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The Ashen Born

The 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 the Book of Ash, the 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 from self-proclaimed acquaintances of the Ashen Born 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.   The Ashen Born's 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

The Ashen Born seems to be well built with a light female curve. The right arm is made of black-coloured bones with runes. It is also the arm that is able to cast high-level magic that are destructive in nature. The arm is constantly hidden with long sleeves or bandages, as the runes can explode when exposed to sunlight or air. Their tail comes out of their back and barbed towards the end.

Facial Features

Their ears are sharp, their hair is short unkempt, and wears and eye patch over their left eye. They often wear a mask, so no one knew how they really looked. Their bangs also sometimes cover their eyes as a means of concealing their strange irises.

Identifying Characteristics

Eye of the All-Father by Cryssalia
  The right eye had an odd number of iris in it, although it is described as a lizard. There are five iris in total, with four of them on top of a single large one. Some believe that the right eye of the Ashen Born is not really theirs, but belonged to the All-Father. It is a method of the All-Father to see the world through His proxy, and directly control their mind according to His needs.

Apparel & Accessories

They are wrapped in a fur cloak and wear a pink diamond ring on the right ring finger. Surprisingly, the ring does not have any kind of magic energy inside. The ring and the layer 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:

Sword of Obliteration by Cryssalia

With Death, I welcometh thee

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 and kept in the cage until their mother broke them out 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've failed you. I could not be the hero you wanted me to be. I couldn't save anyone in this world. But perhaps, in another life, you can save them. So please... don't let someone else go through the same thing as I did...  
- The Ashen Born's last wish
  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 the Ashen Born, turning them into His proxy to harvest souls.

Accomplishments & Achievements

The 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. The Ashen Born became a symbol of salvation across Maerus and their name chanted like a mantra.    The 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 the Ashen Born continued to plague Maerus, it has become a legend passed down for generations.

Mental Trauma

During the physical changes, Ash met a village girl outside of Laevenon's borders. They fell in love with her, although they were very shy to express their affection. One day Ash saved the girl from the monsters, and they've become friends ever since.
Moment of Respite by Cryssalia
Ash spent their time next to the girl and helped her with her daily work. Ash refused to express their love in fear of rejection, but continued to admire her in silence.   Over the months, they got closer and the girl knew Ash of her feelings. Elated, Ash did the same and was open with their feelings for her, much for the chagrin of the village and the girl's parents. Ash was discriminated against because of their appearance.   The village was opposed to Ash remaining with them and the girl's parents refused to accept Ash as part of the family. They started finding reasons for Ash to be chased or sent away and never come back. The girl defends Ash, however, and persuades her parents to change their mind. Instead of comforting her, the girl was beaten by her father and forced to stay at home.  
Broken by Cryssalia
Reluctantly, Ash left the village to avoid their love from being abused. However, Ash returned in the night to meet her secretly, and they received a pink diamond ring from the girl. This action was observed by one villager, and they were exposed. The girl was judged and, before being executed, Ash woke up to their power and destroyed the entire village.   In their moment of madness, Ash accidentally killed the girl and realized this only once they were awakened from their trances. Mentally marked by the butchery they caused, the All-Father was able to remove their mind and made them His puppet.

Ash's Last Moment of Humanity

Ash's mind was revoked, but their heart remained. Powered by anger, Ash blamed the world and its people of inflicting unworthy cruelty upon them. Blood tears were shed and their new - albeit unstable - power was used to waste the ancient Kingdom of Laevenon. Their aim was to kill the monarchs for the destruction of Ash's home and family.   Every blood they shed wraps them in apathy. Ash's eyes have lost light. Despite the desire for revenge, Ash felt no satisfaction. After killing the king, Ash loses their emotions and become an apathetic warrior for the All-Father. Laevenon's survivors praised their strength and thanked Ash for freeing them from the monarchs.   In their last moments of humanity, Ash dreamed of the promise they had made with their love, and saw her image in a wedding dress. Although Ash was aware that they could not escape the path they had chosen, they wanted to be reunited in another life to ask for her hand.  

You look wonderful in a dress, flower... by Cryssalia

Maybe in another life... we'd get married. Just as you wanted, my love...   Well, maybe then... I'll take your hand and say, "I do."

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.   The 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"

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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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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

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

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

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Master Cryssalia
Cryssalia Noire
15 Jan, 2021 19:24

Thank you!

16 Jan, 2021 21:58

That last quote. Shivers. The artwork. Beautiful. Love it!

22 Jan, 2021 11:09

The art work is beautiful, and the back story is nice. great job!

25 Jan, 2021 17:18

What a terrible sad story, especially the part where they accidentally killed their lover. :( I love all of the art - it really brings the article to life! <3

Emy x   Welcome to Etrea!
Master Cryssalia
Cryssalia Noire
25 Jan, 2021 18:27

Thank you! I had fun with the article and the art! :D

30 Jan, 2021 10:28

Hi Crys! Here's the feedback you asked for!   Lots of really, really cool art :D  

In religious texts, the Ashen Born is Death reincarnated, with the purpose to deliver immediate judgment and execution to the living.
  Which religious texts? That's kind of too vague to provide much context information and religions have a habit of not exactly agreeing with each other  
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.
  I'm not sure I follow this meaning; several testimony from who... About what? Maybe I need more coffee, but I can't quite wrap my head around what this means.  
Their presence built a following.
  Whose presence?  
The Ashen Born seems to be well built, though with a light female curve.
  I might cut "though", as it implies the idea that being well built is mutually exclusive to the feminity of their appearance.  
Their bangs also sometimes cover their eyes as a means of concealing their strange irises.
  Wouldn't that mnake it difficult to see? :D   There's some formatting stuff going on under Physical Description as well. I would put a break between the body of each previous text and the next header, and there's an extra break between Identifying Characteristics and the content text there.  
Rescued by a Necromancer
  Why no name for the mentor? :)     That's about what I have now. Great work :)


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Master Redclaw123
Elias Redclaw
10 Feb, 2021 15:43

I have to say... this nearly brought a tear to my eyes. This is perhaps the most tragic entry I’ve seen so far for the contest. I feel really bad for him... hope he gets some peace haha   What I liked about this article has already been echoed by others but I’ll say this. The emotions are beautifully captured here. The arcs really build up his personality, and overall i have to say that the article really hits at the feels   Congrats Crys and keep up the amazing work!

Master Cryssalia
Cryssalia Noire
13 Feb, 2021 12:55

Thank you for taking your time to read it! I appreciate it a lot :D   Don't forget to leave a like on this article!

16 Feb, 2021 22:52

Raise your hand if you want to kill the All-Father and release the Ashen Born? *hunts down everyone that doesn't raise a hand, cuts off a hand, and puts it on a pole*

Too low they build who build beneath the stars - Edward Young
Master Cryssalia
Cryssalia Noire
17 Feb, 2021 14:51

Looks like you've attracted the All-Father's attention ;)

17 Feb, 2021 14:54

There's a reason one of my characters is a former-Isekai'd character who ascended to godhood and now hunts down bad Gods all over different worlds...

Too low they build who build beneath the stars - Edward Young
Journeyman Gege16
Gege Escriva
17 Feb, 2021 15:12

Really amazing article! ♡ Their backstory is very interesting and tragic, they've been through so much and now they're broken....the world has been very cruel to them. The fact that they killed accidentally their lover is very sad :( The article is pretty complete and the art gallery is wonderful, it doesn't just shows moments of their life but also expresses a lot of emotion!

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Master Cryssalia
Cryssalia Noire
17 Feb, 2021 15:42

Thank you! I had a lot of fun working on the artworks! :D