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...
Reseph: "Pestilence" - Born to the evil succubus Lilith and the angel Yenrieth and given up as an infant to an Akkadian princess who believed herself to be a goddess. Reseph was spoiled, given everything, anything, and anyone he wanted. Though he had a rude awakening when he learned the truth about his origins and was cursed to be a Horseman, he never truly lost his carefree attitude or playboy lifestyle. He lives to have fun. His favorite things include country music, margaritas, women, and vacationing anywhere it’s warm. ---Height: 6'8" ---Hair: Very light blond ---Eye color: Ice blue ---Location of home: Caves in the Himalayan Mountains ---Personal weapon/symbol: Bow ---Tattoos/identifying marks: Stallion glyph on right forearm ---Horse’s name and description: White warhorse named Conquest ---Agimortus: An event defined in prophecy ---Weakness: Drawn to scenes of great disaster and disease ---Armor: Plate metal armor that must be fed blood in order to stay strong ---Most memorable historical event: The Black Death
Ares: "War" - Raised to be a warrior from the moment he was switched at birth with a human child, Ares lives to fight. The curse brought down upon him and his siblings that turned them into Horsemen made him even better at warmongering… and it also causes humans to become agitated and violent when in his presence. Because of this, he has lived apart from humans and keeps his distance when forced to deal with them. He is a fan of classical music, Greek food, and ouzo. ---Height: 6'9" ---Hair: Brown with reddish highlights ---Eye color: Black ---Location of home: Private island in Greece ---Personal weapon/symbol: Sword ---Tattoos/identifying marks: Stallion glyph on right forearm ---Horse’s name and description: Blood bay stallion named Battle ---Agimortus: Death of person as defined in prophecy ---Weakness: Drawn to scenes of large scale battles; close proximity to his agimortus-bearer dulls senses, strength, and weapons, softens armor ---Armor: Leather made of Gerunti demon hide ---Most memorable historical event: The Battle of Hastings
Limos: "Famine" - Limos, the only female Horseman, is also the only one of the four to be raised by the mother that gave birth to them. Brought up by Lilith and betrothed to Satan, Limos became an expert at deception and lies. When she left Sheoul, the demon realm known as hell to humans, she found and united her brothers. She is a girly-girl to the core, preferring to dress in ultrafeminine, bright-colored clothes. Her favorite color is pink, she loves fruity drinks and flowers, and painting her nails is practically an obsession. ---Height: 5'8" ---Hair: Black ---Eye color: Violet ---Location of home: Secluded island in Hawaii ---Personal weapon/symbol: Set of weight scales ---Tattoos/identifying marks: Horse glyph on right forearm; set of scales on shoulder; navel piercing ---Horse’s name and description: Black hell stallion named Bones ---Agimortus: Tiny cup ---Weakness: Drawn to scenes of any mass shortage, usually food; unable to give herself to any man ---Armor: Croix viper–skin, Samurai-style tunic and breeches ---Most memorable historical event: Irish potato famine
Thanatos: "Death" - Of all the Horsemen, Thanatos was the most changed after he was cursed. Raised in a peaceful pre-Druidic clan, he grew up happy and well adjusted. When cursed as the Horseman who is fated to become Death upon the breaking of his Seal, he sank into an abyss of misery and pain. With the help of his siblings, he adjusted, but his inability to control his anger leads to death and destruction, requiring him to live a solitary life. The things he has done torture him, and the only escape is to have his emotions “transferred” to his skin in the form of tattoos. A serious bookworm, he has an extensive library and spends his spare time hunting for rare, ancient tomes to satisfy his thirst for knowledge—and his father. He loves classic rock, Mountain Dew, and pineapple upside-down cake. ---Height: 6'8" ---Hair: Shoulder-length blond, usually braided at the temples ---Eye color: Pale yellow ---Location of home: Castle in Greenland ---Tattoos/identifying marks: Entire body is covered in tattoos, layered on top of each other, but each distinct; most prominent tattoos are stallion on right forearm, scorpion on neck; both nipples are pierced ---Horse’s name and description: Pale dun stallion named Styx ---Agimortus: Believed to be his virginity ---Weakness: Drawn to scenes of mass causalities; armor loses strength as it loses souls ---Armor: Bone plate armor that collects the souls of those he kills ---Most memorable historical event: Construction of the Notre Dame cathedral
Arik Wagner: Soldier in the U.S. Army’s Ranger-X Regiment, which is responsible for dealing with supernatural phenomenon and demonic activity. Also brought into The Aegis as a middleman, allowing for exchange of information and cooperation between the two agencies. Brother to Runa. ---Height: 6'2" ---Hair: Short, dark brown ---Eye color: Dark brown ---Profession: Soldier ---Species: Human
Cara Thornhart: Formerly a veterinary assistant with a supernatural ability to both communicate with, and heal, animals, Cara is now married to Ares. She bears Ares’s agimortus, meaning that if she dies, his Seal will break. Fortunately for her, she is bonded to nearly all hellhounds in existence, and their life forces have given her immortality. ---Hair: Sandy blond ---Eye color: Blue-green ---Species: Human
Conall Dearghul: Vampire paramedic at Underworld General Hospital. Mated to Sin. ---Height: 6'5" ---Hair: Blond ---Eye color: Silver ---Species: Vampire
Decker Cready: Like Arik, Decker is a soldier in the U.S. Army’s Ranger-X Regiment and a member of The Aegis. ---Height: 6'1" ---Hair: Short, blond ---Eye color: Gray-blue ---Profession: Soldier ---Species: Human
Eidolon: (EYE-duh-lawn) - Head of Underworld General Hospital, a medical center he built with brothers Shade and Wraith. All Seminus demons possess gifts meant to aid them in seduction and reproduction, but these gifts can also be used to heal. Eidolon’s gift allows him to heal most physical injuries with little more than a touch. ---Height: 6'4" ---Hair: Short, dark brown-black ---Eye color: Dark brown ---Profession: Physician ---Species: Incubus ---Breed: Seminus demon ---Tattoos/identifying marks: Tattoolike symbols extending from tips of right fingers to shoulder ---Personal Seminus symbol: Set of scales on throat
Gemella Endri: "Gem" - Half-demon doctor at Underworld General Hospital. Sister to Tayla. Married to Kynan Morgan. ---Hair: Length and color changes frequently; usually shoulder-length and black with streaks of blue, red, or pink ---Eye color: Green ---Profession: Physician ---Species: Half-human, half-Soulshredder ---Tattoos/identifying marks: Pierced tongue, eyebrow, ears, navel; long-stemmed rose tattoo running the length of her left leg; dragon tattoo on her abdomen; tattooed Celtic bands around ankles, wrists, and neck
Gethel: Formerly assigned as the Horsemen’s Heavenly Watcher. She is now assigned as an Apocalypse angel… a small group of angels whose duties include investigating apocalyptic signs. ---Hair: Blond ---Eye color: Green ---Species: Angel
Harvester: Assigned as the Horsemen’s evil Watcher. Before her fall from grace, she was an angel of justice. ---Hair: Black ---Eye color: Black ---Species: Fallen angel
Idess: Ex-angel of the Memitim class, falsely believed by many— including by Memitim— to be the only class of angel that is born, not made by the hand of God. Mated to Lore. Father is Azagoth, the Grim Reaper. Her ability to speak with the dead has made her invaluable as a staff member at Underworld General, where she helps guide trapped souls to their final destination. ---Hair: Brown ---Eye color: Honey
Kynan Morgan: One of twelve Aegis Elders who lead the demon-slaying organization. Joined The Aegis after being injured by a demon while on a mission as a United States Army medic in Afghanistan. Married to Gemella Endri. Keeper of Heofon, a necklace bearing a piece of Heaven. As the Keeper of Heofon, he was charmed as a Marked Sentinel by angels, giving him immunity to harm from anything except an angel. ---Height: 6'2" ---Hair: Short, spiky, dark brown ---Eye color: Navy blue ---Profession: Aegis Guardian ---Species: Human ---Tattoos/identifying marks: Gravelly voice from vocal-cord damage; scarred throat
Lore: "Loren" - Half-brother to Eidolon, Shade, and Wraith. Twin to sister Sin. Half-breed Seminus demon and former assassin who now works in the Underworld General Hospital’s morgue. As a cambion, a human-demon half-breed, his Seminus gift went awry, leaving him without the ability to heal, but to instead kill everything he touches with his right hand. ---Height: 6'6" ---Hair: Short, black ---Eye color: Dark brown ---Species: Half-human, half-Seminus demon ---Tattoos/identifying marks: Tattoolike symbols extending from tips of right fingers to shoulder ---Personal Seminus symbol: None
Reaver: Heavenly Watcher to the Horsemen. A former fallen angel, he has no memory of anything prior to the event that caused his fall thirty years ago. His angel status was restored following a battle in which he helped save Heaven from being invaded by demon masses. ---Height: 6'6" ---Hair: Shoulder-length, pale blond ---Eye color: Blue ---Profession: Watcher ---Species: Angel (of the Battle Order)
Regan Matthews: Aegis Elder. Born to a human mother and a father who was possessed by a demon at the time she was conceived, Regan possesses special abilities that make her both valuable and dangerous to The Aegis. With limited psychometry, she can read emotions and sometimes see visions by touching ink on skin, including parchment. She also possesses the ability to wrest the soul from any living thing. Unfortunately, she cannot control the soul once it is free of its body, and it will seek the nearest body to possess. The results are deadly. Her abilities have made a normal life impossible, and she was passed around by several Aegis families as she grew up, until she finally went to Aegis headquarters to live and complete her training. ---Hair: Brown ---Eye color: Hazel ---Species: Human
Runa Wagner: (RUE-nuh) - Mated to Shade. Sister to Arik Wagner. ---Hair: Shoulder-length, caramel brown ---Eye color: Pale champagne ---Species: Werewolf who, because of military experimentation, can change at will instead of only during the full moon phase
Serena Kelley: Mated to Wraith. ---Hair: Long, blond ---Eye color: Brown ---Profession: Treasure hunter ---Species: Vampire
Shade: Paramedic at Underworld General Hospital. Brother to Eidolon and Wraith, half-brother to Lore and Sin. Mated to Runa. His Seminus gift allows him to control a patient’s organ functions. ---Height: 6'3 ½" ---Hair: Shoulder-length, dark brown-black ---Eye color: Dark brown-black ---Profession: Paramedic ---Species: Incubus ---Breed: Seminus demon ---Tattoos/identifying marks: Tattoolike symbols extending from tips of right fingers to shoulder; pierced left ear ---Personal Seminus symbol: Eye on throat
Sinead Donnelly: "Sin" - Only known female Seminus demon. Half-sister to Eidolon, Shade, and Wraith. Twin to brother Lore. Mated to Conall Dearghul. Like her brother Lore, she’s a cambion, so her Seminus gift was mutated into something different than what her purebred brothers possess. Instead of healing, she causes disease. In fact, by causing a werewolf plague, Sin inadvertently caused Reseph’s Seal to break, turning him into Pestilence. ---Hair: Black ---Eye color: Dark brown ---Species: Half-human, half-Seminus demon ---Tattoos/identifying marks: Tattoolike symbols extending from tips of right fingers to shoulder; tattoo on the back of her neck ---Personal Seminus symbol: None
Tayla Mancuso: Regent of a New York Aegis cell. Mated to Eidolon, sister to Gemella. ---Hair: Red ---Eye color: Green ---Profession: Aegis Guardian ---Species: Half-human, half-Soulshredder
Wraith: A freak combination of Seminus demon and vampire. Works with brothers Eidolon, Shade, and Lore at Underworld General as an acquisitions specialist. Mated to Serena. A charm bestowed upon him by Serena has left him impervious to harm except at the hand of a fallen angel. His Seminus gift differs from his brothers’ in that he can access the mind instead of the body, controlling thoughts and projecting images. ---Height: 6'5" ---Hair: Kept between chin and shoulder length, bleached blond ---Eye color: Blue ---Profession: In charge of acquisitions for UGH ---Species: Incubus ---Breed: Seminus demon ---Tattoos/identifying marks: Tattoolike symbols extending from tips of right fingers to shoulder ---Personal Seminus symbol: Hourglass on throat
Yenrieth: Battle Angel; Rumored to be the Four Horsemen's father; Has not been seen since Lilith became pregnant; Has blond hair and pure white wings; Has broad shoulders and thick muscles
Zachariel: Angel of the Apocalypse; Initially brought the curse upon the Horsemen's heads
Verrine: Angel of Justice in training; Is in love with Yenrieth
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.
Battle: Ares' war horse; A giant blood bay stallion; Has a black mane and a reddish-brown coat
Bones: Limos' hell stallion; A massive jet-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
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.
Sheoul: Demon realm. Located deep in the bowels of the earth, accessible only by Harrowgates and hellmouths.
The Four Horsemen: A pub in the bowels of Sheoul; Located in Sheoul's Six-River region, was founded over two thousand years ago, named because as a pub known only as "the hole," it was the favorite hangout for the Horsemen and their groupies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cambion: Sterile half-breeds; They have a human mother and a Seminus demon father.
Ufelskala: A scoring system for demons, based on their degree of evil. All supernatural creatures and evil humans can be categorized into the five Tiers, with the Fifth Tier comprised of the worst of the wicked.
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. ---Ufelskala Score: Varies except for those who have entered Sheoul-these fallen angels are ranked as a 5.
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