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How Koshchei Became Deathless

Wild Hunt 2
Written by Mike Mignola
Illustrated by Guy Davis
Colored by Dave Stewart
Lettered by Clem Robins
Edited by Scott Allie
Originally Published in Hellboy: The Wild Hunt #2–3
Date Published January–February 2009
Omnibus Edition Hellboy: Weird Tales

The origin of Koshchei the deathless is revealed.

Publication HistoryEdit

"How Koshchei Became Deathless" was published in January and February of 2009 as the backup story to The Wild Hunt #2-3. It is not currently collected.

SynopsisEdit

Part OneEdit

The story open with an old monk sitting at a desk recording the legends of Russia.

Koshchei was a normal man of little status until he became a soldier. He was a good and fair man in battle, even towards his enemies. This bothered his corrupt captains, so one night they beat him almost to death. A dragon found Koshchei, and offered to save him in return for serving him nine years. The dragon took him back to his castle in the Thrice-Tenth Kingdom, where he worked for nine years. When the time was up, the dragon had grown fond of Koshchei and offered to teach him Magic, but Koshchei wanted to live as a man. The dragon gave him a magic shirt that protected him from all weapons.

Koshchei returned to the world and became a soldier again. As his fame spread he married the daughter of a king, but the princess resented being forced to marry a commoner. She stole his shirt had had a noble kill him while he slept.

Part TwoEdit

Koshchei's body was taken into the woods and found by the dragon. The dragon used great magic to bring him back from the dead. The dragon kept his soul separate so that as long as it remained safe, Koshchei could not die. They hid his soul in an egg in a duck in a rabbit in a goat hidden in a hollow tree.

Koshchei returned to the world, and took his revenge on his killers. His wife begged for mercy, but without a soul he no longer had any mercy to give.

Connections to Other StoriesEdit

This tale is narrated by the same monk as "Baba Yaga's Feast."

Hellboy Publication Order
Preceded by
The Wild Hunt
How Koshchei Became Deathless
Followed by
Baba Yaga's Feast

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