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Cover of the book.
Cover of the book.

Death's Domain is a fictional dimension in Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels. It is shaped by human expectation and Death's own attempts to have a life beyond his allotted task. Death's Domain (ISBN 0-552-14672-2) is also a Discworld Mapp, drawn by Paul Kidby, with additional material by Pratchett and Stephen Briggs. Image File history File links Deaths_domain_cover. ... Image File history File links Deaths_domain_cover. ... Terence David John Pratchett OBE (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England[1]) is an English fantasy author, best known for his Discworld series. ... // This article is about the novels. ... Death is a fictional character in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... Paul Kidby is an English artist. ... Stephen Briggs is, in his own words, a civil servant who dabbles in amateur dramatics. However, through his drama work, he has become heavily involved with the subsidiary works and merchandise surrounding Terry Pratchetts Discworld. ...


The first thing visitors notice is that the Domain is black. Everything in it is black (or different colours and shades of black), except the things that are bone-white. The exceptions are purple mountains in the distance and, since Reaper Man, golden cornfields between the mountains and the Domain proper. Very few living people have entered the Domain, but among the notable exceptions are Albert, Ysabell, Mort, Rincewind, Twoflower (and, arguably, the Luggage). Reaper Man is a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett. ... Albert is a character from Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of novels, first appearing in Mort. ... This article contains brief biographies for characters from Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... Mort is a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett and also the name of its main character. ... Rincewind the Wizzard is a fictional character appearing in the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett, several of which feature him as the central character. ... Twoflower is a fictional character featuring in some of Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels. ... The Luggage appears in some of the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. ...


Things that are black include all the plants in the garden, the house, the peacocks (although they have white skull-shaped "eyes" on their tails), the cats (Death likes cats) and the bees (Death also likes bees, possibly because a hive mind has no fear of him). Things that are bone-white (and indeed skeletal) include the trout in the pond, some of the birds and the garden gnomes. Death cannot create, this is why he does not play music, he can only copy things. The items in the garden are things he has seen elsewhere, including the fish pond, and presumably the fish inside it. Peacock re-directs here; for alternate uses see Peacock (disambiguation). ... ‹ The template below has been proposed for deletion. ... Families Andrenidae Apidae Colletidae Halictidae Megachilidae Melittidae Stenotritidae Bee collecting pollen Bees (a monophyletic lineage within the superfamily Apoidea, presently classified by the unranked taxon name Anthophila) are flying insects, closely related to wasps and ants. ... A hive mind (sometimes spelled hivemind) is a form of collective consciousness strongly exhibiting traits of conformity and groupthink. ... Rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss Biwa trout, Oncorhynchus masou subsp Trout is the common name given to a number of species of freshwater fish belonging to the salmon family, Salmonidae. ... The GNOME project is an international effort to create an easy-to-use computing platform built entirely from free software. ...


Although nearly everything in the Domain is black, it is not all the same colour. On the Discworld, and congruent dimensions, splitting darkness with an eight-sided prism produces different colours of black. This article or section may need to be cleaned up and rewritten because it describes a work of fiction in a primarily in-universe style. ...


The Domain gardens also include a hedge maze and a golf course. Since Death finds it impossible to get lost, or have any difficulty hitting a sphere so it goes exactly where he wants, he doesn't really see the point, but they are part of his efforts to be more human.


To one side of the Domain is the Well of Souls, which spirits briefly pass through on their way to wherever they think they're going.


At the centre of the Domain is Death's house. It looks like a fairly average detached house, apart from being black and having an omega door knocker. Inside it is of infinite size, which can be crossed in an hour or an instant. Most humans who have stayed in the Domain can only deal with the size of the rooms by ignoring them, and staying on small patches of carpet surrounded by immensity. Although the interior maintains the black-on-black, skull-and-scythe motif (Death's grandfather clock has a scythe for a pendulum, and his mirror is in a skull-and-bones frame because anything else would look silly around his reflection) it is, like its outside, very ordinary and average in its design. Some assume that Death's house would look like a mausoleum or a crypt, but in fact Death knows little of cemeteries, as very few people actually die in them. Note: This article contains special characters. ...


As well as the "ordinary" rooms, maintained for appearance and the benefit of Albert, the Domain contains the life-timer room, where the sands of everyone's lives drain away, and the Library, where everyone's "autobiography" is being written by itself. Both of these rooms are even more conceptual and arbitrary in dimension than the rest of the Domain, and the clearest example of its status as a refined metaphor. Albert is a character from Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of novels, first appearing in Mort. ... In language, a metaphor (from the Greek: metapherin rhetorical trope) is defined as a direct comparison between two or more seemingly unrelated subjects. ...


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