(Special thanks to Morgon77
for his correction about Death being fired (not on holiday
) and Habakkuk
for the reminder about the Death of Hamsters.)
Death of Rats is perhaps the most enigmatic character of the Discworld
series. He first appears in the book Reaper Man
by Terry Pratchett
from his job
and forgot his normal activities... as such, the universe
attempts to compensate by creating Little Deaths
for everything, even rats
. At the end, Death absorbed all the Little Deaths except for the Death of Rats. Perhaps because he is in need of a friend. In any case, Death of Rats now acts as an assistant, advisor, and confidant to Death. It was also established that he is also the Death
in the book Soul Music
Only a few beings are actually able to understand the Death of Rats. Namely: Death, Susan Sto-Helit
from Unseen University
, and of course, rats. This is because, a typical conversation with the Death of Rats goes something like this.
Death: WHAT DO YOU THINK?
The Death of Rats can also be summoned by The Rite of AshkEnte
, just as normal Death can, and in fact has been summoned by mistake when Death was not available.