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==History==
 
==History==
 
{{Quote|Nephilim-cursed union of Angel and Demon. The Nephilim put countless realms to the sword, and burned them to ash.|Crowfather|speaking of the Nephilim}}
 
{{Quote|Nephilim-cursed union of Angel and Demon. The Nephilim put countless realms to the sword, and burned them to ash.|Crowfather|speaking of the Nephilim}}
The Nephilim came into being by the hand of Lilith, who derived the first of their kind from the mingled remains of angels and demons which, in turn, triggered the mating of angels and demons to spawn them by instinct. Upon the first such being, [[Absalom]], were all brought into existence. After a time, when enough Nephilim had been spawned and matured, Absalom led his kind on a world killing crusade. It is not known why this crusade was begun, but based on statements from Absalom, it may have been started in part out of a desire to claim a realm for the Nephilim, which was in fact the primary reason for their assault on [[Eden]]. Further evidence of this is alluded to by Death who stated that his people were "depraved" and outcasts among Creation due to their bloodlust. The first victims of the Nephilim were the [[Ravaiim]], an ancient and remarkably inventive race of craftsmen who could sculpt their own flesh, living or otherwise, into almost anything. Their destruction was quick and brutally effective, but unfortunately for them, the Nephilim had plans for them extending beyond death, for one of the firstborn generation of the Nephilim, [[Death]], conceived of a way to turn the corpses of the Ravaiim into obscene weapons of world-ending power. Named [[The Grand Abominations]], these weapons were so horrific that even the Nephilim used them only sparingly, keeping them a closely guarded secret and creating numerous fail-safes to keep them under control.[[File:The_Horsemen_pledge_their_alligence.png|thumb|left|Fury, War, Death, and Strife become the Four Horsemen]]
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The Nephilim came into being by the hand of Lilith, who derived the first of their kind from the mingled remains of angels and demons which, in turn, triggered the mating of angels and demons to spawn them by instinct. Upon the first such being, [[Absalom]], were all brought into existence. After a time, when enough Nephilim had been spawned and matured, Absalom led his kind on a world killing crusade. It is not known why this crusade was begun, but based on statements from Absalom, it may have been started in part out of a desire to claim a realm for the Nephilim, which was in fact the primary reason for their assault on [[Eden]]. Further evidence of this is alluded to by Death who stated that his people were "depraved". The first victims of the Nephilim were the [[Ravaiim]], an ancient and remarkably inventive race of craftsmen who could sculpt their own flesh, living or otherwise, into almost anything. Their destruction was quick and brutally effective, but unfortunately for them, the Nephilim had plans for them extending beyond death, for one of the firstborn generation of the Nephilim, [[Death]], conceived of a way to turn the corpses of the Ravaiim into obscene weapons of world-ending power. Named [[The Grand Abominations]], these weapons were so horrific that even the Nephilim used them only sparingly, keeping them a closely guarded secret and creating numerous fail-safes to keep them under control. They went on to annihilate hundreds of other realms, but after a time, four of the Nephilim grew weary of the slaughter. Believing that the crusade of their kinsmen threatened to undo the Balance of Creation, the four approached the neutral ruling body of the universe, [[The Charred Council]]. There, they struck a deal with the Council; they would become the Council's enforcers, upholding the Balance and maintaining order in the universe, in exchange for phenomenal amounts of power. After their defection, it is known that the Nephilim crusade continued for some time, but that time was short.
   
They went on to annihilate hundreds of other realms, but after a time, four of the Nephilim grew weary of the slaughter. Believing that the crusade of their kinsmen threatened to undo the Balance of Creation, the four approached the neutral ruling body of the universe, [[The Charred Council]]. There, they struck a deal with the Council; they would become the Council's enforcers, upholding the Balance and maintaining order in the universe, in exchange for phenomenal amounts of power. After their defection, it is known that the Nephilim crusade continued for some time, but that time was short.
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[[File:The_Horsemen_pledge_their_alligence.png|thumb|Fury, War, Death, and Strife become the Four Horsemen]]
   
 
When [[Human|humans]] first appeared, it was decided by the Charred Council that they were to be given [[Eden]] as their realm. This decision enraged the Nephilim. Believing Eden should have been theirs, they conspired to wrest it from Heaven's control and take it for themselves. The Charred Council learned of this plot and sent the Four Horsemen to reinforce an army of angels intent on defending Eden from the Nephilim.
 
When [[Human|humans]] first appeared, it was decided by the Charred Council that they were to be given [[Eden]] as their realm. This decision enraged the Nephilim. Believing Eden should have been theirs, they conspired to wrest it from Heaven's control and take it for themselves. The Charred Council learned of this plot and sent the Four Horsemen to reinforce an army of angels intent on defending Eden from the Nephilim.
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In the wake of War's imprisonment, Death's leave of absence and Strife's mysterious secret mission, the Council would later assign the only remaining Horsemen left in their employ to undergo an unprecedented task. [[Fury]] Rider of the Black Horse, would be assigned with recapturing the [[Seven Deadly Sins]], whom had fled to Earth after somehow escaping the Council's care, and returning them to her masters in exchange for being made leader of the Four. Poised to take up such a difficult trial, the Black Rider was incensed to find they'd assigned her a [[Envy|Watcher]] to monitor her progress. But the female observant managed to curry favor with her oversee by playing to the horsemen's ego, making way for the now devastated Earth. War's warnings of treachery being afoot fell on deaf ears as his sister coldly ignored his predictions of doom that awaited her.
 
In the wake of War's imprisonment, Death's leave of absence and Strife's mysterious secret mission, the Council would later assign the only remaining Horsemen left in their employ to undergo an unprecedented task. [[Fury]] Rider of the Black Horse, would be assigned with recapturing the [[Seven Deadly Sins]], whom had fled to Earth after somehow escaping the Council's care, and returning them to her masters in exchange for being made leader of the Four. Poised to take up such a difficult trial, the Black Rider was incensed to find they'd assigned her a [[Envy|Watcher]] to monitor her progress. But the female observant managed to curry favor with her oversee by playing to the horsemen's ego, making way for the now devastated Earth. War's warnings of treachery being afoot fell on deaf ears as his sister coldly ignored his predictions of doom that awaited her.
   
Death soon learned of the Council's accusations against War. Believing that War was innocent, and possibly that the Council knew of that fact, Death began to search for a way, not to clear War's name, but to undo the crime War was accused of. Seeking to resurrect humanity, he visited the Crowfather in search of answers, only to find that the souls of the Nephilim had driven the Old One to madness. The Crowfather refused to help Death unless he took back the amulet, but Death refused to either reclaim it or destroy it. Hearing this, the Crowfather attacked, but Death killed him. After the Crowfather's defeat at Death's hand, the amulet containing the souls of the Nephilim was shattered and the shards embedded themselves in Death's chest, along with the souls themselves. After this, Death was transported to the realm of the Makers. Without any easy way off the world, Death was forced to help the Makers in restoring their realm whilst battling a decaying, animating force known as [[Corruption]].
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Death soon learned of the Council's accusations against War. Believing that War was innocent, and possibly that the Council knew of that fact, Death began to search for a way, not to clear War's name, but to undo the crime War was accused of. Seeking to resurrect humanity, he visited the Crowfather in search of answers, only to find that the souls of the Nephilim had driven the Old One to madness. The Crowfather refused to help Death unless he took back the amulet, but Death refused to either reclaim it or destroy it. Hearing this, the Crowfather attacked, but Death killed him. After the Crowfather's defeat at Death's hand, the amulet containing the souls of the Nephilim was shattered and the shards embedded themselves in Death's chest, along with the souls themselves. After this, Death was transported to the realm of the Makers. Without any easy way off the world, Death was forced to help the Makers in restoring their realm whilst battling a decaying, animating force known as [[Corruption]]. After managing to destroy a sapient Corruption construct that was blocking access to the [[Tree of Life and Death]], Death traveled to the Tree, hoping to find the key to resurrecting humanity. Instead, he discovered that Absalom was still alive after a fashion, having been twisted into becoming the source of Corruption. Absalom vowed to consume Creation with his new abilities, and Death was transported by the Tree to the Dead Kingdom. There, he visited the Lord of Bones, the ruler of the Dead Kingdom. The ancient king recognized the Nephilim souls in Death's chest, but ultimately thought of it as little more than a curiosity, as his kingdom was already overcrowded by the collective souls of humanity. However, in discussing the Nephilim souls with Death, it became clear that Death was remorseful for having killed his kinsmen, despite adamantly stating that he did not regret doing so. Ultimately, the dead king sent Death to the City of the Dead, where the souls of the dead went to be cleansed of their past lives before being sent back to the Well of Souls for rebirth. Here, Death met the spirit of the Crowfather, apparently cured of his madness and none the worse for wear despite being dead. The Crowfather revealed to Death that, in order to resurrect humanity, Death would need to sacrifice the souls of the Nephilim to the Well of Souls, a prospect that did not sit well with Death. He also revealed to Death that he could also use the Well to restore the Nephilim, but expressed unequivocally that Death, despite his remorse, had been absolutely right to destroy the Nephilim. After locating the keys to the Well of Souls, Death confronted Absalom, who had made his abode within the Well, one last time. After a lengthy battle, Death defeated Absalom once more and, in doing so, stopped Corruption. Without any clear idea of what to do next, Death was visited again by the Crowfather, who reminded him that, if he sacrificed the souls of the Nephilim, he would save humanity or, if Death chose to, he could resurrect the Nephilim. But whichever choice he made, he would doom one of the two races forever. Choosing to save humanity, and thus War, he cast himself and the rest of his kin into the Well, ensuring that humanity would be saved, but forever dooming the Nephilim.
 
After managing to destroy a sapient Corruption construct that was blocking access to the [[Tree of Life and Death]], Death traveled to the Tree, hoping to find the key to resurrecting humanity. Instead, he discovered that Absalom was still alive after a fashion, having been twisted into becoming the source of Corruption. Absalom vowed to consume Creation with his new abilities, and Death was transported by the Tree to the Dead Kingdom. There, he visited the Lord of Bones, the ruler of the Dead Kingdom. The ancient king recognized the Nephilim souls in Death's chest, but ultimately thought of it as little more than a curiosity, as his kingdom was already overcrowded by the collective souls of humanity. However, in discussing the Nephilim souls with Death, it became clear that Death was remorseful for having killed his kinsmen, despite adamantly stating that he did not regret doing so. Ultimately, the dead king sent Death to the City of the Dead, where the souls of the dead went to be cleansed of their past lives before being sent back to the Well of Souls for rebirth. Here, Death met the spirit of the Crowfather, apparently cured of his madness and none the worse for wear despite being dead. The Crowfather revealed to Death that, in order to resurrect humanity, Death would need to sacrifice the souls of the Nephilim to the Well of Souls, a prospect that did not sit well with Death. He also revealed to Death that he could also use the Well to restore the Nephilim, but expressed unequivocally that Death, despite his remorse, had been absolutely right to destroy the Nephilim.
 
 
After locating the keys to the Well of Souls, Death confronted Absalom, who had made his abode within the Well, one last time. After a lengthy battle, Death defeated Absalom once more and, in doing so, stopped Corruption. Without any clear idea of what to do next, Death was visited again by the Crowfather, who reminded him that, if he sacrificed the souls of the Nephilim, he would save humanity or, if Death chose to, he could resurrect the Nephilim. But whichever choice he made, he would doom one of the two races forever. Choosing to save humanity, and thus War, he cast himself and the rest of his kin into the Well, ensuring that humanity would be saved, but forever dooming the Nephilim.
 
   
 
{{Quote|What I see is a lust all your own-- a lust for power, privilege and protection from the Nephilim's inevitable fall! Ultimately, that makes us allies.|Lust|to Fury in regards to her motives}}
 
{{Quote|What I see is a lust all your own-- a lust for power, privilege and protection from the Nephilim's inevitable fall! Ultimately, that makes us allies.|Lust|to Fury in regards to her motives}}
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==Society==
 
==Society==
 
{{Quote|Flawed castings from a perfect mold. Absalom was always stronger than the rest of you...|Samael|speaking to Death on the Nephilim}}
 
{{Quote|Flawed castings from a perfect mold. Absalom was always stronger than the rest of you...|Samael|speaking to Death on the Nephilim}}
Very little is known about how the Nephilim organized themselves save that Absalom led them, however they appear to have been a simply structured oligarchy with a sole ruler holding the majority of the power along with a ruling class. Based on their history and accounts of their actions, the Nephilim were a warmongering imperalistic group, pillaging and destroying whatever they came off to use as their own to utilize in their next conquest. They were a considerably advanced yet primitively brutal society combining the technological advancement and mindless bloodlust of their Angel and Demon forebearors. The leaders of the Nephilim appeared to be the first and oldest of their kind:
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Very little is known about how the Nephilim organized themselves save that Absalom led them, however they appear to have been a simply structured oligarchy with a sole ruler holding the majority of the power along with a ruling class:
   
'''The Firstborn''' - A group of the oldest Nephilim that appears to have served an important authoritative role in their social military structure, though the extent of their power is unknown. Death is mentioned as being one of the Firstborn. Absalom, the First of the Nephilim, was the leader and deemed as the strongest member of their race by default. Also, these Firstborn were extremely skilled in crafting weapons, as Death, a Firstborn, was viewed as the closest thing the Nephilim had to a Maker.
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'''The Firstborn''' - A group of the oldest Nephilim that appears to have served an important authoritative role in their social military structure, though the extent of their power is unknown. Death is mentioned as being one of the Firstborn. It is unknown whether Absalom, the ultimate leader of the Nephilim, was considered a Firstborn or possessed a unique status all his own. Also, these Firstborn were extremely skilled in crafting weapons, as Death, a Firstborn, was viewed as the closest thing the Nephilim had to a maker.
   
 
==Notable Nephilim Characters==
 
==Notable Nephilim Characters==
   
 
===The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse===
 
===The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse===
The [[Four Horsemen]] are vastly powerful Nephilim bound to the service of the Charred Council.  The four Nephilim were granted their exceptional abilities in exchange for their oaths to serve the Council as enforcers of the Law and defenders of the Balance, their first task being the slaughter of the rest of their kind.
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The [[Four Horsemen]] are vastly powerful beings bound to the service of the Charred Council.  The four Nephilim were granted their exceptional abilities in exchange for their oaths to serve the Council as enforcers of the Law and defenders of the Balance, their first task being the slaughter of the rest of their kind.
   
 
*[[Death]], Horseman of the Pale Horse, [[Despair]] - Death is the eldest of the Horsemen and their leader. He wields the scythe [[Harvester]], though he uses alternate weapons since Harvester cannot be utilized without the Council's permission. He is the main protagonist in ''[[Darksiders II]]''. Death's form is called "[[Reaper Form]]".
 
*[[Death]], Horseman of the Pale Horse, [[Despair]] - Death is the eldest of the Horsemen and their leader. He wields the scythe [[Harvester]], though he uses alternate weapons since Harvester cannot be utilized without the Council's permission. He is the main protagonist in ''[[Darksiders II]]''. Death's form is called "[[Reaper Form]]".
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===Others===
 
===Others===
*[[Absalom]] - The first of all Nephilim and the only unnatural born of his kind as well as the leader of the race. He led the Nephilim across countless worlds, burning everything in their path until eventually they came to Eden. The Angels met his forces on the field of battle with the help of the Four Horsemen. Eventually Death defeated Absalom in single combat. Absalom then became [[Corruption]], setting in motion events that would culminate eons later. In ''Darksiders II'', Absalom took on this role as the Avatar of Chaos and guarded the Well of Souls. When Death reached the Well, he defeated Absalom and killed him, ending his life and the threat of Corruption as well. He wielded the axe [[Absolution]].
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*[[Absalom]] - The first of all Nephilim and the only unnatural born of his kind as well as the leader of the race. He led the Nephilim across countless worlds, burning everything in their path until eventually they came to Eden. The angels met his forces on the field of battle with the help of the Four Horsemen. Eventually Death defeated Absalom in single combat. Absalom then became [[Corruption]], setting in motion events that would culminate eons later. In ''Darksiders II'', Absalom took on this role as the Avatar of Chaos and guarded the Well of Souls. When Death reached the Well, he defeated Absalom and killed him, ending his life and the threat of Corruption as well. He wielded the axe [[Absolution]].
   
 
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==Trivia==
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