They're here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Born of a match between good and evil, four siblings stand between hell's minions and everything they want to destroy. They are the Lords of Deliverance, and they have the power to ward off Doomsday . . . or let it ride . . ....
Thanatos: "Death" - "Than" - "Bludrexe" - Fourth of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse; Half-angel & half-demon; Ares, Limos & Reseph's brother; A massive guy with deeply tanned skin; Has pale yellow eyes and shoulder-length tawny hair with two thin braids at each temple; Has many tattoos including a scorpion on his neck, 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 and both nipples pierced; Over 5,000 years old; Was raised among Druidic people; Believed for thousands of years that his agimortus was his virginity
Regan Matthews: Only female Aegis Elder; Is pregnant with Thanatos' son; Born to a human mother and a father who was possessed by a demon at the time she was conceived; Is a psychometric empath; Can wrest the soul from any living thing; A stunning, bronze-skinned woman; Her long, thick lashes frame her hazel eyes and she wears her dark brown hair in a ponytail or braid that reaches her thighs; Is tall and curvy; 25 years old
Logan Thanatos: "Ponyboy" - Thanatos & Regan's son; Has hazel eyes and blond hair
Reseph: "Pestilence" - "Pest" - First of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse; Half-angel & half-demon; Thanatos, Ares & Limos' 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 & husband; Second of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse; Half-angel & half-demon; Thanatos, Limos & 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; Immortal human; Totem Priestess; Was Hell's Kiss by Cerberus, the hellhound king which made her immortal and bonded to nearly all hellhounds in existence; Has sandy-blonde hair and crystal blue eyes with flecks of green and gold
Limos: "Famine" - "Li" - Arik's mate & wife; Third of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse; Half-angel & half-demon; Thanatos, Ares & Reseph's 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: Limos' mate & husband; Immortal human; Runa's brother; Kynan's Army buddy; Army Sergeant First Class; Works for R-XR; New Aegis Guardian; Ex-Delta Force operative; Has hazel eyes and dark hair cut in a severe high-and-tight; Since surviving a deadly demon disease, he can now learn any demon language after hearing only a few words
Kynan Morgan: "Ky" – Marked Sentinel; Part Fallen Angel; Gem's mate & 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; Charmed so he can't be harmed by anyone other than Angels; Newest keeper of Heofon
Gemella Endri: "Gem" - Doctor at Underworld General; Kynan's mate & wife; Dawn's mother; Tayla's older twin sister; Half-human & half-Soulshredder demon; Has shoulder-length red-streaked black 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
Dawn Morgan: Kynan & Gemella's daughter; Almost 1 year old; First ever born Marked Sentinel; Part human, angel & Soulshredder demon; Has dark brown hair and denim-blue eyes
Hades: Fallen Angel; A massive man with a dark blue mohawk; Would be handsome if not for his extreme paleness that reveals a pattern of black veins beneath his skin; Has black, leathery wings protruding from his back and extending to his calves; Runs Sheoul-gra
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.
Decker Cready: "Deck" - Works for R-XR; New Aegis Elder; Arik's former partner; Has gray-blue eyes and blond hair cut in a high-and-tight; Speaks with a Texas twang
Suzi Tunning: Aegis Guardian; Regan's only friend and companion during her pregnancy
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
Artur: Vampire; Thanatos' oldest daywalker and the one who has been with him for over 4,500 years; Has long hair and a tattoo on his neck
Atrius: Vampire; One of Thanatos' daywalkers; Had a great sense of humor; Was the peace keeper between Thanatos' nightwalker and daywalker vamps; Was replaced by Pestilence's doppelgänger
Nathan Sabine: "Nate" - Vladlena's mate; Daywalker Vampire; Has long blue-black hair that falls below his broad shoulders and crystalline azure eyes; 227 years old; Club manager at Thirst; Speaks with a faint French accent; Is six-four and pure muscle
Vladlena Paskelkov: "Lena" - Nathan's mate; Cross breed between a hyena-shifter and a werewolf; Dr. Yuri's daughter; Nurse at Underworld General; Has a star-shaped mark behind her ear; Is five-nine with tan skin, hip-length blonde hair and soft brown eyes
Malik: Aegis Elder; Fought demons in the Middle East for thirty years before being promoted to Sigil
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-five with broad shoulders and a lean athletic build; Is over 1,000 years old
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
Kathy: Regent for one of the Frankfurt Aegis cells
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
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; 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
Eidolon: "Doc E" - "Hellboy" - Seminus demon; Tayla's mate; New father; Shade, Wraith, Lore & Sinead's brother; 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 mate; New mother; Regent of the NYC Aegis cell; Gemella's younger twin sister; Half-human & half-Soulshredder demon; Has burgundy hair, green eyes rimmed with gold and pale freckles shimmering just beneath the surface of her creamy skin
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
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
Sammara: Aegis Guardian; Works in the Tech Department
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, sapphire blue eyes and sapphire-tipped white wings; 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.
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
Gethel: Apocalypse 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
Peter: Vampire; One of Thanatos' nightwalkers; Speaks with a Russian accent; Has slicked-back blond hair
Dariq: Vampire; One of Thanatos' daywalkers; Has been with Thanatos for almost 900 years
Rowlari: Demon; Had gray-blue eyes, blue lips and frosty skin; Was Thanatos' best friend for 1,000 years
Lilith: Evil succubus; The Four Horsemen's mother; Sabbet's sister; Part of Satan's inner circle; Has black hair and violet eyes
Yenrieth: Battle angel; Four Horsemen's father; Has not been seen since Lilith became pregnant; When he was last seen he had broad shoulders and thick muscles with blond hair and pure white wings
Medras: Daywalker Vampire; Wildling; Has blond hair; Former monk
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
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
Jean: Aegis Guardian; Kevin's wife; Regan's second foster mother; Was killed in a car crash when Regan was 9 years old
Kevin: Aegis Guardian; Jean's husband; Regan's second foster father
Tabitha: Aegis Guardian; Shawn's wife; Regan's third foster mother
Shawn: Aegis Guardian; Tabitha's husband; Regan's third foster father
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.
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. Regan, Kynan, Decker, Valeriu, Juan, Malik, Lance, Ian, Chad, Zachary, Omar & Takumi 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.
Camborian: The human offspring of a parent under the possession of a demon at the time of conception. Camborians may or may not possess supernatural powers that vary in type and strength, depending on the species of demon inhabiting the body of the parent at the time of conception.
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 bowls 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.
Pricolici: Werewolves who are born as such. Pricolici can only concieve during the breeding heat, and offspring are almost always born werewolves, even if the father is varcolac. Pricolici are born with a mark that identifies them as pricolici. See: Varcolac
Varcolac: Werewolves who were once human, turned into wargs by the bite of another. Both born and turned werewolves can infect a human with lycanthropy. Offspring concieved outside the breeding heat are always born human. Offspring concieved during breeding heat are occasionally infected with lycanthropy in the womb and are born werewolves. See: Pricolici
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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