The Barabbus curse is a curse associated to Nicodemus Archleone's noose. It is first mentioned in Death Masks.


The Barabbus curse is a curse that Nicodemus Archleone can cast thanks to his noose. The curse operates by mandating a death that cannot be avoided.[1] The name is a corruption of Barabbas,[Footnote 1] the biblical figure condemned to death and freed by the Jews in place of Jesus.

In the seriesEdit

Death MasksEdit

In Death Masks, Harry Dresden and Susan Rodriguez are hit by an entropy curse, apparently cast by Snakeboy, which they barely escape.[2] Michael Carpenter informs Dresden that it is actually a Barabbus curse Nicodemus Archleone cast on him. It is possible to voluntarily take the victim's place, a loophole that causes Shiro Yoshimo's death.[1]


  1. Barabbas - wikipedia


  1. 1.0 1.1 Death Masks, ch. 31
  2. Death Masks, ch. 24

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