I Was able to get a little concept down after a lot of research.
The idea behind Morphos or Henry Davidson (the archaeologist) is that his obsession with finding the temple of death lead to his firing. This didn't stop him from continuing the search and only added to his declining mental health a hatred for his superiors. Once he found the temple Henry took death's necklace which bound him and death to each other's will. In the end, only one will be able to have full control over this vessel.
This'll be one of the few long posts I have on the character but it should suffice in explaining the drawbacks and perks of Deaths form for Henry.
the personality's of Morphos and Henry intertwine and fight for control of what will be referred to as "Death's Form". Here are the primary abilities Henry takes on:
1. control of all consumed souls
- Morphos' body is actually the housing grounds for souls waiting for judgment after death (purgatory)
- As a result, Henry can actually use these souls to his own end. Some fight back more than other which can be evidenced by the multiple directions they take when given an order
2. Virtual immortality
- Morphos the God of Death and the Soul Devourer has a duality between it and life. As long as there is life, death remains present supposedly neutral unless utilized for another's will.
3. enhanced strength and durability
4. Size manipulation
While all of the abilities Henry is granted are cool, they come with some caveats I'll jot down below:
1. Emotions and especially anger are heightened when in deaths form
2. The longer Henry is in deaths form, the more his will becomes that of death
3. As deaths form grows stronger, so does its own will
4. and finally After each use, Henry becomes less in touch with reality and it becomes more addictive to stay in death's form
- The clash of wills' is really important in defining why Henry is a villain. This last point is also vital.
- Every piece of resentment Henry has had in his life festered when he took on Morpos' powers. On top of his declining mental health and the after-effects of the form, Henry's judgment became highly impaired. He sees everyone as a threat and throughout his time in the form Henry has come into brawls with the superheroes of his city Mettadon Capital.
- Now he uses every ounce of human strength to resist the form but can be easily upset and his hatred of the heroes cause him to strike out against them and any bystanders. form, Henry's judgment became highly impaired. He sees everyone as a threat and throughout his time in the form Henry has come into brawls with the superheroes of his city Mettadon Capital.
- Easily swayed by "The Call of Death," Henry's struggle is a combination of disdain for heroes and a desire to maintain control over the gifts he has wasted his life over.