The earliest name of the Elder God of Death


Nus’s original form, as an Ancient, was that of a massive floating scythe orbiting a glowing ball of dark purple plasma energy. The globe of energy could take on humanoid proportions as well, appearing to be a field of darkness with twinkling night stars in the shape of a cloaked, skeletal man, the only visible physical characteristic being a brilliant pair of shocking red eyes and, of course, the ever present scythe orbiting his nigh ethereal form.


Nus is one of the Ancients, the first race of beings created by the Legendary Wyrm nearly a million years before the Era of Good Intentions. After the Legendary Wyrm rose from its long rest to discover much of its great works in ruins, Nus was one of three Ancients, the Elders, chosen to be spared the fate of their kin. Together with Aos and Phi, Nus was taken from Materia through The Gates to a place called The Perch, where they and their creator could bear witness to the evolution of their kin after the Legendary Wyrm stripped them of their power.

Nus developed a morbid curiosity surrounding the nature of life and death, considering such things far more important than concepts like chaos and order or good and evil. Nus spent time among the dead, becoming enthralled with the cycle of birth and death, believing it to be the most beautiful, natural, and substantial elements of existence. However, upon the return of another Ancient, his brother Asmous, Nus joined the Legendary Wyrm and his fellow Elders in returning to Materia to face this threat to the balance and come to grips for the first time with true, unbridled evil.

After sustaining heavy injuries in his battles against the Infernal forces of Asmous, Nus and the other two Elders were forced to abandon their old bodies in lieu of becoming divine spirits inhabiting the realm of their own devising, Arcadia. Nus chose a new being, a Weren Avite named Raelok, to be the host for his powers, knowledge, and memories. So, too, did his brother and sister, Phi and Aos, decide upon new identities. Nus thus began the cycle of divine death and rebirth, a cycle continuing on to this day, as one host passes the torch to the next in times of great turmoil.

Most recently, the Elder God of Death chose the Human Sorcerer Silas Vale to serve as the next host of its powers, memories, and divine will. Vale chose the divine name Veil, a play upon his former mortal name and the role he would play as the eternal cycle began anew.

For more details on the Elder God of Death, see the profiles of Silas Vale (Veil) and Nerhul.


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