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Kingdom of the Dead

    The Dead King 

The Dead King

Voiced by: Phil Proctor

The Lord of Bones, the Dead King is the ruler of the Kingdom of the Dead, where all of the dead from the various kingdoms go.


  • Bad Boss: His response for Death returning the Dead Lords to him? Killing all of them immediately. Death questions if doing all this wasn't just to mess with him.
  • Badass Beard
  • I Gave My Word: Despite killing off the Dead Lords that Death worked hard to retrieve for him, he keeps his end of the bargain and sends him to someone who knows the way to the Well of Souls (who happens to be the ghost of the Crowfather).
  • Informed Attribute: Boasts that Death in the state he sees him in is "beneath him", but for the most part isn't seen fighting.
  • Old Master
  • Psychopomp: His job, though he delegates to his Dead Lords as well.
  • Red Baron: The Lord of Bones.
  • Super Empowering: Splits up Death's soul, giving him the Soul Splitter ability.

    Chancellor 

Chancellor

Voiced by: Barry Dennen

A very rude and abrasive figure, the Chancellor to the Dead King has great dislike for Death, and tries his hardest to make his path forward difficult.


  • Deadpan Snarker: Rivals Death in terms of wit.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Most his interaction with Death. Though as the Chancellor points out, he's already dead, hard to scare a dead guy.
  • Evil Chancellor: Though not actually evil, the Chancellor is very rude to Death, even trying to get him killed rather than have him go to his boss. In response, Death is extra surly towards him.
  • I Gave My Word: When Death returns from defeating Gnashor, after recovering from the shock that he actually did it, the Chancellor bitterly states that he can't deny him and lets him through.
  • In the Hood
  • Jerkass: The Chancellor runs Death through all those trials because he just doesn't like him.
  • Number Two: To the Dead King.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: For seemingly no reason other than to anger Death.

    Draven 

Draven

Voiced by: Troy Baker

The Master of Blades and a widely-known warrior from the Kingdom of Man. Won the right to live again after he murdered everything in the Gilded Arena, only to be betrayed by the Dead King and made his slave. Draven offers advanced move training.


  • Badass Army: If you talk to Draven again to get the Bloodless side quest, there's a dialogue option which reveals that shortly before his death, he was organizing an army that would've likely conquered Earth if he had gotten his way. Sadly, he never did.
  • Badass Boast: "Well, Horseman, I've beaten death once, and I can do it again."
  • Berserk Button: Just the mere mention of the word "Chancellor" is enough to sour his mood, no doubt due to his deep-rooted hatred for the man.
  • Big Ego, Hidden Depths: Despite a hostile first encounter, Draven ultimately shows respect towards Death, and vice versa. Quest reward-wise, Draven is comparatively the most generous person in the game by a fair margin. It's entirely possible that, given his reasons for being the Master of Blades, he is just hiding a Hidden Heart of Gold.
  • Continuity Nod: In the Forge Lands, Draven's buckler is picked up. He also appears on the door to the Well of Souls alongside Lilith, though the story behind this is unknown.
  • Devil's Job Offer: He was offered his life if he could survive the Gilded Arena... but then was betrayed and forced into a job.
  • Fate Worse than Death: What he considers his servitude under the Dead King.
  • Human Pincushion: Has a bunch of swords sticking through him.
  • Made a Slave: To the Eternal Throne.
  • Master Swordsman: He is the master trainer of combat moves in the game.
  • Mister Exposition: Concerning the Kingdom of the Dead.
  • The Undead: Like all residents of the Dead Plains, Draven is a nightmarish-looking ghoul, kept in that state by his current employer/tormentor, the Lord of Bones.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: His response to having his second chance at life taken away? Either kill the Lord of Bones or take his crown.
  • Power Fist: The "Dark Avenger" bucklers were once his.
  • Shout-Out: His name may be referencing Eric Draven, the protagonist of The Crow. Incidentally, Michael Wincott (Death) plays the antagonist, Top Dollar.
  • Was Once a Man: Formerly a human.

    Argul 

Argul the Deposed King

Argul was the original ruler of Kingdom of the Dead before being dethroned by the Lord of Bones. Death is tasked by Thane with finishing off Argul.


  • The Caligula: Argul was described as too mad to be kept on the throne. His madness was so great that the entire Kingdom of the Dead rallied behind the Lord of Bones to remove Argul from power.
  • Carry a Big Stick: Wields a powerful mace and shield in combat.
  • Evil Is Deathly Cold: He is trapped inside an ice prison when Death confronts him and has the power to control ice to some extent.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He is big and slow at first, but faster than you think.
  • Properly Paranoid: Argul constantly ranted about the Four Horsemen, as a coming darkness that would spread across creation. Its likely he had foreseen the rise of Corruption (its source being Absalom, a Nephilim like the Horsemen) or he had foreseen his own undoing by Death's hand.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: He was locked up inside a frozen dungeon in the Dead Plains.

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The Dead Lords

    Dead Lords as a group 
A group of three spirits/undead who serve as assistants to their liege lord, the Dead King, but have not been present for some time to the aforementioned Lord of Bones, Death is sent out to collect them one by one in the second game as a series of dungeons.
  • Killed Off for Real: By the Dead King for failing to return to him in a timely manner.
  • Psychopomp: Their jobs, though not all of them are actually doing it.
  • Reforged into a Minion: By using the Interdiction ability, Death is able to use the Dead Lords as his minions and perform tasks that he cannot.
  • Summoning Artifact: Of a sort, in that the Dead King passes on a skill known as "Interdiction" to Death to allow him to summon the Lords once he gains their allegiance.

    Phariseer 

Phariseer

Voiced by: Troy Baker

The Phariseer sealed himself in his tomb when the Corruption hit, refusing to return to the Dead King.


  • Cool Sword: Wields a large sword.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Sealed himself in his own tomb when the Corruption came, refusing to go back to the Dead King. Death defeating him in combat changes his mind.

    Judicator 

Judicator

Voiced by: Steve Blum

The Judicator is the only one among them who is still trying to do his job.


    Basileus 

Basileus

Voiced by: Fred Tatasciore

Basileus refuses to go with Death only because he doesn't find him worthy, and forces him to go through the gauntlet of the Psychameron first.


  • Dual Wielding: Wields dual swords.
  • Horse of a Different Color: Sometimes rides Achidna, a Giant Spider, in his boss fight.
  • Flash Step: He is capable of moving at insanely fast speed, almost looking like he is teleporting.
  • Jerkass: He's pretty rude to Death when you first meet him. See Smug Super for further details.
  • Shoulders of Doom
  • Smug Super: He refuses to go with Death because he doesn't feel that Death is "worthy" for him to come along, so he forces him to go through the punishment of the Psychameron to even see him.

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