The Three Deaths
Age, Plague, and Sword – These three are most often seen together, an unholy trio. They appear as corpses in a near-mummified state. Age is recognized for his dry, brittle appearance and long stringy white haire sprouting from the dried skin that stretches over his skull. Plague is identifiable for the numerous bugs and worms that crawl in and out of his body, while ooze seeps from his bandages. Sword is recognized for the various weapons he carries, as well as the visible wounds that criss-cross his flesh. Together, they represent the three forms of death that come to mortal men. They are not worshipped. Anyone who sees them knows that great catastrophe is near. They are not evil, they are more an act of nature, perhaps. People fear them not for themselves, but because of what they are associated with. They often appear in the legends of heroes and kings. Showing up to warn the hero who is near to death, or laugh at the dying villain who has taken great pleasure in killing so many others.