Many years after Beowulf became King of the Geats, a new threat arose to his kingdom. A fierce and powerful tyrant of unparalleled might and savagery arose at their borders. Known by no name other than as the Bane of Beowulf, he pillaged the wealth of the Geats and hoarded the confiscated treasures in a mountainous lair amid a pile of blood and death.
Beowulf, now an aged king, knew he must confront the threat to protect his people and preserve his legacy. He journeyed to the mountainous kingdom, and in the ensuing battle, Beowulf’s strength was tested, but the the vestiges of his prime had waned. In a heroic display of valor, Beowulf managed to slay the the tyrant, but Beowulf was mortally wounded in the fight and eventually succumbed to his injuries.
His is a soul spun out by the wheel frequently. He is an agent of evil balancing the Pattern with darker threads. If there was an evil dark equivalent of the Heroes of the Horn, he would be one. Instead, he is often spun out opposite a great hero and usually perishes at their hand. As a soul, he is strongly inclined toward evil, and his legends are usually retold as the deeds of some sort of serpent, dragon or demon.
2nd Age – He would have been a contributor to the Collapse, the hundred years prior to the War of Shadow broke when society became sick and twisted. He ran the gladiatorial rings that saw people fight to the death, usually profiting off the money earned. If he survives long enough, he would have joined the Shadow in the war.
4th Age – This would be the rebirth in which he is at his most powerful. A channeler serving the Emperor of Seanchan, his name goes down in legend as a demon that inspires future Hebrew mythologies of the following Ages. He was depicted with a lion’s head and a serpentine body with eagle wings.
5th Age – Aži Dahāka (Persian), depicted as a three-headed dragon with a body filled with lizards and snakes that could infect the world when released, and wings that can darken the skies when fully spread. He was a servant of Ahriman, the father of lies and personification of evil in Persian mythology.
6th Age – Jörmungandr, the Norse World Serpent. He spends most of his life circling and terrorising other societies around the world, giving rise to many legends of monsters and the heroes responsible for their defeat, before ultimately returning to Asgard and fulfilling his role at Ragnarök.
7th Age – Beowulf’s Bane (Germanic). He is the final enemy of the hero, Beowulf and described as a nocturnal, treasure-hoarding, inquisitive, vengeful, fire-breathing creature that mortally wounds Beowulf just before being slain himself.