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Abraham Van Brunt

Abraham Van Brunt
General information
Alias: Headless Horseman
Horseman of Death
Death
Birthplace: England
Status: Undead
Species: Human (formerly)

Horseman

Profession: Continental Army soldier (formerly)

Hessian
Horseman of the Apocalypse

Position: Horseman of Death
Physical description
Gender: Male
Hair color: Blonde (shaved bald)
Eye color: Blue (white after making a deal with the devil)
Personal information
Allies: Ichabod Crane (formerly), Katrina Crane (formerly), Moloch, Andy Brooks
Enemies: Ichabod Crane, Katrina Crane, Abbie Mills, August Corbin, Alfred Knapp, Jenny Mills, Frank Irving, Kindred, Gorgon
Further information
First appearance: "Pilot"
Portrayed by: Neil Jackson (headed)
Jeremy Owens (headless)
Richard Cetrone (Weapon double)
Craig Branham (Horseback double)
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Abraham Van Brunt, also known as The Horseman of Death, is an undead horseman and one of the the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. He was an Englishman who fought alongside the American army. He was betrothed to Katrina Crane, at the time, who left him for his best friend, Ichabod Crane. Wanting vengeance, he sold his soul after being killed by The Shadow Warriors in 1774.[1]

He got the chance to slay Ichabod, but was beheaded within that brief moment. After he was killed, he was entombed beneath a lake. Being bound by blood, both Abraham and Crane were resurrected in 21st century of Sleepy Hollow.

History

Early life

Originally, the horseman was a human named Abraham Van Brunt, from a prosperous family, and a friend of Ichabod Crane. He was betrothed to Katrina Van Tassel in a arranged marriage in 1774. He would purchase expensive gifts for her to show his love. One time, he sought to buy her a necklace and initially chose the most expensive one; however, Ichabod suggested another simpler one as being more suited to Katrina's taste. During a soiree, unbeknownst to him, Katrina told Ichabod that she was going to break off the engagement that evening because she loved him.

The following day, Abraham and Ichabod were sent on a secret mission to deliver the Declaration of Resolves of the First Continental Congress, the predecessor to the Declaration of Independence. As the two men made their way through hostile territory in Pennsylvania, Abraham's mind was on Katrina's break up with him. During a discussion over the matter, Ichabod confessed, which angered Abraham. Ichabod tried to reason with him and ask for his blessing, but to no avail. Abraham forced Ichabod into a duel with their sabers. Ichabod quickly yielded, but Abraham refused to accept and continued the fight. Abraham disarmed Ichabod and forced him to the ground with his sword at Ichabod's throat. However, without warning, Abraham was shot by a Hessian soldier who came on the scene.

Ichabod slew the Hessian and another, but more approached. Ichabod tried to help Abraham, but he told him to leave. The Hessians dismounted and approached the mortally wounded Abraham. Moloch came to Abraham and made a deal with him. Abraham sold his soul to Moloch who made him the Horseman of Death in exchange for revenge.[1]

He then went under the guise of a Hessian soldier who was part of the 5th Battalion, also known as The Shadow Warriors. He was also the unknown assailant who chased Paul Revere and his allies, murdering all three of them while Paul barely escaped with a manuscript containing his only known weakness.[2]

Season One

Later on while in the 21st Century, not only does he have the use of his ax, but at the end of the "Pilot", he acquires a Mossberg 500 shotgun and a Colt M4A1 Carbine that is modified with a fore grip and holographic sight. He is also seen carrying a Glock 17 pistol as a sidearm.

Aside from his weapons, the Headless Horseman also has a bandolier of 12 Gauge shotgun shells he uses for his shotgun. He also has another bandolier where he stores clips for his sidearm and carbine, as well as a belt that contains more clips. He got most of this from Andy Brooks's home in Sleepy Hollow when he broke in and took them from the weapons safe. After being captured and held prisoner temporarily, it's likely all these weapons were taken from him, though it's likely that he will obtain a new set later on. In the season finale, he is seen with at least his Mossberg 500 again, implying that he has obtained firearms again (or at least his shotgun). Also, he relied on the use of a white horse as a mode of transportation, symbolizing his status as the Horseman of Death.

Personality

In his human life, Abraham was a proud man and a clear product of his time and family. He would go to extremes when buying gifts for Katrina while Ichabod was more subtle. While initially a good man, he was devastated and angered by Katrina's decision to leave him upon the discovery that Ichabod had been the true love of her life. Abraham challenged his friend to a duel and when he apparently won, he was mortally shot by a Hessian soldier. Moloch then approached him and offered Katrina to him in exchange for him becoming the Horseman of Death, an offer he accepted without question, as it also gave him what he wanted in the process: Revenge, though what he truly wanted was to be with Katrina once more.

As a Horseman of the Apocalypse, his anger and hatred may be further augmented toward Ichabod Crane and anyone else that stands in his way of his objective, though without his head or a necromancer, his only means of expressing himself are through his physical actions.

While able to hold grudges and the desire to obtain revenge, Abraham still demonstrates that his desire for Katrina to love him the way that he loves her is still strong, and that he would do nearly anything to see her happy to be at his side. In The Weeping Lady, he asked War to strengthen the protective spells over the house where they kept Katrina to ensure that she couldn't get out, but when he discovered that she had been captured by the Weeping Lady (a fact that he may not have known who was responsible for this), he left out to find her, a sign that he views her safety as one of his priorities, even as one of the Four Horsemen. He even spared Ichabod when Katrina revealed who the culprit was when he found them together.

Abilities

Immortality

Being one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the Abraham was practically granted immortally and possesses minimal invulnerability. He is capable of withstanding multiple gunshots and isn't fazed after being hit repeatedly with a shovel. However, gunshots do seem to temporarily stun him in his tracks. [3] It's possible that the Horseman may possess a limited healing factor (hence him surviving various injuries, though he may not be able to regenerate severed limbs). He also appears to have enhanced strength. The moment a spell, that was preventing him from escaping, was broken, he was able to rip apart several large chains that were restraining him with ease. The Horseman has also demonstrated the ability to utilize Andy Brooks as a translator, being able to communicate through him.[1]

One of the Abraham's only known weaknesses is sunlight. He immediately flees on his horse when the sun begins to rise, causing his uniform to sizzle when touched by its rays.[3] [4] Artificial sunlight, also seem to have the same effect; whereas Abbie and Ichabod once used ultraviolet lights to apprehend him.[1] The Sword of Methuselah is also deemed capable of killing Abraham, since the sword can destroy any demon that it pierces or slays. Abraham may be only at less than half his true strength. As he stays separated from his skull, it has the potential to grant him full power and hasten the Apocalypse by bringing the other Horsemen.

Weapon proficiency

In his early life, Abraham took interest in fencing, and was a exceptionally skilled swordsman and accomplished duelist.[4] However, after becoming a Hessian, the broadaxe became Abraham's primary weapon. The ax is known to heat up to 500 degrees at the Horseman's will in order to cauterize the wound of the victim's head every time the Horseman decapitates his victims. When it came to discovering modern day firearms, Abraham would simply fire wildly at his targets. However, he has gotten better at aiming overtime.


Relationships

Abraham Van Brunt, being a Horseman of the Apocalypse, is a non-social individual, preferring to work alone. He will work with other people, but only for as long as Moloch requires him to. The only possible beings he might be willing to work with on a long-term basis are the other three Horsemen of the Apocalypse and Moloch himself. However, due to The Weeping Lady and Deliverance, he may not work well with War

So far, he has shown utmost loyalty to Moloch and his goal of starting the Apocalypse.

As the Horseman of Death, Abraham Van Brunt is to be considered an enemy of all people living. He seems to hold special resentment towards Ichabod Crane as Crane was responsible for him losing his fiancee, his defeat during the American Revolutionary War, and his subsequent decapitation. It was later revealed in "Necromancer" that he was once Ichabod's friend and Katrina's former fiance until Katrina chose to be with Ichabod instead of him, which led him to assume that Ichabod had stolen Katrina from him.

In his human life, Abraham was a proud man and a clear product of his time and family. He would go to extremes when buying gifts for Katrina while Ichabod was more subtle. While initially a good man, he was devastated and angered by Katrina's decision to leave him upon the discovery that Ichabod had been the true love of her life. Abraham challenged his friend to a duel and when he apparently won, he was mortally shot by a Hessian soldier. Moloch then approached him and offered Katrina to him in exchange for him becoming the Horseman of Death, an offer he accepted without question, as it also gave him what he wanted in the process: Revenge.

He also has displayed a great amount of animosity towards anyone who he sees as an obstacle in retrieving his skull and completing the Apocalypse such as Sheriff August Corbin (for reasons currently unknown), Captain Frank Irving, Reverend Alfred Knapp (who wouldn't tell him where his head was located), and Abbie Mills. He has displayed great animosity towards Ichabod as he took Katrina and his head from him.

As a result of The Weeping Lady, Abraham may possess some resentment toward Jeremy Crane, as he was the one behind the summoning of the Weeping Lady that endangered Katrina when all he asked of him was to strengthen the protective spells over the house they had her confined to in order to keep her from escaping.

After Deliverance, Abraham may see Jeremy as an enemy and question Moloch's own role in endangering Katrina, who was made sick in And The Abyss Gazes Back, as he was forced to contend with Jeremy's men to free Katrina from them.

Appearances

Season 1
Pilot Blood Moon For the Triumph of Evil... The Lesser Key of Solomon John Doe
The Sin Eater The Midnight Ride Necromancer Sanctuary The Golem
The Vessel The Indispensable Man Bad Blood
Season 2
This Is War The Kindred Root of All Evil Go Where I Send Thee... The Weeping Lady
And the Abyss Gazes Back Deliverance Heartless Mama Magnum Opus
The Akeda Paradise Lost Pittura Infamante

Trivia

  • In the actual Book of Revelation, Death is the Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse, who rides a pale horse with Hell right behind him. In the series, Washington's Bible has the Headless Horseman as the First Horseman of the Apocalypse with the description of what in the actual Book of Revelation is Conquest. Though they have changed the description of Death in Washington's Bible with what is accurately stated in the Book of Revelation in newer episodes, his horse is still white and he is still the First Horseman of the Apocalypse.
  • As a result of the revelation behind the origins of the Headless Horseman/Death being a former human in "Necromancer", it's possible that the other three Horsemen of the Apocalypse are former men from different times and parts of the Earth made into the Horsemen they would become later on by Moloch after each encounter with him. This seems to be true as War also made a deal with Moloch.
  • As a result of The Kindred, Death may not be able to reclaim his skull unless the Kindred is decapitated, which could prove difficult.
  • It's been implied that Abraham can heat the blades of other weapons other than his broadaxe.
    • When facing Ichabod, he happened to throw a hatchet with an intentional heated blade.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.08, "Necromancer"
  2. 1.07, "The Midnight Ride"
  3. 3.0 3.1 1.01, "Pilot"
  4. 4.0 4.1 2.10, "Magnum Opus"

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