When something dies, the bond between its body and soul is broken. The physical body decays, but the soul moves on into the hereafter. The soul goes on to purgatory, to the realm of the god they followed, or brought back for reincarnation. There is only one who has true control over this process. He has no true name; his appearance may change, and each culture may call him something different, but he is always one simple thing: Death.
History and Current StatusEdit
When the first mortal races were taking their first steps, the gods realized that as these races would reproduce and spread, they also needed to age and die. All three gods, Aureus, Ralthos, and even Naga (albeit only due to Aesa's intervention), each gave some of their power to create a new entity to have control over death. This new entity was their agent, in bringing the souls of the dead to their rest with the god that they belong with. Originally, he collected each departed soul himself, taking them before the gods. As the populations grew, though, he began selecting certain mortals to join him in his duty, becoming his agents.
Death is the only truly neutral party among the deities. Many mortals fear his presence, and see him as an evil to be feared, but Death himself has no such sway in alignments. It is merely his duty to carry and judge the mortals. He is the one who decides what happens to a soul after its death, and where it goes. His judgement is even deferred to by the actual gods; when there is a dispute over the domain a soul should belong to, the gods make their case to Death, and his judgement is the final ruling.
Death is a mysterious and often feared figure. Different cultures often display the figure of death in different ways; very few mortals know what Death actually looks like. Death is tied to no race on Aesira; he appears as a batlike creature, the species unseen anywhere. He has large, leathery wings, often wrapped around his shoulders in a shroudlike fashion. His fur is dark, almost lightless, and his eyes are empty white spheres.
Death needs no worship, though there are those that follow him. These tend to be isolated cults, rarely in high standing in their culture. However, certain mortals may be chosen, after their death, to assist as his servants in his dealings. When someone is about to pass away, there are those who claim that the smell of death can be found around them. This is actually one of Death's servants, preparing to take the soon-to-pass soul to Death's domain.
While Death is not a true god, he still has a realm, known as the Halls of Judgement. It is within these halls that he resides, and from them that he sends his agents out to collect the souls of the dead. They Halls has a very solid, artificial feel. They're made of carved marble, with sharp angles. It is neither bright and warm or cold and dark; it is simply neutral. The smooth paths lead to Death's audience room, in a simple, businesslike way. Very few can have a prolonged stay in the Halls of Judgement, beyond Death himself and his agents. Even the other gods rarely tarry long.
Relations With Other DeitiesEdit
Though Death himself is not a god, he does have the respect of many of the other gods. Very few of them have lived longer than he has, and his judgement is known as ironclad. When even the gods are unsure of a decision, they go to him for the true ruling. He does not participate in the schemes of any against the others, and neither schemes himself, merely attends to his ancient duties.