Even darker still we have our lead Othersider protagonist, Hel herself, as illustrated by our artist Doug Hoppes (www.shadowmyths.com).
With no human language of her own, only telepathic communication, Hel takes “her” name from the thoughts stripped from the mind of the first human being she encounters. In this case a German soldier who sees in her the literary “personification” of the bringer of death and ruler of the underworld. But not only her name. Knowledge of the world.
Although characterized more by her curved horns, sharp teeth, pale waxy skin, jet black eyes, and pulsing black veins, Hel still has a distinctly, even attractive, female form. Standing at almost 7 ft. she is encased feet-to-neck in black chitinous armor except for her back which is specifically cut to allow for the bone rings set there.
She is attended by 6 Supplicants attached via collars and bone chains to rings in her back. The collars are internally spiked. The Supplicants with weeping sores scream silently. These wretched creatures are examples of what can be wrought when flesh and bone become a canvas for a sadistic, twisted, inhuman mind. Using telekinetic abilities her supplicants are levitated and arrayed behind her in such a way as to be reminiscent of wings. Awful wings.