The Seven Reapers were mortal heroes who fought beside Grenth when he defeated Dhuum. He rewarded them by elevating them to become his immortal avatars.
The Seven Reapers were mortal heroes who fought beside Grenth when he defeated and imprisoned Dhuum in the Hall of Judgment. After ascending to godhood, Grenth rewarded the Reapers by elevating them to become his immortal avatars. Each Reaper governs a region of the Underworld.
The origins of the Seven Reapers remain unknown except that they were Grenth's mortal companions who helped him defeat Dhuum. Grenth rewarded them for their help by elevating them to become his avatars who would govern specific regions of the Underworld in Grenth's name. Following Grenth's ascension into godhood, the Reapers did their best to keep Dhuum imprisoned. However, the former God of Death successfully broke out every now and then, forcing the Reapers to ask for the assistance of mortal heroes at least once to reseal Dhuum.
The Cathedral of Silence, also known as the Shrine of the Reapers, was the first temple of Grenth ever built in Orr and held special significance to the Reapers, particularly the Reaper of the Ice Wastes, the most faithful of the Seven.
In 1325 AE, an expedition headed by Marshal Trahearne and the Pact Commander entered the Cathedral of Silence to seek answers that might reveal the location of the source of Orr which needed to be cleansed to begin the restoration of Orr from the Elder Dragon Zhaitan's corruption. With the mystical knowledge of Priestess Rhie and a device designed by Pokka, the group was able to peform an ancient rite that Orrians had used to seek aid from the Reapers.
One weakened Reaper answered the call and was surprised to see Grenth's priestess among those who had summoned him. In exchange for information, the Reaper demanded the group to slay the Risen Keeper of the Shrine in Grenth's name in order to return the soul which Zhaitan had trapped back to Grenth's fold. After the group had carried out the task, the Reaper revealed that the source they sought lay at the Artesian Waters. Upon hearing that the group would do their utmost to liberate Orr, the Reaper vanished but not before stating that he would be with them in every swing of their enemies' blades.
After Dhuum had broken free from his bindings once more, he was able to repel the Reapers from the Hall of Judgment, redirect the River of Souls to him to regain his strength for an eventual invasion of Tyria, and corrupted many of Grenth's servants in the Hall of Chains into his army. The weakened Reapers were unable to confront the fallen god until Desmina, Grenth's first priestess who was aided by mortal raiders whom she had summoned to her side, successfully defeated Dhuum's servants who were guarding Statues of Grenth warding Dhuum's throne.
Once the path was opened, the Reapers joined in on the assault on the repurposed Hall of Judgment and began casting the ancient ritual which they had used to contain Dhuum before. However, the Reapers perished in later stages of the battle but whether it was because of Dhuum's attack or Desmina or someone else's meddling remains unknown.
Despite the Reapers' demise, the battle for Tyria turned in the raiders' favor when they assisted Desmina with continuing the ritual in the Reapers' place. Dhuum was defeated once more in the end, and his essence left the dark armor he had been inhabiting as he was sealed within a more powerful prison than the ones that had contained him before, this time seemingly for good.
- See also: Category:Seven Reapers
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- ^ a b Cathedral of Silence
- Priestess Rhie: The Seven Reapers were mortal heroes who fought beside Grenth when he defeated Dhuum. He rewarded them by elevating them to become his immortal avatars.
- <Character name>: Anything else about them?
- Priestess Rhie: They govern the various regions of the Underworld—the Labyrinth, Bone Pits, Chaos Planes, and so forth. But they have not been seen in human generations!
- <Character name>: Can you tell which one we're dealing with here?
- Priestess Rhie: I'm not sure, but if I had to guess, I'd say he's likely the Reaper of the Ice Wastes, Grenth's most faithful Reaper. He'd never give up on the Cathedral—no matter what.
- ^ Desmina
- ^ Priestess Corpse
- ^ Guild Chat Episode 58 - The Hall of Chains, YouTube.com
- Byron Miller: The Reapers again, as has been happening for thousands of years, have come to reseal Dhuum. Maybe it goes a little wrong this time. Maybe someone meant for that to happen, maybe someone didn't, you know. It sort of remains to be seen.
- ^ Scholar Glenna