"Eblis O'Shaughnessy: you were created and gifted by five of the Endless, but you can neither dream nor, ultimately, destroy, and that shall be your triumph and that shall be your tragedy. "
Destiny is the first and eldest of the Endless.
Like the rest of his siblings, Destiny is neither a mortal being nor a god; he is the personification of Destiny itself. As the universe came into being, so it would be that it would come to its final destiny, its end. Destiny's realm is "his Garden", a hedge maze that can be reached through all mazes. At its center is his castle, complete with silent "fluttering" attendants.
If family meetings are called, Destiny is usually the host.
History[edit | edit source]
10 billion years ago[edit | edit source]
Destiny came into existence once sentient lifeforms capable of having a destiny appeared in the universe. Destiny was one of the Endless, personifications of ideas and concepts that were tied to life, and were fated to fulfill their functions until the universe ended and all life disappeared from the cosmos.
80,000 years ago[edit | edit source]
After Despair was murdered, Destiny and the Endless went to the Necropolis to put her body to rest. The Necropolitans had long lost their passion for their job, and didn't know about the Necropolis' arrangement with the Endless, so they laughed at them when they asked for Despair's remnants and the Book of Rituals. Destiny revoked the Necropolis' charter, causing it to be destroyed. The village of Litharge was granted a charter by the Endless and became the new Necropolis.
1695[edit | edit source]
Destruction called a family meeting of the Endless, and announced to Destiny and the others that he was abandoning his duties and taking his leave for good. Destiny was not surprised by this turn of events.
Destiny read about the battle between his brother Dream and Dr. Destiny in his Book of Souls, and almost hesitated to turn to the next page.
Modern Era[edit | edit source]
At one point, to his surprise, the Three Fates appeared in Destiny's garden, and he was promoted to call a family meeting for a purpose unknown even to him. At the meeting, Desire taunted Dream for condemning a former lover to Hell. Death agreed with Desire that Dream had been unfair, and so Dream left to free the woman from imprisonment. As soon as Dream left, Destiny declared the meeting over. Fate had taken a hand with Destiny.
Destiny read about the end of the events he set in motion in his cosmic log. Lucifer Morningstar abandoned Hell, and gave the key to Hell to Dream. It was voluntarily taken from Dream by the angels Remiel and Duma, who ruled Hell under the direct command of the Creator.
Dream and Delirium asked for Destiny's advice on finding their lost brother Destruction. Destiny told Dream that he should drop this business, as it would lead to his death, but Destiny knew he would continue his search for Destruction despite this advice, so he advised him to seek out the oracle Orpheus.
Future[edit | edit source]
In the future, Mister E and Timothy Hunter went to the end of everything, solely two beings exist, Destiny and his sister Death. It seems that at last she has come to take him and at last he can lay down his burden, turn the final page of his book, and close it, something he seems very grateful to her for letting him do. After he closes the book he begins to shimmer and disappear...leaving only Death, E, Tim and Yo-Yo behind, though in the end he was the second-last being to exist.
Appearance[edit | edit source]
A blind man, Destiny appears as a man cloaked and hooded an indeterminate color of brown, grey, and sometimes purple. He is chained to a book which contains the story of everyone and everything.
Sometimes things appear in his book before they happen, and sometimes as they happen.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Destiny rarely, if ever, actively involves himself in anything. His duty is merely to read and observe through his book, and he carries it out assiduously. But every great once in a while something will make him step beyond the normal bounds of his duty.
Destiny rarely displays any strong emotions; he is mostly shown to be stoic and unmoved, with no emotional response. Destiny focuses solely on his purpose, and as such discourages most of the Endless' tampering with the mortal realm. Destiny does at times express discomfort at certain moments and even does try to give ambiguous suggestions to his siblings who seek his guidance.
Despite Destiny being regarded by the Endless as the wisest of the Endless, Delirium has pointed out that "there are some things that are not in your book." This is proven by the fact that even Destiny does not know why Delight became Delirium.
Powers and Abilities[edit | edit source]
Powers[edit | edit source]
- Personification of Destiny: One of the seven Endless, inconceivably powerful beings, Destiny is both lord and personification of all destiny and freedom, He had god-like powers and absolute power over his realm, a garden containing all possible destinies of present, past and future. Destiny has power over predetermined course of events as well as the absence of necessity and constraint in choice.
- Immortality: Destiny was ageless and virtually immortal.
- Vast Knowledge: Destiny knows all there is of the past, present and future.
- Divination: Destiny was blind but could see the tiniest details throughout the cosmos and see the patterns living beings made on their paths through life
- Metamorphosis: Destiny could change his appearance and clothing.
Weaknesses[edit | edit source]
- Ancient Rules: Despite his great powers Destiny, like the rest of the Endless, was bound to a complex set of rules and customs.
- He cannot spill the blood of family or he is no longer protected as the personification of Destiny from the other Endless.
- He cannot fall in love with a mortal or the mortals downfall is assured.
- Challengers of the Unknown: The challengers exist outside of Destiny's control. They do not appear in the Book of Souls and are capable of changing predestined events.
Behind the Scenes[edit | edit source]
- Destiny is the only member of the Endless that is not created by Neil Gaiman.