From the moment that we are brought into this world, however that may be, we are taught by the ones who are known only as Caretakers that in this life we must know three things. The first thing we are taught is that we are not human- we are theMoreFrom the moment that we are brought into this world, however that may be, we are taught by the ones who are known only as Caretakers that in this life we must know three things.
The first thing we are taught is that we are not human- we are the damned, a gateway to what most people would call Hell. A place that the Caretakers only refer to as the Southlands- a place that we reapers, us Ferrymen, are never permitted to go.Next, we are taught that our sole purpose is to collect and assist the souls of the dead to wherever it is that they are supposed to go based upon the color of their souls when their human shells die. The white souls are permitted to enter the Northernlands- or what you may know as Heaven, another place that Ferrymen are never to go.
In the Northernlands, souls are cleaned, and allowed to forget their past lives so that they may be allowed to be reborn and have a second chance at finding their soul mates. The black souls are devoured, and sent straight into the pits of the Southlands, where their souls are tortured, repurposed, and taught right from wrong so that someday they might be allowed a second chance.
Colorless souls… well, no one quite knows where it is that they go- many people believe that the colorless souls become Ferrymen, though no one will either confirm or deny it. And finally the iridescent souls- the ones who have lived many good lives, and have found their soul mates and have become one complete soul again, are allowed to go on and see whatever it is that’s next for us.And finally, and according to our leader, Grimm… we are taught the most important thing of all.
We are expendable, our lives are meaningless, and one step out of bounds could mean the end of our meager existence though, I couldn’t even begin to tell you where our souls go when we are extinguished like the flame of a candle. Maybe we are permitted into Heaven or Hell… or maybe, we simply disappear…Greek mythology states that Charon is the ferryman of Hades. He is said to be the son of Nyx and Erebus, who carries the souls of the newly deceased across the rivers Styx and Acheron which divide the world of the living from the land of the dead.
And that a coin to pay Charon for safe passage was placed in the mouth of a corpse to ensure that it’s soul would make it safely to the next life, and that if the fee was not paid, the corpse would be left unburied, damned to walk the shores for one hundred years. Now- I don’t know if any of that is true but, that’s how we Ferrymen get our name, title, whatever you’d like to call it.
And maybe it’s true… maybe we were human once… and we just couldn’t pay the toll.