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The Soul Collector
Angel of Death
Harvester of Souls
Angel of Mercy
|Occupation:||Reaper of Souls|
The Grim Reaper is the most popular personified version of Death, the being was heavily used during the medieval period and came to symbolize death as well as a fear of the unknown: today the Grim Reaper remains the most recognised death-deity of all time, although the entity is not a true deity - rather it is a symbolic creature.
The Grim Reaper is seen as a collector of souls, the messenger of the dead and most important of all the guide that comes to all mortals - it was not the Grim Reaper's place to judge souls, nor was it the entity's role to aid or hinder mortal affairs: put simply the Grim Reaper's task was to appear to the dying and guide them to their final destination where they would be judged accordingly by higher powers.
Although the Grim Reaper normally comes to those already dying it has been noted that on rare occassions the Grim Reaper has the power to kill someone, though the entity rarely (if ever) does this out of malice - due to the Grim Reaper appearing in a vaguely human form there are many tales in which the entity can be tricked or bribed into freeing a person (which is where the phrase "cheating death" likely came from).