The signs are everywhere...disastrous world events. Evil rising up, unleashed upon the innocent. The prophecies were there...but no one listened. Until now. The time has come for those who can either usher in Doomsday...or prevent it. They are here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the...
Limos: "Famine" - "Li" - Third of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse; Half-angel & half-demon; Ares, Reseph & Thanatos' sister; Has black hair and violet eyes; Has a belly piercing and a set of scales tattooed on her shoulder blade; Over 5,000 years old; Was raised in Sheoul; Her agimortus is a small ivory bowl engraved with a set of scales, that if drunk from by a Horseman, will break her Seal; Is supposed to be Satan's bride
Arik Wagner: Human; Runa's brother; Kynan's Army buddy; Army Sergeant First Class; Works for R-XR; Aegis Guardian; Ex-Delta Force operative; Has hazel eyes and dark hair cut in a severe high-and-tight; 30 years old; Since surviving a deadly demon disease, he can now learn any demon language after hearing only a few words
Reseph: "Pestilence" - "Pest" - First of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse; Half-angel & half-demon; Limos, Ares & Thanatos' brother; Has broad shoulders, long platinum hair and ice-blue eyes; The most easygoing and playful of the siblings, the brother who has held them all together over the centuries; Over 5,000 years old; Was raised by a powerful Akkadian priestess; His agimortus was an event (the warg civil war)
Ares: "War" - Cara's mate & fiancé; Second of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse; Half-angel & half-demon; Limos, Thanatos & Reseph's brother; A massive male with short reddish brown hair and nearly black eyes; Is nearly seven-feet tall of pure muscle; Over 5,000 years old; Was raised in ancient Egypt; His agimortus is a person
Cara Thornhart: Ares' mate & wife; Totem Priestess; Was human until she was given Hell's Kiss by Cerberus, the hellhound king which made her immortal and bonded to ALL hellhounds; Has sandy-blonde hair and crystal blue eyes with flecks of green and gold; 26 years old
Thanatos: "Death" - "Than" - Fourth of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse; Half-angel & half-demon; Ares, Reseph & Limos' brother; A massive guy in armor; Has pale yellow eyes, shoulder-length tawny hair with two thin braids at each temple and deeply tanned skin; Has many tattoos including cracked, bleeding bones inked on his hands, various weapons decorating his arms and depictions of death and destruction on his back and chest; Has an eyebrow piercing; Over 5,000 years old; Was raised among Druidic people; His agimortus is his virginity
Regan Matthews: The only female Aegis Elder; A stunning, bronze-skinned woman; Her long, thick lashes frame her hazel eyes and she wears her dark hair in a ponytail or braid that reaches her thighs; Is tall and curvy; 25 years old; Has certain psychic abilities
Reaver: Battle Angel of the Power order of angels; One of the Horsemen's two Watchers; Team Heaven; Former Fallen Angel; Former Healer at Underworld General; A tall stunning male; Has long, thick golden hair and sapphire blue eyes; Can't recall anything that took place before the event that caused his fall a quarter century ago; His memory, as well as all evidence of his very existence, has been wiped for some reason; No angel, fallen or otherwise can remember him either.
Gethel: Angel; A beautiful, sparkly female with blonde hair; Has white wings shot through with gold; The Horsemen's former Heavenly Watcher; Was rotated out of Watcher duty to give the assignment to Reaver
Kynan Morgan: "Ky" – Marked Sentinel; Part Fallen Angel; Gem's husband; Dawn's father; Sariel's descendant; Highest ranking Aegis Elder; Used to work for R-XR; Former Doctor at Underworld General; Former Regent of the NYC Aegis cell; Former Army medic; Is six-two and lean with thick, muscular arms, a broad chest and deeply tanned skin; Has spiky brown hair and denim-blue eyes; Speaks with a gravelly voice due to a throat injury while in Afghanistan; 31 years old; Charmed so he can't be harmed by anyone other than Angels; Newest keeper of Heofon
Runa Wagner: Varcolac Werewolf; Shade's mate; Rade, Stryke & Blade's mother; Arik's sister; Used to work for R-XR; Has long, caramel brown hair, pale champagne eyes and smooth, golden skin; 28 years old; Can shift at will into a toffee-colored werewolf, thanks to one of R-XR's experiments; Runs the daycare at Underworld General along with Serena & Idess
Shade: Seminus demon; Runa's mate; Rade, Stryke & Blade's father; Eidolon, Wraith, Lore & Sinead's brother; Runs the Paramedic program for Underworld General; Has an Umber demon mother; Is nearly six-four with brownish-black eyes and shoulder-length, nearly black hair; Wears a stud on his left ear; Can turn to shadow in the presence of a shadow; Since Runa bit him, he can now shift at will into a massive black werewolf and is forced to shift every full moon
Tavin: "Tav" - Seminus demon; Has the ability to heal; An assassin; Has blue eyes and chin-length blond hair; 25 years old; His personal dermoire symbol is some kind of worm; His mother was a Prusoi demon
Harvester: Female fallen angel; One of the Horsemen's two Watchers; Team Sheoul; Former Throne Angel; Is six-six with long black hair, green eyes and black wings
Lucifer: Fallen Angel; Satan's right-hand man; Is tall with black hair and glowing crimson eyes
Idess: "Cookie" – Lore's mate; Former Memitim Angel; Azagoth's daughter; Is tall and curvy with an athletic build; Has chestnut hair she wears in a waist-length pony-tail, honey-colored almond eyes and smooth porcelain skin; Over 2,000 years old; Has a piercing at the top of her right ear; Guides human souls out of Underworld General and into the light; Can communicate with Thanatos's souls; Runs the daycare at Underworld General along with Runa & Serena
Torrent: "Torr" - Ramreel demon; Rath's father; Vulgrim & Sireth's son; Has a slash of white on his broad snout; Was killed by one of Pestilence's minions
Whine: A huge male werewolf; Harvester's blood slave; Is originally from Hungary
Valeriu Macek: "Val" - Aegis Elder; Serena & David's father; Speaks with a Romanian accent; Archaeologist and former archaeology professor, one of the few who specialized in paranormal archaeology and demon artifacts
Malik: Aegis Elder; Fought demons in the Middle East for thirty years before being promoted to Sigil
Decker Cready: "Deck" - Arik's partner; Works for R-XR; New Aegis Elder; Has gray-blue eyes and blond hair cut in a high-and-tight; Speaks with a Texas twang
Rath: Ramreel demon; Ares & Cara's adopted son; Torrent's son; Vulgrim & Sireth's grandson; A few months old
Gemella Endri: "Gem" - Doctor at Underworld General; Kynan's wife; Dawn's mother; Tayla's older twin sister; Half-human & half-Soulshredder demon; 27 years old; Has shoulder-length black-and-blue hair and green eyes; Wears Goth clothing and has a pierced tongue, eyebrow, ears & navel; Her tattoos include Celtic bands around her ankles, wrists & neck, a long-stemmed rose running the length of her left leg and a dragon covers her belly with its teeth appearing to clamp down on her navel piercing
Sinead Donnelly: "Sin" - "Smurfette" - Conall's mate; Seminus demon/human half-breed; Only female Seminus ever; Lore's twin sister; Eidolon, Shade & Wraith's sister; Former assassin master; Has waist-length blue-black hair and coal-black eyes; Her dermoire looks faded and lacks a personal symbol; Is petite with a toned body; Works in Underworld General's infectious disease department
Conall Dearghul: "Con" - Sin's mate; Vampire; Former dhampire; Paramedic at Underworld General; Former Warg Council member; Has deeply tanned skin, sun-streaked blond hair and silver eyes; Is six-six with broad shoulders and a lean athletic build; Is over 1,000 years old
Lore: "Loren" - Idess' mate; Seminus demon/human half-breed; Sinead’s twin; Eidolon, Shade & Wraith's brother; Is six-six and massive male with short, nearly black hair and ebony eyes; Has a tongue piercing; Was born in 1880; His dermoire looks faded and lacks a personal symbol; Former assassin; Chief Medical Examiner at Underworld General
Artur: Vampire; One of Thanatos' servants; One of the old breed, the first vampires, has never suffered an allergy to sunlight
Zachariel: Angel of the Apocalypse; Initially brought the curse upon the Horsemen's heads
Vladlena Paskelkov: "Lena" - Hyena-shifter; Nathan's mate; Dr. Yuri's daughter; Nurse at Underworld General; Has a star-shaped mark behind her ear; 24 years old; Is five-nine with tan skin, hip-length blonde hair and soft brown eyes
Eidolon: "Doc E" - "Hellboy" - Seminus demon; Tayla's mate; Soon to be a father; Shade, Wraith, Lore & Sinead's brother; 103 years old; Doctor; Head of Underworld General; Has a Judicia demon mother; Former Justice Dealer; Is six-four with expresso eyes and short nearly black hair
Tayla Mancuso: "Tay" - Eidolon's pregnant mate; Regent of the NYC Aegis cell; Gemella's younger twin sister; Half-human & half-Soulshredder demon; 27 years old; Has burgundy hair, green eyes rimmed with gold and pale freckles shimmering just beneath the surface of her creamy skin
Vulgrim: Ares' chief Ramreel demon; Sireth's mate; Torrent's father; Rath's grandfather; Is like a son to Ares; Is seven and a half feet tall and has a silver ring piercing his left horn
Yenrieth: Battle angel; Rumored to be the Four Horsemen's father; Rumored to be Sartael; Has not been seen since Lilith became pregnant
Atrius: Vampire; One of Thanatos' servants; A daywalker
Kaholo: Werewolf; One of Limos' guards; Martial arts instructor for his pack
Serena Kelley: "Sere" - Vampire; Wraith's mate; Talon's (aka Stewie) stepmother; Valeriu & Patrice's daughter; Treasure Hunter; Former Marked Sentinel and keeper of Heofon; She possesses an uncanny ability to locate anything she's looking for; 26 years old; Is five-five with wavy blonde hair and big brown eyes shot through with gold; Runs the daycare at Underworld General along with Runa & Idess
Wraith: Seminus demon; Serena's mate; Talon's (aka Stewie) father; Eidolon, Shade, Lore & Sinead's younger brother; Has a vampire mother, which is an anomaly; Is six-five with blue eyes and shoulder-length, bleached blond hair; 101 years old; Procurer of ancient relics and magical artifacts for Underworld General; Charmed so he can't be harmed by anyone other than Angels
Skulk: Umber demon; Shade's younger sister; Paramedic at Underworld General; Had flashing gunmetal eyes that matched her ashen skin and hair; Was killed by Roag
Karlene Lucio: "Kar" - Luc's mate; Luca's mother; Feast Warg; Former Aegis Guardian; Has pale blue eyes and shoulder-length strawberry blonde hair; Has a crescent moon birthmark on the sole of her foot; Shifts into a red werewolf; Was raised in Texas, born to an American mother and an Italian father
Pilani: Succubus; A Megiddo Mount-Me; Slept with Ares, Reseph and tried to sleep with Thanatos, later wrote a book about it
Azagoth: "Grim Reaper" - Fallen Angel; Idess' father; Rumored to be the Four Horsemen's father; Is the epitome of male beauty; Appears to be in his early 30's; Is tall, with black hair, emerald eyes, chiseled cheekbones and a strong, square jaw.
Rhys: "Xenycothylestiranzacish" - Demon; A tall, dark male; Speaks with a deep English-accented voice; In the human world, he is a corporate raider; In the demon world, he is a master of torture
Lilith: Evil succubus; The Four Horsemen's mother; Part of Satan's inner circle; Has black hair and violet eyes
Sartael: Fallen angel; Presides over lost and hidden things; Rumored to be the Horsemen's father; Rumored to be Yenrieth; Has not been seen since after Lilith gave birth and is rumored to be imprisoned by Satan; Rumored to have been turned into a hellrat by Satan
Gormesh: Neethul demon; The most powerful Orphmage in the underworld; Occupies a crystal tower on the craggy banks of the River Acheron; Has pointy ears and waist-length white hair
Estha: Succubus; Jealous of Lilith and wants her dead
Orelia: Silas demon; Thanatos' tattoo artist; Is pale and eyeless
Halitosis: "Hal" - Hellhound puppy; Eater of Chaos' son; Cerberus' grandson; Has black fur and glowing red eyes
Bones: Limos' hell stallion; A massive black horse with glowing red eyes, teeth that are more like fangs and hooves that scorch the floor; A gift from Satan after Limos' first stallion, a normal warhorse was killed
“You make me feel like a woman. Like I'm not a big, bad warrior who has to stay strong all the time. I like how your strength lets me relax so I can be the person I want to be instead of the one I'm expected to be.”
I like how your strength lets me relax so I can be the person I want to be instead of the one I’m expected to be.
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“Helloooo. I’m a Horseman of the Apocalypse, and I’m betrothed to the most infamous, most powerful demon in existence. I couldn’t draw more attention to myself if I wore Lady Gaga’s meat dress to a PETA convention.”
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“You,” he purred, “are a HILF.” “A what?” “Horseman I’d like to fuck.”
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“She’s my wife,” Arik shot back. “Husband trumps the brother card. So get the fuck out and don’t come back until you have your temper under control.”
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Arik choked on his beer. “Regan?” he wheezed. “She’s got the feminine wiles of a rabid cactus.”
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Behold! Innocence is Death’s curse, his hunger his burden, a blade his Deliverance. The Doom Star cometh if the cry fails.
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“Faith is for people who want to believe in something they can’t prove. I could have faith that I’m invisible, but that wouldn’t make it true.”
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She’d been raised to believe that everyone was only a single word or a single act from hating and betraying you, and it had never occurred to her that love could truly be unconditional.
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“And remember that if you always go the right way, you never have to make a left-hand turn.”
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Man, there were days you just shouldn’t get out of bed.
Underworld General Hospital: "UG" - "UGH" - A hospital that specializes in nonhuman medical care; Is located beneath New York City's bustling streets and hidden by sorcery right under unsuspecting human noses.
Raider-X Regiment: "R-XR" - The U.S. Army's paranormal defense division; A super secret military unit.
The Aegis: Society of human warriors dedicated to protecting the world from evil.
Sigil: Board of twelve humans known as Elders, who serve as the supreme leaders of The Aegis. Based in Berlin, they oversee all Aegis cells worldwide. Kynan, Decker, Valeriu, Regan, Malik, Lance & Juan are Elders.
The Aegis: Society of human warriors dedicated to protecting the world from evil. See: Guardians, Regent, Sigil.
Agimortus: A trigger for the breaking of the Horsemen's Seals. An agimortus can be identified as a symbol engraved or branded upon the host person or object. Three kinds of agimorti have been identified, and may take the form of a person, an object, or an event.
Daemonica: The demon bible and basis for dozens of demon religions. Its prophesies regarding the Apocalypse, should they come to pass, will ensure that the Four Horsemen fight on the side of evil.
Fallen Angel: Believed to be evil by most humans, fallen angels can be grouped into two categories: True Fallen and Unfallen. Unfallen angels have been cast from Heaven and are earthbound, living a life in which they are neither truly good nor truly evil. In this state, they can rarely, earn their way back into Heaven. Or they can choose to enter Sheoul, the demon realm, in order to complete their fall and become True Fallen, taking their places as demons at Satan's side.
Guardians: Warriors for The Aegis, trained in combat techniques, weapons, and magic. Upon induction into The Aegis, all Guardians are presented with an enchanted piece of jewelry bearing the Aegis shield, which, among other things, allows for night vision and the ability to see through demon invisibility enchantment.
Harrowgate: Vertical portals, invisible to humans, which demons use to travel between locations on Earth and Sheoul. A very few beings can summon their own personal Harrowgates.
Khote: An invisibility spell that allows the caster to move among humans without being seen or, usually, heard.
Marked Sentinel: A human charmed by angels and tasked with protecting a vital artifact. Sentinels are immortal and immune to harm. Only angels (fallen included) can injure or kill a Sentinel. Their existence is a closely guarded secret.
Quantamun: A state of superaccelerated existence on a plane that allows some supernatural beings to travel among humans. Humans, unaware of what moves within their world, appear frozen in time to those inside the quantamun. This differs from the khote in that the khote operates real time and is a spell rather than a plane of existence.
Sheoul: Demon realm. Located deep in the bowels of the earth, accessible only by Harrowgates and hellmouths.
Sheoul-gra: A holding tank for demon souls. The place where demon souls go until they can be reborn or kept in torturous limbo.
Sheoulic: Universal demon language spoken by all, though many species speak their own language.
Sigil: Board of twelve humans known as Elders, who serve as the supreme leaders of The Aegis. Based in Berlin, they oversee all Aegis cells worldwide.
Ter'taceo: Demons who can pass as human, either because their species is naturally human in appearance or because they can shapeshift into human form.
Watchers: Individuals assigned to keep an eye on the Four Horsemen. As part of the agreement forged during the original negotiations between angels and demons that led to Ares, Reseph, Limos, and Thanatos being cursed to spearhead the Apocalypse, one Watcher is an angel, the other is a fallen angel. Neither Watchers may directly assist any Horseman's efforts to either start or stop Armageddon, but they can lend a hand behind the scenes. Doing so, however, may have them walking a fine line, that, to cross, could prove worse than fatal.
Horseman's Seal: Each Seal has two prophecies. Should the Horsemen protect their Seals from breaking until the prophecy laid out by the Bible comes to pass, they will save their souls--and mankind. But should they allow the Seals to be broken prematurely, as written in the Daemonica, the demon bible, they will turn evil, and will forever be known as Pestilence, War, Famine, and Death.
Deliverance: The dagger forged specifically to kill the Horsemen. It resembles a miniature sword with a horse head as the pommel. Its eye is a ruby. The dagger was forged in metals from a rock that fell from the sky and was tempered in hellhound blood.The Horsemen helped The Aegis forge it after they were cursed. "From death will come life" is engraved on the hilt.
Dermoire: Intricate, swirling tribal tattoos on a Seminus demon's right arm, from the hand all the way up to his throat; The markings are the history of a Seminus demon's parentage; The symbol on the throat is his own and only appears when he reaches the first stage of sexual maturity at around the age of twenty; The symbol below that is his father's, the one below that is his father's father and so on, all the way to his fingers; Once he completes the second and final stage of sexual maturity at the age of 100, a marking appears on the right side of his face identifying him to the entire demon world as a menace to all things female and a threat to all things male; If mated the symbol on the face disappears and a linked circle appears around his neck; Also the mate then has an identical dermoire on her left arm.
Memitim: Earthbound angels assigned to protect Primori. Memitim remain earthbound until they complete their duties, at which time they Ascend, earning their wings and entry into Heaven. Also known to demons as dresdiin.
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