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Alright - this is my attempt to write something more serious for this character - I'm not sure if it's what people had in mind when they asked me to do more serious plots.... it's certainly, at the very least, bound to be bigger than what they had in mind. (Hopefully not too big). I's also integral to her character.

Before I can go into it, however, I want to explain Katai's background. Some of this has shown up in tags, though not as much as I'd like, and never all in one place.   

Katai is death - that much she generally tells everyone. What she doesn't always say is that she's the universe's death. Or rather, a representation of the universe's death, there to watch its slow decline, a reminder of the ticking clock, and a linchpin of the universe's powers. Though she plays the part of human death at times, it's a secondary role she's taken upon herself.

Katai came into existence at the start of creation, along with Loresh - life. Signs that the universe lived, and that it was already dying. She's also, however, a sign that it can be reborn - and, in theory, she is reborn anew with it.

She tried not to dwell on any of that, though; she paid attention to other things. She watched her pantheon grow; not family, not close, but... there; a comforting presence in existence, saying she was not alone - being born to the silence of the universe, separated from even Loresh, made Katai very scared of being alone. She hid that even then, though, behind bright smiles, and plans.

When sentient life began, she remodled her death land to be hospitable to it. She worked hard so that death could be a rest stop - set up an entire automated system. Not all of them came to her, of course - but the unclaimed, who had no gods, no afterlife waiting for them... she took them for her own.

On some worlds, she even set up an official presence - taking direct worship. Not all, though - she was generally feared, even by those who didn't fully know what she stood for. Mostly, though, she just tried to stay happy - innocent, without ever being naive.

It ended five thousand years ago - Katai describes it, somewhat melodramatically (and somewhat accurately) as when life lost its meaning.

She fell in love with a demon prince; completely and utterly, heads over heels... to the point of ignoring the duties she set herself. The death lands, the souls, she let the system take care of it, and her clerks; she stopped paying attention to what anything was doing. She wasn't completely stupid - she didn't give him any of the power he sought - but she did lavish him with too much attention, even knowing he was a liar. 

She told him, one night, that he could lie about anything he wanted; he just had to keep one truth. He had to always love her, like he had said he would.

The next day he left her; whether because he loved her, or because he didn’t, was never answered.
From there, things got worse – the hole he opened allowed other demons through; he abused her lingering love of him to make her take care of  his mess (which was, in all honesty, her job anyhow). But hope that he’d return stopped her from closing it entirely, and he abused her several more times before it was slammed shut entirely. The effect was a permanent weakening of the veil – a large hole coming open every thousand years.
 
Other side effects included a cursed mortal, who had to protect the veil for a thousand years; a dead demon prince (not directly at Katais’ hand) and her moping in her room for two hundred years
It was at the end of two hundred years that Loresh gave up his godhood; the shift changed the rules – it weakened a lot of restrictions, disrupted the balance even further, and brought the world that much closer to destruction… but it also boosted Katai’s powers, and forced her to get out of bed, to take care of a world that suddenly depended very much on her.  
 
Loresh for his part survives as a plant in a garden, special, but not godly; no long life – which is why Katai claims that life lost its meaning.
This episode is also why Katai acts the way she does in many cases; she tries to control her relationships, generally choosing one night stands, and only seriously going after those who she couldn’t have; the hurt was self-affirming, and less risky  than a true relationship, where she could get betrayed. (That’s a separate story, though.)
 
More importantly… the current plot:
 
The veil – which Katai had thought properly blocked for another thousand years – is broken; Loresh's plant has been killed - a cutting, from which he would resprout, has been taken. With Life's last link to the world lost, only Death remains - and the veil is now ripping open as a result. Within days, if the balanced isn't restored, demonic armies will invade the lands.
 
Behind them will come the angels.
 
It’s not judgement day – not with her; there is no final deciding moment of the souls. Instead there is battle – eternal battle, between the angels and the demons, and any humans who want to join. Not eternal because it’s impossible to win – but because winning would automatically disrupt the balance, beyond repair.
 
The barrier between life and death would break utterly.
 
Life would be swept away, cease to be; existence – the multiverse, the entirety of creation - will come to an end; and if you’re very very lucky, perhaps it will be reborn again.
 
And if you’re not, the cycle will merely end.
 
So…anyone want to help her turn back a demonic army? :D

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