|“||So you think you can conquer the Temple of the Gods, do you? It's never been done you know. Sooner or later, the Harpies will bring what's left of you back for me to burn. The Gods hid Pandora's Box in here so no mortal could ever claim its power, and, yet, year after year, I open the gate for more and more soldiers and place more and more bodies on these pyres. If I were you, I'd leave now. But I can see you are determined. Very well. May the Gods grant you strength to conquer the perils that lay before you. Good luck, Spartan.||”|
–The Body Burner to Kratos in God of War
The Body Burner was the first to enter Pandora's Temple, and, in his own words, the first to die. Presumably, the body burner (in his own quest) lost his arm as it was shown to be a stub. Punished by the Gods for his failure, he was sentenced to burn the body of anyone who died in the temple (although there were several bodies that were still inside the temple), he was Immortal of spirit, but not of body, hence his rotting visage, though he may also have been burned.
Only the Body Burner could unlock the doors to Pandora's Temple for Kratos, after he proved himself by fighting a pair of Cyclops Desert Kings outside Pandora's Gate. When he spoke to Kratos, the Body Burner sounded very monotonous and jaded as if he said exactly the same things to every person that he let into the temple. The Harpies of the temple seemed to work for him; they brought back the dead bodies of those who failed, and opened the gates to the temple. After Kratos was able to reach the upper levels of the temple, the body burner was shown outside and became surprised at the Spartan's actions.
However, the body burner's prediction about Kratos dying came true as the Spartan was impaled by a pillar thrown by Ares. The Harpies took Pandora's Box from him and gave it to their master who was confronted by a resurrected Kratos.
In God of War III, Cronos appeared in the Pits of Tartarus after he was banished by Zeus there. Pandora's Temple was still chained on his back, but the Body Burner's presence was unknown. The Body Burner was presumably able to finally rest after Pandora's Box was taken from the temple.
- In some versions of Mythology, Charon was the first to try to steal Pandora's Box, but failed and was condemned to forever take the dead to the Underworld in his Ferry. In the God of War Series, it was the Body Burner, and he was cursed by the Gods to an eternal burden, too. Curiously, Charon did mention to Kratos that the Gods wouldn't release any of them from their tortures, but he didn't actually say what he did in the past to be punished by the Gods in the God of War Series.
- Since Pandora's Temple was very old and the Body Burner was the first to enter, it meant that he had suffered for centuries.