Hello my name is Jack and I was minding my own business one day on my way to lunch when I was hit and killed by a toilet seat falling from the deorbiting Mir space station. When I woke up in the morgue I met a guy who soon informed me that, rather than moving on to the "Great Beyond", I will become a grim reaper in the External Influence Division. My job now is collecting souls of people who die in accidents (many of which have a Rube Goldberg-style complexity), and homicides. In the world of Dead Like Me, grim reapers do not wear black cloaks or carry scythes, but their role remains traditional: they remove the souls of the living shortly before death by touching before they die and escort the soul into their afterlife which is a bright light portal. Each reaper has a secret quota of souls; and, once the quota is met, the reaper moves on to another realm and the last soul reaped then takes his or her job collecting souls.
Bob is the Reaper Manager and is responsible for passing out reaping assignments, nearly always on yellow post-it notes. Death has a list of who is scheduled to die and when. This list is delivered to the head of each group by a shadowy figure. When the delivery is made to Bob's apartment; it is shown that the delivery is made by an actual shadow, with the list of names becoming corporeal only when it is delivered. The head of each group then gives each reaper a non-transferable assignment to collect a particular soul or souls. Completing that assignment is often difficult for the reapers, who receive only the first (and sometimes middle) initial and last name of the person about to die, the location, and estimated time of death (ETD).
If a reaper refuses to take a soul at their place of death and the person somehow survives their appointed time, the soul will "wither and die and rot inside" them. If a reaper does not take a soul and the person does die, the soul remains trapped in the body and is subject to extremely traumatic experiences such as witnessing the autopsy of their own body. Deaths can be at least temporarily postponed without risk to the soul's well-being by interfering well in advance of the time of death; thus reapers would not be interfering with the events that lead to the death. However, this may have unintended consequences, such as other people dying because of actions taken by the person who should have died.
Reapers have a different physical body and may interact with the living and the dead. Besides collecting souls, reapers have powers to remain ageless, heal extremely quickly. Bob once severed his middle finger, but was able to reattach it by just putting it back in place, while one guy has sustained what should have been fatal damage on multiple occasions, such as being shot and hit by a car and drink alcohol without suffering a hangover. When seen by the living, reapers' physical appearances are different from when they were alive to those who knew them, except on Halloween when the living see them as they were in life, and fellow reapers always see their original appearances. This is why they need to avoid family since it would cause problems.
Groups of reapers are organized into "divisions" according to various causes of death. Generally, reapers are assigned to a division based upon their own cause of death. Most of the members of the Plague Division died because of the Plague. In addition to Bob's "external influence" team, the three other divisions mentioned in the series are Circulatory Systems Division, the very uneventful and bored reapers of the Plague Division (who spend much of their time playing golf ball) and the Natural Causes (Old Age) Division. The Plague Division members have been reapers for centuries and will be unable to meet their quota, as plague deaths have become so rare. While the members of Bob's team of reapers are instructed to never reap animals. There is a forth division of child reapers who reaps the souls of animals. The teams are organized into jurisdictions of geographical areas, with several teams associated with different causes of death operating within one area. It is not known how much geographical area a single division covers, but Bob's reapers cover only a limited area in Eureka, California.
Gravelings are mischievous gremlin-like creatures that cause the accidents and mishaps (in the form of Rube Goldberg machine scenarios) that kill people. The living generally cannot see them, though reapers can see and interact with them to some extent. Although gravelings seem to be self-aware and recognize the reapers, they do not communicate verbally with them, and talk to each other in a hushed and unintelligible babble; other times they growl or hiss. Gravelings are given one day off every few years. Despite the holiday, most reapers are disturbed by their lack of manners and behavior. During this time they display the odd habit of stacking objects into precarious, humanoid towers. It is noted that if a reaper interferes with and prevents a scheduled death, a "hunting season" will be declared by the gravelings, who will pester the reaper until that soul is taken and order is restored. Some of the past reapers, have plagued by the wrath of gravelings. They are a mystery and despicable creature.
Make a character who died a tragic way and find themselves as a reaper. They will be met by Bob who is their reaper manager. First he will pick them up at the morgue and then he will take them to get a new ID at the DMV. Then he take them to their funeral to help cut ties with their past and family which will be hard. After that he will take them to his favorite family restaurant "IHOB" International House of Bacon, where he holds his meetings. He will buy you breakfast only the first time and after that only on your Death Day. You will need to find yourself a new job and a place to stay. Depending on your experience and skills you might very well find yourself living in a crack house or in the home of a soul you recently reaped. You can try to enjoy your after life as long as you fill your quota of souls.
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