"All of creation cares not whether you live or die."
| Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse |
Also Known As: Rider of the Apocalypse, Rider, Charred Council's Rider
|Gender||Male (Death, War, Strife), Female (Fury)|
|Eyes||Orange (Death), White (War), Yellow (Strife and Fury)|
|Hair Color||Black (Death and Strife), White (War), Purple (Fury)|
|Means of Travel||Mount, On foot|
|Affiliation||Riders of the Apocalypse|
|Occupation||Charred Council's Executors|
|Relatives(s)||Nephilim (siblings), Absalom (brother), Lilith (mother)|
|Main Weapon||Harvester (Death's scythe), Chaoseater (War's sword), Mercy and Redemption (Strife's pistols), Scorn (Fury's whip)|
|Type of Attack||Melee, Range|
|Enemies||Seven Deadly Sins|
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are the protagonists of the Darksiders series. They are well-known as the Council's enforcers since their mission is to keep the Balance in check.
|“|| Some of my earlier sins—my actions when I rode at the forefront of the Nephilim horde, before my brothers and I realized the extent of our transgressions and broke away—were committed in the name of beliefs and agendas to which I no longer subscribe.|
— Death to The Keeper of Oblivion, The Abomination Vault
After giving their promise to the Council, they had to choose new names for themselves and these names were Death, War, Strife and Fury. It is said that they also got some new powers and abilities from the Council which made them much more powerful than their ex-allies.
The first mission the Charred Council gave them was to kill all the Nephilim. It was the price they had to pay for redemption and mercy. According to the novel The Abomination Vault, they fought against their siblings many times before their final battle in Eden where the Riders united with the angels and destroyed the Nephilim's army. During that battle, the Nephilim as a race were exterminated. Thus, the Riders became the last of the Nephilim in all of Creation.
Now the Horsemen serve as the Council's vengeful hands. They commit all sorts of missions (such as investigation, execution, punishment, espionage, fighting and so on) which they have to carry out. But their main mission is to protect the Balance even during Armageddon until the end of Creation.
But the Council became corrupted and decided to betray and use the Horsemen when Abaddon prematurely started the apocalypse and became The Destroyer. They wrongly accused War and sent Fury to destroy The Seven Deadly Sins while Death rode to clear his name. But, they secretly plan to destroy them once all involved were killed. They soon discovered the treachery and when War and Fury completed their missions, Fury traveled with the humans to the portal from Abaddon and his demonic armies, while War managed to break his bond with the Watcher and destroy the seventh seal, summoning his siblings and reviving Death who had sacrificed his life to resurrect the Kingdom of Man.
- The Horsemen are semi-immortal. They could be killed but they cannot die of old age.
- The Riders have supernatural strength and agility as they are Nephilim but their powers were also amplified by the Council.
- Some of the Riders' weapons (Chaoseater for example) were created by Makers and were filled with energy by Death himself before they left the Nephilim's army.
|“|| You’ve heard of the Horsemen, clearly. And just as clearly, you’ve heard nothing about them.
Deadly, obscenely powerful, without mercy, and all that, yes, yes.
I mean who they are. The Four Horsemen are the Council’s enforcers, yes.
They’re also the last of the Nephilim.
The Nephilim are dead!