The New Divine Order
Davey Jones 2.0
“If sleep is the but shadow of death, then what do the dead dream of?” – excerpt from the musings of Kira Eris, early philosopher of Corralla
Davey Jones, as he has come to be known, is the New Order’s god of the dead and the dreaming. The Captain of the Damned on his great black ship is responsible for ferrying the souls of the departed to the Celestial City in order to be judged by the council. He is a complicated deity, driven by both his duty and his insatiable greed.
“There is no need to fear death, as long as you bring something to please its captain.” – common phrase believed to have originated in Anakar, the City of Chains
Davey Jones is a deity steeped in mystery. He is a quiet god, rarely interacting with Second Earth beyond his official capacity as psychopomp, and even then, dead souls rarely find themselves interacting with the Captain himself unless they bring a truly outstanding amount of wealth with them beyond their death.
Historians and philosophers agree however that Davey Jones is incredibly old. No one would dare deny that he existed pre-Ragnarok and most agree that he predates all of the other gods of the New Order, and even some of their divine parents, with records of a being matching his description dotted throughout all of known history. According to the goblins, who hold the most complete records on him, he was a deity who served another pantheon as an underling until he betrayed that god, murdered him and took his skull and his position as his prize. Some scholars claim there is no proof for such an outlandish claim, but neither can they disprove the story or find another, more feasible, origin for him.
Appearance: Like all gods, there is a a level of fluidity in Davey Jones’ appearance and he can shift between the different races with relative ease. Despite this, he is always shown to be impossibly old and decaying with flesh peeling off his visible bones, a mouth full of rotting teeth, scraggly wisps of hair and sunken eyes with ghoulish green pupils. He disguises this by wearing lavish clothes befitting of a wealthy pirate captain and he’s shown a fondness for expensive coats and large wide-brimmed hats. Other depictions show him as a ghastly hooded figure in command of his massive black ship.
Davey Jones and the New Order: Unusually, Davey Jones is not tied to the pantheon by any bonds of family, but rather by the promise of power. Within the bureaucracy, he is the undisputed leader of the Department of Death – an office that hold considerable weight both in heaven and on Second Earth. As the New Order’s psychopomp, his influence in the mortal realms is ubiquitous with all cultures paying at least homage to the god who will escort them to their next life. While he is considered a key member of the New Order, Jones also has thick ties to The Nine, the ocean goddesses worshiped primarily by goblins. He is often called upon to resolve the frequent disputes between the different goddesses. Some cults refer to and worship the ocean goddesses as the brides of Davey Jones. According to the chronicles of Lester Matteson, it was by Jones’ demand that any victim of drowning be denied judgement by the Eternal Council and it was by this action that he gained his notoriety and influence within The Nine.
Davey Jones and the Races of Second Earth: Due to the ubiquitous quality of death, Davey Jones enjoys worship from all of the races of Second Earth with relatively equal measure. However, due to their longevity, elves take rather a casual view on death and thus regard Jones as more of a eventual nuisance than the inevitable menace that most races view him as. On the flip side, goblins revere Jones to an increased degree as the majority of their race believe that Jones sheltered the survivors of the goblin race aboard his ship as Ragnarok erupted around them – and they accept the biological hardiness that goblins possess against negative energy as proof of this story. As such, Jones takes on a much more vital role in everyday goblin life than he does with the other races.
Davey Jones, God of the Departing Soul:
“Lonely little beggar boy / Died without much glee / His death will be lonely too / Without the ferryman’s fee” – Keshian nursery rhyme
When a soul dies, it becomes trapped with the realm of dream. There it is picked up by Jones on his ship and the soul begins its long journey to the Celestial Kingdom where it will be judged. Since the judging only occurs on the solstices, the soul’s treatment before then becomes based on how effectively they are able to bribe the ferryman. Those who grant him wild riches or other services that he finds acceptable find themselves waiting out the journey in luxurious quarters with all the amenities imaginable. Those who cannot pay end up serving the more miserable jobs on the ship and may find themselves swabbing decks or cleaning waste until the solstice finally, mercifully, arrives. This power over the recently dead makes Jones a feared god with many cultures coming up with elaborate ways to sate his anger – heavily Anzoite societies have Death Charities, where local communities donate gold to the dying; some dwarven cultures dip the bodies of their recently deceased into vats of molten gold; and goblins sew coins and other riches into their very skin in order to ensure they have the money to furnish their patron’s greed. An interesting flaw in Jones’ power over the dead is the resurrection process through powerful magic – a soul can only be revived when it is residing on Jones’ ship before its divine judgement. Worshippers of Jones, and even the Damned Captain himself, despise this mockery of his power and those who practice resurrection, or have been resurrected themselves, often face a cruel journey the second time through despite their riches as Jones practices his spite. Scholars say this may be a leading cause to why resurrection is not more widely practiced in magic-heavy societies – in order to avoid Jones’ wrath.
Davey Jones, God of the Dreaming Soul:
“The girl awoke sweating and clenching her fists. ‘It was only a dream,’ she told herself. ’He’s not really here. He can’t really see me.” Then, she opened her hands and found barnacle shells there, cutting into her flesh. – Keshian folk story
Dreaming is simply a state of being between living and dying and thus, dreamers can sometimes observe Jones’ ship as it passes through the realm of dreams doing its duty. It is generally assumed that a nightmare occurs when Jones’ ship passes too close to a dreaming soul – and when that nightmare starts you awake, it is because the light of Jones’ lantern has passed over you.
- The Flying Dutchman: The legendary great black ship of Davey Jones, which he has sailed for countless millennia. It is massively large, impossibly fast and unspeakably powerful – it has the innate ability to sail through the Sea of Dreams and to as many other planes as one can dare imagine.