Death is the embodiment of exactly what he is named for. He oversees the dead, and judges whether they are worthy of heaven, deserving of hell, or are subjected to Purgatory.
He appears as a black robed figure with no visible body except his hands and head. His head is dragonish and appears to be made of black smoke or fire with blood red flames licking around the edges. He has white glowing eyes, and his hands are just bone with claws.
His exact size at any given time is subject to his whims, he is 'normally' around human size but can become a towering giant if the situation called for it.
Little is known about Death first-hand. He is shown to be cold and harsh, he has little mercy and does not care for the pleadings of the damned to be spared from Hell; he also makes certain Cerberus fears his future wrath for failing him.
Death appears to the embodiment of 'order' contrasted to Gaia's 'good' and Syndel's 'evil'. Death is noted for his adherence to routine and procedures, as well as being meticulous. The latter is in dispute though; when he appoints Darius Elexion as the Grim Reaper, he fails to compensate for Darius only having one eye and being far-sighted. On the other hand, it can be argued that Death did think of that and decided it didn't matter. He may have felt it would be a blessing he didn't deserve to restore Darius' eye when serving as the Reaper was supposed to be a punishment.
Death, along with the other gods, Gaia and Syndel, have existed long before Medius' creation. After Gaia and Syndel had created the Angels and Demons, Death convinced the two to work together with him to form the land of mortals that would become known as Medius.
After its creation, the three gods decided not to interfere directly with Medius. Instead, they would only receive the souls of the mortals after death. Gaia and her angels rewarded those who were good enough to reach Heaven, Syndel and his demons gleefully tortured evil souls, and Death received all the rest in Purgatory. Death also created the creatures Cerberus and Drazil to guard Hell and Heaven respectively.
The Great War
Eventually the war "ended" after Gaia and Syndel had mysteriously disappeared.
15 Years Ago
Roughly 15 years before the main events of Slightly Damned, Death met Darius Elexion. Darius was injured and possibly on the brink of death after battling with Cerberus so that his adopted children could enter Hell safely. Death did not appreciate his interference with Cerberus' guard duties. It seems likely that Death would normally have simply punished Darius at that time, but he had other problems. Seeing an opportunity, he instead offered Darius a deal: he would let Darius live, and let his adopted children enter Hell without pursuit, but only if Darius agreed to take on Death's identity and role as the Grim Reaper in his place.
Darius, although not having much choice, accepted. Death punished Cerberus for his failure by decapitating his middle (blue) head and fashioning the severed head into a still sentient skull helmet for Darius to wear. When Darius put on the skull, he assumed Death's voice, general appearance and a limited subset of Death's powers and abilities. He cautioned Darius that he would return every so often to check on him and make sure he was keeping his end of the deal.
After the deal was struck, Death left in search of Gaia and Syndel and has not been seen since.
Powers and Abilities
Creation Magic: Similar to how Gaia was able to create Heaven and Angels, and Syndel was able to create Demons and Hell, Death created Purgatory for himself. Death has not created a race of beings in his own image like the other gods did though, he created the immensely powerful guardian creatures, Cerberus and Drazil, but that's all. Other than Purgatory, he convinced Gaia and Syndel to work together with him to create Medius, Death acted as supervisor to keep the resulting world balanced.
- Soul Reincarnation: [Undetermined] Death supposedly has the ability to reincarnate dead souls, allowing them to be reborn into a new life on Medius. This process is seemingly manual. After a soul has been dead for a few hundred years, Death will go to the afterlife he originally sent them, collect the soul and deliver it back into the world of the living to be born again as a new person.
- Darius notes that he was not told how to do this and is not aware if he was even given the ability to do so. It is unclear if this was an oversight on Death's part, that Death had intended to do this himself when he "checked on" Darius (which he has been unable to do for some reason), or that the Ascension and Counterreaction have thrown things out of balance so reincarnation just doesn't happen at all any more.
Overal Abilities: As a god, he is immensely powerful but has only displayed a small number of abilities so far.
Immense Magic Power: As a God of Medius, Death has a vastly immeasurable amount of Magic Power, as he is capable of creating an entire world with the aid of two other Gods and manage his own domain while upholding his duties as the Grim Reaper.
Immortality: Death (along with Gaia and Syndel) has existed as a god long before Medius was created. He is inherently ageless and it is likely that he is also practically indestructible by anything less than the power of another god. Whether it is possible for him to be injured or incapacitated, if only temporarily, isn't known.
In his role as the Grim Reaper, he has created several magical instruments to assist him, these instruments have been passed to Darius who is able to summon and use them.
- Great Book of Records: A magical conjured tome that lists the name of everyone who dies and which realm in the Afterlife they earned. The tome is not completely infallible, it will sometimes give "undetermined" as its answer.
- Judgement Scales: A magical conjured set of weight scales. A mortal's soul can be weighed by the 2 sides filling with blue (good deeds) and black (evil deeds) fire. Death can then interpret the result of which side is heavier to pass judgement himself.
- Ferry Boat: A special boat that can cross the River Styx in a reasonable time. It is possible for souls to swim from Purgatory to Hell, but the reverse is not true. Only the boat can reach Purgatory from the Hell side.
- Up until around the time Darius revealed himself to Rhea as Death's substitute, Death had been referred to by male pronouns. Now they appear to be referred to with they/them.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Slightly Damned #427 [HQ, TS]
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Slightly Damned #417 [HQ, TS]
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Slightly Damned #426 [HQ, TS]
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Slightly Damned #428 [HQ, TS]
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Slightly Damned #2 [HQ, TS]
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 About World History Page
- ↑ Slightly Damned #81 [HQ, TS]
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Slightly Damned #3 [HQ, TS]
- ↑ Slightly Damned #32 [HQ, TS]
- ↑ Slightly Damned #4 [HQ, TS]
- ↑ Slightly Damned #26 [HQ, TS]
|Gods||Death • Mother Gaia • Father Syndel|
|Servants||Cerberus (Blue) • Drazil • Darius Elexion|
|Domains||Purgatory • Heaven • Hell (Ring of the Slightly Damned)|