Ashagar the Endbringer
This character is Deceased.
Prince of Dragons, blight upon man
The Harbinger, The Endbringer, “Mid-Boss” (derisive term)
Black (Human Form only)
Lethal Breath, lots of pointy body parts, supernatural strength
flight, shapeshifting, planeshifting, immortality, precognition and entropic feeding (chaos), entropic feeding (sorrow—after consuming Ospkethara), clairvoyance, tongues, invulnerability (limited), Harvesting Souls (formerly)
The Entropic Dragons, Chaos, Sailor Neggerra
- "I AM DISASTER! None may hide from it!"
- —Ashagar the Dragon
In his true form, Ashagar appears as a massive, towering dragon bedecked in armor of horn and scale, and with teeth the size of swords. His reddish scales scintillate like glowing embers, and he is large enough to shake the ground when he walks. He is ancient, cunning, and is eternally hungry.
Ashagar also appears as a man of indeterminate age with his hair slicked back and irises of unearthly red, who casts a far longer shadow than the seeming proportions of his body. He appears striking and sublime from a distance, but appears more and more hideous and horrifying the closer he approaches.
Personality and Early Actions
Ashagar appeared among the denizens of the hotel in mid-late 2011, only using his human form. Almost everybody was intuitively able to tell that he was up to no good, and portended bad things to come. Ashagar the Harbinger, as he called himself, seemed to be aware when tragedy or calamity was about to occur, and took great solace from it. He did not deny accusations that he was somehow responsible for these accidents that seemed to follow him everywhere.
Ashagar seemed hungry at all times, and would gorge himself on whatever he could find—especially if the food was meant for another person. He openly scoffed at the morality and charity shown by most of the Ten-Aino residents, and mocked their attempts to rein him in—he insinuated he was utterly beyond their control, and feared nothing. Blez, upset with his seemingly-unending arrogance, came to blows with him and cut his hand off. His hand reformed almost immediately, and he laughed because her gesture was moot. Ashagar would later taunt Blez that by attacking him [in his humanoid body] that she had only harmed “his shadow,” and proved to be impossible to permanently harm.
True Form and True Allegiance
- "If you intend to seed disaster and calamity, I am *already* your servant."
- —Ashagar, to Sailor Neggerra
After a short time, Ashagar’s cruelty, malice, and literal lust for destruction found him a potential patron in Sailor Neggerra, who called to him in a way none could detect. Entering the presence of the villainess who considered herself Sailor Galaxia reborn, Ashagar showed no fear, and revealed that of all the beings he had seen in his uncountable eons, he “might be [her] biggest fan.”
The Queen of Uncreation, seeing a promising and savage servant, offered him her bracers which would imprison souls, and increase his power even further. After a short speech wherein they affirmed that Sailor Neggerra’s aims were indeed disaster, suffering, death, and catastrophe, Ashagar accepted her offer of employment on the sole means that she “feed him.” Sailor Neggerra destroyed an entire star in order to sate him, and after laughing in delight, Ashagar abandoned all vestiges of his human guise. Revealing otherworldly strength, he pulled a Neggerran bracelet into a collar, he snapped one around his neck, and then unhinged his jaw and swallowed the other silver bracelet whole.
At this point, as he and his new mistress began to take the souls of innocent people, Ashagar revealed his true form. As the silver on his neck smouldered, and his body began to smoke, Ashagar grew to gargantuan size, sprouted a tail and wings, and roared in exultation. Revealing himself as a dragon of nightmarish proportions, he informed Sailor Neggera that he did not merely enjoy seeing the chaos and destruction she wrought in her quest for ruin, but that he actively derived sustenance from it. Then, spreading his wings, he flew off to sate himself in doing Sailor Neggerra’s grim work, violently murdering all he encountered.
- "You have tried to make yourself more but you have diminished instead. You are nothing but a lapdog now."
- —Ospkethara, on Ashagar’s servitude
After Ashagar sold his services to Sailor Neggerra, another foul-tempered dragon revealed herself to the Ten-Aino crowd. This dragon was named Ospkethara, and after casually destroying Matsumi Kaze’s favorite car in order to “teach her a lesson”, she announced that the King of Dragons was greatly displeased with Ashagar’s actions. Saying that Ashagar had lowered himself into servitude in exchange for food, and that having become conquered by his hunger, he was not better than a domesticated dog. Her wicked brother claimed that he had done this for more than hunger, but to avoid a crisis and defeat a being who could likely destroy their kind utterly. Ospkethara shouted that their “Father and King” must know of Ashagar’s betrayal, and threatened that he would face banishment, and never take part at the “feast at the end of all things.” Dismissing this as folly, Ashagar defended his allegiance, saying that the survival of their kind (presumably evil dragons) was important enough to break the taboo of never serving lesser beings. Ashagar watched his sister leave without comment, apparently as unconcerned with his actions being judged by peers as he was uncaring about the emotions of mortals.
Ambition and Violence
- "DEATH TO HUMANS, and DEATH TO REALITY!"
- —Ashagar the Endbringer, attacking Tokyo
Ashagar continued to seek out tales, food, and innocent life to devour. He killed thousands of people in Tokyo, and was completely unfazed by any condemnation of his morally reprehensible acts. He considered himself “above all judgement,” and slaughtered at his Mistress’ orders, or simply on his own whims. Naturally, the Heroes of Tokyo did not take this lying down, and he was engaged in combat by many heroes and antiheroes including Miki Kaze, Beauty Queen Etna, Demon Prince Laharl, Mormeril Shadesong, Kevalyeh the wizard, a naïve and kind-hearted Dyrad named Monette, and at one point even a group of very brave human KAT members who used artillery, tanks, and the Garuda mecha.
While those who opposed him were very brave, Ashagar seemed immune or at least utterly unconcerned with *almost* any attack he was threatened with. He proved unconquerable by Miki’s suffocation attempts, laughed in the face of the attacks of mighty demons, withstood barrages of high-explosive ordnance, dragon-bane arrows(!) and seemed to truly love showing his enemies the futility of their resistance.
Making sure to announce himself at the outset of an attack, the Dragon seemed to absolutely relish the fear he caused in his victims. In fact, the more people feared him, the more often he attacked Japan, and the more violently he seemed to become. Ashagar thought nothing of putting noncombatants in danger, and causing massive collateral damage. In fact, this seemed to be his main method in fighting, as causing pain and chaos strengthened him. He often seemed to attack and destroy his surroundings more than his challengers—committing such heights of rampant destruction that he often found rampaging more compelling than fighting his opponents. Unfortunately for his challengers, the dragon's abortive pattern of combat resolution and fighting was not always the case, and quite a few of those who resisted him paid with their lives.
Ashagar hinted that he had greater ambitions than to simply cause destruction—he relished his infamy, and it seemed to inspire him. The dragon further insisted that the power and souls he was amassing would allow him to “claim his birthright” very quickly, and he actually met covertly with several House protagonists asking him if they would support his overthrow attempt “to become King.” He was deaf to the condemnations of his family for violating the old order, and his response was to hint that the “Old Ways” would change when no challenger could withstand him. While Ashagar was quick to strike down and brutally murder those who his Mistress directed him against, he continued to privately speak of his plans for some kind of usurpation.
The vicious dragon continued to claim that such was his destiny, and this sense of pre-determination guided his wickedness. Bixia Yuanjin, the forlorn and compassionate being, was often harassed by the bullying dragon, and eventually she was kindled to wrath. The two argued around each other frequently, but after Ospkethara showed that she was vulnerable to destruction in a moment of uncertainty, their debates only became more barbed. He occasionally came to blows with other beings, and though his humanoid body was seemingly obliterated more than once, this never permanently harmed him or stopped his return.
Ashagar’s spreading and feeding upon Chaos and fallen souls only made him more megalomaniacal, and he exercised Sailor Negerra’s directives with conscience-free brutality. In one of these murders at her direction, Ashagar acquired a mighty and horribly evil sword of chaos incarnate, World-Breaker, which he claimed as a weapon suitable for himself to wield in human form. His ego roused even further by this victory, he almost succeeded in killing the incomparable sage Bixia Yuanjin with his weapon after she successfully antagonized his mistress, but the Grimoire parried his deathstroke through her considerable wiles.
While Ashagar was a being of mighty stature, and certainly SEEMED invulnerable to the attacks made upon him, there is evidence that casts doubt upon his invincibility. There were clearly more dragons in the world than he, and others of his kind seem to have definite weaknesses in addition to their strengths. Ospkethara the Sorrow-Sworn was brought low following a course of events, and examining it reveals a great deal about the society Ashagar came into power among.
Specifically, when caught in a moment of emotional weakness where she doubted her strength, her destiny, and her might, Ospkethara was made vulnerable to attack. As soon as this happened and she was diminished, a dragon longer than multiple city blocks and as black as the void arrived upon the scene. This mighty dragon revealed himself as Urlithrask, the King of Dragons and Ospkethara and Ashagar’s Sire. Then, with the utterly amoral harshness of the wild, the stronger dragon devoured the weaker one, claiming her “flesh and power.” Having done this, Urlithrask flew away, having become stronger for this action. Ashagar later arrived and seemed furious not that his relative was dead, but that he’d been “beaten to the punch.” He unhesitatingly devoured the last remains of Ospkethara himself, in order to gain “the power and tales stored within it.” If such was the brutal background Ashagar was used to, and his fellows truly did gain salient powers from defeating and consuming others of their kind, that would explain a great deal about his motivations, and what he attempted to do next.
Showdown and Destiny
- "“Urlithrask, King of Dragons, I hereby challenge you to the throne. I intend to allow our clan to take our vengeance upon the House of Serenity and her allies, and your old ways shall be done.”"
- —Ashagar challenging his father in order to gain absolute power
Unlike his Mistress, or even his sister, Ashagar seemed to be almost impossible to malign or discourage from his quest for total domination, stubbornly insisting on his inherent superiority, and bowing to no being. He claimed utter superiority, intended to prove it by claiming what he considered absolute power, and one night, he got his chance.
Ashagar, absolutely confident in his victory nearing, did not restrict himself to devouring only his sister in order to gain more potence. He had far more lofty ambitions, to become a titan among titans, and inflict his cruel will upon all of creation. He also began to attack other dragons, and was attacked in retaliation by other dragons who, for reasons noble or base, now had no compunctions about putting their lives on the line to stop Ashagar’s deeds.
One of these dragons was named Sorazikar the Verdant, and on a fateful night, he and Ashagar the Endbringer joined in mortal combat in the middle of Tokyo. The wicked being of chaos and sorrow quickly gained an advantage over his challenger, and he taunted Sorazikar, for facing him in the middle of a human city, where little enough grew that he had a massive advantage. The two dragons bit and tore at each other in the night as the city looked on. Sensing the rumbling through the street, and seeing the object of her bile pierced by Sorazikar’s claws gave Bixia Yuanjin the belief that the moment of opportunity was at hand. Joined by Guyver Densuo, they made ready for battle, and bared their full power as they raced to interfere in the battle with the two giants.
Following the trail of grass growing from the tops of cars and buildings reduced to ash that clearly marked the path of the two dueling primordial monsters, they found them in Ajinimoto Stadium, where Sorazikar was making his last stand on the now-billowing field of grass. Both dragons had severely injured each other by this point. As newscopters circled the clashing Behemoths, Guyver and Tsan-Tachi leaped onto Ashagar’s back in a storm of carthartic vengeance, and their blades FINALLY SUCCEEDED where other attacks had failed, biting deeply into the rampaging wyrm. Unfortunately, their valiant attack did not obstruct their diabolic opponent from victory. Sorazikar was overcome, and a victorious Ashagar allowed his demonic sword World-Breaker to gorge itself upon Sorazikar’s power. The dragon of chaos roared that he presented this body as an offering and a challenge to the King of Dragons. As the heroes on the scene regrouped, the sky was cloaked in utter black, and Urlithrask, the King of Dragons, arrived.
The Fated Hour
After a formal challenge to to his equally amoral father, a wounded Ashagar claimed that he would shortly become all-powerful, and bring the world beneath his heel. He claimed he had foreseen Urlithrask’s defeat, but his father rebuffed him, claiming that he himself had foreseen Ashagar’s fall. In absolute confidence, neither of the titans would back down, and when Ashagar was asked how he expected to prevail after being so injured, he shocked seemingly everyone. Seizing the unholy World-Breaker, the weapon of Chaos incarnate, Ashagar devoured the fiendish sword and swelled to a size that even rivaled his father, bursting into lurid flames. Demanding an concession to his claim of sovereignty, he rushed at his father, and they grappled ruthlessly even as other dragons arrived to see the outcome.
Then Bixia Yuanjin, as all fate hung in the balance, hatched a daring plan and stood between the rampaging monsters in the deep pit they had dug in their struggle. Shocked at this act of audacity, the titans ceased their duel. Continuing her intervention, Bixia annoyed the Endbringer SO MUCH that he momentarily attacked her instead of Urlithrask, who quickly took advantage of this distraction and critical pause in focus, and moved to strike the upstart Prince down. But, due to this interruption, and a seemingly-impossible quirk of fate, neither dragon could prevail, and the Universe finally admitted to it. Thunder roared overhead, and a massive cloud filled the sky as the pit that the stalemated combatant grappled in grew deeper and deeper. Molten iron in the shape of swords rained from overhead, and the two cruel dragons, prince and king alike, were dragged down and buried in the bowels of the Earth.
Finally, there was a blinding flash, and then there was no trace of Ashagar the Endbringer. The stadium and the city were as they always had been, and the new King of Dragons announced to the assembled heroes that any claimant to the throne who “could not overcome his challenger” would never be king. Sorazikar informed the weary warriors that both Ashagar and Urlithrask were correct in their assumptions---their opponent would fail, but this did not mean they themselves would win. As the wounded Sorazikar assumed the Throne, and gained power beyond all comparison as the Avatar of the fate of the Universe, he called the brave little Grimoire to his side. Smiling, he informed an elated Bixia Yuanjin that Ashagar, the object of her darkest hatred for his innumerable crimes of murder and violence, was doomed to fight with his father unendingly, and thus his imprisonment would last forever.
Flowers and plants unknown to man filled all of Tokyo on the night of Ashagar’s ruin, and the heroes returned home rejoicing that Ashagar the Endbringer, fiend among fiends, would be sealed away until the end of time, and never torment them again…
September 21, 2012
…But such relief was not to be. On September 21, 2012, due to the amoral and brazen actions of Hazel Ninegate Time actually did cease. It was for an infinitesimally short moment, and almost all of the damages have scarred over, but this was more than enough for the wicked Ashagar to free himself. Cursed to be imprisoned until time ended, this temporal calamity proved to weaken his chains enough that he could break them. He tore through the injured causality, escaped his duel and prison, and claims to have “eaten” the day in order to regain his strength. Sure enough, only hours after Hazenine’s actions, a massive volcanic mountain arose from the earth with supernatural speed. It was from this summit that Ashagar once again entered the world, unleashing a pan tsunami that took hundreds of thousands of lives. Thanks to these wounds gouged into time that day, this vicious spirit escaped the prison that would have held existence secure from his menace, and is free to smite the world as he did in ages past.