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Dekn

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The symbol of the Dekn.

"From the second face, the Dekn awoke. In a miasma of shriveling darkness, the beings began to wander, purposeless, until finding a humongous tree. The Hethe watched as the Dekn began to surround the tree, as they began to carve into it little holes to be the homes of each. The Hethe were pleased."
Hethian creation myth
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The first mortal beings created by the Hethe, the Dekn are a proud, noble race of demon-like beings who possess Psychic Powers. They are the progenitors and the arch-rivals of the Arkn. They initially made their home in the Infinitium, a city made of black gold. After its destruction, they made a new home in the Undevarium


    In General 
  • Arch-Enemy: To the Arkn. In fact, the Arkn were created just to give the Dekn rivals.
  • Arc Symbol: The universal symbol of the Dekn is (unsurprisingly) very similar to that of the Arkn, resembling a horned stick figure composed of alchemical symbols. Redgrave has it tattooed on his face, and it often appears as a "signature" on Dekn communiques.
  • Big Red Devil: Many of the characteristics associated with demons in Western society (red skin, red or black eyes, leathery bat-like wings, horns) were based on the appearances of various Dekn (due to Arkn spreading tales of them to humans).
    • Surge (ACryFromWinter) has the most traditionally demonic appearance, being a horned, goat-like being with bat wings.
  • Born as an Adult: While it isn't stated, the first Dekn are implied to have been created as fully-formed adults, knowing only the most basic survival skills.
  • Capital Offensive: On the May 15th event of 2016, the Dekn capital — the Infinitium — was destroyed by Raphael (under the influence of Tum'to), in retaliation for the Dekn attack on the Golden City.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: While you can't call the majority of them good, they generally aren't the monsters that the Arkn (and humans, by extension) have made them out to be.
  • Demonic Possession: Dekn are capable of taking possession of other beings' vessels, and must do so to enter .Reality. However, many of them refrain from attaching themselves to humans semi-permanently like the Arkn (as this they consider this to be harmful and violating).
  • Game Face: Dekn who are inhabiting other vessels put on their game faces much in the same way the Arkn do: they drop the Glamour (allowing their eyes to turn blood red), summon their horns, and adopt a Voice of the Legion. Only those that really mean business will show their real faces (which, based on the descriptions of Arix in The Writings of Raziel, are reptilian in appearance with sharp fangs).
  • Horned Humanoid: All Dekn have horns of some kind. They range from multi-pronged antlers, to twisted ram-like horns, to the short, pointy horns traditionally associated with "demonic" beings. Like the wings of the Arkn, they're separate organs that are voluntarily summoned.
  • Horns of Villainy: While all Dekn have horns, only the malevolent or aggressive ones normally show them on camera. (This makes sense, seeing as Dekn usually only summon their horns when they mean business.) When they're inhabiting a human vessel, their horns normally appears as glitches or shadows.
  • Lizard Folk: Based on the descriptions in The Writings of Raziel (and Word of God), some Dekn possess a reptilian appearance, with red eyes, claws, and scaly skin.
  • Our Demons Are Different: The Dekn are actually a race of alien beings, but they possess most of the characteristics associated with demons: they're monstrous-looking beings who live underground, have a red-skinned ruler who controls a prison/afterlife dimension of pure suffering, and are perpetually at war with a race of ethereal, sky-dwelling beings.
  • Perfect Pacifist People: Downplayed; Dekn have no problem fighting and killing Arkn, but there is no crime, theft or infighting among their own people, and they generally refrain from causing harm to humans.
  • Psychic Powers: Unlike the Arkn, who use magic, Dekn powers are entirely mental, and each individual shapes them to their specific will. Dekn earn their titles by inventing and expanding on a specific psionic element.
  • Purely Aesthetic Gender: While Dekn have the same secondary sex characteristics as humans, they lack functioning sexual organs, and are incapable of biological reproduction (being born out
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Many Dekn have red eyes, both in their normal forms and when inhabiting a vessel.
  • The Shadow Knows: While in human vessels (according to Raziel’s journal), Dekn tend to cast shadows that trail and linger a bit too long.
  • Tree of Life: The first Dekn were said to have "wondered aimlessly" until they came across the Tree of Existence (the first creation of the Hethe), where they made their home. The Arkn setting fire to the Tree and seizing it was the impetus for the First War between the races.
  • Voice of the Legion: Like the Arkn, all Dekn demonstrate this trait on-camera (though few show it consistently).
  • Winged Humanoid: A few Dekn have leathery, bat-like or skeletal-looking wings.

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Dekn Nobility

    Emperor Hash'bor'kanibal 

The Carver

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The Carver, in the body of Luke Anton.
Played By: Zayne V., DeathlyLogic
Appears In: No More Truths, The Knight Shift, Michael's Camera, Solar's Crimson, acryfromwinter, MedBoy789, Arknthology Stories (Original & Remade),The Knight Shift: End Times, Queen of Faith

"Go and tell them that I'm coming... Go and tell them that I'm here, and show them the evidence... You're not ready for me. No one is.''

Emperor of the Dekn, Dekn Lord of Pain, Torment, and Cheese (and sometimes Lettuce), and former Arkn Lord of Power and Truths, Hash'bor is the first Dekn created by the Hethe. He was crafted by De'ebo himself to serve as his vessel and avatar. He is extremely powerful, and was instrumental in creating (and, for a time, ruling) The Infernous, later being responsible for Ellpagg's corruption and defection. He is the father of the Storn, Jezzebellus, many Arknangels, and the Nephilim Michael Knight.


  • Alas, Poor Villain: His torment in the Infernous (during TKS) isn’t easy to watch. He’s tortured by a vision of a corrupted, powered-up version of Knight, who (in a reversal of what he endured during his imprisonment) kicks Carver's ass with zero effort in the most agonizing manner possible. As if that weren't bad enough, he then suffers a similarly brutal beating from the real Knight for refusing to cooperate with him — and dies a slow, agonizing death. All because of circumstances he didn’t predict (i.e. dying in, and becoming bound to, Luke’s human form).
    • This is somewhat mitigated if you believe (as many do) that [[Alternate Character Interpretation Carver deliberately allowed his second death to happen in order to pass his powers to Knight and further corrupt him. (Even then, however, his actions likely served a greater purpose, and he still suffered horribly in the process.)
  • Anti-Hero: He's ultimately revealed to have been acting against the Hethe, actively working to subvert their control and create an existence free of their tyranny. In the process, however, he tortures, torments, betrays, manipulates, mind rapes, and kills countless beings. And, for the most part, enjoys it.
  • Anti-Villain: Hash'bor only took the role of Big Bad out of necessity as part of a bigger scheme to trick the Hethe. But boy, does he enjoy playing the part.
  • Arch-Enemy: To the Arkn (and the Arknza in particular).
  • Back from the Dead: He seemingly pulls this off twice:
    • First, he becomes bound to Luke Anton's body, gets shot by Azrael, and gets sent to the Infernous — where he dies of the injuries he acquired in his fight with Ellpagg. He somehow re-constitutes offscreen in time to meet Michael Knight in "Decision".
    • During the Battle of the Arknza, he is fatally wounded by Ellpagg — and gets resurrected by Deebo (who is angered at losing his body suit/avatar).
  • Bad with the Bone: After he beheaded Gilgamesh, he used his skull to carve out the Infernous — and then fashioned it into a pair of knuckle dusters (one of which apparently became a new handle for Imulsyr).
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Don't let his goofy behavior put you off your guard for one second.
  • Big Red Devil: He occasionally takes on a more "traditional" demonic look, appearing as a red-skinned (sometimes multi-armed) being with horns and dragon-like wings.
  • Biggus Dickus: He claims this is the case for at least one of his forms: "I'll shove my 13 billion light year cock they call the Epsillian Quasar into the lineage you call the sun." (Given that he's the living avatar of a god, it's possible that he isn't lying.)
  • Bi the Way: He has canonically seduced (and bedded) both males and females.
  • Break the Haughty: First, he's tricked and cornered by Azrael (disguised as Michael Knight), who taunts him for taking on forms that aren't his own, reminds him that the Hethe created him without genitalia, and fatally shoots and kills him, sending him back to The Infernous. Because he's converged with a human vessel, The Infernous fails to recognize him and registers him as a prisoner; he's tossed into the same "cell" as Knight, and loses control of the realm, which molds to his personal fears: being beaten, overthrown, and tortured by a corrupted, boastful, red-eyed version of Knight. As if that weren't bad enough, the real Knight then beats him for refusing to help him to escape or tell him what The Infernous showed him. Knight thoroughly defeats him, then mocks him in front of the entire Cloud9 audience, telling them how "pathetic" and ineffective he is as a Dekn Lord. Then, he dies a slow, agonizing death from his injuries. Too bad the experience changes nothing.
  • Brought Down to Normal: When he's raised into the vessel of Luke Anton, it's hinted that he temporarily fuses with it, Arknza-style. When he's killed by Azrael, he's sent to The Infernous in Luke's form and is more human than Dekn; as such, he no longer has control over the realm, and becomes a prisoner himself — and subject to the same hellish torments he once inflicted. (Namely, he's forced to endure his greatest fear: being overpowered and overthrown by a fully-corrupted Knight).
  • Body Horror: When it comes to torturing prisoners in The Infernous, he gets very creative (if his gleeful descriptions are any indication). Aside from brutal beatings, none of his "punishments" have actually been shown onscreen — which, arguably, makes it even worse (as we don't know which techniques he actually carried out -- and what else he might have come up with).
    • Knight hints that there was one eternity where the Carver made him urinate flies, and another spent without eyes (after Carver gouged them out).
    • In one episode of The Knight Shift, it's implied that he briefly turns Knight's flesh into ice cream so he can scoop out a chunk and eat it. Unlike the other tortures mentioned, this is shown onscreen (via Gory Discretion Shot, thankfully).
  • Brown Note: His true form is hinted to be this. (It's later described as resembling a red, fleshy skeleton.)
    The Carver: So am I... (Long pause.) Who I look like to [Michael Knight]?
    Ellpagg: I'd assume on the camera note  you'd look like one of his friends. I mean, to me you... Heh, Jesus! I can't even describe what you are, you're...ugly.
    The Carver: (grins and nods) It's how I like it.
    • Fridge Brilliance: Carver is the physical avatar of De'ebo (and the Hethe in general); of course his natural form is unspeakably ugly.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He’s the Dekn Lord of Pain and Torment, he turned the Prince of the Arkn into a corrupted, Arkn-loathing defector, and he plans to help the Top God of Evil destroy all of creation; he's the most evil mortal being in existence — and don't you forget it! Ultimately subverted, as Carver merely took on the role of a Card Carrying Villain as part of his plan to outsmart the Hethe.
  • The Chessmaster: How else would you describe someone who successfully executed an ultra-complex, eons-long plan to trick GOD?note 
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: It seems no one is safe where this guy is concerned. In most cases, said betrayals played a part in his larger scheme (such as arranging Raziel's public disgrace and exile to encourage Gilgamesh to trust him and ally with him). However, he does this even when said betrayal is of no personal benefit to him (such as when he manipulated his own daughter into sentencing her mother to be thrown into the deepest pit in the Infernous).
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: There's a very good reason why he's the Dekn Lord of Pain And Torment.
  • The Corrupter: He acts as one to Ellpagg.
  • Deadly Upgrade: In exchange for fighting Malek, Cedric, and Theater Mask, Deebo grants Hash'bor the power of a full-blown Hethe (on top of the Hethian power he already possesses). Carver is able to channel the Hethian blood into .Mainframe (the framework for the new Universe) and power up the Hethian Scrolls of Creation before he's consumed by the power flow and destroyed.
  • Dem Bones: His natural form is that of a red, skeletal being. He hates it.
  • Demonic Possession: He's one of only two beings that can maintain absolute possession (the other of which is Malek). It's very possible that this is due to his connection with De'ebo.
    • He also experiences this himself on a number of occasions, being possessed by De'ebo (though it's implied that it's more of a case of his being a Willing Channeler than simply being taken over).
  • Discard and Draw: His ultimate plan for the Final Battle between himself and the Arknza: he intends to kill them and and absorb their power back into himself (leaving one to defeat him). It doesn't go quite according to plan.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: As punishment for Ellpagg biting his pickle, he stabs him in the chest and then forces his bleeding body to pick up the pickle.
  • The Dragon: Acts as one (as well as an avatar) for De'ebo...or so it seems.
  • The Emperor: He was the first (and formative) Emperor of the Dekn.
  • Fallen Angel: Some of the Arkn regard him as an Arkn who became corrupted and defected to the Dekn.
  • Faux Affably Evil: His charm and twisted sense of humor make his actions that much more heinous. Ultimately subverted, in that he isn't truly evil; his charm and sense of humor aren't meant to distract others from his heinous actions, but to distract them from what he's doing in the long run.
  • Finger Gun: One of his signature long-range attacks. He combines it with his telekinetic powers — with very painful results.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: While in the form of Luke Anton.
  • God in Human Form: Well, Dekn form, anyway: he's the physical avatar of De'ebo, the God of the Godless and head of the Hethe pantheon.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He may ultimately have altruistic goals, but that doesn't make him any less of a sadistic, murderous, manipulative bastard.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He allows his body and essence to be destroyed in order to create the new universe.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: When he's killed by Azrael while inhabiting Luke Anton's body, he ends up being sent back to The Infernous as a prisoner; because he and Luke have (implicitly) fused, the realm doesn't recognize him as its owner and turns on him — causing him to be subjected him to the same fearful torments as his prisoners. His personal fear? Being brutally tortured and defeated by an evil, corrupted Ellpagg.
  • Hooks and Crooks: His weapon of choice is Imulsyr, a hand-held sickle that has Gilgamesh’s skull as its base.
  • Humanity Ensues: He is somehow raised into the vessel of a man named Lucifer "Luke" Anton. While his stint in .Reality doesn't last long (as Azrael shoots him in the head with his revolver a short time later), the experience causes him to become merged with Luke, in a sort of pseudo-convergence – leaving him not only mortal, but vulnerable to the torments of The Infernous.
  • I Call Him Mr Happy: He calls his member the "Epsillian Quasar"; apparently, it's thirteen billion light years long. (Given that he's a shapeshifter, he might not be lying.)
  • Killed Off for Real: After being resurrected by Deebo as a full-blown Hethe, he's permanently destroyed by the added power flow of .Mainframe and the Hethian Scrolls of Creation.
  • Laughably Evil: You have to admit: Hash'bor's a funny guy.
  • Legacy Character: Of a sort: King Gilgamesh concocted stories of the brutal, murderous Dekn warlord called "The Carver" to instill fear in his subjects and to cover up his own crimes. Hash'bor chose to adopt the name and appearance of that very being as he began carrying out his own crimes against the Arkn. (Of course, it's possible that Gil was being subtly influenced by Hash'bor when he concocted the stories in the first place...)
  • Light Is Not Good: Like the mythological figure he helped to inspire, he is more than capable of taking the guise and affect of a being of light. (He lived undetected in the form of beautiful Arkn Lord and soldier, on and off, for at least several centuries.)
  • Living Body Suit: He acts as one for the Hethe (particularly Deebo, though the other Hethe have utilized his body in the past as well).
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Word of God says he takes on the personality traits of the host he's inhabiting/controlling. (Luke is a wise-cracking Jerkass, Ellpagg is arrogant and has a Hair-Trigger Temper, and Michael is cold and calculating).
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Was Hash’bor Kanibal one of the first created Dekn (who once masqueraded as an Arkn)? An Arkn Lord who defected and became a Dekn? A Hethe who merely pretended to be a Dekn (and/or Arkn)? You'll get a different answer depending on who you ask. It wasn't until Arknthology Stories that we got a definitive answer: The Carver is a Dekn who was imbued with the blood (and power) of Deebo himself, and was specifically created to serve as a vessel and avatar for most of the Hethe.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: Only after being killed by Ellpagg can he be resurrected as a full Hethe — granting him the power to use the Scrolls of Creation to create a new universe.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Especially after he's revealed to be a meat suit for the top Hethe, Deebo.
  • Necessarily Evil: Hash'bor learned Good and Evil at his creation, and recognized that the Hethe were pure evil (and that creation couldn't truly evolve and thrive while they were in control of it). Thus, he concocted a plan to create a new universe, free of their influence. In order to do so, however, he had to (among other things) act out his designated role as De'ebo's avatar, becoming the Ultimate Evil in the (false) prophecy of the Arknza. Not that he didn’t get a lot of sadistic pleasure out of much of what he did.
  • Nice Hat: In Solar's Crimson, he occasionally sports a rather nice top hat. (It's a sign of his connection to Deebo.)
  • Noble Top Enforcer: Of a sort. He was created to act as an avatar and embodiment of the Hethe — and Deebo in particular — and was essentially given free reign to do whatever he wanted with his power. However, while he undoubtedly enjoyed his power and playing the role of a Card-Carrying Villain, he ultimately had altruistic goals.
  • NPC: He was intended to function as one for De’ebo (as well as the other Hethe). Needless to say, he doesn’t take kindly to that, and decides to play his own game.
  • Offing the Offspring: During the final battle, he stabs Raphael in the back and absorbs his powernote . Some time later, he turns on Clubs and does the same, absorbing his power in preparation for fighting Ellpagg. Given that he either directly or indirectly created all of the Arknza, it could be argued that the final battle was just one big case of offing the offspring.
  • People Puppets: In addition to taking absolute possession, he can control others by simply puppeting their bodies (as demonstrated in the "Phantom of War" episode of Solar's Crimson).
    Ellpagg I hate it when you control my body.
    Carver: I know! That's why I do it!
    • Worse, he hints that if Ellpagg's vessel ever officially died (or simply couldn't be kept alive anymore), he would hollow him out and use him as an actual puppet. (Fortunately, it never comes to this.)
  • Playing Both Sides: He deliberately prolongs the war between the Arkn and the Dekn to keep the Hethe (namely, Tum'to) amused and distracted (to avoid having them discover what he's really doing.
  • Really Gets Around: He boasts about having "banged a lot of things". He's not kidding: he had an affair with nearly all of the high-ranking Arkn at some point (including King Gilgamesh and Kry'atha), and fathered at least eleven children (including all of the Storn, Michael Knight, and most of the Arknza). What else would you expect from an immortal, well-endowed, charismatic shapeshifter?
    • As it turns out, many of these couplings had a greater purpose: Carver needed to pass on Deebo’s Hethian blood to at least seven Arkn in order ensure that the prophecy of the Arknza could come to fruition. (Granted, Arkn procreation occurs through magical means rather than physical, but he still needed to form potent physical relationships with his partners to ensure that the procreation rituals would be successful — and, in the case of Kryatha, to transfer some of his Hethian power to her undetected, so that she would pass it on to Josephine).
  • Satan: He's heavily implied to be one of the beings who inspired the figure known as Satan in the Abrahamic religions: he's a former high-ranking celestial being who fell from grace, occasionally takes the form of a red-skinned, horned, winged creature, has used the name Lucifer (as Lucifer "Luke" Anton), and ruled a dimension of darkness, fire and torment that serves as an "afterlife". Interestingly, he shares the "Satanic" role with Redgrave.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Often has this effect on camera (particularly when he's using Luke's form).
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The wikis and other early material give his name as Hash'bor'kanibal. Starting in "Aftermath to the Prelude to the catastrophe of May 15", however, his name is rendered Hash'born'kanibal.
  • Thanatos Gambit: He deliberately arranges for one of the Arknza (namely, Ellpagg) to overpower and kill him during the Final Battle, so that Deebo will raise him from the dead as a full-powered Hethe, enabling him to use the Hethian Scrolls of Creation to create a new universe where Deebo has no power.
  • To the Pain: He relishes describing how he intends to make you suffer.
  • The Unfettered: His every action is carried out with the ultimate goal of becoming a Hethe and creating a new god-free universe.
  • Trauma Conga Line: While he's inhabiting Luke's vessel in .Reality, Azrael catches him by surprise and fatally shoots him (after taunting him). He winds up in The Infernous, where he discovers that (since he's bound to Luke's human form) the realm no longer recognizes him as its owner. The Infernous turns against him, subjecting him to his personal fears — in the form of a red-eyed, ultra-powerful, corrupted version of Knight, who overpowers him and kicks his ass). Once that ends, the real Knight beats him to a pulp for refusing to talk about what happened or partner with him to escape (as his vision left him suspicious of Knight), and he slowly dies of his injuries. Yes, he gets better, but it's still pretty rough.
  • Unexplained Recovery: We never do find out how he came back to life after being killed by Knight, especially given that dying in the Infernous is implied to be permanent. (Though it's probably a safe bet that Deebo had something to do with it.)
  • Unreliable Narrator: He never hesitates to lie or feed otherwise misleading information to others, if it furthers his plans.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: One of his many powers. He shifts form multiple times while tormenting Ellpagg and Michael, sometimes appearing as a winged, red-skinned creature — often with multiple arms. He also lived among the Arkn undetected by taking the form of a beautiful Arkn Lord (before revealing his nature before a horrified live audience).
  • Xanatos Gambit: He counted on Deebo being so enraged by his death that he would resurrect him, granting him the power of the Hethe — which would allow him to wield the Hethian Scrolls and create a new universe.

    Harbinger 
Appears In: Arknthology Stories (Remade)

"There was a time long ago when the first Dekn to live in the tree dreamed of futures apart from their race. I very much believe that this was when my father decided he would betray Hash'born'kanibal."

The third Dekn created by the Hethe, Harbringer was the father of Redgrave. After the Arkn attack on the Dekn tree home, he fled to an occupied realm, where he created the Undevarium. He was good friends with one of Malek's fragments, and was the first being to set foot in the Nexellium. He was executed for attempting to betray Emperor Hash'bor'kanibal.


  • Action Survivor: He survived the first Arkn onslaught on the Dekn tree home— for which they were completely unprepared.
  • Bold Explorer: He was the first Dekn (along with Aetheris) to explore the Undevarium, helped discover Cluxious, and later (with Malex help) became the first Dekn to set foot in the Nexellium.
  • Nice Guy: Allegedly, he encountered Malek after it crashed into the Undevarium and helped nurse it back to health (though Redgrave admits that this might not be true).
  • Posthumous Character: All the information we know about him is given through his son, Redgrave — who killed him.
  • The Starscream: He tried to be this: he planned to betray Hash'bor'kanibal and overthrow him. Too bad his son, Redgrave, was a friend (and staunch supporter) of the Dekn emperor.
  • Truly Single Parent: His son was the first Dekn born though the use of Cluxious — effectively making Redgrave a modified clone of Harbinger.

    Lord Azazel 

Aza'azel

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Played By: N/A
Appears In: TheMayhemTheory, The Writings of Raziel

"I just came to tell y'all, shit is about to go down!"

The Dekn Lord of Power, Superiority, Rule, Insanity (or Madness), Fear, and Darkness (and former Arkn Lord of the same), Azazel was "born" in a complex magick ritual carried out by Raziel over the course of several years. He initially acted as an apprentice to Raziel, who taught him to live peacefully and use his powers for their opposite intent. However, his natural dark tendencies eventually surfaced, and he led the Watchers in rebellion, influencing them to mate with human women. For his part in the affair, Azazel was sentenced to be sealed within a crevice in the wastelands. He eventually escaped and defected to the Dekn.


  • The Apprentice: He was formerly Raziel’s.
  • A Pupil of Mine, Until He Turned to Evil: He served as Raziel's apprentice for many centuries before his imprisonment (and eventual defection).
  • Arch-Enemy: To Raziel.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Raziel taught him to "us[e] his powers in the opposite way of their intent" (i.e. using his powers of fear to take it away, using his powers of madness to create peace, using his powers of darkness to create light, etc). It worked...for a time.
  • Born Unlucky: Due to being part of Raziel, he inherited the aspect of Tragedy. Hence, his first (and only) love affair resulted in a race of illegal half-breeds, genocide, war throughout the Earth, the expulsion and execution of 176 of his Arkn brethren, and his own horrific live burial in the wastelands — not to mention helped kick-start the Second War with the Dekn. Ouch.
  • Bound and Gagged: When he was sealed in the canyon, Azazel was bound with magick chains and had his mouth gagged so that those carrying out his punishment — Raziel and Raphael — wouldn't have to hear his screams.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: He does this at least once, addressing Caden's viewers to warn them that "shit's about to go down".
  • Buried Alive: For his part in leading the Watchers, he was chained up in the wastelands inside a canyon — which was then sealed up and buried in the sand.
  • Demonic Possession: Uses the body of Gabriel Holden’s friend, Caden, as a vessel.
  • Evil Counterpart: After escaping from his “cell” in the desert, he acts as one to Raziel (especially in his relationship to Gabriel).
  • Evil Is Petty: After his return, he does evil things — terrorizing Caden, forcing him to murder innocents and torture Gabriel as "The Manipulator" — for no reason other than he finds it fun.
  • Made of Evil: Literally — he's Raziel's evil tendencies (his rage, his madness, his murderous urges) exorcised and condensed into a physical form. Raz would have destroyed the evil energies, but, as he explains, "You cannot simply eviscerate energy." As it was, he tried to teach him to use his powers for good. (It worked...for a time.)
  • Offered the Crown: After the Carver's death, he was offered the position of Emperor of the Dekn (but turned it down, allowing it to to pass to the Carver's son, Clubs).
  • Outliving One's Offspring: His unnamed Nephilim son was killed in the Arkn purge shortly before his imprisonment.
  • The Paragon Always Rebels: Azazel was, in his time, "the greatest of [the Arkn]" (as Raziel had intended). After he joined the Watchers, however, he had a love affair with a human woman — and encouraged the rest of the Watchers to do the same, rebelling against Arkn law by not only mating with the humans they'd sworn not to interfere with, but producing a race of half-breeds: the Nephilim. After Azazel escaped his imprisonment in the wastelands, he rebelled a second time by defecting to the Dekn.
  • Put on a Bus: In the last uploaded video of TMT, he is seen killing an alternate version of Gabriel Holden. What happens to him after that is a mystery; he isn't mentioned in the Final Battle, and none of the creators have alluded to his fate. If he didn't die when Raziel was killed in the Battle of the Arknza or evacuate to Universe X, he — like all lifeforms in Universe A — probably ended up being assimilated into Voidweb.
  • The Sociopath: His title says it all. He relishes causing fear and mental anguish.
  • Sinister Shades: Wears them in his first appearance.
  • Soul Fragment: He's the physical embodiment of the dark side of Raziel.
  • Split-Personality Merge: After he escapes from the fissure in the wastelands, his ultimate goal is to re-integrate with Raziel.
  • Tragic Villain: Literally. Tragedy is part of his very essence.
  • Treacherous Advisor: He acts as one to Gabriel Holden, teaching him about the Arkn in such a way as to turn him against Raziel. It works. (For a time.)
  • Voice of the Legion: Has this effect on camera.

    Lord Asmodeus 

Asm'od'Deus

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Played By: DeerJesus
Appears In: MedBoy789, Solar's Crimson

"You might not know it yet, but a war is coming, and I'm getting out of here before it happens. I knew that this day was coming, I knew it was going to happen, and when it happens, you're going to have to watch out, cause a lot of people and a lot of things are going to die."

The Dekn Lord of Desires, Deceit and Nightmares. The son of Abaddon and the brother of Raphael and Raguel, Asmodeus was brought into existence by his father solely for the purpose of keeping his elder brother from causing trouble. As an adult, he was part of the Watchers, and was responsible for convincing the others to rebel against the Arkn by procreating with human women; his actions led to the creation of the Nephilim, including his own son, Elias Exodus. For his crimes, Asmodeus was stripped of his Arkn title and banished to the wastelands. He returned, however, and set out to become a prestigious Dekn Lord, as well as an enemy to Raphael.


  • Annoying Younger Siblings: He dips into this at times, even as an adult.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Raphael.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He uses silly, outlandish, and vulgar behavior to mask his intelligence and cunning (and his vicious nature).
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to Raphael's Abel. Asmo was always envious of his brother; following his defection (and banishment), he embraced their animosity and set out to become a Dekn Lord — and his own brother's archnemesis.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He planned to created his son Elias eons in advance, so that in the future he would have a way to distract The Carver (and everyone else) from how powerful he truly was.
  • Demonic Possession: He takes over the body of Toby Kestler's drug dealer, Matt, and uses him as a vessel in .Reality.
  • The Dragon: Is strongly hinted to be one to The Carver.
  • Freudian Excuse: The neglect Asmodeus suffered (combined with his father's Parental Favoritism for Raphael) caused Asmodeus to grow up bitter and angry, and plays a major part in his actions as an adult.
  • Freud Was Right: He has penchant for penis jokes and sex-related humor, and his favorite comeback is “Well, my dick is bigger” (and variations thereof).
  • Green-Eyed Monster: As a child, he envied his brother for the constant praise and attention he received.
  • He's Back: Returns after years of exile.
  • Interspecies Romance: As a Watcher, he had one with an unnamed human woman...leading to the creation of his Nephilim son, Elias.
  • Living Body Suit / People Puppets: On May 15, 2016, he becomes one for the Hethe Tum'to.
  • Living Shadow: While it isn't fully revealed on camera, Word of God says his natural form is that of a shadowy, demonic-looking creature with deer antlers.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Downplayed: he occasionally uses a childish, stupid sense of humor and an air of cluelessness to mask his deadly cunning and intelligence.
  • Offing the Offspring: In "The Last Firstborn", he murders his son Elias by making his head explode.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: He's very fond of this, often using it to startle or frighten others (for his own amusement).
  • The Trickster: A more malicious example. Growing up neglected and overshadowed made him highly observant, and he became skilled at reading and understanding the behavior of others — and an expert at trickery and deception. He invariably uses his skills for personal gain or to harm others (rather than simple amusement).
  • Put on a Bus: The final episode of MedBoy789 states that he went into hiding after murdering Elias. Logic would dictate if he didn't transfer over to the new universe, he was eventually consumed by Voidweb.
  • The Unfavorite: Abaddon never made any attempt to hide the fact that Raphael was his favorite son. He once even told Asmodeus to his face that he was created for nothing more than looking after Raphael — and was worthless to him if he failed in this purpose.
  • Villainous Friendship: Has one with The Carver.
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    Lord Legion 

Leg'Ion

Appears In: VoiceOfLegion (mentioned)

The Dekn Lord of Consciousness, Legion is the titular antagonist of VoiceOfLegion.


  • Arch-Enemy: To Raguel.
  • The Ghost: While he plays a key role in ''VoiceOfLegion, he never actually appears in person in the vlog (or in any of the Arknverse's written stories).
  • Mad Scientist: He has shades of this, conducting risky experiments on Arkn and Dekn in an attempt to create the perfect soldier.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: After the last uploaded episode of VoiceOfLegion, he is never spoken of again.

    Queen Krytoha 

Kry'toha, né Kry'atha

Appears In: Arknthology Stories (Original & Remade)

“I deal with a lot of unintelligent brutes during my days, It’s nice to spend some time among... pleasurable company.”

The Dekn Queen of Love and Hatred, and former Arkn High Priestess of Heart and Salvation, Kry'toha was hand-picked to produce a child with King Gilgamesh. Her unhappiness in their union caused her to seek affection elsewhere; she was seduced by Hash'bor'kanibal, and fell deeply in love with him, eventually defecting to the Dekn. Their union produced a race of powerful Arkn-Dekn hybrids known as the Storn, as well as the first pure-blooded Dekn, Jezzebellus.


  • Betrayal by Offspring: Krytoha was unhappy that Jezzebellus had been awarded the position of Princess of the Infernous. When she tried to confront Hash'bor about it, she discovered that he'd had Asmodeus spread lies about her to Jezzebellus, turning her own daughter against her. Jezzebellus ordered Krytoha to be cast into the deepest pit in the Infernous (where, presumably, she remains until the end of time).
  • Bi the Way: She is canonically bisexual, and has sought out intimate unions with both males and females.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: While Gilgamesh is setting up the procreation ritual (a process that, while not physical itself, is clearly analogous to intercourse), Kryatha begins to initiate it without his consent. Gil responds by backhanding her across the room and screaming at her. Readers completely ignored Kryatha's actions, however, and focused on Gil hitting Kryatha, calling him a "wife beater".
  • Fallen Angel: She is treated as such in the Lore of the Storn.
  • Hair of Gold: Her original hair color was honey-blonde.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Falling for a disguised Carver once is understandable; falling for the same ruse three times? Not so much.
  • Put on a Bus: She was last seen being tossed into the deepest pit in the Infernous by her own daughter (offscreen, no less), and likely remained there until the end of the universe.
  • Rose-Haired Girl: Literally — her hair is permanently dyed pink from the rose petals she rubs in it.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Hash'bor'kanibal. It didn't end well.
  • Sympathetic Adulterer: Given Gilgamesh's demeaning and abusive behavior towards her much of the time (despite her high station), one can hardly blame her for seeking out other partners.
  • Your Cheating Heart: While she wasn't officially married to Gilgamesh, her relationships with Jos'sephine (the daughter of Raziel) and Hash'bor'kanibal are treated as extramarital affairs.

Persophelum Renegrade

    In General 

A guild of four powerful Dekn Lords who control .Reality and Time. Displeased with the Arkn threat on humans (and the destruction of their secondary home, the Nexellium) they set themselves apart from the rest of Dekn-kind and the War and, with Malek's inspiration (and assistance), created the Nexiumadris (a.k.a. .Reality): a virtual reality duplicate of Humanity's original home in which humans can live and thrive. The Persophelums regard themselves as a separate power in the War: the saviors of Humanity, and the one true good side.


  • Arch-Enemy: They are the collective arch-enemies of Azrael, and vice-verse (due to his position as the avatar of Time, which they see as their domain).
  • Demonic Possession: Like the Arkn and the Dekn, those who enter in .Reality typically do so via human vessels. (Though they apparently can enter the system without one — as demonstrated when Crow appears behind Azrael and kills him.
  • Distinction Without a Difference: The Persophelums see themselves as a distinct faction, separate not only from the Arkn (who are selfish and sadistic) but the other Dekn (whom they see as jerkasses). Aside from being the creators of .Reality and saviors of Humanity, however, there's little to differentiate them from the rest of their race: they collaborated with the Emperor of the Dekn (The Carver) to get the .Reality project off the ground, and they've been shown to be just as selfish, sadistic, and power-hungry as those they decry. To top it off, at least one member of their party (Crow) firmly believes that humanity should be bowing before them.
  • Good Is Not Nice: They're the only faction that truly has humanity's best interests at heart. However, they're also the faction that operates the Infernous (taking charge of tormenting and torturing humans — along with Arkn and Dekn — within it), and they've been shown to be fairly ruthless and brutal in their tactics.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: They tend to have this effect on cameras — sometimes accompanied by Photoshop Filter of Evil.

    Emperor Redgrave 

Persophelus Redgrave, né Re'du'gravus

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Played By: DeathlyLogic
Appears In: The Knight Shift, Michael's Camera, Arknthology Stories )

"Let's ask Satan for help!"

The Third Emperor of the Dekn and Dekn Lord of Humanity and Reality, Redgrave is the son of Harbringer and the father of Ba'al. He is known for being the architect of the Nexiumandris, as well as Humanity's Infernous. An occasional partner to the Carver (during his reign as Emperor), he helped run the Infernous in the Carver's absence. He acted as a temporary (artificial) Guardian to Michael Knight, emerging after Michael began taking his pills.


  • Anti-Villain: Despite being the guy who inspired Satan, Redgrave isn't so bad; he was one of the saviors of humanity (vis a vis being a creator of the Nexiumadris), and is more inclined towards mischief and mayhem than genuinely malicious behavior. Aside from torturing Ellpagg (and possibly a few other prisoners in the Infernous), he hasn't done anything truly heinous.
    • During the Final Battle, it's revealed that he secretly loaned his dimension-building knowledge to Hash'bor'kanibal to help him craft a new, non Hethe-controlled universe — making Redgrave one of the true heroes of the Arknthology.
  • Berserk Button: Don’t call him a “demon”. (And don’t ever imply that the Arkn are the good guys and the Dekn the bad guys.)
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: In The Knight Shift, he tortures Ellpagg by possessing his body and making him saw off his right arm with a plastic fairy wand.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Especially as demonstrated in The Knight Shift.
    '' 'Satan? Why are you using a plastic fairy wand (to cut off Ellpagg's arm)?' Because it's Hell! No one ever said it would be easy!"
  • Demonic Possession: Unsurprisingly, Redgrave mastered the skill as a child. We first see him put it to use in TKS, when he takes control Ellpagg in the Infernous, punishing him for trying to escape (and preventing him from making another immediate attempt) by forcing him to saw off his own arm. He later attaches himself to Michael Knight, taking control of his vessel numerous times.
  • Demoted to Extra: Despite playing a major part in the Arknthology (he's the creator of .Reality, co-creator and operator of The Infernous, and the creator of Humanity's Infernous — not to mention the Emperor of the Dekn), he makes only a single appearance in The Knight Shift and a handful in Michael's Camera before being relegated to occasion mentions in vlogs and blogs.
    • He finally gets a starring role in the "1) Pleased to Meet You" entry of Arknthology Stories, in which he talks about his life thus far. He also has an important role in the Final Battle, utilizing the power of the Scrolls of Creation to power up .Mainframe and bringing about the creation of Universe X.
    • Happens for real in Arkn: Legacy, in which he's nothing more than a background character.
  • The Dragon: He acts as one for The Carver in The Knight Shift.
  • Feigning Intelligence: Downplayed; Redgrave's far from stupid (and is, in fact, rather clever). However, he recognizes that he isn't the smartest Dekn, and sometimes uses lies, trickery and verbosity to masquerade as being more intelligent and capable than he really is. It helps that he's a fast learner.
  • Glad I Thought of It: His chapter of Arknthology Stories reveals that .Reality was actually the brainchild of Malek and The Carver; when Malek dropped out of the project, Redgrave (being Carver's second-in-command) took charge — and was all too happy to take credit for the work when it was over (despite it being a team effort).
  • Handsome Devil: He cuts a striking figure (and he knows it).
  • Number Two: He's The Carver's real second-in-command, acting as his partner and confidant and running The Infernous in his absence.
  • Mismatched Eyes: Creates this effect when he possesses Ellpagg (as seen in the profile picture), causing Ellpagg's left eye to turn an inhuman golden brown hue.
  • Patricide: He killed his own father, Harbinger, for attempting to betray Emperor Hash'bor'kanibal.
  • Power Tattoo: He has the Dekn symbol tattooed in red around and under his right eye (with his eye directly in the middle of the symbol's "head").
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: He's more Affably Evil than malicious, but he definitely always dresses in a black suit vest, red dress shirt, and black dress slacks.
  • Satan: Redgrave (along with his partner, The Carver) was the main inspiration for the mythological figure of Satan. He helped create both the Infernous and Humanity's Infernous, and was in charge of running the former in the Carver's absence (often stepping in personally to torment and "punish" prisoners). He also uses the name "Satan" or "Jacques Satan" when interacting with humans. (In fact, he introduces himself to Knight as "Satan" in TKS — and his character is credited as "Jacques Satan".)
  • Self-Made Orphan: Well, given that Harbinger is his only known parent, and he killed him....
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Word of God says that he tends to be verbose and use large words in order to sound more intelligent.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: You'd expect anything less from (one of the figures acting as) the Devil?
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: His irises are naturally an unearthly golden shade, flecked with brown.
  • The Trickster: He grew up on Earth, where he learned vesseling, possession, and how to cheat, steal, rule and play checkers. He puts all of his skills to good use in his role as "Jacques Satan".

    Vine 

Persophelus Vine

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Played By: FeralWasteland
Appears In: MedBoy789, MyDarkestSecret, Riley Sturza

"I can hear everything you're saying. How? Well, I'm the Dekn Lord of Time, of course. Time, cards, and souls, so I am able to hear everything you are saying as you are saying it. Mouthwash. Feedle-deedle."

The Dekn Lord of Time, Cards and Souls, Vine was the first to back the idea to push forward for .Reality. He acts as a Tour Guide of sorts in the Infernous, showing newcomers around and informing them of how they're going to suffer during their imprisonment.


  • A Fate Worse Than Death: He is last seen having his powers absorbed by Elias Exodus, who traps him in the Cube of Souls. The process is stated to be irreversible, and Crow speaks of him as if he's dead. However, Elias states that he can hear the voice of those whose powers he's absorbed screaming inside of him....
  • And I Must Scream: Elias trap him in the Cube of Souls — an inescapable prison dimension — and leaves him to rot in the Hybrid Grounds for the rest of time.
  • Black Humor: How else would you describe someone who decides how you'll be tortured in what's essentially Hell by drawing random Yu Gi Oh cards?
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He ends up being imprisoned in the Cube of Souls — which he designed and created.
  • Nerd Glasses
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The verdict's still out on whether Vine is a hero, but he definitely made a mistake when he saved Elliot Kenneth from committing suicide and took him under his wing.
  • Put on a Bus:
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Sports these on camera. They're so shiny you can't see his eyes.
  • Soul Jar: He is the owner of the Cube of Souls, a Rubix Cube-like structure which can contain the souls of others. It eventually ends up becoming his own prison, courtesy of Elias.
  • To the Pain: He's very fond of describing how you will suffer in the Infernous.
  • Voice of the Legion: He demonstrates this effect on camera.
  • Word Salad: Delves into this when introducing himself to Toby Kestler (as seen in his character quote). In his case, it's merely repeating Toby's thoughts before he can vocalize them.

    Crow 

Persophelus Crow, né Samael

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Played By: DeathlyLogic
Appears In: Michael's Camera

"I think it would be best if I'm on your side. And you have no say in this, so that's the best part."

The Dekn Lord (and "Archdekn") of Mind, Madness and Possession, and former Arkn Lord of Death. Crow helped create .Reality alongside Redgrave, Vine, and Clubs. He becomes Michael Knight's self-appointed "Guardian" after the departure of Ellpagg, attaching himself to Michael's vessel in an attempt to become the first official "Guardian Dekn".


  • Back Stab: He kills an unsuspecting Azrael in this manner, in order to prevent him from killing Redgrave (the last other remaining Persopheleum).
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: He may be a shy, soft-spoken, stuttering Dekn in Nerd Glasses, but do not underestimate him. He's one of the architects of .Reality, a Dekn Lord of Mind, Madness and Possession — and he isn't afraid to use his powers to their full extent (rather viciously) when others don't cooperate with him.
  • Cool Shades: When he's inhabiting a human vessel, he wears them in public to hide his inhuman eyes.
  • Demonic Possession: He takes control of Michael Knight's body on multiple occasions, as part of a failed attempt to become the first "Guardian Dekn".note 
  • Evil Wears Black: He's the most sadistic member of the Persophelums, and he always dresses in a black tee and jeans.
  • In-Series Nickname: Michael Knight calls him "Sam".
  • Living Bodysuit: He uses Michael Knight's body as one, with a very clear agenda: he wants to use his vessel to tell the other Arknangels that the Persophelums are the only real "good side" — and, in turn, to show humanity that they should be bowing down to them for saving them from the Arkn. He fails, due to Ellpagg shifting Michael to another timeline and shaking him off his tail.
  • The Man in the Mirror Talks Back: How he communicates with Knight when he's not in control of his vessel.
  • Meaningful Rename: He was formerly the Arkn Lord of Death, Samael; following his defection (which came about for unspecified reasons), he decided to forgo his Dekn name, calling himself by the name of the bird of death: Crow.
  • Nerd Glasses: He's never seen on camera without thick eyeglasses of some kind.
  • Put on a Bus: His fate after killing Azrael is never mentioned.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes are blood-red, both his original form and when he's inhabiting a vessel.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: His glasses sometimes take on this quality, especially when the screen adopts a Photoshop Filter of Evil.
  • Splash of Color: When he takes full possession of Michael, the screen goes black and white — except for his blood-red eyes.
  • Speech Impediment: He tends to stutter and stammer a lot (including when he types).

    Emperor Clubs 

"Persophelus" Clubs

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Played By: Ethos Kuro
Appears In: Michael's Camera

"I don't remember inviting you. Get out."

The Second Emperor of the Dekn, Prince of the Infernous, and Storn of Rule and Manipulation. Clubs is the fourth child (and youngest son) of The Carver and Kry'toha, known in legend as "The Unnamed Storn". As an adult, he helped supervise the creation of .Reality. After the fall of The Carver (following his first "death"), Clubs became the ruler of the Infernous, as well as Emperor of the Dekn (due to Azazel turning down the title).


  • Badass Baritone: His voice is very deep.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit
  • Character Death: He is killed by his father during the Battle of the Arknza, and his Life Energy is absorbed (to help The Carver "power up" in preparation for his fight with Ellpagg)
  • Don't Call Me "Sir": Despite being a part of the Persophelum renegade, he discarded the Persophelum title because he thinks it is "lame".
  • Dem Bones: His true form is that of a skeletal being.
  • Evil Prince: Surprisingly subverted; while his official title (other than Persophelus) prior to becoming Emperor of the Dekn was Prince of the Infernous, there's no evidence that he's done anything evil or malicious.
  • The Kingslayer: He personally carried out the assassination of the Third Commanding King of Elysium, Abaddon.
  • Photoshop Filter of Evil
  • One-Scene Wonder: While he's mentioned briefly in several works, he only makes one onscreen appearance in the vlogs — and it's quite a memorable one, booting Azrael out of the Infinitium.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: He wears a rather snazzy three-piece suit (complete with a striped necktie).
  • Skull for a Head: Though his entire body is said to be skeletal, all we've ever seen is his head.

Other Dekn

    Alexander Tamil 

De’rgro’smn

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Tamil as The Slender Man Killer.
Played By: NA
Appears In: THE GROVE, No More Truths (mentioned)

De’rgro’smn is a Dekn who acts as a serial killer in .Reality. He uses high-grade hallucinogens to create terror in his victims. One of his most commonly used hallucinogens causes people to see him as a gigantic, spider-like humanoid with no facial features and a tall, slender build (which earned him the nickname, the "Slender Man Killer"). It is strongly hinted through various dialogues that the Hooks Killer has worked with Alexander Tamil or assisted him with his killings.


  • A Fate Worse Than Death: For the crime of deliberately revealing himself to humans and meddling in the outcome of timelines in .Reality, De'rgro'smn was sentenced to die a horrible death in every existing reality.
  • Bald of Evil
  • Baleful Polymorph: One timeline’s version of Tamil was transformed into a tree and left to rot in the bleeding desert sands below the Nexia for eternity.
  • The Blank: As the Slender Man Killer.
  • Deconstruction: His character is one for the Slender Man.
  • Expy: Of the Slender Man. May also be one of The Scarecrow.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Takes on the appearance of one.
  • Mad Scientist: He has a number of traits of this, what with his experiments with perception-altering chemicals.
  • Meaningful Name: His Dekn name, De’rgro’smn, is a take on the Slender Man's supposed German name, Der Großmann.
  • In-Series Nickname: His serial killer persona is known as the Slender Man Killer.
  • Noodle People: As the Slender Man Killer, he appears as an impossibly tall, thin, long-limbed humanoid.
  • Serial Killer

    Arix 

Arie’exel

Appears In: The Writings of Raziel

"Who are you? Are you here to kill me?"

The Former Dekn of Hatred and Solitude, Arix defected after disobeying orders from the Dekn Emperor Hash'bor'kanibal. He made his home on Earth among settlers in 18th century New England, where he later met (and had a long-term relationship with) Raziel.


  • Ambiguously Gay: While his sexual orientation is never discussed, he and Raziel (who is canonically gay or bisexual) end up living together on Earth for five years in what can best be described as a domestic partnership.
  • The Atoner: The jars of healing herbs in his cabin imply that Arix is trying to make up the years of suffering he wrought as a Dekn by helping the human settlers.
  • Cain and Abel: His greatest enemy is his own sister (and former partner), Reyn, who is leading the hunt for him. (And with good reason: he not only disobeyed direct orders from their Emperor, but tried to burn her alive in the process — leaving half of her body scarred to the bone. Not the best fate for a Dekn of Temptation.)
  • Heel Realization: Arix and his sister were ordered by the Carver to bring about a fire that would wipe out a human family — all to prevent the birth of a child (whose ancestor would be "an abomination of all races in existence"). After overhearing his sister having sex with the family patriarch, and discovering that the child in question had already been born, Arix realized that he was destroying innocent lives, and was overcome with remorse. The baby reaching out its arms to him and giggling with joy (while Arix was in his Dekn form, no less) sealed the deal.
  • Interspecies Romance: Has one with Raziel.
  • Killed Offscreen: While his ultimate fate isn't explored,note  it's heavily implied that he met an untimely end; given that Arix was a wanted man, and that Raziel states in one chapter that he brought "tragedy" upon him, it's not hard to guess his fate.
  • Minor Major Character: Arix is a minor supporting character, and his five-year relationship with Raziel seems a mere blip in Raziel's very long life (especially when compared with his far more intense marriages to Hazel and Phoenix). However, Arix was instrumental in breaking Raziel of his Fantastic Racism and superiority complex, helping him to become the altruistic Arkn we later meet (without which, among other things, his relationship with Phoenix would have been impossible); Raziel considers the day they met to be one of the formative events in his life. He was also responsible for saving the life of the child whose family line would one day birth Gabriel Holden.
  • The Masquerade: He lives amongst humans in the form of one. Raziel, however, can see immediately through his disguise (noting the odd red coloring in his eyes, a scar that could only have been caused by an Arkn blade, and a shadow that trails and lingers a bit too long).
  • That Man Is Dead: He’s a defector who wants nothing more than to live peacefully among humans — and becomes angry when reminded of his roots. (He becomes particularly angry when Raziel addresses him as “Dekn”.)
  • Sibling Team: Used to be part of one with his sister Reyn (the Dekn of Temptation). The pair often visited earth to instigate war and terror. Their partnership ended when Arix disobeyed orders from the Carver, saving the human infant he'd been ordered to eliminate — and nearly burned Reyn alive as he made his escape.

    Reyn 

Reyn

Appears In: The Writings of Raziel

"Give me the damn baby, Arix!"

The Dekn of Temptation and sister of Arix. She and her brother used to work as a team, sewing misery and discord among humans on Earth. After her brother went rogue (and left half her body burn scarred in the process), she led the hunt for him.


  • A Deadly Affair: Instigated many of these — either by killing her lover herself, or by setting them up to be found out and killed (with or without Arix's assistance).
  • Beauty Is Bad: She is described as a beautiful creature, and typically took on the appearance of a lovely woman in order to seduce her targets. On the inside, however, she's an evil, twisted, murderous temptress.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: During her last mission, she took on the appearance of a slender, blonde woman with hazel eyes and soft skin — a stark contrast to her horrible, murderous intentions. Reyn herself is also said to have been beautiful in her natural form.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: After Arix turned against her, he knocked over an oil and set fire to the house they were standing in — leaving Reyn scarred to the bone on half of her body. Not the best fate for a Dekn of Temptation.
  • Incest Is Relative: Reyn would take on the appearance of any woman that her target secretly lusted after — including their own relatives. In fact, during her last known mission, she took the form of a family patriarch's own sister.
  • Sibling Team: Was formerly part of one with Arie’exel.
  • The Vamp: Reyn would use her feminine wiles to seduce men, taking the shape of any woman they secretly lusted after and manipulate them into turning on one another
  • Vapor Wear: On her last known mission, she's described as wearing "a nearly transparent white cloth" — the implication being that that was all she was wearing.
  • Your Cheating Heart: She would often exploit this in men, posing as the women they lusted after (which often included the wives or girlfriends of others).

    Phoenix 

Rakesh'eran

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Appears In: Arknthology Stories (Original), The Writings of Raziel, The Golden Queen, Crossroads King (deleted)

"Mon Cheri, rest now. You’ve been through a long and difficult journey."

The Dekn Nomad of Magic, Secrets and Sorcery and former member of the Dekn Choir Phoenix, was sentenced to death after being caught having a secret love affair with an Arkn Nomad. He managed to escape execution, and went into exile. He made his home on Earth in 18th century New Orleans, where he taught himself the ways of Earth Voodoo and Witchcraft. After living on Earth for a good many years, he met the Arkn Raziel, and the two had a long-term relationship. Their union produces a son, Chamuel, whom they raise together (until Raziel departs to take care of Ambriel in the Paradisium).


  • Affectionate Nickname: Raziel calls him "Finks".
  • Ambiguously Brown: His human appearance is that of a brown-skinned man of unknown ethnicity.
  • Hollywood Voodoo: While living on Earth, Phoenix became enthralled with the practice and myths of Voodoo and Witchcraft, eventually shaping his Dekn powers around it. Most notably, he teaches himself how to reanimate the dead to fight on his behalf.
  • Maligned Mixed Marriage: His two long-term relationships certainly count (even though they weren't marriages in the traditional sense):
    • he settled down with an Arkn Nomad; the two were discovered, and his partner was executed — a fate Phoenix barely avoided himself with the help of the Dekn Intoner, Zagabacht, who helped him avoid his sentence by going into exile.
    • While in exile on Earth, Phoenix made the acquaintance of Raziel (who had become similarly disenfranchised with the War and his side's actions in it). The two spent years in each others' company, "sharing stories and growing close", and eventually produced a child (with the help of an Arkn sorceress).
  • Put on a Bus: It's said that he and Raziel lived together until the time for him to go fight The Carver. However, after his last appearance in Golden Queen, he isn't seen or heard from again.
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