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Necrophos minimap icon.png Rotund'jere, the Necrophos
In a time of great plague, an obscure monk of dark inclinations, one Rotund'jere, found himself promoted to the rank of Cardinal by the swift death of all his superiors. While others of the order went out to succor the ill, the newly ordained cardinal secluded himself within the Cathedral of Rumusque, busily scheming to acquire the property of dying nobles, promising them spiritual rewards if they signed over their terrestrial domains. As the plague receded to a few stubborn pockets, his behavior came to the attention of the greater order, which found him guilty of heresy and sentenced him to serve in the plague ward, ensorcelled with spells that would ensure him a slow and lingering illness. But they had not counted on his natural immunity. Rotund'jere caught the pox, but instead of dying, found it feeding his power, transforming him into a veritable plague-mage, a Pope of Pestilence. Proclaiming himself the Necrophos, he travels the world, spreading plague wherever he goes, and growing in terrible power with every village his pestilential presence obliterates.
Associated with
Heroes Pudge minimap icon.png Pudge
Places Cathedral of Rumusque
Gods The Reaper
Characters Lady Onshu
  • Rotund'jere was a pope who served in the Cathedral of Rumusque, having been promoted to Cardinal rather swiftly, much to his surprise, by the death of his superiors, caused by the spreading plague in the area. [1]
  • Instead of going with his fellow popes and other church members, Rotund'jere schemed to acquire wealth by tricking nobles and other unknowing civilians into giving him their wealth and valuables in exchange for spiritual rewards.[2] Even after his transformation into the Necrophos, he appears to still be spreading false promises and preaches to areas he visits, sometimes receiving valuable physical items[3], or sometimes the very plagued people themselves, offering their lives to him to be reaped, possibly for either ease of transition through death, or salvation.[4]
  • Given his plagued but undying state, the Necrophos may actually be on the verge of being living and dead, being able to cross to and from either state using the souls of his victims.[5]
  • Rotund'jere has had a scythe made for him by a necromantic smith, created by hammering tortured souls both into form and obedience.[6]
  • Rotund'jere may have a preference for using tools made of direstone, as they are said to be lightweight and easy to counterbalance, ideal for creating scythes.[7]
  • Despite his withered appearance and rather dark personality, Rotund'jere claims to be always rather cheerful.[8]
  • He appears to have a rather strong affection towards Pudge minimap icon.png Pudge, always complimenting his work, even when he is an enemy[9], showing pleasure when the two of them are on the same team[10], and just being unable to hate him regardless.[11].
  • On the other hand, he appears to have a very strong disdain towards Omniknight minimap icon.png Omniknight, claiming him to be "too clean"[12].
  • He seems to call himself via multiple titles, being the "Necrophos", the "Plague Mage", the "Pope of Pestilence", and the "Dark Rot".[13]
  • Rotund'jere is wanted as a criminal by Lady Onshu.[14]


  • Donte Panlin is disgusted by Rotund'jere's actions, and vows to strike him down.[15]

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  1. Necrophos biography.
  2. Necrophos biography.
  3. Scythe of Twin Deaths description.
  4. Soul Reaper description.
  5. Ghost Shroud description.
  6. Laments of the Dead desciption.
  7. Direstone Liferipper description.
  8. Necrophos response: ▶️ What do you mean "cheer up"? I'm quite cheerful.
  9. Necrophos response: ▶️ I like your work, Pudge.
  10. Necrophos response: ▶️ What a pleasure to be on your team, Pudge.
  11. Necrophos response: ▶️ Oh Pudge, I just can't hate you.
  12. Necrophos response: ▶️ Omniknight, you're just too clean.
  13. Necrophos spawn responses.
  14. Feast of Abscession response: ▶️ If I bring Lady Onshu your head, maybe she'll leave me mates alone.
  15. Pangolier response: ▶️ Your time will come, Necrophos. I'll see to it.