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The Death Seed is an artifact of Celestial design and was created as one of a number of cosmic relics forged by the Celestials. The Celestials give the Death Seed to select individuals who were charged by the Celestials with the goals of aiding natural evolution of superior species on worlds. The individuals ascend in power and strength, but their minds become so twisted to the point that they will see death as something beautiful that make space for something new to come and will not have any problem in killing million if not billion of living being to achieve their goal. The infected by the Death Seed had the singular duty of ensuring the rising of a superior species such as Mutants that could only be achieved by the elimination of an inferior race such as Humans and failure to do so meant that the Celestials would eventually arrive and eradicate the entire planetary population of the failed experiment.

Apocalypse, one of those who agreed to be the instrument of the Celestials on Earth to ensure the natural evolution of superior species, is known to had held a number of Death Seeds in his possession. Using these, he transforms individuals into the Horseman of Death. When Apocalypse dies, one individual implanted with the Death Seed will ascend to succeed him. This happened with Archangel.

Death Seed implanted into Psylocke

Psylock being implanted with the Death Seed

After the death of Sanjar Javeed, Archangel needed a new Death, so he needed a new Death Seed to choose his successor. He went before the Dreaming Celestial in order to acquire a new Death Seed. When asked by Dark Beast would who would he choose as his successor Archangel, would comment that the choice was only natural in that he would select Psylocke. The process would transform her into the latest incarnation of Death until the Age of Apocalypse Jean Grey used her powers to remove that persona and return Psylocke back to normal.

Later on, Death Seeds were stolen from the Celestial Gardner by Eimin and Uriel in a bid for revenge against Kang, their cruel surrogate father who left them in the Red Onslaught's mutant concentration camps for most of their childhood. They used the five stolen seeds to empower their four Horsemen of Death, consisting of several resurrected heroes and villains close to the Avengers Unity Squad roster.[1]


  • The only way to break the influence of the Death Seed is to implant the infected person with a Life Seed. However in the only example seen, the Life Seed destroyed the original persona along the Death persona and start a completely new persona.
  • Given that the newly ascended Archangel was called the Master of the Seven Seeds there is the possibility there are more.[2]
  • Later comments made by Rick Remender in an interview said there are also seeds for the Pestilence, Famine, and War personas: X-Position: Remender Unites "Uncanny Avengers"
  • As stated by Doom, the seeds are gifts that give their users cosmic power on par with that of the Phoenix Force. Whenever its current host dies, both its power and entitlement passes onto the next person hosting it or are bestowed with it by a Celestial.[3]


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