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    The Taken 
You have been taken.

The Taken, Those Who Leave No Corpse Behind
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  • Greater Deities in overall threat
  • Symbol: Taken Blights
  • Theme Songs: Visage of Oryx, Court of Oryx, The Taken
  • Alignment: Chaotic Evil
  • Portfolio: Broken down and corrupted into what they are now, The Undead, Army of Eldritch Abominations, Glowing Eyes of Doom, Teleport Spam, Came Back Strong with Inverted Personality Powers (and they use them well), Dark Is Evil, Walking Wasteland, Evil Counterpart to The Guardians, Sword Logic personified
  • Domains: Ontopathogenesis, Paracausality, The Darkness, Teleportation
  • Superior: Oryx, The Taken King
  • Alliesnote : The GUAD, The Heartless, The Scourge, King Allant
  • Rivals: The Flood
  • Enemies: All enemies of Oryx and the Hive as a whole, The Guardians, The Eliksni, The Vex, Emperor Calus, The Dalek Empire, The Tenno, The Grineer, The Corpus, The Infested, various Keyblade wielders, Galakrond, Eizen, The GUAN, The GUAG, Meridia, The Batter, Isaac Clarke, The Sleeper, XCOM, Lord Fuse, The Dahaka
  • Banned from: The House of Nature and The House of Plants
  • Pitied by/Horrifies: Anyone who have been attacked in the mind, brainwashed, and/or been corrupted
  • The Taken, an army of corrupted husks of other alien races and species twisted into servitude of Oryx and other masters who Took them. With violently twitching movements and darkened bodies burning with a white flame it would be remiss to not think of them as anything short of otherworldly. Before talking about them any further let's go back in time. Way back. Way before the death of Cayde-6 and the Red War, the SIVA Crisis and the Taken War, way before the death of Crota, and way before humanity even came to be. To the early beginnings of what the universe will now call the Hive and the three siblings that led them: Xivu Arath, Savathûn, and Auryx (who will later be known as Oryx). They were in a tough spot in their war with the Ecumene as they pressed an advantage in pushing back the Hive and their warpath across the stars, each loss making their worms hungrier and hungrier still. In a ploy to stave off their oncoming annihilation Auryx slew his two sisters to gain an audience with Akka, The Worm God of Secrets, whom he soon sliced to bits to learn the secrets of calling upon the Deep (in other words The Darkness) and enscribe the Tablets of Ruin, gaining the ability to Take. With this he turned the war back to the Hive's favor, subverting the Ecumene's forces into his own. Through war, Oryx revived Xivu Arath and through tricking the surviving foes he revived Savathûn. With their combined and renewed strength the three Hive Gods obliterated their foes and continued their crusade across the stars.
  • Oryx's presence alone had already amassed quite a number of Taken upon ascending to the Pantheon. That much is obvious, of course they would follow The Taken King into the Pantheon's brave new world even after his untimely demise. But as feared as they are and the potential they bring various gods mainly focused on Oryx as the big threat in the end. It wasn't until various bases across the Pantheon have simultaneously gone dark in addition to the Guardians reporting a drastic spike in Taken signatures did they get a bearing on what was happening. And before long the Taken's number have increased to such a degree that they have laid claim to their own space and title within the Pantheon. While this has once again drawn much attention to the God-King of the Hive other deities have suspected something a bit greater in play for the Taken to mobilize this quickly. While many guesses attribute this to several members of the GUAD others have pointed to the indirect presence of Oryx's siblings since his death back home has indeed left a place for an Evil Power Vacuum to occur. And Savathûn was known to have possession of Quria, Blade Transform, who can simulate Taking...
  • Part of what makes the Taken so very dangerous is the various "inexplicable and physically illegal abilities" they are granted upon being, well, taken. The process of turning into such horrific monstrosities they violate reality through mere presence alone involves the helpless victim being forced into the Ascendant Realm, being Mind Raped while having their fears and other insecurities broken down by The Darkness itself. They are then offered odd powers that actually alleviate their troubles should they choose to serve a greater purpose. For example, do you have nothing to call yours? You can now create a domed forcefield. Are you a rare, frail specimen among your peers? Now you can duplicate. It goes on. And they make damn good use of their new powers.
    • Having depleted numbers from various other factions outside their universe the various powers at play have only gotten more and more diverse. To be Taken, a living host must be in contact with a portal or aperture. Of course, the requirements for a living being is very broad which is why you see beings like the Vex and various Daleks (whose Taken forms are noted to appear to be in pure still, one they can induce on others within their gaze). The likes of the Grineer, Corpus, and Infested seem to have not taken the attack well, being reminded of the Corrupted born from their numbers being subverted by old Orokin defenses and have either tried forming countermeasures for future attacks or doubled down on their efforts against Oryx and the Hive as a whole. It didn't take long for The Tenno to also make such a connection themselves and have also participated in driving back their infestations across the Pantheon.
  • Barring higher ranked individuals the Taken as a whole are practically a mindless swarm if there's no leadership in the picture. It holds true in the Pantheon as some of its allies like the GUAD are made thanks to Oryx's connections to said alliance. Having said that the Taken do appear to hold a instinctual amicability with the various Heartless, likely owing to their shared connections to darkness though whether or not its of the same is another story entirely. Many of the Keyblade wielders did not like the thought of the Taken allying with the Heartless and have joined with the Guardians in opposing them. Thankfully, their alliance with the Heartless didn't also include the likes of Xehanort and Ansem, Seeker of Darkness due to the very specific requirements needed to command and control the Taken compared to the Heartless. That, and many of the Taken's masters are Omnicidal Maniacs. Still, they seek to use the Pantheon as a beachhead to infest other worlds, and that is something they cannot stand for.
    • The Taken appeared to share a similar connection with the Fearless Undead known as the Scourge as despite appearances the Taken can indeed be seen as The Undead in a more fantastical sort of way. It would help that, in the wake of the civil war between those who follow Arthas Menethil and Bolvar Foredragon there are some who have looked to Oryx as another Lich King. Despite the Hive's staunch opposition to true necromancy Oryx decided to leave this matter alone like with some of his partnerships, if only to use them as how he sees fit. Conversely, because Oryx despises Galakrond despite being another undead being who shares his views the Taken have dictated him to be their enemy too. Of course, a direct attack wouldn't do much to the Ur-Dragon (as their first master had demonstrated earlier, even if it was quite the effort compared to many) but that hasn't discouraged other plots in opposing him.
  • As the Taken are essentially heavily brainwashed cannon fodder of various other races that stood in Oryx's way the Taken have no doubt horrified many who have suffered attacks on the mind and/or been brainwashed and relieved of free will themselves. In fact, many who hate the very idea of people's free will being relieved have made themselves enemies of the Taken, like with Eizen for example, if only to further oppose The Taken King and also mercy kill these poor fools.
  • The tears in reality they leave behind, commonly referred to as Blights, aren't just for show. When enough of it is exuded they form into spherical balls of darkness and though on the surface being just a short distance away is debilitating it can do a whole lot more. Inter-dimensional communication nodes, shield generators, portals to the Ascendant Plane, and even area-denial thanks to being naturally poisonous to the world. This radiation of theirs from such matter can permanently damage beings unless if they have reality bending powers like the Guardians with their Light, which stand antithetical to the Darkness. At one point, the Taken tried to exploit this trait of theirs to poison the water supply of a community but they were stopped before any lasting damage could be wrought. This, of course, has alarmed the Houses of Nature and Plants and the two have enacted a ban and a kill on sight rule further helped by the GUAN and later the GUAG. The former may be a bit of a moot point considering the Taken lack of adherence towards terrestrial constraints. Barring shooting them, of course, but be pick your shots wisely.
  • Their status as an infection on a metaphysical level heavily contrasts with the Flood, parasites who infest other species on a more biological level as many parasites do. Though this does little to detract from the actual threat they represent. Countless times have the two infections encountered each other in combat in a bid for more influence and power, and their battles are no less devastating to the world around them. Meanwhile, Isaac Clarke could not help but oppose the Taken and has shot down several in his journeys. They may not be as visceral as the Necromorphs but other than that Isaac could scarcely see much of a difference when he breaks it down.
  • Despite all odds, it is indeed possible to cure someone of being Taken. It's not a widely applicable privilege, however, as many regard victims of being Taken no better than the deceased. Toland stated that all Taken are in perpetual ecstasy in their newfound existence though if the Techeuns are of any actual indication such claims are complete BS. Every waking moment was pure agonizing torture and were fully aware of what they are doing but had no way of stopping themselves. These reports line up with others drawn by gods in the Pantheon who at one point or another had been Taken themselves.
    • The Batter and Meridia are greatly disgusted by the Taken's existence and have thus tried their hand at purifying them. Unlike with what happened to the Techeuns theirs is objectively not a perfect process though the two have insisted otherwise. "It's better this way," they claim. Battles between the Taken and the Batter along with Meridia's Purified have been fought almost endlessly.
  • Their forces can be found in a variety of places out and around the Pantheon though whether or not they are indeed coordinated by a superior or are just acting on mindless instinct changes from place to place. Taken move through dimensions as Vex do across realities and their place in Pantheonic godhood has only logically amplified that. They're even found in the corrupted Farmstead controlled by The Sleeper and King Allant's Boletaria. While they are indeed hostile to the Magic Meteor such sentiments to Allant even if they are far from the definition of demons themselves nor do they have any intentions of truly siding with him and the Old One. Perhaps this could be a rare case of mutual interest, what with his goals not being too far off from the Hive's. The utter annihilation of all life versus the very last being standing in the ashes of everything line up similarly enough for the time being.
  • Even if their leaders are all dead the Taken will last for a long time. A very, very long time. There's two hypotheses as to how long they will last: Either A) They will live on until the Solar System's sun burns out or B) They're around forever. Mind you, it's not scientifically proven but it doesn't sound pretty either way...
Take up the knife. Apocrypha awaits. Take your new shape.
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Intermediate Gods

    Ignitus 
Ignitus, God of Ironic Deaths
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  • Intermediate God
  • Symbol: The fire element symbol
  • Alignment: Neutral Good
  • Portfolio: Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence, Breath Weapon, Death by Irony, Heroic Sacrifice, Old Master, Playing with Fire, Proof of the Mentor Occupational Hazard, Seers
  • Domains: Death, Dragons, Fire, Seers
  • Heralds: Terrador, Volteer, and Cyril
  • Allies: Spyro (possibly his son), non-evil dragon deities (especially the good), Hunter and Bianca, Sparx, the League of Extreme Fatherhood, Asgore Dreemurr, Toriel, Mufasa, Obi-Wan, the Panda King
  • Enemies: Malefor, Deathwing, Ragnaros, Alduin, Miraak, Ripto, Gnasty Gnorc, Lord Shen
  • Opposes: The Child Abuse Supporters, any abusive parent or parental figure
  • Pities: Flowey
  • The deities of the House of Death and Postmortem highly considered Ignitus for ascension when he suffered a particularly ironic death. He was the Fire Guardian, and he ended up dying in a fire saving Spyro and Cynder. Ignitus is a dragon and a fire elemental who died in a fire. Originally after his death, Ignitus was chosen to be the new Chronicler. As such, the deities were uncertain if he would accept his potential position in the Pantheon or not. All it took for him to accept, though, was the realization that Spyro had also ascended.
  • Ignitus brought the other three Guardians, Terrador, Volteer, and Cyril with him as his Heralds. It would seem that even his death couldn't separate the four of them. Together, they form a Four-Element Ensemble of fire (Ignitus), earth (Terrador), electricity (Volteer), and ice (Cyril). It's also worth noting that many deities in the Pantheon suspect that Volteer and Cyril might be a couple, mostly because they argue like an old married couple. Nepeta reportedly has the two of them in a matespritship on her shipping wall.
  • Ignitus and Spyro go back a long way. In his Legend incarnation, Ignitus had to let him go when he was just an egg to keep him from being killed during the raid on the Temple. Eventually they reunited and Ignitus served as his father figure and mentor up until his death. Spyro also considers the other three guardians to be like uncles. Many believe that Ignitus might actually be Spyro's biological father, though. Despite the fact that this can't be proven for certain, there's no denying that the bond is still there.
  • When Hunter and Bianca ascended, Ignitus, along with Spyro and Sparx, through them a lively party to celebrate. There was no celebrating when Ripto ascended, however. The Riptoc as always remained disgusted and enraged by the presence of dragons.
  • Malefor's presence in the Pantheon brings back horrible memories for Ignitus, as he was largely responsible for his death. He keeps a watchful eye on the Dark Master, should he ever attempt to cause trouble in the Pantheon.
  • Ignitus is pretty well-liked among the House of Family, aside from the Child Abuse Supporters, probably because of the great lengths he was willing to go to for Spyro and Cynder's benefit. This is what ultimately led to his death by heroic sacrifice, after all. This is how he met Mufasa, Toriel, and Asgore by extension. He thinks it's a real shame what happened to Asgore and Toriel's son, and wishes the two of them could get along better. Sometimes he serves as mediator for them. The League of Extreme Fatherhood is fond of Ignitus for the same reasons, and the feeling is definitely mutual. He is also fairly well-aquainted with non-evil dragon deities of the Pantheon, especially the good dragons.
  • Ignitus is particularly impressed by the Panda King and his willingness to do anything to save his daughter, as well as his renouncement of evil.
  • Ignitus and Obi-Wan can often be seen exchanging stories from their time as mentors. Obi-Wan has offered Ignitus many condolences for what happened to him.
  • Ragnaros loves to mock Ignitus for the circumstances behind his death. He thinks it's completely pathetic that a dragon such as himself perished the way he did. Many other deities can only shake their heads at this. Maybe someday he'll learn that Bullying a Dragon isn't such a good idea?
  • Ignitus has joined many other deities in the opposition of Deathwing. Having the word "destroyer" in his name certainly wasn't helpful in getting on his good side.
  • Ignitus and Lord Shen are not exactly on good terms either. Not only does Ignitus detest him for what he's done in the past, but something else really unsettles the both of them. They're not really sure what it is, though.
  • Unfortunately, Ignitus became wrapped up in the drama that had surrounded Miraak's ascension. He, along with the other dragons of the Pantheon, were brainwashed by him until he was able to be pacified. Ever since, Ignitus is understandably not fond of Miraak.
  • Ignitus can't help but look on at Flowey with sadness and pity. He is well-aware that the flower is actually Asgore and Toriel's lost son, Asriel. It really hurts to see how twisted and warped he has become, and Ignitus really hopes that the situation can be remedied someday.

    Johannes 
Johannes, God of Dramatic Player Deaths (The Prince, The Traitor, The Fountain, Brohannes)
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The Fountain 

    Paragus 
Paragus, God of Adaptation-Altered Deaths (Baragus, Paragas, Baragas, Shitstain, Saiyan Military Lieutenant, Colonel Paragus, Vengeful Survivor)
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The original Paragus
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The new older Paragus
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  • Intermediate God
  • Symbol: His cape and Slave Collar or shock collar
  • Theme Songs: Paragus' Scheme, Paragus' Rage
  • Alignment: Neutral Evil
  • Portfolio: Wants Vengeance on Vegeta For What His Father Did, Light Is Not Good, Jumping Off the Slippery Slope, Dies Different Yet Cathartic Deaths, Abusive Parents, Edible Theme Naming
  • Domains: Revenge, Embitterment, Adaptations, Abuse
  • Followers: Angelica, Azog, Balon Greyjoy
  • Complicated Relationship with: Broly: BR (rebooted version of his son)
  • Allies:
  • Enemies:
  • On poor terms with: The House of Royalty
  • Paragus is a former colonel in the Saiyan Army, and the father of Broly. His loyal tenure ended when his son was either stabbed and thrown into the trash or exiled to a Death World. Both of these instances were caused and commissioned by King Vegeta III, who perceived Broly as a threat to his power. He would try to use Broly as his means of vengeance against Vegeta IV, for the sins of the father. Either way, it did not end well for him.
  • Like Broly there are two versions of Paragus, or, more accurately in his case, two versions of his history, as he fundamentally remained the same person either way; this allows him to manifest as a sort of Composite Character in the Pantheon who remembers two different lifetimes. The original conquered worlds through Broly and suffered Patricide at his hands when he abandoned him. The canon version was found by Frieza at an old age and murdered by Frieza in order to trigger his son's rage. Different reasons and causes, and got what was coming to him in each.
  • One version of Broly is called the Legendary Super Saiyan. The other is not. This can largely be attributed to Paragus himself, who knew of the "myth" of the Super Saiyan, and whether he lived to see Broly transform into a Super Saiyan at all, let alone that iconic full power berserk state.
  • Revenge is a dominating factor in Paragus' personality. He is shown to visit the House of Vengeance often to learn better ways of getting back at Vegeta. He has come to realize that King Vegeta had a point at killing/banishing his son, but his hatred remains unabated as Broly was his son.
  • Sakura Matou despises Paragus for how he used his son for his own ambitions, similar to how she was used by Zouken Matou. What for it's worth, Paragus does think what Zouken did to her was repulsive. Tokiyo Mikagami looks down on Paragus for how his revenge has completely consumed him, and thinks he's wasted his life. Paragus proceeded to tell him to shove it and went on a Motive Rant.
  • He is able to relate to some extent with Captain Ahab. While they went about it in very different ways, they both had a vendetta they were never able to let go and it ultimately led to their downfall. He does not have any sympathies for the House of Royalty however, due to how he and his son were treated by King Vegeta.
  • Has attempted to get other Saiyans on his side. Nappa, a fellow Saiyan Elite, declined his offer because of his complicated relationship with Vegeta precludes the pure vengeance Paragus offers. Raditz and Turles, being outcasts of different sorts, were much more accepting to his proposal. Dr. Gero has come to understand his vengeance as something that he feels for Goku, and Babidi wants to help him brainwash Broly as part of his own plans.
    • When learning of his alliances with Raditz and Turles, Bardock confronted Paragus to discover his motives. Ultimately they both agreed that the Saiyan soldiers sticking together to become stronger was for the best, especially if they were to see through Paragus' dangerous goal of using the rebooted Broly again to defeat both Vegeta (who Bardock doesn't hate like Paragus does but would like to see humbled) and the original Broly. Bardock was even able to talk Nappa into accepting the offer for the sake of their Saiyan comrades, with the Saiyan Army remnants all uniting to become a mercenary fighting force. Though their scope of clients and jobs is not very limited, there are three things they won't accept: being told to target any of Kakarot's Dragon Team friends besides Vegeta (mainly Bardock's call, with Paragus agreeing for pragmatism's sake), accepting targets that can't give them any sort of challenge (because they're trying to both get stronger and get paid), or being conscripted into somebody's empire like Frieza.
  • Once loved his son, particularly the rebooted version who was stranded on the aforementioned Death World in an attempt to rescue his son. Once being the key word, as his heart has long since hardened and he now sees Broly as a tool for his vengeance (though his love for his son can reawaken if he thinks Broly's in danger). The Heroic Protectors of Family look at Paragus with shame, even if he underwent harsh circumstances. It makes his anger against Vegeta understandable but doesn't hold up water in terms of his abusive treatment of Broly.
  • Shoto Todoroki has become friends with the rebooted version of Broly, and has come to hate Paragus in turn. He reminds him of his own father's abusive nature and how he was used to fulfilling his own ambitions vicariously. Shoto is trying to get this Broly to break out of the abusive relationship, and not wanting to lose the loyal version of his son, Paragus perceives Shoto as a bad influence and "a kid who doesn't know what he's getting into". The Heroic Protectors of Family's response was "Says the man who resorted to mind control and shock collars to control his son".
  • Alma Wade's reaction to his bad parenting and evil nature, given what she went through, was a lot more violent that Shoto was to Paragus. Killuya Zoldack, being a de-fused tyke bomb and child forced to kill, has nothing but disrespect for what Paragus did. Maes Hughes is just as disrespectful, being a very openingly loving and happy father. The Saiyan simply mumbled that "you don't understand what I went through" and left.
  • The Child Abuse Supporters had a more positive outlook on Paragus, though the only official member he got along with was Heihachi Mishima. Likely because of the struggles they've had to go through. He seems to be on good terms with Ghetsis as they both used a son to achieve their wider ambitions of vengeance and power respectively. This manipulative yet oddly prideful parenting is something he found in kinship with Talia al Ghul.
  • Can also be found in Character Adaptations.

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Lesser Gods

    Dimitri Petrenko 
Viktor Reznov: "The rotten cancer of the Fascist Reich ravages the Pantheon like a plague. Their relentless drive into the various Houses steals the lives of men, women, and children alike. The arrogance of their leaders is matched only by the brutality of their soldiers. These...are the darkest days of the Nazi occupation of the Pantheon..."

Pvt. Dimitri Petrenko, The God who Died Immediately in the Sequel (Hero of Stalingrad)

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Petrenko in October 1945, shortly before his death
  • Lesser God
  • Symbol: The Red Banner flown over the Reichstag, or alternatively, the Red Army logo seen in his Soviet campaign story
  • Themes: Brave Soldat, Red Army Theme, Hell's Gate, and Their Land, Their Blood
  • Alignment: True Neutral
  • Portfolio: Dying not long after making his appearance in a sequel, Turning out to be a very proficient sniper, Cheating death a total of five times, Dying from inhaling Nova 6, Heroic Mime but later speaking
  • Domains: Soviet Union, Soldiers, Heroes, Betrayal, Death
  • Allies:
  • Enemies:
  • Opposed by: Lt. Karl Fairburne, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Artyom
  • Opposes: Revolver Ocelot
  • On the receiving end of: Nova 6
  • Pvt. Dimitri Petrenko was a soldier in the Red Army during the Great Patriotic War. Serving alongside Viktor Reznov from 1942 to 1945, he proved to be the Soviet Sergeant's (later Captain) most capable man.
  • His baptism of fire came at the Battle of Stalingrad, where, after surviving a brutal massacre, helped one Sgt. Viktor Reznov. Together, they helped push back the Germans with the help of Sgt. Daletski and his squad. Using the attack as a distraction, Petrenko, with Reznov as his Target Spotter, assassinated Gen. Heinrich Amsel, the commander of the German forces in the area. However, this came at the cost of Sgt. Daletski's entire squad, who were wiped out by a German armored unit guarding Gen. Amsel's headquarters. In addition, he and Reznov were forced to dive into a river in order to evade the Germans.
  • Three years later, he and Sgt. Reznov participate in the Berlin Offensive. During the Battle of Seelow Heights,he and Reznov were temporarily assigned to crew a T-34 tank. As part of a Soviet tank brigade, they broke through German lines, wiping out dozens of German tanks in a massive Epic Tank-on-Tank Action that ultimately resulted in the capture of Seelow's train station, which would become a vital rallying point for Soviet Forces assaulting Berlin.
  • Upon arriving in Berlin alongside Reznov and the rest of his unit, Petrenko fought for every building and room, killing dozens of Germans in his way. After nearly being killed in Berlin's Sinister Subway, he and Reznov would then assault the Reichstag. Petrenko would then get the honor of raising the Soviet flag over the Reichstag, but not before being seriously wounded by a Waffen-SS soldier. Reznov, in response, butchered the SS soldier with his knife, then helped Petrenko to raise the Red Banner. Reznov then proclaimed to the wounded man that as long as Petrenko was alive, the heart of the Red Army could never be broken, and that both of them would soon be going home to Russia's embrace.
  • Sadly, this was not to be. Soon after recovering from his wounds, he was posted alongside the now Capt. Reznov as part of the Berlin Occupation Force until September 1945. The following month, they would deployed to the Arctic Circle as part of a top-secret operation known as Olympus. During the operation, he and Reznov were assigned under Major General Nikita Dragovich, whom the latter distrusted for failing to keep his promises of reinforcements to Reznov during the Battle of Stalingrad. Seeing Reznov, Petrenko, and their men as thorns on his own side, he decided to repay the favor of their unit capturing Dr. Friedrich Steiner alive...by having them become guinea pigs for the Nova-6 gas. It was there, in the remote, frozen hellhole of the Arctic, that Petrenko died, all so suddenly and painfully.
    Viktor Reznov: "Dimitri Petrenko was a hero...He deserved a hero's death. Instead of giving his life for the glory of the motherland, he died for nothing...like an animal. He should have died in Berlin..."
  • It was then that Petrenko ended up in the Pantheon. Upon regaining consciousness, he was surrounded by several German soldiers, who were apparently searching for something. Seeing a handgun next to him, he attempted to silently grab it, only for the Germans to immediately spot him. Just as they beat him up and are about to execute him, they're shot by an unseen figure. When he takes a closer look, it turns out to be none other than Viktor Reznov. The Soviet Captain then tells the Private that the SS had intended to capture and then execute him, and that he had arrived in the nick of time to save him. He then hands his friend a scoped Mosin-Nagant rifle and a PPSH-41, then briefs him about his situation as well as about the Pantheon.
  • Immediately, Petrenko joins his old friend and superior in fighting not only The Remnant of the Fascist Reich, but also many of the Dirty Communist elements present as well. It also doesn't help that both the Nazis and these rogue Soviets and their allies seek to deploy Nova 6 into combat. Despite having been loyal to the Soviet Union beforehand, he wholly supports Reznov in his Roaring Rampage of Revenge against not only their treacherous former superior Dragovich, but also several of his allies including Col. Volgin, Kane, Vladimir Makarov, and Imran Zakhaev.
  • Among the first deities he's introduced to via Reznov are Miller, Roebuck, Polonsky, and the crew of Black Cat Mantaray 5-4. He's...rather surprised to learn that he shares a story with them, to say the least, especially considering that Miller, unlike himself, isn't constantly close to being killed in cutscenes.
  • When Alex Mason comes across Petrenko, he sympathizes with the Soviet Private, due to their suffering caused by Dragovich. Petrenko ultimately decides to work together with the CIA agent, despite being kind of bothered by his obsession with Reznov.
  • Both he and Reznov initially mistake Nikolai Belinski, or at least the Primis version of him, to be their long-dead comrade Pvt. Chernov. After seeing how he behaves, however, they soon realize that Belinski is another person altogether, given that Chernov was very much not a Vodka Drunkenski nor a Blood Knight.
  • Initially, Karl Fairburne doesn't trust him, much like how the Lieutenant didn't trust Reznov at first (and vice versa, due to being a former Soviet soldier who took part in the Berlin Offensive). Eventually, however, after he provides the Lieutenant with vital intel regarding Nova-6 as well as intel on Dragovich, he comes to respect the Private. Even moreso, after he finds out that Petrenko is a crack shot with the Mosin-Nagant.
  • One deity that Petrenko comes to trust more easily is Sgt. Jack Barnes, an OSS operative who took part in the Battle of Berlin as an observer. Unlike Fairburne, Barnes' experience with the Soviets is a far more positive one, as they had helped him retrieve vital intel from the remains of the Gestapo HQ in Berlin. He then vouches Petrenko to his fellow Allied soldiers as well as to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • Artyom, at first, distrusts him, due to being a Red Army soldier. However, when he learns of Dimitri's betrayal and being used as nothing more than an expendable pawn, he comes to like the Private, even forming a close friendship reminiscent of his time with Soviet Major Pavel Morozov.
  • Is rather less than pleased to learn that the German soldiers who had attempted to assassinate him during his ascension were none other than members of the Waffen-SS, the same soldiers who had very nearly killed him during the Battle of Berlin.
  • Isn't fond of Rudolf von Stroheim either despite being the Token Good Teammate among the Nazi deities. This is mainly due to the latter's participation in the Battle of Stalingrad, where Dimitri and Reznov had also fought in.
  • Thanks to their similar experiences of betrayal as well as mutual enemies in the form of Dragovich and Makarov, Petrenko gets along well with SAS Captains John "Soap" MacTavish and John Price. He and Reznov even assist the two British officers by divulging what they know about Dragovich and Nova 6. In exchange, Soap and Price tell them about Makarov and his previous plans using a Deadly Gas weapon throughout Western Europe.
  • Is rather disgusted by Ocelot's methods, thanks in no part to having been on the receiving end of a betrayal, as well as his time as a GRU Major under Volgin.
  • Among the few non-military deities to catch Petrenko's attention, and not for good reasons, is none other than Dimitri Rascalov. Despite sharing the same first name, these two men couldn't be more different from one another. While Petrenko was a loyal, dedicated, and brave soldier of the Soviet Red Army, Rascalov was a former Soviet soldier turned organized criminal who became notorious for betraying many of those he had worked with, and was also known for being a sniveling coward and very much a Non-Action Big Bad.
  • When not in combat, he spends time helping Katyusha, due to Petrenko having prior experience in handling Soviet tanks. Alongside Viktor Reznov and Jack Barnes, they help her in her fights against members of the Anglerfish team.
Viktor Reznov: "As long as you live, the heart of this Army can never be broken. As heroes, we will return to the Pantheon's embrace!"

    Murky 
Murky, God of Meaningless Deaths (Baby Murloc, Grunty)
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  • Lesser God
  • Symbol: A piranha he is always carrying. (And uses as a weapon)
  • Theme Song: I am Murloc when he gets Serious.
  • Alingment: True Neutral
  • Portfolio: Originally a pet turned full fledged badass in The Nexus, Cute little Critter but very dangerous, Not even death slows him down, Difficult, but Awesome, Wants revenge against the people who slaughtered his village, Shamu Fu, Sidekick Creature Nuisance, his egg is where he revives faster, Murloc, Mrgglglbrlg!
  • Domains: Deaths, Revenge, Murlocs.
  • Heralds: Many Murlocs form his Homeland
  • Allies:
  • Enemies: Arthas Menethil, Diablo, Leoric, Anub'arak, Kunkka, Dhuum
  • Neutral Counterpart to: The Incubators
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Bruce the Shark, Rena Ryuugu, Sapphire Rhodonite
  • Some reports of a mysterious Egg found in the house of Aquatic Life led to that egg being investigated by The SCP Foundation. Days later, the Egg went missing and Little Creature by the name of Murky was found roaming the Pantheon.
  • Don't let his appearance fool you, Murky is very capable on holding his own against stronger opponents like Diablo or Arthas. However, he has been noted to die in battle...a lot, and he still returned for more minutes later. Tough no one can explain Murky's abilities he has been rewarded with a position in the Pantheon.
    • It has been once noticed that Bruce the shark once tried to eat him when he saw Murky. Unfortunately, Bruce learned the hard way to not mess with this particular baby Murloc, because since then, Murky has been using the Shark as a weapon.
  • He usually (When he is not motivated by revenge) is a pretty laid-back and nonchalant Murloc but he is very annoyed with Rena Ryuugu. Since the first time that he stumbled upon her, She inmediately wanted to "Take him home". Even him isn't that annoying.
    • He also had an encounter with Sapphire Rhodonite, who found him so cute that she proceed to give him a big hug that ended suffocating the Poor Murloc. Thankfully, he left his egg in his temple but since then he tries his best to avoid Sapphire at all costs.
  • No one seems to understand what he usually speaks, but his motives are much darker than it seems (even managing to scare Diablo of all people). According to Psychic gods (Since there aren't many gods who speak Murloc language), His village was slaughtered by Humans, Orcs and Elves and as a result wants revenge against the culprits but Mysteriously ended in the Nexus. This has Earned the Sympathy of many gods, particularly those who like him are Fish People.
    • Aquaman is actually one of the few people that understand his Language (Beside the Psychics). As a result, Murky usually goes to his temple for "Therapy Sessions"
    • Meron is actually a little jelous of Murky, Since she always wanted to live a tragic story like him. Murky still can't believe that a Mermaid Princess, wants to actually experience the feeling of witnessing your village getting slaughtered. Even if she really didn't meant Ill will, He can't help but Facepalm when she says that.
    • Actually good friends with Leviathan the Tidehunter after their first meeting. Tidehunter really Admires Murky's Determination and sees him as the little brother he never had. He actually is training him so he can finally defeat Kunkka for good. Murky even has gotten used to some of Tidehunter's Ocurrances.
  • Befriended fellow god Sasuke Uchiha after he heard his story, since he also lost all his village as a kid. Sasuke actually tries to warn Murky to not let hatred drive him or Pursue a similar Path like he did, Or worse, end up like Ren Hakuryuu.
    • Kratos also identified with Murky's backstory, seeing in him the young and angry boy he used to be. Murky has been acting as some kind of Morality Pet to him lately, but he still brings him to battle when the time calls.
    • Murky is one of the few animals who isn't scared in the presence of Sayo Samonji and the latter actually encourages him to take revenge on all the people who wronged him. While Murky is grateful of the Boy's proposal, he is trying to lay off Vengeance for now.
  • A frequent visitor of the house of Food where he usually order his favourite food, the Puffer fish. Since his arrival, the fish food has decreased in quantity and many suspect that he has been stealing some of them to use them in battle.
    • It was later proven true that he indeed, had stolen those fishes and illegally sold them around the pantheon. The court of gods in retalation, has forced him to repay all the loses the house of Food experienced because of him. The solution? He opened a particlar Taco joint where he mixes tacos with Fishes. Since then Murky's Pufferfish Tacos has become a really popular point of interest in the Food House.
  • Has been ocasionally spotted doing a Special dance.
  • He usually can't stand Humans, but he has found a kindred spirit in Kenny McCormick, thanks to Kenny's Condition. Altough, Murky wonders where does Kenny respawns, But since Murky does this from an Egg, he thinks that Kenny might do something similar. This was confirmed true when Kenny told him that indeed, every time he dies he is reborn from his mother
    • Mysteriously enough, he gets along pretty well with Grenth, partially because Grenth is curious how Murky manages to revive minutes later after being killed. He has been taking closer looks to the eggs that the Baby Murloc carries so he can understand the nature of Murky's Unknown powers.
  • When Dhuum heard that another god who can cheat death entered the Pantheon, he want ballistic and demanded to see him. When he found Murky, he couldn't take him seriously and cutted him with his Scythe. Unfortunately, He wasn't prepared for the Murloc's Rampage and was ultimately defeated because Murky refused to stay dead for more than two seconds. He sweared to get him back sometime, but this conflict became much worse when he learned that Murky befriended his Archnemesis Grenth. Witnesses reported that dhuum didn't take the news very well
  • Once, he was found wearing a power armor and surprisingly, it looked really good on him. Many suspect this was the doing of Rena Ryuugu but she didn't comment on being involved with the creation of Grunty.
    • On another ocation, he was seen wearing an Easter Bunny suit. It was so cute that he was later spotted running away from a legion of Goddesses who wanted him as a Pet.
  • Note: Murky's status in the Pantheon is radically different than other deities, in the sense that he is one of few deities that his "Death rules" apply differently than the rest of the Ascended deities, alongside Grenth. (Altough he can still normally die, he has the distinction of always resurrecting inmediately from his egg)
  • "Mrgglglbrlg rmrmgllg mrggggm" note 
  • Also present in the House of Game Design.

    Proto Man 
Proto Man, God Of The Secretly Dying (Blues, DLN-000, Break Man, Bruce, Prometheus)
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Demigods

    Marcus Aurelius and Commodus 
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus and Commodus, Father-Son Gods of Historical Figures With Deaths Changed In Fiction
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Marcus Aurelius as depicted in The Fall of the Roman Empire
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Commodus as depicted in Gladiator

    Tamon Yamaguchi 
Rear Admiral Tamon Yamaguchi, The God Who Went Down With His Ship
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  • Demigod
  • Symbol: His Rear Admiral's rank badges and uniform
  • Theme Song: Abandon Ship
  • Alignment: Lawful Neutral
  • Portfolio: Having gone down with his flagship the IJN "Hiryu" alongside Captain Kaku, Serving as one of Yamamoto's closest subordinates alongside Vice Admiral Nagumo, Dies with a calm expression just as he and Captain Kaku are obliterated by Japanese torpedoes, Commands directly from the bridge of the "Hiryu", putting him in the line of fire alongside the rest of the ship's crewmen and aviators, Chooses to follow senseless orders and die an honorable death despite knowing these actions will bear little or no fruit to Japan, A much better tactician and planner than his direct superiors, His sound tactical advice having been ignored by his superiors more than a few times over, His death proving to be an undoing for the Japanese Navy, One of the few Japanese officers to respect the Americans' resolve and bravery, Given command of the Kido Butai after the "Akagi" and Nagumo are forced out of the battle
  • Domains: Commanders, Ships, Officers
  • Herald: Captain Tomeo Kaku
  • High Priest: Captain Edward Smith
  • Allies:
  • Enemies:
  • Receives interest from: Rose DeWitt Bukater, Cal Hockley and Jack Dawson, Shimazu Toyohisa
  • Commander of the Japanese 2nd Carrier Division, which comprised the Japanese aircraft carriers Soryu and Hiryu, Rear Admiral Tamon Yamaguchi was one of the architects behind the Attack on Pearl Harbor, and one of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto's closest subordinates. Compared to his direct superior and commander of the Kido Butai, Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo, Yamaguchi was far more competent in handling carrier operations. In fact, the only reason that he was under Nagumo to begin with was due to the latter's seniority in the Japanese Navy's hierarchy.
  • Under Yamamoto's command, Yamaguchi would help ensure the success of numerous operations, most notably the aforementioned Attack on Pearl Harbor, the Battle of Wake Island, and the Indian Ocean Raid, his pilots sinking numerous Allied warships and downing hundreds of Allied planes. Despite these strings of successes, however, Yamaguchi was also an Ignored Expert, with his direct superior Vice Admiral Nagumo having failed to heed his advice regarding launching a 3rd wave during the Attack on Pearl Harbor to destroy the American submarine pens and fuel depots, as well as failing to account for the absence of American aircraft carriers during the aforementioned attack. This oversight would ultimately result in American carriers, with help from USAAF bomber pilots and their B-25 Mitchells, bombing mainland Japan in a surprise attack on Tokyo and several other Japanese cities. This humiliated the Japanese Naval High Command, including Yamamoto himself, to the point the latter suffered from a Villainous Breakdown for a while. It would be Yamaguchi that would snap his superior out of this, as well as convince Yamamoto to begin launching the operations he had earlier planned against the Americans at the Coral Sea and Midway.
  • It was during the latter operation, during the Battle of Midway, that Yamaguchi would once again prove himself to be a brilliant commander despite the odds being stacked increasingly against him and the Kido Butai. Following the loss of Vice Admiral Nagumo's flagship, the Japanese Aircraft Carrier Akagi, Yamaguchi was given command of the remaining Japanese forces, centered around his own flagship, the Japanese Aircraft Carrier Hiryu. With these limited forces, he was able to inflict devastating damage on the USS Yorktown, forcing the American carrier out of the battle after several torpedo and bomb hits. However, this small victory ultimately proved to only be a Hope Spot at best, as not long after launching this last raid, the Hiryu was attacked and successfully bombed by SBD Dauntless dive bombers from the USS Enterprise, led by none other than Lt. Dick Best of VB-6, who had in fact dealt the devastating blow.
  • With the Battle of Midway lost, the Kido Butai is shambles, and the Hiryu now in flames, Yamaguchi, knowing that his decisions had partly led to this costly and devastating defeat, decided to take the blame and all responsibility for his men's current situation. For that, he would choose to go down with the ''Hiryu'', in order to make up for his mistakes to both his superiors and subordinates. He would ultimately be joined by the Hiryu's own captain, one Tomeo Kaku, in staying onboard as the ship was scuttled by Japanese destroyers in order to prevent the carrier from being captured. They would then last be seen on the Japanese carrier's flight deck, just before they were both vaporized by explosions and fire erupting from below and behind them.
  • With Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto's ascension into the Pantheon, the Imperial Japanese Forces in the Pantheon now had a competent and dangerous commander leading their now-recovering forces. This, combined with the Nemesis Squadron providing the Japanese with advanced wonderweapon technology, allowed the tide of war to turn on the Japanese side once more. However, this respite didn't last long, with the arrival of the Battlehawks, the Arch-Enemy and Allied counterpart of Nemesis, who promptly began a campaign against their operations, including destroying numerous shipments of the aforementioned wonderweapons, sinking large numbers of German transport ships, U-boats, and cargo planes in the process. It was at this point that Yamamoto realized he, and by extension, the Japanese war effort, needed help in the Pantheon if they were to continue the war they so desperately wanted to win.
    • It was in the the midst of this dark hour for Yamamoto, the Japanese aircraft carrier Hiryu had somehow found its way into the Pantheon's seas, with Rear Admiral Tamon Yamaguchi, Captain Tomeo Kaku, and the rest of the ship's complement of pilots and crew appearing alongside the two Japanese officers. Immediately seeing Yamamoto's flagship, the Yamato not too far from them, Yamaguchi made contact with the friendly battleship through morse lamp and morse code. Upon finally meeting with his superior officer once more, Yamamoto soon realizes that Yamaguchi had just been ascended himself, apparently thanks to the Marshal Admiral's own presence in the Pantheon. Seizing this opportunity in front of him, Yamamoto appoints Yamaguchi as an official deity in the Pantheon, in this case as The God Who Went Down With His Ship. This was no thanks to his now immortalized actions immediately the Battle of Midway, where, as mentioned above, he chose to make up for his mistakes by going down with his flagship, the Hiryu, which, coincidentally, is now his own Temple as well within the Pantheon.
      • With the Hiryu now in the Pantheon, this marks the second Japanese aircraft carrier to be ascended as a Temple within its waters, the first being Commander Masataka Shima's Toshikaze, a Taiho-class armored aircraft carrier, which also acts as the latter's own respective Temple. Much like Shima, Yamaguchi ends up stationing a unit of Japanese SNLF Naval Infantry on board his own ship, in order to prevent Allied commandos, Marine Raiders, etc. from sabotaging his ship the same way an OSS unit did to Shima's own.
  • With his position within the Pantheon now secured, Yamaguchi, under Yamamoto's command and directive, begins launching a series of air and naval campaigns against American ships and island installations scattered throughout the Pantheon. The results are a series of defensive and tactical victories that ultimately force Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz to temporarily halt his own offensives, and focus instead on hunting down this "new" threat. This isn't helped by the fact that Yamaguchi himself has been receiving direct and indirect aid from the the aforementioned Nemesis Squadron, who have been providing Yamaguchi's experienced pilots with newer Japanese aircraft designs derived from existing German aircraft types already in service in Europe.
    • Inevitably, the Americans eventually find out who this mysterious new commander is, when the crew of Black Cat Mantaray 5-4 manage to locate and photograph the Hiryu while docked at a Japanese Naval base. Lt. Cdr. Dick Best, the very man responsible for fatally damaging the Japanese carrier in 1942, immediately recognizes the ship in the photograph. Not wanting to make his squadronmates' deaths during the Battle of Midway pointless, he makes it a point to personally lead the mission to once again sink the Hiryu. Sgt. Thomas Conlin, himself a survivor of the Pearl Harbor attack and a skilled SBD pilot himself, volunteers to accompany Best to help locate and destroy the elusive Japanese aircraft carrier and its commanding officer.
  • In addition to being targeted by American Marines and Naval aviators, the Rear Admiral, much like his superior Yamamoto, has received a lot of flak and opposition from his own country's wartime-era civilians currently residing in the Pantheon. Most notable amongst them is Suzu Houjou, a woman who lived near the port of Kure in 1945, where many of Yamaguchi's subordinates and ships had been based at one point. Having realized just how in the wrong her government was after meeting numerous American Marines and Naval servicemen who weren't the bloodthirsty killers the Imperial Japanese government depicted them as, she condemns Yamaguchi's and his superior's actions.
  • Despite being a Japanese Admiral, the American Fleet Girls, particularly Atlanta (whose historical counterpart fought at the Battle of Midway), want nothing to do with him, as instead of leading the fight against an otherworldly threat like the Abyssal Fleet, Yamaguchi is continuing the war effort of a regime notorious for its throughout Asia During the War. It doesn't help that the aforementioned Abyssal Fleet has since been vanquished from the Pantheon, and that these same American Fleet Girls now take orders instead from Nimitz, an American Admiral who following his ascension had helped them in their efforts to wipe out said Abyssals. What's more, the Imperial Japanese soldiers and sailors ascended into the Pantheon, in contrast to the Japanese Fleet Girls who they had fought alongside with in the past and are no longer within the Pantheon, have no intention of acting nice or kind to the Americans or even to the civilian populace in other Houses.
    • For similar reasons, he's also heavily distrusted by the 501st JFW, particularly by Yoshika Miyafuji and Mio Sakamoto, who hail from an alternate Empire of Japan known as the Fuso Empire. While the latter united with its fellow nations in order to fight an Alien Invasion, the former made attempts at conquering the rest of Asia and the Pacific from the United States and its allies. This was already more than enough reason to oppose him and his superiors, but there was also the issue of the Imperial Japanese in the Pantheon giving the Fuso Empires a bad name and reputation, due to wearing similar uniforms and being mistaken as Imperial Japanese by some rather vengeful American Marines and Navy servicemen.
  • Not all deities in the Pantheon hate Yamaguchi, however. In fact, he has quite a few who are interested and/or sympathize with him. Notably, former RMS Titanic passengers Rose DeWitt Bukater, Jack Dawson, and Cal Hockley all feel bad for him, no thanks to being a rather sympathetic individual forced to take responsibility for his actions, not unlike Captain Smith of the Titanic. In addition, there's also one Shimazu Toyohisa, who at one point met the Admiral Tamon Yamaguchi of his universe who coincidentally was also tied with the Aircraft Carrier Hiryu. Toyohisa himself realizes that this man isn't the Yamaguchi he met, when the Pantheon's Yamaguchi asks who he is.
"You have all fought valiantly. But we must scuttle this ship so that it doesn't fall into enemy hands. The loss of this battle falls on the heads of your commanders, not you. For this reason, I have decided to go down with this ship. I command you to carry on your loyal service to the Emperor."

Quasideities

    Final Destination Protagonists 
Alexander Theodore "Alex" Browning, Kimberly "Kim" Corman, Wendy Christensen, Nicholas "Nick" O'Bannon, Samuel "Sam" Lawton, Quintet Representatives of Proving Death's Unavoidability
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  • Quasideities
  • Symbol: The Number 180, or their Faces partly Covered by a Skull.
  • Theme Songs: Main Theme (First Film), My Name is Death by Jude Christodal, Love Train by Tommy Lee, Main Theme (Fourth Film), Main Theme (Fifth Film)
  • Alignment: Chaotic Good (Alex), Neutral Good with Chaotic Leanings (Kimberly, Wendy, Nick, Sam)
  • Portfolio: Avoid Death via a Premonition, but still in Peril of Dying Randomly, Gruesomely, and in a Convoluted Fashion, Tend to Suffer a Lot Emotionally and Psychologically, The Problem with Fighting Death, Primal Fear, Survivor Guilt, Never Really Succeeding in Saving the Other Survivors or Themselves from Death, Have to be Constantly Reminded by the Survivors' Death via Additional Premonitions and Clues
  • Domains: Death, Visions, Sadness, Fear, Survival, Fate
  • Heralds: Clear Rivers, Alexander Browning (Alex and Clear's son)
  • Allies: Mei Misaki, Max Caulfield, Makoto Naegi, Rintarou Okabe, Shuichi Saihara, Eight
  • On Good Terms With: Many who were Participants in The Killing Game, Shirou Emiya, Jessica Cruz, Hanako Ikezawa, The Doctor, Dean and Sam Winchester, Yuri Nakamura, Futaba Sakura
  • Opposes: Death (Final Destination), John Kramer/Jigsaw, Dhuum, Light Yagami, Ryuk, Misa Amane, Teru Mikami, Junko Enoshima
  • Pitied By: Destiny of the Endless, Dream of the Endless, Hall of Romantic Loss (Wendy)
  • On Awkward Terms With: The Other Death Entities (He of the Seventh Seal, Death of the Endless, Discworld Death, Grim), Billy, Mandy
  • Death is Inevitable is a term that tends to be near-universally accepted as well as the concept of it being an individual figure who must oversee and put a lease on life as a means of balance and control. But what if said balance and control happens to be tampered with and hampered upon by an individual who ends up foreseeing a future event that would kill them and several, makes an attempt for evacuation, and gets a couple of people off before said catastrophic event occurs. Death may have taken lives per usual, but not everybody, a fact that not only goes unnoticed but something that must be rectified and retaliated upon HARD. Death would then proceed to kill off the survivors one-by-one in complex, gruesome, and sadistic manners, usually saving the visionary for last. And it is here that a visionary's panic and fear escalate and turns into a mad panic of them attempting to save the survivors and themselves from Death. This is a tale that is best described in the perspectives of Alex Browningnote , Kimberly Cormannote , Wendy Christensennote , Nick O'Bannon note , and Sam Lawtonnote , all of whom foresaw a disaster and escaped it alongside a couple of survivors, only to be vengefully hunted upon by Death.
  • As far as most are concerned, neither were able to keep themselves safe from Death nor save anyone else from being killed offnote  The tales of Alex, Kimberly, Wendy, Nick, and Sam, proved memorable and influential enough for the five of them to be recognized by the Pantheon. All five of them were bought along together, however, in spite of their similar stories, neither were actually familiar with one another, save for the fact that Alex's own story has been referenced, hence he's seen as a tether of-sorts by the others when it comes to them being connectednote . Even so, it led to the five developing a kinship with one another and related to their circumstances. They do, however, admit that it is going to take a long time for them to be fully adjusted into the Pantheon (after all, their mortal coils were shed prematurely and violently at that) and they'll be needing emotional and psychological help in some way or another, as they soon discovered that their paranoia has affected their way of living and how they perceive their surroundings.
  • The Visionaries, in general, try to lead an ordinary life in the Pantheon and intend to keep it that way, though they do express some surprise at the fantastical and whimsical nature of the new world that they now live in, in addition to to the fact that their tale is now one that's often cited to be a cautionary one about potential disasters and looking after one's surroundings. This does not, in any way, make them feel inspired, but rather scapegoats in a sense as their experience was a horrifying one that they think no one should ever have to go through. That said, they do sincerely hope that their tale can be used to help others in becoming more mindful and wary, in addition, to also try to help others out in cases of accidents and slip-ups. It helps that the Pantheon has generally been quite sympathetic to the five of them.
  • While the quintet is socially and emotionally reclusive due to their harrowing experiences and their failures, this hasn't stopped them from interacting and even becoming friends with other figures in the Pantheon, if mainly because they could relate to their situation and even expressed a need to be there for their company, trying to help them out in getting comfortable in the Pantheon, or both. Two of these figures were Mei Misaki, a teenage girl with a freaky appearance who, otherwise, was actually a nice person in general, albeit with a tragic background with a link to a horrendous curse revolving around a high school room, and Rintarou Okabe, an over-the-top scientist who discovered a way to travel back in time... and inadvertently get his own friends, especially his childhood friend, Mayuri Shiina, in lethal trouble when an organization known as SERN get involved. Mei was surprised to learn how Death's Design worked in a similar fashion to the Class 3-3 Curse in Yomiyama North Middle School when it came to the methods of how the victims were offed and wondered if the two were somehow linked together, though unlike the Class 3-3 Curse, Death's Design revolved on a strict and rigid list, while Okabe found himself similar to the Visionaries in that they stressed themselves out heavily in trying to defy fate, though Okabe doesn't like to be reminded by how Death simply rigged the Design to ensure that everyone still died by its own rules. The Visionaries personally expressed that they don't want to think about it too much, a gesture that Mei reciprocated as she knew their circumstances were similar to what she and the other Class 3-3 students went through, while Okabe makes some attempts to cheer up the Visionaries in whatever way he can, to mixed results.
  • Unsurprisingly, all of the visionaries are plagued with the fact that they and a few others survived in an event where several others died and they were unable to save them, regardless of them being in a circumstance where they clearly had no control. They are known to be one of the more notable examples of Survivor's Guilt in the Pantheon because of this and further highlighted by the fact that they are still afraid of the fact that they believe that anything can kill them in some shape or another, even if they have no involvement in the Pantheon's Forever War in any capacity. It doesn't help in that they themselves were suddenly killed off, which persisted in the sense that they tend to be quite superstitious about their surroundings, in addition to the fact that they are emotionally panicky and express a great deal of remorse and guilt every now and then.
    • Jessica Cruz, Hanako Ikezawa, and Shirou Emiya were three people who underwent great stress and pains over being a lone survivor of an event that greatly traumatized and affected their perspectives on life and their character quirks. Jessica was barely ever to leave the house due to suffering from agoraphobia after seeing her friends get killed by criminals who happened to witness them in a bad time, Hanako saw her family die in a house fire and has parts of her face in the right seared as an indication to that event, which also affected her self-esteem, and Shirou developed a savior complex where he desired to become a "Hero of Justice" mainly to prevent those from going through the same tragedy as he did, though deep down, he was deeply hurt by how he survived in an event that killed everyone around him and is emotionally weighed down by his beliefs being challenged and not being able to save everyone. All of them found their experience dealing with Survivor's Guilt as something they shared with the Visionaries and were more than open to try to support them in the Pantheon. The quintet was happy to learn about their stories and how they were able to overcome their problems and find acceptance and success, though Jessica, Hanako, and Shirou were dismayed to learn how Death's Design worked, in the sense that the survivors barely had any luck, and were further motivated to attend their presence and help them out, especially for Shirou's case.
  • The Visionaries weren't the only ones where they were in a "race-against-the-clock" situation regarding saving others from a premeditated time of death. During their time in the Pantheon, they came across a girl named Max Caulfield, a girl from Arcadia Bay, Oregon, who was an aspiring photographer and had the strange ability of mentally going back in time. Max personally had to deal with her schoolmates suffering depression, anxiety, being hounded by someone, and contemplating suicide, and how Max had to figure out ways to reach out and help them out, though her main priority was another girl named Chloe Price. All of her attempts to save Chloe proved futile due to being predestined to be murdered by a perverse teacher named Mark Jefferson unless she sacrificed Arcadia Bay to a twister. The Visionaries were inspired by Max's story, though noted that she too had to pay a heavy price, whereas Max could only share condolences to the quintet and wish them a good life in the Pantheon. Still, she has made an effort to be a recurring presence for them, trying to engage in their lives and helping them adjust in the Pantheon. Lastly, the fact that both Max and Wendy have used photographs in their tales did not go unnoticed for the two of them.
  • They are surprised to learn that there is more than one iteration of Death in the Pantheon, some malicious and some that are either neutral or even benevolent. The Death that the visionaries are familiar with is, oddly enough, rather inactive when it comes to his duties; some think the nature of deities never really staying dead is what's caused Death to just refrain out of annoyance whereas others feel as if it has to contend with other Death deities taking priorities and it has to simply wait it's time before it takes up any activity. This made the visionaries safe from any sort of absurdly coincidental deaths, but it doesn't take away their paranoia and their series of emotional baggage that continues to haunt them over time. Wendy, in particular, seems to be nervous and pessimistic about the situation as she affirms that Death is an actively malicious figure. Considering the fact that all of the survivors' deaths happened right in front of her and were drawn out, there was little to argue towards her on.
    • Death of the Endless takes great expressions of sympathy and condolences towards them and makes an effort to try visiting them whenever she gets the chance. As a personification of Death herself, she feels obligated to try mending herself up to some degree and the visionaries out in some capacity. A similar sentiment was also shared by another individual Grim Reaper, the Stealer of Souls, who despite his fearsome looks and reputation, is actually a well-meaning figure and values mortality. He of the Seventh Seal, on the other hand, is generally apathetic but doesn't see a reason to torment nor mock the visionaries for what they've been through, though they are welcome to play chess with him if they wish. And Grim pities them for being just as unsuccessful in their efforts as he is in ''trying to be a Grim Reaper, though he does affirm that he would never actually want to make others suffer in a gruesome fashion just because someone went off the rails when it came to when it was their time to die. Each of the visionaries is understandably hesitant in approaching these Death Entities, but they've been known to try every once in a while.
  • Their experience in trying to fend off Death and doing the best they could to save others does elicit some form of respect and praise from John Doe, if mainly because the Visionaries take it upon themselves to value life and they want to do whatever it takes to live out a full one. That said, the quintet is not appreciative of how someone would want to kidnap and force others into participating in death traps as some morbid way to get them into appreciating life, and that's not to mention John Dow's reputation as the Jigsaw Killer. Light Yagami and Teru Mikami is even less sympathetic; even if they're not criminals, Light and Mikami could hardly care less about their fates, with Mikami even thinking that many of them deserved to die under the basis of most of them being "lazy". The Visionaries express nothing but disgust towards Light and Mikami's actions as Death Note users, in addition to finding just how eerie and creepy they are, as their method of killing is not too different from Death's, with Light and Mikami having their own sort of Death's Design via a notebook that's made with the intent of killing others.
  • In another example of something that takes some cues from Death's Design, the Visionaries also came to befriend Makoto Naegi and Shuichi Saihara, two high-school students who were forced into a sadistic game where one student is murdered and another trialed and executed for said murder, all for the sake of drawing out sadistic pleasure from the perpetrators. The quintet quickly noticed how convoluted and needlessly complicated the methods of death were, whereas Makoto and Shuichi were taken aback and intimidated by the idea of Death tailing their every move simply because they avoided dying at a particular moment, but regardless, they became good friends and valued one another's company. The Visionaries' story got a laugh out of Junko Enoshima, one of the perpetrators of the School Killing Game, who saw the prolonged methods of dying as well have having to deal with an unstoppable force of nature, who happened to have sadistic undertones, to be a great way of inducing despair towards others. Obviously enough, the quintet wants nothing to do with Junko, as well as her mascot and fellow perpetrator, Monokuma, and condemns them for their horrific acts.
  • Alex was stunned to hear that in a possible alteration to his story, he and Clear had a son named after himself. That said, Alex actually died whilst trying to save Clear, but not before the two of them had sex with one another and Clear gave birth months later. It turned out from there that new life, as in giving birth, is what can truly defeat Death's Design as Death couldn't really kill someone that suddenly enters one's life. This revelation got Alex thinking that had this idea been known, he would have not just convinced Clear, but also had her tell this to future premonition survivors just in case, they would have had a better fighting chance against Death. This gave Alex a huge form of relief and wishes that they could use this knowledge to help save further lives, as demonstrated with Clear and Carter. He was further happy to learn that he could bring along his son as a Herald, even though the two never met one another as Alex died months before his son's birth. That said, he's unsure of what to expect being a father, though Clear and a few friends, old and new, are willing to help him out on that, including the House of Family and Relatives.
    • It's best not to remind Alex of the moments where he was made out to be a terrorist by the FBI. This is even more apparent by 9/11, which happened a year after the Flight 180 explosion. Alex was surprised to learn about just how much air-traveling regulations have changed since his death, though it doesn't take away his own paranoia and fears over aircraft. He tends to tense up whenever he stumbles across an aircraft-based area in the House of Travel and he constantly has to remind himself that things will turn out fine. On the other hand, officers specializing in handling cases regarding terrorism in the House of Law and Justice are open to listing to Alex's perspective and acknowledge that his panic, anxiety, and emotional pain were real and that he should try to seek mental help whenever possible.
  • Kimberly lost her mother to a botched robbery-turned-mother and she feels guilty about the experience as she was distracted by watching a news report regarding the death of Tod Waggner. While she is pitied by the Houses of Family and Relatives and Friendship and Camaraderie, Kimberly doesn't pay too much attention to them, though she is grateful for their condolences. At the moment, she's currently trying to figure out her place in the Pantheon as well as making an attempt to bond with the other visionaries with their shared experiences. There are rumors that she and Wendy are distant cousins, but no word has come off from either of the two.
    • Given her own personal troubles regarding the death of her mother, Kimberly found it easy to get along with those who underwent a similar predicament, among those being the Winchester Brothers who were unable to save their parents from being killed by demonic forces as they were out of their control, and Yuri Nakamura, who was outclassed by a gang of thieves who killed her younger siblings one-by-one before the police arrived, which contributed to Yuri's guilt and angst and her being unable to completely move on after her own untimely death via an automobile accident. The four of them, in addition to their shared troubles, did find further companionship in that they genuinely wanted to help others and persevere from their problems, though Kimberly feels a little upset that she didn't become a more mentally stronger person than either Sam, Dean, and Yuri was. That said, the three of them were eager to help Kimberly in coping with her angst and anxiety in the Pantheon.
  • Wendy currently attends a college section in the House of School, but she has no intention of wanting to be looked at as a celebrity there due to her prior experience. The House was considerate enough to establish a memorial service to Wendy's friends, particularly her boyfriend, Jason, and while she does feel thankful for their hospitality, she admits that her emotional trauma isn't going away anytime soon. On an additional note, Wendy's experience has led to her becoming a recurring and welcomed visitor for the Hall of Romantic Loss where she is open to recounting all of her moments with Jason and what she would have wanted to do with him in a possible future had the Devil's Flight Derailment never happened. She does her best to hold back tears, to mixed results, but the residents and fellow visitors of the Hall are complimentary of Wendy for expressing her feelings and encourage her to be more optimistic.
    • On the subject of love, Wendy has been quiet about that subject when it came to Kevin Fischer, who happened to be seated beside her during her doomed Devil's Flight ride and happened to be Jason's best friend. Unbeknownst to Kevin, Wendy was told by her best friend and Kevin's then-girlfriend, Carrie (who was also a victim of the roller coaster derailment), that she had intended to break up with Kevin the day after, when coincidentally, Kevin was planning to propose her. Wendy has since laid off in telling Kevin about any of this... whilst she herself developed romantic thoughts for Kevin later down the line. While they shared a kiss, they chose to hold off their feelings until they found a way to overcome Death. Whilst Wendy continues her college course, Kevin has started to work as a security officer, having been inspired by his experiences with Wendy and aims to do whatever he can to help and save others.
  • Nick, the last of the visionaries to dienote , is also noted to have arguably the most potent premonitions out of the quintet, having been able to see and predict many of the outcomes that Death had established and once managing to save an entire mall and theatre from a catastrophic explosion after witnessing a premonition of them and acting quick enough on them. Of course, it was all a ploy established by Death as a means of toying around with him and his attempts to survive, but Nick's efforts were commendable enough to be seen as a hero. In fact, he's the closest out of the visionaries to be a hero for his selfless action in the mall, though Nick doesn't put much thought into his accomplishment, instead choosing to put his focus on going back to college after spring break and finishing up his semester.
    • During his attempts to fend off Death, Nick had the thought of wanting to travel to Europe with his girlfriend, Lori, once he had found a way to defeat Death. While thus unfortunately never came to pass, Nick and Lori were instead given a more interesting locale to take their travel to, that being the Pantheon itself. From what they've heard and seen, the couple made arrangements to take a tour in the Houses of Love and Affection, Travel, Nature and Jobs and Profession. While they are keen on visiting spectacular-looking locales and make their love at a designated spot, Nick and Lori also knew that it would be beneficial to look for a job for themselves to apply to in their free time. They're also thinking about getting their friends, Hunt and Janet, involved, though that might be a challenge for them, particularly Hunt whose sleazy demeanor and penchant for wanting to get laid would attest.
  • One of Sam's passions is to be an excelled chef and was granted a scholarship in Paris, France. Unfortunately, that opportunity never came to pass due to his designated plane being Flight 180, but the Pantheon has been rather kind on the missed perspective. Sam was elated to hear that the House of Food heard about his tale and his desire to be a chef, as he was given another scholarship there to attend and put his occupation into. Although he was nervous, given what he personally went through, he was eager to accept the offer and took up the opportunity to work in a well-paid job, considering his previous one in Presage Papers wasn't doing well for him. Sam was also surprised to see the amount of emotional support he's got in his new workplace, who are quite encouraging towards Sam's passions, including his relationship with Molly.
    • Sam is, so far, one of the very few visionaries to deliberately kill someone, that being his former friend, Peter Friedkin, who was driven mad by the death of his own girlfriend, Candice, and tried to kill Molly out of misplaced rage and grief and under the presumption that killing someone who wasn't on Death's List would mean taking the victim's remaining lifespan for himself. That said, Sam's manslaughter was only done out of saving someone and he felt that he was willing to accept his own death. That said, given that Peter killed FBI Agent Jim Block during his attack on Sam and Molly, the former felt that he had acquired Peter's life after stabbing him with a skewer. Alas, it wasn't enough, and Sam would rather not go into detail about the topic. He's more focused on the fact that he has Molly and some of his friends again, alongside the scholarship that he was aiming for.

    King Lear and Cordelia (the Shakespeare edition) 
King Lear and Princess Cordelia (the Shakespeare version), Patron Deities of Those Who Received Death by Adaptation (Lear: Leir of Britain; Cordelia: Cordelia of Britain)
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  • Quasideities
  • Symbol: A man sitting on a throne asking for a declaration of love from three women.
  • Theme Song: "Suite"
  • Alignment: Neutral Good (for Cordelia), True Neutral (for Lear)
  • Domain: Family, Royalty, Love, Death, Narrative
  • Portfolio: Death by Adaptation, Downer Ending
  • Followers: Satella Harvenheit, Ben Ulrich, Snowball, Duckworth
  • Allies: The good-aligned deities in the House of Family,
    • Cordelia: Every deities who love their parents
    • Lear: Tintin
  • Enemies: Macbeth, Lady Macbeth
  • Complicated Relationship with: British loyalties like King Arthur, King Richard III of England
  • Opposes:
  • Superior: William Shakespeare
  • The famous father and daughter duo whose deaths by Shakespeare was incredibly unexpected, the duo was brought back to life thanks to the influence of their superior and bring into the Pantheon
  • Sometime the two can be seen as Japanese Warlords named Hidetora and Saburo.
  • Macbeth and his wife were at first tried to have contact with the two because hearing that they are also usurpers but was rejected violently by both Lear and Cordelia due to how evil and a bad ruler he is. The fact that the four of them have many look-a-like and one of Lady Macbeth's High Priest is Lady Kaede doesn't help.
  • Due to the fact that the entire tragedy started because of Poor Communication Kills, Cordelia and Lear have been trying to rebuild their relationship and establish clear communication with each other. It isn't easy because Lear has gone insane due to grief of seeing his daughter beheaded, but Cordelia determines to not stop trying. Her effort moved many deities in the Pantheon who love their parents.
  • Due to her status as an exile, married to the King of France and led a coup against the English throne to reinstall her father, Cordelia has a tense relationship with other British royalties like King Arthur and Richard III. They sympathize with her situation but not her action of threatening the crown. They also have problem with the fact that Cordelia knows that her father isn't the most stable ruler and try to re-install him anyway.
    • Their relationship with Richard III is especially on bad term considering the fact Lear and him have many look-a-like.
  • Being a relatively popular work that has a long history, the duo has encountered many interesting interaction thanks to their incarnation:
    • Every mutants in the Pantheon are creeped out by Lear due to the fact that he sounds like a Sentinels that hunt them. Lear knows this and usually appear under one of his counterpart that looks like Magneto.
      • On the other hand, Tintin really warms up to Lear after meeting him due to the fact that his voice sounds like his good friend Capt. Haddock.
    • Lear is NOT pleased when discover that he looks like one of Jack Sparrow's pirates Capt. Barbossa and has been avoiding Sparrow ever since.
  • Chrom at first thought that this Cordelia was one of the Pegasus Knights in Yllise because of their similar names. Cordelia was sadden to hear about how the other Cordelia had to lose her entire squad in order to warn him about the capital's fall and (unknown to Chrom from other sources) how Cordelia never confessed her to him.
    • She met that woman upon her ascension and that Cordelia found her story to be very tragic.

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