Of course back then they looked almost nothing like they do now, because they really should have started with Pestilence, Famine, and War. These were the true enemies of the ancient humans. They waged relentless war upon them, scourging their lands, killing their families, and stealing their crops. The humans of that time were at a loss as to how to fight back. But they knew they had to. They could not let these evils continue any longer.
So they sought out a powerful ally – Death. They knew that Death was the one sure way to defeat Pestilence, Famine, and War. For what use were these terrible foes without humanity to torment? So the humans called forth Death and struck a bargain. They promised to be true to Death, to never turn on him or seek to overthrow him. In exchange, Death would destroy their enemies, freeing them from their endless suffering.
And Death agreed. He dispatched his minions to confront Pestilence, Famine, and War. They fought for years, until finally Pestilence, Famine, and War were defeated. The humans rejoiced, and Death was hailed as their savior. They built great temples to him, offering up their prayers and sacrifices. But Death remained aloof, always watching, always waiting.
For Death knew that humanity is fickle. They are quick to forget their promises and even quicker to betray their allies. And Death knew that eventually, the humans would turn against him. So he bided his time, waiting for his chance to strike.
And when that chance came, Death surpassed all his previous victories. He inflicted a terror upon the humans that brought them to their knees. With each passing day it seemed as though more and more of them were vanishing, sucked into the hellish void that is Death’s realm.
The humans soon discovered that their victory over Pestilence, Famine, and War had been a hollow one. Death had only been biding his time, waiting for the perfect moment to pounce. And when he did, humanity was powerless to stop him. Now they are left to wander, lost souls in a world that no longer makes sense. Of course, back then they looked almost nothing like they do now.