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Ashen Born

Ashen Born (a.k.a. Abomination, Ash, Death or Knight)

O' death, singing to me softly,
O' death, s'rve thy judgment to me,
O' death, thy ashes hath brought mine own endeth,
O' death, releaseth me from thy grasp.
  In religious texts, Ashen Born is Death reincarnated, with the purpose to deliver immediate judgment and execution to the living. None found the true identity of Death. Several testimony served to expose them as a human who was tormented by the living, before making a deal with the All-Father. Their power is unimaginable. Some believed they could end the world with a swing of their sword.   Their presence built a following. After a while, the Church of Ash was formed to pray to their living god. Some were fortunate to return after facing them, while others had their souls ripped out.  

O'Death, The Living God

O'Death, The Living God by Cryssalia

Physical Description

Body Features

Ashen Born appears to be well built, although with slight feminine curve. Their right arm is made from black-colored bones crested with runes. This is also the arm that capable to cast high tier magic which are destructive in nature. The arm constantly concealed with long sleeves or bandages as the runes may explode when exposed with air or sunlight. Their tail protrudes from their back and pointed at the end.

Facial Features

Their ears are pointed, hair is messy short, and wears and eye patch over their left eye. They are often wearing mask so none knew how they truly look entirely. Their bangs also sometimes cover their eyes as a way to conceal their odd irises.

Identifying Characteristics

Eye of the All-Father by Cryssalia
The right eye possessed an odd number of pupils in them, although it is described to be lizard-like. There are five pupils total, with four of them on top of a single large one. Some believe Ashen Born's right eye is not truly theirs, but belonged to the All-Father. This is a method from the All-Father to view the world through His proxy, and directly control their mind according to His needs.

Apparel & Accessories

They are wrapped in furred cloak and wears a pink diamond ring on their right ring finger. Surprisingly, the ring does not possess any sort of magical energy within it. The ring and the cloak are purely cosmetic.

Specialized Equipment

They are always seen with their rune-bladed great sword. Currently, the sword is in the care of the Strigea Monarchs. Due to its weight, no one can lift the sword and the runes often glowed upon contact. Scholars noted the runes formed a short sentence which read:  
With Death, I welcometh thee

Sword of Obliteration by Cryssalia

Mental characteristics

Personal history

Prior to them becoming a god, they were a child in a farmer's village outside the borders of the Old Kingdom of Laevenon. They lived a simple life with their mother and younger sibling, until their sibling was killed by a hound of the Laevenese Soldiers and their village was burned. They were captured until their mother broke them out of the cage and attempted escape. Sadly, they were the only survivor of the massacre.   Weeks after their escape, they were critically injured and lost their left eye from an Ashseeker attack. Rescued by a Necromancer, they jumped to the chance to learn magic and fighting. Ash honed their sword fighting and magical abilities in hopes they could exact revenge on Laevenon. During an incident involving bandits, Ash went berserk and killed a bystander which led the Necromancer to exile Ash from their new home. There are no records of the child's name, nor the necromancer that took them in.

Undeniable Offer

Days after exile, they began to experience hallucinations and fluctuations in their magic. They began to either conjure monsters or reduced everything around them to ashes. People began to avoid them, fearing their own demise. As the years passed, they were discriminated against and constantly exiled from wherever they decided to call home. Their isolation caught the attention of the All-Father, who offered them His power if they sold their soul and body to Him. Unable to cope any longer, they immediately agreed.  

Loss of Innocence by Cryssalia

 
I wonder, if the child was raised right, will they truly grew to be a hero, or end up an Abomination like me?  
- Ashen Born regarding their child self
  Their skin is now a deathly white with eyes of blood red and toxic purple magic. They grew horns and a tail, reminiscent to the Ashseekers and to the All-Father. From that point on, they called themselves the Ashen Born. The All-Father transferred His magic to Ashen Born, turning them into His proxy to harvest souls.

Accomplishments & Achievements

Ashen Born liberated the Old Kingdom of Laevenon, killing the Monarchs, harvested souls as an act of revenge. The kingdom was laid waste and those they spared began to worship the Ashen Born's might. Some became obsessed with being killed by their blade, while others rose to create a religion for their new god. Ashen Born became a symbol of salvation and their name was chanted across Maerus.   Ashen Born soon achieved immortality by ascending with the All-Father's help. Their emotions revoked and  their soul harvested by their patron as agreed. While the sight of Ashen Born continued to plague Maerus, it has become a legend passed down for generations.

Mental Trauma

Love at First Sight

While undergoing physical changes, Ash met with a village girl outside the borders of Laevenon. They fell in love with her, although quite shy in expressing their affection. One day, Ash saved the girl from monsters, and they became friends since then. Ash spent their time beside the girl, and assisted her in daily chores. Ash refused to express their love in fear of rejection, but continues to admire her in silence.   As months passed, they grew closer and the girl confessed her feelings to Ash. Elated, Ash did the same and became open with their feelings to her, much to the chagrin of the village and her parents. Ash faced discrimination due to their looks.  

Death by Their Hands

The village were against Ash staying with them and the girl's parents refused to accept Ash as part of the family. They began to find reasons for Ash to be kicked out or sent away and never return. The girl, however, defends Ash and persuades her parents to change their minds. Instead of comfort, the girl was beaten by her father and was forced to stay in their home.   Reluctantly, Ash left the village to prevent their love being abused. However, Ash returned at night to meet her in secret and they were given a pink diamond ring by the girl. This action was witnessed by a villager, and they were exposed. The girl was brought to face judgment and before she was executed, Ash awakened to their power, and obliterated the whole village.   In their moment of berserk, Ash accidentally killed the girl and only realizes this once they were awakened from their trance. Mentally scarred by the carnage they caused, the All-Father was able to revoke their mind and made them His puppet.

Morality & Philosophy

The Ashen Born has no solid hold on their own ideals. They simply went about with their life, killing those they found annoying and sparing those they considered useful. Some view the Ashen Born as the neutral party, since they avoid contact most of the time. However, the majority believed they are Death incarnate and should be eradicated before they end the world.   Ashen Born's view of the world is rather obscure. They find it beautiful but dirty. They love it and hate it. Worthy, yet it needs destruction. Those who have managed to converse with them find their view confusing, but they often returned thinking deeply of their words.  
How can you pray to the gods when they never answer you?  
- Words of the Ashen Born
Divine Classification
Living God
Species
Conditions
Church/Cult
Age
Unknown
Date of Birth
Unknown
Biological Sex
Unknown
Eyes
Sharp blood red
Hair
Short deathly white
Skin Tone
Deathly white
Height
5'10"

Trinity Cross by Cryssalia

Used as a symbol by the Church of Ash. The effects of being under the spell of this symbol varies, but most lose their minds and become monsters upon eye contact. Only the Ashen Born is capable of using this eye to its full potential.

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Nightmares of the Ashen Born

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Character Portrait image: by Hero Forge

Comments

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10 Jan, 2021 14:32

Tortured backstory? Check! Transformed soul reaper and savior of a nation? Check! Transcendence into tragic apathy? Oh nooooo XD They are awesome! (Nice job on the colors! Their sword looks so fun hehehe)

Master Cryssalia
Cryssalia Noire
10 Jan, 2021 18:08

Thanks! I always love the black and purple combination on my characters! :D

Master KajetanWrites
Kajetan Krakowiak-Świątnicki
15 Jan, 2021 17:05

Very interesting article! Also very nice images. You have a talent!

Master Cryssalia
Cryssalia Noire
15 Jan, 2021 19:24

Thank you!