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|Use(s) :||Binding Death to comply with the caster's demands|
Sam Winchester, Dean Winchester and Bobby Singer
|Appearance(s) :||Two Minutes to Midnight|
Meet the New Boss
Ingredients and procedureEdit
The death-binding spell calls for a variety of several ingredients, including human blood, an unknown herb, and a fulgurite. It has been implied that most of the ingredients are easy to come by, but a few such as fulgurite are harder to obtain. The ingredients must all be placed within a golden dish, which must in turn be placed at the centre of a specific sigil which is drawn in chalk and aligned with four lit candles. The caster wishing to bind Death must then recite the incantation, "Te nunc invoco, mortem. Te in mea potestate defixi. Nunc et in aeternum!" Violent tremors will occur when reciting the incantation, then once it is completed, Death will be summoned to the caster's location and will be bound to them. (Meet the New Boss)
Effects and reliabilityEdit
When Death is bound by this spell to its caster, he is forced to be where the caster wants when the caster wants, (Two Minutes to Midnight) and he must obey any direct command given to him by the caster. (Meet the New Boss) However, while the spell can bind, force, compel and limit some of Death's actions and his use of his abilities to the caster's will, it still cannot actually manipulate, control or influence Death's own mind and emotions at all. Due to this, when bound, Death must carry out the caster's orders, but can still act of his own will in any manner that does not directly contradict his caster's orders or the spell-imposed limitations; this was what allowed Death to indirectly assist Dean in stopping Lucifer when Death was bound to the latter. (Two Minutes to Midnight)
Death apparently cannot be freed from the binding spell on his own, and requires extremely powerful outside assistance. (Two Minutes to Midnight, Meet the New Boss) He once implied that the binding spell is irreversible, (Two Minutes to Midnight) although Castiel proved that an angel which has been massively empowered and mutated by absorbing 30-40 million souls is capable of unbinding Death at will. (Meet the New Boss) Another loophole in the binding spell is that it will apparently only affect Death so long as the caster is capable and active, and the spell can be rendered inactive by trapping the caster in an extremely impermeable prison such as Lucifer's cage. (Two Minutes to Midnight)
- The Death-binding spell was used by Lucifer many millennia before to bind the Four Horsemen to him. It became active after Lucifer was freed in 2009, and was used by Lucifer to force the horsemen to act as his weapons in his genocide against humanity. In the following year, Death, non-copasetic with being bound to Lucifer, indirectly helped the Winchesters free him by loaning his ring to Dean for use in reimprisoning Lucifer. (Two Minutes to Midnight, Supernatural: The Official Companion - Season 5) Death was effectively freed from Lucifer's control after Lucifer was reimprisoned in his cage. (Swan Song)
- During the God-Castiel crisis, Sam, Dean and Bobby used the Death-binding spell in hopes of using Death to kill the soul-empowered Cass. When Dean ordered to Death to kill Cass, the latter unbound Death just before he could comply with the order. (Meet the New Boss)
- In Supernatural: The Official Companion - Season 5, it is implied that the Death-binding spell is a superpowerful version of the reaper-binding black magic, although Meet the New Boss shows that the procedure for casting the Death-binding spell is very much different to the requirements of the reaper-binding spell.
- It has been speculated by fans, and confirmed in Supernatural: The Official Companion - Season 5, that the Death-binding spell can also be used to bind the other three horsemen.