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God of the Dead
General Information
Abode The Underworld
Plane Theros

Erebos is the God of the Dead on Theros.

Description[edit | edit source]

Erebos is associated with death, misfortune, ill fate, begrudging acceptance, envy and bitterness. Born from the first shadow cast from the Sun's light, he was banished by Heliod to the Underworld. Erebos is notable for not being connected to the realm of Nyx, in spite of black's association with darkness. Erebos wields Mastix, a golden-handled whip with an impossibly long lash. The whip is a means of inflicting pain when he must, but its more frequent function is as a snare to pull the reluctant dead into his realm. The god of the Underworld is worshiped by those who exalt death, those who desire wealth, and those who pray for acceptance of their fates. Because the dead leave their earthly wealth behind, Erebos has become associated with that wealth, as well as with the abundance of gold in his realm.

Jealous, tyrannical, and paranoid, Erebos creates monsters to guard his realm.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

After the demise of Xenagos, Heliod instructed his champion, Daxos, to remove all trace of the other gods from the great city of Meletis.[2] The other gods, refusing to stand for such an affront, called upon their own champions from the Underworld; with this, the gods were at war. And when gods clash, mortals suffer the consequences. One such consequence took the form of rifts to the Underworld from which countless monsters poured forth. Erebos was consumed by this conflict. He hated Heliod most of all, and in his rage, he neglected to keep a tight grip on the souls under his purview.

When the planeswalker Elspeth Tirel managed to defeat Heliod, Erebos took the defeated sun god and placed him beneath a giant boulder in the Underworld, where he would suffer for all eternity, or until he was forgotten by his worshippers above. As for Elspeth, Erebos gifted her his eternal gratitude — and safe passage back to the mortal realm.[1]

Story appearances[edit | edit source]

Title Author Publishing date Set Setting (plane) Featuring
Emonberry Red Clayton Kroh 2014-02-05 Born of the Gods Theros Erebos, Fate Unraveler

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Inspiration[edit | edit source]

The character of Erebos is inspired by Hades, Greek god of the underworld, dead and riches; and Erebus, Greek primordial deity of darkness (even in name).

References[edit | edit source]

  1. a b Wizards of the Coast (December 16, 2019). "The Theros Beyond Death Story on Cards". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Wizards of the Coast (January 10, 2020). "Theros Beyond Death Story Summary". Wizards of the Coast.

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