Darnizhaan was the only named Dead God from Elric's World.

Background[edit | edit source]

The Dead Gods "killed" themselves (removed their physical forms and joined Eternity) in fear of the Black Swords' power to slay them. In Dead God's Homecoming, Darnizhaan returned to life and kidnapped Elric's wife Zarozinia. He ransomed her freedom to Elric in return for the twin blades Stormbringer and Mournblade, the latter of which was returned to him and Dyvim Slorm from limbo by the Nihrain.
Darnizhaan explained to Elric, quite truthfully as it would turn out, that they are all just puppets in Fate's grand design, and if Elric kept the swords, he would destroy the world as he knew it and all memory of him and his race. He offered Elric the chance to join him, to keep the Lords of Law away from the world and survive the coming cataclysm.
But Elric cared only for his wife, so he and Dyvim Slorm traded the Black Swords to the Dead God for Zarozinia. But Elric and Slorm then used a runic spell supplied to them by Sepiriz which caused Stormbringer and Mournblade to fly from Darnizhaan's hands and slay him.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Darnizhaan appeared as a human with an ape's head.

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