous battles, Death chose a subtler approach in order to not draw the gods' attention to himself while he was still recovering. His consciousness began manipulating the minds of various beings in the realm slowly but surely and found great success with a particular dragon whose long life span gave Death enough time to twist the dragon's thoughts and give him ambition. This dragon, Frazzn'korth, succumbed into darkness and tried to become the supreme ruler of dragons. However, the Dark Dragon's plans were foiled, and he was trapped into a magical gem which became known as the Dragon Diamond.
This was only a minor setback to Death, though. His success with Frazzn'korth proved that he had a means to influence a world outside his own and corrupt even powerful individuals over time. He would continue his subtle and sinister manipulations in the years to come. He had all the time in the world to proceed with his dark plan.
Many years later Death saw another chance to speed up his plans when he made contact with the prideful mind of Haruko Mizushima whom he subtly goaded into murdering her mentor and thus began the eventual corruption of Yggdrasil, the World Tree, and Haruko's life in the Band of the Fox which would lead her to cross paths with Malakhia d'Zarnagon among others.
Death also accessed the mind of Kagetsu Aurelac de Maar Sul, the revered Lord of the Andain who was Mardük's son. Hoping to get a hold of Mardük, one of the gods who had sealed him in the Land of the Dead eons ago, by using the god's son Kagetsu as a bait, Death began to subtly influence Kagetsu's thoughts just like he had done with Haruko some time earlier.
Death made the Andain lord see the world as inbalanced and unjust and that it needed to be fixed so that all could live equally and have as much power as the gods. That was all that was needed, and Death let time do the rest. In the end his manipulations bore fruit: Kagetsu decided to wage war against the gods in the War of the Andain in order to distribute the gods' power to mortals, but he was defeated and sealed away into a stone.
Kagetsu's rebellion did lead to the goddess Gaea's demise, however, and she ended up in the Land of the Dead where Death imprisoned her and began corrupting her spirit. Death made Gaea his consort and began calling her the Tyrantess of the Underworld.
The gods' ongoing strifes kept them busy in the years since and made them blind to the threat that had been lurking behind Frazzn'korth's and Kagetsu's insurrections all along. Mardük mourned Kagetsu's dark actions and was still angry at the gods' refusal to help save Dreamweaver. The god's intense internal turmoil about losing his son and brother was all that Death needed to influence and corrupt Mardük's thoughts.
Thanks to Death's influence, Mardük became aware of the dark power of the Land of the Dead and decided to harness that power and use it against the others of his order. Mardük's descent into madness was complete, and the God of Chaos twisted the once noble demons into ruthless enforcers of his will and reformed his clergy into sadistic followers of darkness. The god had fully embraced the darker side of chaos.
Mardük, fueled by the darkness and madness in his heart, unleashed his vile forces on the Land of the Living and began the Chaos War. After a brutal struggle, he was defeated and sealed away by the Grand Alliance of that time, but once more Death had taken a step closer to realizing his goals. Although Mardük was gone, his corrupted spirit still guided the Clergy of Mardük which kept a close eye on various factions while waiting for a chance to seize power and free Mardük.
Death extended his influence to the Demon Realm, following the traces of darkness which Mardük had left in his rampage. Mardük's hate was all that was needed to twist the thoughts of powerful demons such as Malakhia d'Zarnagon and Yurius whose actions would shape the events of the Land of the Living in the struggles to come.
The more people became twisted in the ensuing years, the more Death's power grew. Although he was still confined to the Land of the Dead, he had now corrupted enough people who would unwittingly carry on his agenda and make him grow stronger. The increase of Death's influence also spread to the other realms, which caused sickness and an increasing number of dead.
In an effort to spread his power further, Death sent various agents from the Underworld to the Land of the Living. Although each of these agents would serve a different purpose, they all were part of Death's grand plan. One of the most notable agents was Drishnek, an ambitious sorcerer whose pact with Death allowed him to continue living as a lich and begin a mission to prepare the Land of the Living for the invasion of the dead. Drishnek's defeat in the hands of Daventhalas de Mont Hault was a setback, but Death had so many agents running around that it didn't give him much concern.
Despite his manipulations, Death's powers weren't absolute. There were many spirits in the in-between realms who refused to pass on. Some who had already lost themselves to the oblivion were called back to the Land of the Living, most notably Leon Alcibiates and Jemuel. The revival of Leon gave Death a chance to further influence the Land of the Living through a special rift and send Drishnek back as a lich to carry on his unfinished work, but this rift was eventually closed when Leon was granted full mortality by the gods for his services to the world in the Great War.
After having set things in motions throughout millennia, Death let his willing as well as unknowing pawns carry out his grand plan.
Echoes of War
- "You have failed, Drishnek. Your gift of undeath is revoked."
- —Death to Drishnek
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Aliases and Nicknames
- Lord of Death
- His title.
- Tyrant of Dis
- His title as the ruler of the city of Dis.
A sinister looking figure in dark, ominous clothes. His body glows in golden, godly light, and he has blue eyes of death. He appears either grim or contemplative most of the time as he sits on his throne of skulls.
Personality and Traits
Cold, calculating, manipulative, ruthless.
Powers and Abilities
The full extent of Death's powers is unknown but he's so strong that he's subjugated most of the Land of the Dead and can astrally project his mind to various realms to influence the beings living there. His corrupting influence is remarkable.
After the fall of Etheril to the Crimson Coalition, Curdardh ended up in Death's clutches. Death relished the chance to corrupt a fae which had eluded his influence until now. He turned Curdardh into one of his servants by twisting his mind even further and fueling his rage.
Drishnek was originally a necromancer who sought power. Eventually his quest and contact with the Land of the Dead corrupted him thanks to Death's influence, and he became a lich who swore to serve his master faithfully. However, Drishnek's failures over the ages tested Death's patience, and Death eventually discarded Drishnek and revoked his gift of undeath after one failure too many. Drishnek survived the banishment, however, albeit in a weakened state, and became a wild card who is no longer completely loyal to Death although he still has a connection to the Land of the Dead.
Gaea was the first god to die in the Land of the Living, and her spirit ended up in the Land of the Dead where Death took hold of her. Gaea is kept in chains and has slowly been succumbing to the realm's influence. Death sees her as his consort and calls her the Queen of the Underworld.
Grim Reaper does his job to the best of his ability and is careful not to anger his master. Death sees Grim as a tool to harvest souls and pays him little attention.
Death has found a useful ally in Kamen Grimgaze, the Master of the Totenkopfs, whose ambition fuels the dead's schemes. The Master follows some of Death's teachings but has other plans in mind.
- Grim Reaper
- Kamen Grimgaze
- Land of the Dead
- Malakhia d'Zarnagon
- Unnamed Evil