Black (when using Sin Eating powers)
“You needed faith, my dear Ichabod, and I gave it to you, both of you, in your desire to be reunited — and to Abigail, who so desperately needs to believe there’s a purpose to her pain. See, faith is a pillar of human nature. The belief that all will end well if we just cling onto it with all our might. And it is what blinds us to what’s right in front of us all along.” —Jeremy Crane to Ichabod Crane and Katrina Crane
Jeremy Crane was a main character and the son of Ichabod and Katrina Crane. He was born almost a year after Ichabod battled Abraham Van Brunt; the Horseman of Death during the Revolutionary War. He eventually became War, the Second of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse while hiding under the pretense that he is the Sin Eater with the name Henry Parrish, who had broken the blood bond between his father and Abraham.
Before the events of, Jeremy was born at the Fredericks Manor which was protected by a hex that was unknowingly broken due to his birth. Fearing for his life at the hands of the coven, Katrina placed Jeremy in the care of Grace Dixon and her husband, leaving him with a makeshift doll that would serve as his protector in the absence of his parents. Jeremy’s cry initiated a fire, which killed both Grace and her husband, and he was soon after placed in an orphanage.
After being beaten by the abusive head of the orphanage, Jeremy’s blood dripped on the doll, turning it into The Golem, which killed the abusive head and soon after served as Jeremy’s protector. The Sisterhood of the Radiant Heart, fearing his power since he refused to join them, stopped Jeremy’s heart using a spell and buried him, due to his out-of-control powers but not before sending The Golem to Purgatory. He was trapped in his grave for two centuries before Moloch approached him and made a deal for him to become War, the Horseman of the Apocalypse. When he was resurrected, he came across the Church he was raised in which was under another name – St. Henry’s Parish – and used the name as his alias among the mortal world. He pretended to be the Sin Eater, Henry Parrish, in order to deceive Ichabod and Abbie into trusting him.
After Ichabod rose from his grave, Henry contacted Katrina in Purgatory, making her belief (quite rightly) that a Sin Eater could break the connection between Ichabod and Death. Katrina, in turn, contacted Abbie who, with Jenny’s help, managed to track down Henry. When the Mills sisters visited him, he pretended to be unwilling before arriving at the Freemasons’ hideout and freeing Ichabod from his link with Death.
In “The Golem, ” Ichabod contacted Henry again, asking him to use his powers to let Ichabod visit Purgatory to ask Katrina about their son, still unaware of Henry’s true identity. Henry complied and sent his father to Purgatory, but accidentally brought back the Golem, who continued its duties to Jeremy by hunting down the remainder of the Sisterhood of the Radiant Heart. Ichabod managed to track down the four lead members of the Sisterhood, The Four Who Speak As One, who informed Ichabod of what they had done before the Golem killed them. The Four Who Speak As One also told him the Golem could only be killed by Jeremy’s blood. Henry then revealed to Ichabod that, as Jeremy’s father, it was his blood flowing through his son’s veins and thus he could stop the Golem.
In “The Indispensable Man, ” Ichabod once again asked for Henry’s aid to help them discover George Washington’s secrets. Taking a dead priest’s beads, Henry read the priest’s sins (although it caused him great pain, as they had been protected to stop Moloch) and, with them, helped Ichabod and Abbie find Washington’s grave, where Washington hid a map to gain access to Purgatory.