Im gonna guess alive and he will be saved by black magic somehow???
In the universe of the Mice Templar
, what one would consider to be "black magic" is called "Death Magic."
Death Magic harnesses power from death itself, from the taking of a life, typically in a ritualistic fashion, and binds that energy—life essence—to an object, often the bones of the deceased. This introduces a wide variety of "powers" to the one who bound the energy; by powers, these are means by which natural laws can be overcome by an energy that transcend the physical universe (or our perception of it). This power was first introduced in Volume I #2/3, when Pilot used the bones of a mouse to commune with the spirit of deceased rats to discover how they had died. One can surmise that Pilot most likely killed the mouse to imbue their bones with this power. Later, in Vol. I #4/5, Pilot sprinkled the bones with Karic's fresh blood to part the barley wheat stalks of the Fields of Gold and create a pathway to the Great Ash Tree.
The hut of the mysterious druid-witch Black Anaius is filled with bones and skinned mouse hides, and her fearful legend in mice culture is that she preys upon mice children. The power she harnesses appears to extend her life, connects her will to her physical home (making it a living entity unto itself), and allows her spirit to commune with ancient spirits consigned to the Outer Darkness, whereby she serves as a vessel of Donas the Nathair's defiant spirit on Earth.
The order of Druid Priests who manipulate King Icarus also use Death Magic to assert their will over the kingdom. Yet they have discovered several hurdles in their path to dominion. The druids could control the king, and thereby use his power—his royal authority—to enslave the land. But once King Icarus fled to his tower, the druid control over even the capital city started slipping. They seek communion with Donas the Nathair, yet desire to control that ancient evil for their own purposes. Thus, their doorway to the Outer Darkness remains closed. The secret of Black Anaius that they will not accept is that she has surrendered herself to darkness; Anaius is the agent of Donas in the world...while the druids seek Donas's power to exert their own will. Donas does not comply with their wishes. The druids believed that the sacrifice to the Serpent god of King Icarus at the Feast of Samhain would open the pathway to Donas, but that effort was thwarted by Karic in the finale of Volume II, Destiny