Dio is the God of Time in the D-Verse, and one of the original members of the Pantheon.
Physical appearance Edit
The God of Time rarely changes his appearance, generally conforming to the description in "Of All Creation", an excerpt of which follows.
He whose long, flowing hair is a purity of white beyond whiteness;Dio's bold white hair falls to the middle of his back, though the passage omits his status as the only one of the Deities who has adopted facial hair in his nominal state; the God of Time maintains three vertical stripes of hair on his chin, one in the center and one under either corner of his mouth. His skin is a deep, dark brown strongly reminiscent of fresh, moist topsoil, leading to the comparison with a garden; and his irises - and most often those of his Avatars as well - have a reflective quality, texture, and color combining sand and tiny crystals, a light and ever-turbulent bronze that stands out against the rest of his much darker face.
- whose skin is the earthy color of the garden in which life flourishes;
- whose glittering eyes are the shifting bronze sands of a thousand hourglasses, ever in motion.
"Of All Creation" continues with this note on Dio's personality.
From the beginning of his existence Dio has watched over the universe, extending his hand to adjust the flow of time as he sees necessary; ever serious in his pursuits, yet gentle and forgiving as far as such is allowed, the knowledge of his own abilities - and the consequences they bring - weighing heavily upon him always.
Dio's position as God of Time, and his experience with the domain, tends to make him quite serious indeed. He rarely has a moment to rest, as temporal issues crop up on a regular basis; whether due to entropy, use or misuse of magic, a willful Deity, or some other cause, Dio handles anything and everything posing a significant threat to the stability of the alpha timeline.
Choosing to only allow one specific course of events naturally cuts off all other possibilities, and so with each correction of the timeline Dio sacrifices a great deal of potential in order to direct events in the most desirable course; these are 'the consequences' referred to in the passage, and they do indeed '[weigh] heavily upon him'.
An Avatar of Time shares Dio's appearance to the point of being identical in all but facial structure, which he adjusts to match the culture or civilization under observation. Dio's manifestations typically have a reasonably toned and muscular body - not overly defined, but quite strong even without resorting to rune magic. His classical outfit leaves him naked to the waist, as it consists only of a sarong of solid white (or another bright color), lined with gold or silver trim; a pair of leather sandals, coated with the semicrystalline bronze of his eyes; and the Regalia of Time, his set of personal jewelry.
Regalia of Time Edit
Though not always worn when manifested, the Regalia of Time accompanies Dio wherever he goes. The full Regalia consists of a necklace, four anklets, four bracelets, four rings, and two earrings, all of a single metal which changes appearance to match the trim on whatever sarong he decides to wear. The metal may chime, vibrate, corrode, tarnish, or regenerate - seemingly at random - any time Dio exercises his control.
Although the Regalia itself originally had no innate power, it came to symbolize Dio's authority over all temporal matters and subsequently gained power through a mortal-sourced aetheric framework; the God of Time then took possession of the framework for his own purposes. If worn by a mortal - for example, if Dio lends one of his bracelets or anklets, since he has two on each limb - a piece of Regalia provides perfect control of any time-related magic.