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Prince Death Shroud, the Avatar of Resilience
Divine Classification: Ascendant
Portfolio: Death, Rebirth, Poison, Endurance
Prince Death Shroud is the twelfth-born son of Emperor Golden Scepter, and a demi-Alicorn Prince of the Terran Empire.
- Adaptational Badass: While Mortarion is a badass Primarch in canon, here as Death Shroud, he's a powerful, legitimate demigod who managed to achieve his own Ascension. He has the potential to become a full-on divine like his father if he chooses to.
- Adaptational Heroism: Primarch Mortarion betrayed the Emperor of Mankind during the Horus Heresy out of extreme bitterness and resentment towards his "father"/gene-sire, and became a Chaos champion of Nurgle. Here, Death Shroud is a benevolent demi-Alicorn Prince because his father, Golden Scepter, raised him and his brothers with love, ensuring that a similar catastrophe would never happen and thus never giving Death Shroud a reason to turn traitor.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: He's an Alicorn demigod who embodies Death, Rebirth, Poison, and Endurance.
- Assassin Outclassin': In one incident a Griffon Autorist tried assassinating Golden Scepter for opposing the Autorist movement by sending him a magical plague bomb. Fortunately, Death Shroud would stop and contain the plague bomb before it could kill his father, though its smell was so rotten that he unleashed a bunch of inflammatory curses in response.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Primarch Mortarion.
- Cluster F-Bomb: In one incident, he unleashed a bunch of inflammatory curses after he stopped and contained the plague bomb a Griffon Autorist sent to assassinate Golden Scepter, but wasn't fast enough to avoid its rotten smell.
- Cool Uncle: Implied; he loves his adoptive niece, Mercy, despite her being a sapient divine sword. And like his older/younger brothers, he is willing to protect her from the Poenan Pantheon that seeks to turn Mercy into a holy weapon in their zealous crusades.
- Divine Parentage: Is the twelfth demi-divine son of Emperor Golden Scepter and Blessed Skies, a mortal pegasus mare. This would make him Long-Lived until he Ascended and became an Alicorn demigod.
- Deity of Human Origin: Like his brothers, he Ascended and became an Alicorn demigod at some point in his life. This is a stark contrast to Mortarion, who became a Daemon Prince of Nurgle.
- Heroic Lineage: He is the twelfth son of Golden Scepter, an antediluvian Alicorn Emperor who is an incredibly powerful psychic, a peerless genius and warrior, and a very competent leader who founded three empires in his lifetime. In addition, he's regarded as a legendary war hero even among the Alicorns, who were all saved from complete extinction thanks to his efforts. If his being inspired by Primarch Mortarion is to go by, he supposedly embodies Golden Scepter's resilience.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He and his brothers, Red Blade and Fanged Paw, would team up to give a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to Crimson Star to punish him for being an Insufferable Genius, even after the latter was blinded and suffered an emotional breakdown following his Jerkass Realization. They ended up attracting the wrath of Blazing Hoof, who would physically confront them in a brotherly fury, as well as Golden Scepter, who was furious with them that he psychically showed his sons the torment Crimson Star was going through following his accident.
- The Magnificent: Known as "the Avatar of Resilience".
- Massive Numbered Siblings: Is the twelfth-born son out of Golden Scepter and Blessed Skies' demi-divine children, and has eleven older brothers and seven younger brothers.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: It's revealed in a Codexverse drabble that he and his brothers, Red Blade and Fanged Paw, teamed up to deliver one to Crimson Star to punish him for being an Insufferable Genius, even after Crimson Star was blinded. It's deconstructed in that Crimson Star fell into a severe depression following his loss of sight and his Jerkass Realization, and willingly turned himself into a scapegoat so everyone, including his own brothers, can retaliate against him as they saw fit, not caring if he'll possibly die or not. This made his brothers' retaliation against him at this point rather vicious, disproportionate and petty, something that would earn them the wrath of their father, and the cold shoulder of those of their brothers who didn't agree with them.
- Pay Evil unto Evil:
- He believed that bullying Crimson Star for being an Insufferable Genius was justified. It's deconstructed in that even after Crimson Star was blinded in a carriage accident and fell into a severe depression after his Jerkass Realization, his brothers continued bullying and tormenting him. It got to a point where Crimson Star willingly turned himself into a scapegoat so everyone, including his own brothers, can retaliate against him as they saw fit, not caring if he'll possibly end up dying or not. His actions would earn the wrath of their father, Golden Scepter, and the cold shoulder of those of their brothers who were rightly disgusted and angry with them.
- It's rumored that he once begged Golden Scepter to let him punish Trench Bull himself for all the horrible things she had done to her own students. As Trench Bull was already tried and imprisoned for life for her crimes, Golden Scepter refused and nipped his son's plan in the bud.
- Reincarnation: Discussed. A heated argument with Written Word later causes Golden Scepter to wonder if all of his sons, including Death Shroud, are reincarnations of the same Generals that he had "treated so poorly". Luminiferous assures him that even if they are, all of his sons are still unique individuals with their own thoughts and feelings, and he has enough knowledge and experience to ensure that they'll have the "brighter future" that his Generals did not.
- Semi-Divine: Has a demi-divine heritage by virtue of his father, Golden Scepter, being an extremely ancient and powerful Alicorn god. After he Ascended, he himself became an Alicorn demigod, the Codexverse equivalent of an infant divine.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Implied; entries mention that he was initially willing to punish Crimson Star for being an Insufferable Genius by joining his brothers' No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. However, after being called out by his father and brothers for his actions, he eventually learned the error of his ways and became a benevolent Prince, Ascending to demi-godhood in the process.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- He would be given the cold shoulder by those of his brothers who were rightly disgusted and angry with how he treated Crimson Star after he was blinded in a carriage accident.
- Later, sometime after Ascending to demi-godhood, he would join a few of his brothers in calling out Night Shade for siding with the Poenan Pantheon when they catch him participating in a Poenan crusade, as well as the general hypocrisy of Night Shade's morals and actions. Death Shroud's speech is particularly damning.Prince Death Shroud: You DISGUST me, Brother! This isn't Justice! This isn't Fair Punishment! This is PLAYING GOD WITH YOUR OWN SUBJECTS!
Prince Night Shade: Please, you must understand-!
Prince Death Shroud: I think I understand PLENTY ENOUGH! Think you're all GOOD and HOLY for not screwing up as monumentally as I and my brothers did?! Well, YOU'RE WRONG! NOW YOU WILL BE PUNISHED FOR YOUR OWN MISDEEDS!