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Death, revisited

Unread postby PriamNevhausten » Wed Mar 08, 2006 6:14 pm

We're all familiar with the portrayal of Death as the cloaked spectre, the Grim Reaper. But let's step beyond that for a moment. What aspects do you think the incarnation of death possesses? Is this best represented by something humanoid? Or maybe something that only exists when it is needed, not a permanent form? Perhaps there is no definite form to its shape at all. Does Death have any personality characteristics? Is it ruthless, or cogitative, or patient, or hurried, or what? Let's hear your thoughts on the matter. <p><span style="font-size:xx-small;">"It's in the air, in the headlines in the newspapers, in the blurry images on television. It is a secret you have yet to grasp, although the first syllable has been spoken in a dream you cannot quite recall." --Unknown Armies</span></p>

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Unread postby Archmage144 » Wed Mar 08, 2006 7:24 pm

From a scientific standpoint, obviously, I don't believe that there is any "personification" of death, nor is there any need for one. Death is what happens when your bodily systems stop functioning, primarily the brain.

Or perhaps you are asking me to describe the characteristics of what such an entity would be like, if one were to exist? <p>
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Re: Death, revisited

Unread postby KingOfDoma » Wed Mar 08, 2006 7:32 pm

If Death were a person, it would be reasonable, yet cold. Someone you would respect, but not befriend. Joy or sorrow would be irrelevant, and their job would come easily.

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Unread postby E Mouse » Wed Mar 08, 2006 7:51 pm

<S>Love</S> Death is when 72 billion monkeys steal a porsche and drive it off a cliff. <p>


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Re: Death, revisited

Unread postby Spleen » Thu Mar 09, 2006 12:36 am

Read Discworld.


That is all. <p>-_-___-___-___-_-

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Re: Death, revisited

Unread postby PriamNevhausten » Thu Mar 09, 2006 3:18 am

The answer to The Brian's final question is yes. <p><span style="font-size:xx-small;">"It's in the air, in the headlines in the newspapers, in the blurry images on television. It is a secret you have yet to grasp, although the first syllable has been spoken in a dream you cannot quite recall." --Unknown Armies</span></p>

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Re: Death, revisited

Unread postby pd Rydia » Mon Mar 13, 2006 8:03 pm

If I were to personify death, I'd give it the traits of age, compassion, and hermitage, or not interacting directly/visibly with others. <p>
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Unread postby Choark » Tue Mar 14, 2006 7:34 am

Some people say Deaths got a good sense of humour, but not me because Death always seem to use the same punchline over and over again.

Other people also say Dath is a rather cute goth girl who so happens to like Mary Poppin's, is rather nice and sweet and pretty knowlegdable about everything. I say they read the Sandman comics. That and I suppose most guys would rather be Deathed by a cute goth girl then a seven foot skeleton.

Others even say Death a guy just doing his job, who likes cats, has a horse named Binky and TALKS LIKE THIS. Not me though...

... There's even a Conkers version of Death. A rather irritated three footer (at the most) squeaky voiced skeleton who Hates and despises cats, damn Bastards, I mean 7 lives! And now they're are even fish versions of them, little buggers. And bloody squirrels, going around with there tails all squirrel like, Worse then cats!

There's even a version of death that comically uses objects in a sort of Domino effect to kill people off, by stabbing, explosion, accidents and whatnot. Others still, saying death is this white ligh, taking people where they need to go after its all happened.

... And, eh, so on and so forth.

I don't have a personification of death cause its bloody death. Not really much to personaify when alls said and done. You could say its a heartless bastard, taking whoever and whatever at any time it damn well pleases with no consideration to whats going on and who's good or bad, git. You could say its someone who has to be there but you don't like them, or you like/understand what they do but would rather they kept out of your buisness but then some people do like death n stuff and... Anywho. Whatever. <p><div style="text-align:center"> </div>
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Re: Death, revisited

Unread postby Besyanteo » Tue Mar 14, 2006 3:26 pm

I'd say a wasp without a stinger, but I'm sure it would spark some kind of horrendous religous debate.

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Unread postby Endadelta » Tue Mar 14, 2006 3:45 pm

I agree with Jason.

Alternately, I've always been keen on the concept of the cloaked skeletal figure as Death. Don't deny the classics.


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Unread postby Spleen » Tue Mar 14, 2006 9:45 pm

I had a response, but Bes absolutely annihilated it with the power of his. <p>-_-___-___-___-_-

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Unread postby NamagomiMk0 » Sat Mar 18, 2006 3:49 pm

On first thought, I thought of the depiction of Lucifer in Constantine when I thought of this. However, with some thought, in my mind, Death turned out to be something...well, different. Completely androgynous in appearance, voice, and mannerisms, and, though not pissy or anything of the such, VERY direct and straight-to-the-point, not caring for small-talk or fooling around. <p>"DO YOU THINK YOU CAN DEFEAT US? OUR TREASURE MAY BE HEAVY, BUT WE ARE LIGHT AS WIND. ONLY MAGICS MAY HURT US, BUT ONLY WE KNOW WHICH ONES." --Omoikane, Digital Devil Saga 2</p>

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Unread postby Shinigori V2 » Sat Mar 18, 2006 7:08 pm

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Unread postby PriamNevhausten » Sun Mar 19, 2006 1:31 am

Doug gets ten points for contributing something worthwhile.

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Unread postby darkknight61189 » Sun Apr 16, 2006 6:32 pm

Seems like Spleen beat me to this punch on this one.

First thing that comes to midn when I think of Death would be the one from Discworld, definitely. He has a witty sense of humor. He has to, otherwise dying would be so much less fun. I don't particularly like the usual depiction of Death having a scythe, though. Death, in my mind, is completely neutral. He comes when he is needed. He does not seek vengeance (he's way too cool for that) and he doesn't go around randomly killing things (again, way too cool for that). The scythe is used to represent him as a reaper of death, harvesting souls, but then that makes him sound like some kind of crazy lunatic that collects souls.

And he has to have a horse. Named Binky. Absolute must. If I die and I see Death without a horse names Binky, I'll kill him.

(Sorry if I'm resurresting a dead thread, but I felt I needed to add my worthless two cents here.) <p>

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