Marion died when Hope was still in her late teens, and she was left to live with her father. But due to his cruelty and hellish ambitions, Hope found herself with no choice but to renounce her humanity and enter Hell. Once there, she became entangled in an elaborate scheme devised by Lucifer himself. During a battle, he cursed her never to return to Earth while the living walked. His goal had been to take a child so pure and filled with light, and mold her into a child of darkness. Needless to say, he succeeded. She had become Death, for to circumvent Lucifer's curse she sent Evil Ernie on his mission of Megadeath, the destruction of all life on Earth. Lady Death finally ended Lucifer's control over her by casting him through Heaven's Gate (a place where evil cannot go), and in doing so became the new ruler of Hell.
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