Death is curious about everything. He never accepts anything at face value, but instead questions it in order to derive the meaning. He is quite logical but in an entirely subjective way, which means that he views the world and the areas of life and death respectively, through an interesting bias that sees the complexities of words. Death often reaches profound conclusions because of this, about humans, about rituals, about decisions, and the meaning of life, because he thinks as much about the word or ritual’s meaning as he does the result. He is ambiguous in his meaning much of the time. He is interested in a wide variety of things, and his knowledge base keeps expanding. Death has an unusual perspective that gives him the ability to see a large picture, but also make unusual connections between its parts. He astonishes Susan with his comparison between blood and tradition, as well as the suppositions he makes about people needing things to believe in. He can be quite innocent and even childlike at times, in his fascination with concepts, symbolism, and greater meaning, but also quite profound. It is a humdrum task, reaping the Dead, but Death does it. He fits neatly into a routine and does what is “expected of him” (except when he gets bored or frustrated, and goes off on a holiday). His interest in things invites him to ask many questions about them, to gather information on which to base his theories and suppositions. He has some appreciation for the traditions and ways of old, as well as a vast expanse of knowledge relating to ancient magic and suchlike. Often, Death is disappointed in the unfairness of life. He doesn’t think it right that some should have much and others should have so little; he tends to moralize a bit in lecturing Albert on how he disagrees with “the rules” because they are not humane enough. Though being comforting does not come naturally to him, Death tries to offer words of reassurance where he can and is polite in informing people of their death. And… he likes cats. Cats are nice.
Enneagram: 5w6 so/sp
Death most desires to ‘understand’ things… but always, stands on the outside looking in. He wants very much to be a part of things, but does not know how, and so Susan remarks in the book that all of his attempts to be more human just come out peculiar, since he’s not able to comprehend what something like ‘design’ is like (in his world, there is black, and middle-black, and gray-black, but no true color). He tries to process things through his head rather than his emotions (though, that does not extend to his compassion for humans and cats), and does not become insulted easily. His 6 wing wants to be part of humanity, to find and maintain a connection to the earthly plain, and to serve where he can. He tries hard to change himself, to seem more like the Hogfather, while retaining some of his peculiar ideas about people needing to believe in some lies, to accept others as the truth.