Deathevan is a "scar", a remnant left behind by Myria after she was defeated in Breath of Fire, who went on unnoticed for many years following a period of peace after Myria's demise. Using negative emotions to feed himself, he continued his growth until the Dragon Clan finally noticed his existence. Fearing what would be of the world were the Demon to be unleashed, the Light and Dark Dragon Clans reunited and made it their mission to fend off the Demon as they were the world's strongest clans.
Unfortunately because Deathevan is pure malice, the Dragon Clan could not be able to defeat him until it took physical shape, so the Dragon Clan was forced to wait in Dologany buried underground and keep themselves and Deathevan locked from the rest of the world. Unbeknown to everyone was that Deathevan through his proxies had established the new religion of St. Eva saviour (with himself at its namesake God) that has became very popular throughout the world nearly completely overshadowing other faiths such as the Dragon God Ladon who clearly states in that no one prays to him any more. The teachings of St Eva are taught to its followers as ideologies of peace but, in truth, they are far from it as it is through the prayers of its devotees where Deathevan gathers energy to grow more powerful.
Years passed and Deathevan kept growing stronger so Valerie was sent to the aboveground to investigate the source of Deathevan's power reaching the town of Gate, where she fell in love with Ganer a St. Eva priest, a love which was mutual and the two settled and made a family. Although Valerie kept researching and reported her findings regularly she could only witness a peaceful world, unable to realize that St. Eva was the conduit used by Deathevan.
Eventually and being mother to two children, Valerie was about to forget her mission until Demons sent by Deathevan started to emerge from underground as the seal had weakened. Valerie did the only thing she knew she could do, transforming herself into a large dragon and use her body to seal the gates, temporarily halting the Demons' progress. This, however, did little to stop the religion from further empowering their God.
In due time the Demons' would take more drastic measures, with Aruhamel wiping the memories of Gate's inhabitants regarding Ganer and his family with Habaruku the religion's founder secretly usurping his position as Gate's priest. It would be just a matter of years before Deathevan would be able to manifest himself. In the meantime the world would see a surge of Demons wreaking havoc in different ways.
With the church in tatters, Habaruku under the guise of Father Hulk would convince the populace of Gate that the Dragon protecting the gates is evil and must be eliminated. Ryu arrives on time to stop this with Hulk proposing he brings Patty. Soon Hulk reveals his true plans to offer Patty as a sacrifice to open the gates, due to her Dragon Clan heritage. The sleeping dragon intervenes and Ryu and his companions defeat Habaruku who boasts about the eventual rise of their God.
Ryu now grown up and meeting his mother after many years is posed the question, whether to open the gates and venture underground to defeat Deathevan immediately, potentially risking the world's fate, or whether to wait and keep him sealed. If the player chooses to wait, it immediately leads to a Bad Ending with the Dragon still asleep while Deathevan still grows. If the player chooses to venture inside, Valerie sacrifices herself to open the gates believing Ryu made the right choice, leading to the true ending.
Deathevan himself is only seen once near the end of the game, appearing first to Ryu and the others in a humanoid form called Evan. Evan is seen as a older man with a beard wearing a robe and levitates above the ground. He appears before the party and thanks Ryu (whom he calls "Nikanoru") for opening the gates for him and says that he will go through them and "bless" the world with destruction, and how every living thing will look up at him in happiness as they die. His words shock them and Bow protests only to be frozen in crystal at the same time as the others. Ryu is able to break free and steps forwards only for Evan to shatter the crystals that contain his teammates. Ryu tries to save them only to be shoved away and paralyzed. Evan leaves only to have Ryu recover and pursue him; once Evan is cornered Ryu slashes at him with his sword and strikes him on the face. Evan sinks into the darkness, only to rise up from the black as his true self, stating that he adamantly refuses to lose to a "crumb" such as Ryu. Even after Deathevan's defeat, it is suggested he is not truly dead, only sleeping, the reason someone must continue to block the gate to Infinity.
The ending now depends on certain actions. If the player successfully saved Ganer and unlocked Township's mobile fortress, Ganer will drop it on top of the gates, preventing Deathevan from ever resurging leading to the Good Ending. If the player failed in either of these tasks, it leads to a Sad Ending where Ryu follows after his mother, becoming a dragon himself to seal the gates.
Role in Breath of Fire III Edit
Deathevan appears as the Final Boss of Breath of Fire II. He is fought in two phases, the first one requires Ryu to use Anfini, which will revive the fallen party members, which will prompt the true Final Boss battle.
- See also: Deathevan (Boss)