"After Malthael's disappearance, the Angiris Council appointed his most loyal servant, Urzael, to find him and bring him back to the High Heavens. Urzael, accompanied by the sect of maidens who were Malthael's closest followers, set out to find their absent master. They never returned."— Lorath Nahr(src)
LoreEditThe Death Maidens were once Malthael's closest followers and the vanguard of his forces. They accompanied Urzael in his search for their master after Malthael departed the High Heavens. They later reappeared as part of his Reaper forces, which he unleashed upon Westmarch. Serving as Malthael's lieutenants, the Death Maidens wield giant scythes, using them to decapitate their mortal foes, along with raising the dead to do their bidding. The most powerful Death Maidens were entrusted to maintain and control the Soul Crucibles.
They are the only type of angelic Reapers who, upon being killed, release a soul-like essence which dissipates from the broken body.
In-gameEditDeath Maidens are relatively uncommon, and one will rarely see more than one in the same location (except the elite packs). However, they are never fighting alone: each Death Maiden comes with a retinue of Reapers at her side, and can summon more at will (usually they spawn two Summoned Shield Guards or Summoned Archers per cast in any combination; generally a Maiden will summon archers if enemy is afar, and guards to support her in close combat). The total number of Reapers one Death Maiden can summon is not limited, and they will call create more continuously as long as there are enemies nearby.
Death Maidens' movement is quite quick. Their attacks are very slow, but deal high damage. They also have two signature circular attacks, indicated by blue ring around them. These charged attacks hit all enemies within roughly 20 yards: the one that charges longer (indicated by Death Maiden hovering in the air) is also knocking enemies back.
After defeating Urzael, Death Maidens retreated from Westmarch. What little was left of them launched an assault on High Heavens, led by Lamiel, in an attempt to destroy the portals leading to Pandemonium. The last Death Maiden to encounter in game is is Seraziel, the Guardian of Malthael, who guards the soul construct in the Pandemonium Fortress.
Maidens of FlameEdit
Maidens of Flame are a different type of Death Maidens, who rely on direct damage attacks rather than on minions. There are only three of them, though, and they are only encountered during one quest (The Harbinger). They all count as Super-Uniques, have Molten affix (as well as some other), but cannot summon other Reapers.