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Humans

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The symbol of humanity.

"The Hethe watched as the Arkn and Dekn began to go to war. The Hethe found this rival-ship to be boring, and with the first face, came humanity. On their own little orb in the endless void, humanity thrived peacefully. The Arkn wanted the orb. The Dekn watched as the Arkn attached themselves to Humanity and made the orb their own."
Hethian creation myth
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The third race of mortal beings to come into existence, created by the Hethe Malek. They were a mirror of the Arkn, with the wings and powers removed (or, in some cases, made dormant). They became a matter of interest to the Arkn, who drew them into the War by attaching themselves to particular individuals as "Guardians". Humanity originally made its home on Earth, in the realm of Nexillium. After the realm was destroyed by the Hethe Leg'leg, Humanity was re-created (along with their home) in the A.I. realm of .Reality, courtesy of the Persopheleums.


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Human Arknza

Humans (often patterned after powerful Arkn) whose Arkn blood and powers are dormant, rather than absent. They are typically human "counterparts" to Hethe-blooded Arkn.

    Alex Winter 

Alexander Winter

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Played By: Type0Negative
Appears In: acryfromwinter, Michael's Camera, Wayward_Winter

Alex is the sole surviving member of the Winter Family Massacre. He is deeply troubled, and suffers from multiple mental health issues due to the childhood trauma. While undergoing therapy with Dr. Ellis, he agrees to participate in a trial of a new, untested medication; shortly after he begins taking it, he starts seeing strange, malicious masked creatures and experiencing missing time (and other strange phenomena). Eventually, he discovers that he is the Guarded Human and human "translation" of King Uriel, as well as the human half of the third Arknza and the vessel for the Hethian Scrolls of Creation.

For tropes related to his converge self, see "Uriel Alexander Winter".


  • Bash Brothers: He and James are this in "Square Roots".
  • The Big Guy
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Seraphina beats Alex bloody for an hour to try to get him to tell her where Uriel is (before realizing that he truly doesn’t know).
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His entire family was murdered in front of him when he was just a young boy. He still suffers from severe emotional issues because of it.
  • Demonic Possession: In addition to being regularly possessed by Uriel, he’s been host to Malek's Lust fragment on numerous occasions.
  • Arkn In Human Form: Alex (as seen in Wayward_Winter) is actually the human counterpart (and data "translation") of King Uriel in .Reality. A version of him was created in each timeline when Uriel threw himself into one of the .Reality engines.
  • Happily Married: Sometime after the Arkn-Dekn conflict spills over into the human realm, he marries Sarah Kestler (most likely after they both converge with their guardian Arkn, though it isn't specified).
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The part of him that was the Hethian Scrolls of Creation remains unfused after his convergence with Uriel. After Uriel's death during the Battle of the Arknza, Redgrave awakens that fragment and asks for permission to activate the power of the Scrolls, so that he can combine it with .Mainframe (the new beta .reality he’s been working on) to lay the foundations for a new universe. Alex consents, and Redgrave activates the Scrolls — effectively killing what remains of “Alex Winter”.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With James.
  • Ill Boy: He suffers from insomnia, as well as numerous mental health issues due to his traumatic childhood.
  • Last of His Kind: In most timelines, he's the only surviving member of the Winter Family Massacre. (This is the case for "Alex Prime", whom we meet in Wayward_Winter.)
  • MacGuffin Turned Human: Part of Alex's "soul" is literally the Hethian Scrolls of Creation.
  • One of Us: "House Arrest" (ACFW) reveals that he's a fan of the Metal Gear franchise.
    • He also wears Batman pajama pants.
  • Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: Uriel specifically created him so that Malek would have a place to hide the Scrolls of Creation.
  • Verbal Tic: He tends to say "um" a lot, especially when he’s nervous.

    Gabriel 

Gabriel Holden

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Played By: ThePremiereArbiter
Appears In: TheMayhemTheory, The Writings of Raziel, MedBoy789, Michael's Camera

"I...I know this language..."

A teenage boy who suffers from a multitude of health issues, both mental and physical, due to being stalked and tormented by an entity known as The Manipulator. After coming into contact with Raziel, he discovers that he's Raziel's Guarded Human and human counterpart. The two are currently fused as the Third Arknza of Prophecy.

For tropes related to his converged self, see "Gabriel Raziel Holden".


  • Ambiguously Gay: While Gabriel's sexual orientation is never stated, both his AU counterparts and his Arkn counterpart have had male partners (and are themselves Ambiguously Gay). Raziel's final vlog and blog entries mentioned that the two of them were continuing to live their own lives as a fused Arknza — which included a boyfriend for Gabriel.
  • American Accents: He has a slight Texas drawl. (His actor is Texan, and portrayed the character using his natural accent.)
  • Blood from the Mouth: After Raziel begins possessing him, he develops bleeding sores in his mouth, leading to this.
  • Couldn't Find a Pen: After becoming possessed by Raziel, Gabriel repeatedly draws strange symbols on himself (and a mirror) in permanent marker. And blood, on at least one occasion.
  • Demonic Possession: He routinely acts as a vessel for his counterpart Raziel. He also becomes possessed by Malek and Azazel at certain points.
  • Distressed Dude: The Manipulator kidnaps Gabriel and subjects him to physical torture for a time.
  • Fusion Dance: After a great deal of hesitation, he reluctantly agrees to converge with Raziel. Raziel, true to his word, makes it worth his while, allowing Gabriel to retain his human appearance and settling down in a secure timeline (where Gabriel’s family is alive, and he can enroll in college and form a strong support network).
  • Ill Boy: He suffers from a number of mental health conditions, including (but not limited to) depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and anti-social disorder. He also suffers from insomnia, and myriad symptoms (including nosebleeds and open sores in his mouth) due to being possessed.
  • MacGuffin Super Person
  • Nice Guy
  • Sanity Slippage: He's already unstable at the start of Season 1; as the season progresses, we see him grow steadily worse. And the events of Season 1 occurred a year earlier.
  • Speech Impediment: He speaks with a slight lisp.

    Toby 

Tobias Kestler

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Played By: FeralWasteland
Appears In: MedBoy789, acryfromwinter, Michael's Camera, Solar's Crimson

"I just wanna sit and watch Drake & Josh for the rest of my life and eat Cheetos."

Toby is stoner kid who is attempting to earn money for college by taking part in a trial of Dr. Ellis’s new medication. The medication enables him to see Sethe and Skethe, and eventually causes him to come in contact with the Arknza Raphael (who becomes his Guardian). He is later revealed to be an important prophet.


  • Actual Pacifist: As the leader of the Neutrality faction (and ruler of Arkaissa), he works for peace and harmony between all beings: Arkn, Dekn, and human alike.
  • Back from the Dead: He is murdered by Elias in Season 2 and winds up spending several episodes in the Infernous before being freed by Azrael (who literally rewinds time so Toby will be alive once he leaves the realm).
  • Canine Companion: Often appears in videos with his dog, Bobo (who just happens to contain one of Malek's fragments).
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Toby's unfocused, easily distracted, and generally doesn't seem to comprehend the scope of the forces he's dealing with. Comes with being The Stoner.
  • Compelling Voice: Ellpagg hints that Toby (being a prophet) has this ability ("You can make people do things with your words"). It isn't stated whether his voice can literally can manipulate others, or his words are just extremely persuasive. In any case, he later uses his abilities to help unite the Neutrality Faction during the End Times.
  • Demonic Possession: He's possessed by his Guardian Arkn, Raphael, many times. He's also been host to Malek on at least one occasion. He later becomes an (occasional) host to Abaddon as well.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: In "Why Was Six Afraid of Seven?", Toby's hair is shorter, lightened, and much neater than usual (signifying that Toby has started to accept his destiny and take control of his life).
  • In-Series Nickname: Toby. In the early videos, he's known only by his online screen handles — MARCO.DELTA.21 in the Lordslayers chat, and "Med Boy" everywhere else. During the End Times, as the leader of the Neutrality faction, he gains another nickname: Sir Neutral (which just so happens to be the name of FeralWasteland's personal YouTube channel).
  • Junkie Prophet: Though he was a junkie before was revealed to be a prophet.
  • Lawful Neutral: As the leader of the Neutrality faction.
  • Leave the Camera Running: Many of his videos seem to have this vibe, especially his early Sleep Logs.
  • Living Relic: He possesses the DNA of the (now extinct) original human race. This is stated be the source of his abilities as a prophet: his genetics are literally the original​ “language” of humanity.
  • Messy Hair: His hair is very curly, very fluffy, and very unruly. Subverted in "Why Was Six Afraid of Seven?", in which his hair is much shorter and neater.
  • Sanity Slippage: He starts off as a mellow, laid-back guy who occasionally has bad dreams; over the course of the series, he becomes overwhelmed by paranoia, panic attacks, and insomnia (and with very good reason).
  • The Slacker: While he certainly possesses many of the usual stoner traits (and is prone to laziness), Toby does have life goals and motivation: he's trying to save up money to pay for college classes (hence his participation in the med trials), and later gets a job at a pizza restaurant. Subverted completely in the Epilogue, which reveals that he goes on to become a powerful political leader.
  • The Stoner: Yes (though he's more coherent and "sharp" than most examples of this tropes).
  • Took a Level in Badass: While it occurs off screen (unfortunately), the closing text of "Why Was Six Afraid of Seven?" reveals that after the Arkn-Dekn war reaches the human realm and the nations take sides, Toby becomes a strong political leader between the countries; in time, he becomes the leader of the global Neutrality Faction — and the ruler of a land that seeks peace between Arkn, Dekn and humans alike.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He loves snack chips, particularly Doritos and Cheetos. He loves them so much that his personal paradise in The Veil included a bed full of bags of Doritos.
  • Waif Prophet: Toby is an unassuming, unintimidating teenage boy who suffers from insomnia and nightmares, has substance abuse issues, and possesses zero fighting skills — who happens to be a prophet capable of convincing any human being of doing his bidding.

    Tobit 

Tobit Kestler

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Played By: FeralWasteland
Appears In: MedBoy789

"Last night I had this dream where I was on a beach. I don't even like beaches."

The alternate timeline counterpart (and twin brother) of Tobias Kestler, Tobit is the human counterpart of Raphael. At his father's request, he begins recording a vlog to describe the unusual dreams he's been having. After his timeline begins undergoing its apocalypse, he is contacted by Raphael, who rescues him from the dying timeline. They later converge, becoming the second Paradox Player and Arknza of prophecy.

For tropes related to his converged self, see "Raphael Tobit Kestler".


  • Action Survivor: When the apocalypse begins, Tobit is outside in a field and winds up being teleported to a ruined church. It takes him a full day of travelling with a group of others to get back to his house; while he doesn't elaborate on what happened during that time, we gather that the experience was incredibly violent — and that he's the only one who survived.
  • Always Identical Twins: Tobit is the identical twin brother of Tobias. The Kestlers jumped timelines, somehow producing a version of the same son within each.
  • Apocalyptic Log: His vlog (as seen in The L♦g ♦f T♦bit) acts as one, chronicling the literal start of the apocalypse in his timeline.
  • Badass Longcoat: Discussed: during the harrowing journey back to his house, Tobit acquires "a nice jacket" from a fellow survivor — undoubtedly the long, green coat he and Raphael wear after their convergence.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: On the journey back to his house, Tobit has his hair cropped short during a violent altercation with a group of survivors, trading his unkempt look for a more serious, military-esque do. This signifies the start of his transition from a listless slacker to an Arknza (as well as the approach of his convergence with Raph).
  • Failed a Spot Check: In Log 5, he spends several minutes looking for an object he can use to defend himself from whatever's outside his bedroom door...completely missing the dog (which isn't his) that's now sleeping on his bed.
  • Fusion Dance: He converges with Raphael off screen, sometime after his last video log. The two of them physically and mentally merge into a single being that has Tobit's appearance, the personality of Raphael, and the memories of both.
  • In-Series Nickname: Diamonds. He's so-named because his father is a doctor, and he inherited his fortune.
  • Lonely Rich Kid
  • Nerd Glasses: Wears them until Log 4 — when he wakes up to find his eyesight has suddenly become perfect (presumably from Raphael beginning to take him over).
  • One Twin Must Die: Given that his destiny is to fuse with Raph and become an Arknza, who are fated to fight the Carver in the end times... Possibly subverted, though, as Word of God states that Raphael's body was never found.
  • Parental Abandonment: In his first video, he explains that his father disappeared years ago; he lived with his mother until recently, when she, too, vanished. Raphael eventually reveals that they left him for dead after they realized the timeline was about to reach its apocalypse.
  • Red Filter of Doom: Nearly of his videos contain this. Fitting, given that many of them concern the apocalypse.
  • The Slacker: Tobit doesn't have a job or attend class, and stays up all night browsing the internet.
  • Vlog Series: The L♦g ♦f T♦bit videos (1-8), appearing in the middle of Season 2 of MedBoy789. Tobit actually started filming them on the recommendation of his father as a sort of "dream journal".
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Other Humans

    Dr. Ellis 

Dr. Marshal Ellis

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Played By: N/A
Appears In: acryfromwinter

A mysterious doctor and therapist, whose medications enable his patients to see Lurkers and Sethe (among other things). He seems to have connections to a number of the families of his patients, including the Winters and the Kestlers.


  • Cool Gun: Ellis carries one of Edgar Kharon's mystical revolvers, which was given to him by his old partner as a parting gift. It can enable him to .hop, as well as obliterate the data of any being in .Reality.
  • Deadly Doctor: While we don't see him kill anyone outright (aside from a Lurker), there's little doubt that Ellis is bad news. (Even discounting his activities in his previous life as Ellisviel.)
  • Dimensional Traveller: He is confirmed to have jumped between realities many times (via .hopping). It's a trick he learned during his days with the Fearful Four.
  • The Faceless: While much of his body is shown on camera during Alex's therapy sessions, his face isn't shown until the untitled ACFW video ("__") — and even then, it's extremely glitched and not very easy to make out.
  • Legacy Character
  • Minor Major Character: He only appears onscreen on four episodes of ACFW, with barely five minutes of actual face time and only a few offhand mentions in other series. Despite this, he's one of the most important characters in the Arknverse Chronology, creating connectivity between dozens of characters and drawing together countless plots.
  • Put on a Bus: Surprisingly, his fate isn't so much as hinted at.

    James 

James

Played By: N/A
Appears In: acryfromwinter, Wayward_Winter

James is the secondary protagonist of acryfromwinter. He is the best, and only, childhood friend of Alex Winter.


    Caden 

Caden Grey

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Played By: N/A
Appears In: TheMayhemTheory

"[This channel is to] show to the world what happened to us..."

The close friend of Gabriel Holden and the creator of The Mayhem Theory channel (which he started while searching for his missing friend).


  • Apocalyptic Log: Runs one.
  • Couldn't Find a Pen: When he wakes up in "caden's_log_2", he has drawn a mystical symbol on his arm in blood.
  • Demonic Possession: He's the main vessel of the Dekn Azazel.
  • Dye Hard: His wears his hair naturally dark hair in the first episode. From then on out, however, it's bleached whitish blonde.
  • Enemy Within: He becomes possessed by Azazel, who forces him to commit brutal murders.
  • Put on a Bus: After the "end" of TheMayhemTheory, he vanishes completely. His fate has never been revealed.

    Alex Knight 

Alexander Knight

Played By: N/A
Appears In: ThereAreNoLights, Knight Panes

Alex Knight is the main protagonist of Knight Panes.


  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: His thick eyebrows are his most distinctive feature (besides his piercings).
  • The Everyman: At the start of the series, he’s just an ordinary individual who's hearing strange noises around his house.
  • Demonic Possession: Knight Panes ends with Alex becoming possessed by an unknown entity and killing his friend, Brian Lawrence.

    Brian Lawrence 

Brian Lawrence

Played By: N/A
Appears In: Knight Panes

"I'm no Knight, I don't have the morals for that anymore."

The secondary protagonist of Knight Panes.


    L. Jameson 

Lilith Annabelle Jameson

Played By: Cerysemeryse16
Appears In: L. Jameson, Knight Panes

"What is known is that we are small, and have little say in this vast plane of existence."

A female friend of Brian Lawrence (and fellow patient of Dr. Ellis).


    Liz 

Elizabeth Winter

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Played By: Arin M.
Appears In: 13rkingwond3rland, acryfromwinter

The sister of Alex and Michaelis Winter. Yet another patient of Dr. Ellis, she is seemingly being targeted by a group of malicious beings called The Associates.


  • Author Appeal: Alex describes her as a "hot, red-haired sister"; at the time, her actor and Type0Negative were in a relationship.
  • Bad Dreams: She seems to be having nightmares of the deaths of her AU self and family.
  • The Bus Came Back: After a nearly two-year absence, she returned in "I'm Still Alive". However, she stopped uploading immediately after that, and she's the only human from the Arkntholgy whose fate isn't stated (or even hinted at).
  • Dark and Troubled Past: In the timeline where she didn't die in the Winter Wonderland Massacre, her parents and brothers were murdered in front of her when she was a child; she grew up in foster care, and the therapist she sees to help her deal with the trauma turned their therapy sessions into a tell-all book.
  • Demonic Possession: Acts as a host for Xarmar (of The Associates).
    "I have taken the liberty of making use of Elizabeth’s body. Although, she does not “agree” with this arrangement. But who says I’m one to care about permission?"
  • Fiery Redhead: In the early videos, her hair is bright red. (From "Change In Pace" on, it's dyed black.)
  • Ill Girl: In addition to the usual possession-induced nosebleeds and coughing up blood, she routinely acquires mysterious burns, bruises, and gashes (many of which she stitched up herself) while Xarmar is using her body. It’s also implied that she self-harms (with sewing needles).
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: In "Unexpected Findings", she awakens at a strange hotel, with no idea where she is or how she got there.
  • Meganekko
  • Psychic Nosebleed: Experiences these on a regular basis (due to being possessed by Xarmar).
  • Suddenly Sexuality: In "I'm Still Alive", Liz introduces the audience to her girlfriend.

    The Hooks Killer 

Adam Spirit/"Marty Taylor"

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Played By: DeathlyLogic
Appears In: Michael's Camera, Solar's Crimson (mentioned)

"You want answers. I have them."

A powerful and mysterious Serial Killer, Hooks is a minor antagonistic force in the Arknthology storyline. A partner of The Carver, he is partially responsible for bringing about the May 15 Catastrophe of 2015 (due to revealing the existence of the Arkn and Dekn to Humanity).


  • Ax-Crazy: Oh, yes. Not only is he a serial killer who wears the skin of his victims, but he facilitates the first crash of .Reality (which kills multiple timelines) for nothing more than fun. It isn't stated whether Hooks was always this crazy, or became that way as a result of being inhabited by a Dekn.
  • Broken Masquerade: He causes one when he reveals the existence of the Arkn and Dekn to the general public. This helps facilitate the .Reality crash that happens a short time later. The rest of the damage was caused by The Carver's presence in .Reality.
  • Deal with the Devil: It's implied that he made a deal with The Carver at some point, agreeing to work for the Dekn Lord in exchange for getting out of his original timeline (which he said had "gone askew").
  • Demonic Possession: His statements in "Marty" (Michael's Camera) strongly hint that he's voluntarily acting as a host to a Dekn entity, most likely The Carver. Given that said Dekn made him what he is (i.e. imparted him with its killing skills and knowledge), he doesn't mind too much.
  • Dimensional Traveller: He states that after his own timeline became glitched and broken, he got a chance to "take in" a Dekn, who promised to find him a new home. Said Dekn kept its promise. (Whether Hooks has moved timelines more than once isn't stated, though it's certainly possible — and somewhat implied.)
  • Evil Laugh: He has a very creepy chuckle (which is only compounded by his raspy, grating voice).
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: His voice is consistently rough and gravelly.
  • Genuine Human Hide: While it only appears in a brief flash on camera, he sports a mask made of stitched-together human skin (see above).
  • In-Series Nickname: The Hooks Killer (Hooks for short). He's also known as The Killer, The Monster, The Comshine Carver, and Marty.
  • Mr. Exposition: He explains why Michael is currently experiencing strange phenomena — vis-a-vis explaining the Arkn, the Dekn, and their relationships to humanity.
    'Hooks: You'd like to believe that the Arkn are on your side, that they’re your guardian angels, that that they’ve come down to protect you. No.
  • Psycho for Hire: He loves rape, mutilation and murder, and is in the employ of The Carver. He's implied to have helped him on at least two occasions — first, helping The Carver find a vessel in .Reality, then by killing Michael Knight in order to send him to the Infernous. He might also have revealed the presence of the Arkn and Dekn on The Carver's orders.
  • Serial Killer
  • The Unintelligible: A possibly unintentional example: his horribly raspy voice (and the fact that he speaks from behind a closed door) makes him nearly unintelligible to the audience (even when the video is played at full volume).

    Luke Anton 

Lucifer Anton

Appears In: Michael's Camera
Played By: Zayne Vaughn

A young man who became a vessel for The Carver in .Reality during the May 15th Catastrophe.


  • Canine Companion: He had two pet dogs (both female).
  • Death of Personality: Undergoes this once his body is taken over by The Carver. However, Word of God says that Carver takes on some of his characteristics after the fact (hence his irreverent sense of humor while in .Reality).
  • Living Body Suit: Unlike in his non-canon portrayal (in The Hooks Documentary), Luke is implied to be alive when he becomes a meat suit for The Carver.
  • Fusion Dance: It's implied that he and Carver underwent an Arknza-style, pseudo-convergence. Unlike with most convergences, the Carver's personality takes over their vessel completely, burying any trace of Luke that remains. Unfortunately, it isn't enough to overcome Luke's mortality — which becomes a very bad thing when The Carver is sent back to the Infernous. The realm no longer recognizes him and begins turning on him, molding to what Carver fears most. And then he gets badly wounded in a fight with Ellpagg...
  • Posthumous Character: Given that Carver's personality completely consumes him (and the little information we're given about him is provided after the fact), he might as well be.
  • Meaningful Name: His first name, Luke, is short for Lucifer — a reference to the fact that he became a vessel for The Carver, one of the beings hinted to be the inspiration for the Devil. His surname, similarly, is a reference to Anton Lavey
  • The Slacker: Based on what we see of his apartment in Solar's Crimson, he seems to have been one: his wardrobe consisted of flannel shirts and a beanie, his apartment was a mess, his hobbies seemed to be strumming his guitar and playing video games, and we never hear any mention of him having a job. It's also hinted that he smoked weed, as The Carver seems to pick up the habit after inhabiting his vessel.

The Fearful Four

    In General 

The Fearful Four

"The smoke and dust had just began to settle. Ruins of the bank scattered the grounds of Carny Oak, speckling the red dirt with browns and silver. A horse galloped past the wreckage, three more following on its heels... They called them the Fearful Four, 'they' being those who lived through the outlaw attacks."
Tales From the First Reality, Chapter 2

A legendary gang of Wild West outlaws from a glitched timeline in the mid-1850s. Each member of the gang had a special programming glitch that gave them superhuman abilities. They traversed their timeline for an eternity via .relapse, causing untold chaos and destruction and coming to be seen as gods by the humans of that timeline (while leaving it irrevocably damaged).


  • A God Am I: The Four are implied to have undergone this at the end of their looped eternity; the humans of that reality saw them as gods, and they apparently did nothing to discourage it. It got so bad that Redgrave himself had to step in and put a stop to it.
  • Ax-Crazy: All four were this, to some degree.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: A positive example: after the Four repeated the same loop for one human eternity, Redgrave noticed that the timeline had become irrevocably broken; upon discovering the apocalyptic damage the Four had wrought, he stepped in to put a stop to their antics. He destroyed Famine, and planned to do the same to the others. He was interrupted by another, unnamed Dekn who promised to take the remaining three off to places where they could do no more harm. (As we see with at least one of them, however, that wasn't quite the case...)
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: This applies for at least half of the quartet: Kharon rides a white horse, while Kinnard rides a black horse. The remaining two are defined by their body makeup rather than their colors.
  • Dimensional Traveller: The Four are implied to have used Kharon's revolvers to .hop between realities. (At least, until the Train Heist of 1855, which stuck them in a "Groundhog Day" Loop in a single timeline.)
  • The Dreaded: All of the Four were this. By the end of the eternity long loop, humans knew them as gods of death and destruction; Arkn and Dekn knew them as "The Reality Breakers".
  • Gods Of Human Origin: All of the members of the group started out as slightly glitched humans who were legends in their own right; over the course of an eternity (due to being stuck in a time loop in one reality), they became so powerful and feared that they became known as gods to the people of that timeline.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: In 1855, the quartet attempted a train heist that resulted in them (and all of their hostages) going over a cliff. After swimming through red code, all four woke up beside the train tracks on the days of their respective births. They reunited, and continued to ride together until the date of the train heist, when they once again failed to save themselves and the cycle repeated. The loop continued to play out for the equivalent of one human eternity, with the gang becoming more powerful and experiencing very adverse effects on their forms — eventually causing them to be seen as gods for the realities to come.
  • Horsemen of the Apocalypse: They're the Arknverse's equivalent of the Four Horseman, from their character traits and nicknames right down to riding distinctive horses.
  • In-Series Nickname]: The gang are collectively known as the Fearful Four; however, some call them the Four Horsemen. Non-human entities refer to them by a more ominous name: the Reality Breakers.
  • Legacy Character: At least half of the gang go on to spread their legends under new names and identities in other timelines, while the other two have their names taken up by other entities.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: All of them seemingly have this, as they remember the initial train heist that killed them all (and caused the first reset), as well as what happens in each subsequent loop.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: The gang has the chance to do this, riding together until the date of the train heist that killed them the first time around and getting the chance to do it over. Naturally, they fail each time. (However, they aren't very bothered by it.)
  • Time Travel: Every time the Four die in the 1855 loop, the timeline resets and they're sent back to their respective birth dates, waking up beside the train tracks as adults (with full awareness of what happened in the previous loop).

    Edgar Kharon 

Edgar "Death" Kharon

Appears In: Arknthology Stories (original), Tales from the First Reality

'"So, as you here might know from word on the vine, my crew here is famous for not-very-nice things."

Edgar "Death" Kharon was the head of the Fearful Four. He rode a white horse and wielded four copper revolvers. He was known as the greatest sharpshooter in the West, and was said to be able to take out targets from almost half a mile away with his revolvers. He acquired his abilities due to a .Reality marking him as an error, which gave him eyesight ten times stronger than that of a hawk.


  • The Ace: He was the best sharpshooter in the West — and one of the best poker players. (His nickname, "The Ace", attests to both.)
  • Affably Evil: While Kharon was a merciless thief and murderer, he is said to have been quite charming in person and to have had a penchant for jokes. He's also rather kind to young Uriel when he first encounters him. (In fact, Word of God says that Uriel spent quite a lot of time with the Four as a boy, and that Kharon was one of his first mentors.)
  • Chess with Death: The story goes that Kharon challenged the Hethe Cre'vial to a game of chess. If he won, he asked that he be made a god; if he lost, his legend and legacy would be wiped from memory. After four eternities of playing, Edgar emerged victorious; De'ebo stepped in to congratulate Kharon on his victory, but instead of granting him power directly, he gifted him with an infant: the offspring of the Hethe, Cedric.
  • Cool Gun: His weapons of choice were a pair of engraved copper revolvers, rumored to have been forged by the Hethe themselves.
  • God Of Human Origin: Though the status of his "godhood" is in question, he undoubtedly was a very powerful entity who started out as an ordinary human and, over time, came to be seen as a deity.
  • The Grim Reaper: While he wasn't literally the Grim Reaper, Kharon came to be known as such by the humans of his timeline (and many others). Fittingly, Michaelis took up his name and mantle after he fused with Xerex Storn, the grim reaper of the Arkn and Dekn.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: He’s said to have been able to hit any target — no matter how precise — from almost half a mile away.
  • In-Series Nickname: "The Ace" (or simply "Ace). He later became known as "Death".
  • Legacy Character: His name and mantle were later taken up by Azrael Michaelis Winter, who believed himself to be Kharon reborn due to possessing his memories (courtesy of Ellpagg).
  • Meaningful Name: His last name is an alternate spelling of "Charon", the name of the ferryman who transported the dead across the River Stix in Greek Mythology. Appropriately, Kharon was revered as the avatar of Death by many humans in .Reality.
  • Nice Hat: He is said to have worn a wide-brimmed, black hat (which may have been formerly owned by the Hethe Fab'ras).
  • Super Senses: He was said to have eyesight ten times greater than that of a hawk. (This, like his Improbable Aiming Skills, is the result of a .Reality glitch.)

    Barnabelt Kinnard 

Barnabelt "War" Kinnard

Appears In: Arknthology Stories (original), Tales from the First Reality

Known as "War", Barnabelt Kinnard rode a decrepit horse held together by hooks and wire. In place of a hand, he had a large hook, which he used to dispatch lives. Kinnard had the reputation of a "boogeyman", due to a .Reality glitch that made him supernaturally stealthy. He was known for being able to slip swiftly into a fort and take out every soldier, without being caught or leaving a trace.


  • The Dreaded: His name is only spoken in conjunction with the "Boogeyman" and other nightmarish terrors. The sheer mention of his nickname was said to be enough to scare an unruly child straight for life.
  • Hook Hand: His hook serves as both his hand and his weapon of choice.
  • Hooks and Crooks: See above.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Kharon briefly jokes that had young Uriel been left alone with Kinnard, he would have been eaten.
  • In-Series Nickname: Before he was known as "War", he was called "The Hook" or "Hooks".
  • Legacy Character: Barnabelt is hinted to be the first person to use the Hooks Killer identity, and to have inspired the killer of that same name who later shows up in the 21st century.note 
  • Mysterious Past: Legend has it that he had no origin and no history; he just showed up one day at the Comshine County Jail and turned himself in for over a hundred documented murders.
  • Serial Killer: He claimed to have taken the lives of more than a hundred victims.
  • Things That Go "Bump" in the Night: He was seen as this by many humans in the Wild West (to the point that parents use him to frighten their children into good behavior).

    Deither Ellisviel 

Deither "Plague" Ellisviel

Appears In: Arknthology Stories (original), Tales from the First Reality

"What the fuck is going o-"

Deither "Plague" Ellisviel rode a strong, black horse. When he wasn't using one of Kharon's revolvers, he carried various sinister medical supplies. He was locally known as something of a Witch Doctor, due to a .Reality glitch that gave him the power to turn any element into a healing substance. His legendary tonic was said to separate men from reality and allow them to traverse the spirit plane.

For tropes related to his various modern incarnations, see the folder for "Dr. Ellis".


  • Astral Projection: While few tasted it (and even fewer described its effects), Ellisviel's tonic was said to have allowed the drinker to leave their physical body, "move about in the world as almost a spirit" and "see everything" — a fairly obvious description of a .relapse (and the same effect that is later caused by the pills he prescribes as "Dr. Ellis").
  • Deadly Doctor: Ellisviel fits this to a T. He even used "sinister medical supplies" as weapons (when he wasn't using a revolver).
  • Healing Magic: His .reality glitch allowed him to make healing poultices and elixirs out of any substance, which always seemed to work.
  • Improbable Weapon User: He is said to have carried a bag of "sinister medical supplies" which he used as weapons.
  • In-Series Nickname: His nicknames included "The Doctor", "The Doc", and "Ellis" (before he became known as "Plague").
  • Legacy Character
  • Mad Scientist: Those who don't attribute his abilities to mysticism call him "the original Western mad scientist".
  • Mighty Whitey: Became the medicine man of the very tribe from whom he learned his healing skills.
  • Witch Doctor: He served as a witch doctor (or medicine man) while living with a tribe of native "savages", whose chief taught him "'things', incomprehensible, unknown 'things'".

    Kyla O'Lora 

Kyla "Famine" O'Lora

Appears In: Arknthology Stories (original), Tales from the First Reality

"Gotcha, Ace."'

Kyla "Famine" O'Lora rode the sickest horse, filled with maggots and and flies. Prior to joining the Four, O'Lora was a prostitute with a passion for men and an even greater passion for murder; her .Reality glitch made her irresistible to non-errored humans (and lead to her joining up with Edgar — a rare man who was impervious to her charms).


  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Subverted: while O'Lora was initially known for being quite beautiful (and never aged), the centuries of .relapses and glitches had adverse effects on her form (and those of her crew), eventually turning her into a fearful-looking being.
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: How she came to join up with Edgar Kharon.
  • Dude Magnet: Her .Reality glitch makes her irresistible to non-glitched men.
  • Fiery Redhead: She was a red-haired outlaw with a love for murder and action — both in and out of the sack.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Subverted; O’Lora’s certainly a hooker, but she’s said to be murderous and bloodthirsty, and doesn’t have any discernible redeeming qualities.
  • In-Series Nickname: "The Assassin". Once she joined up with Kharon and his crew, she became known as "Famine".
  • Killed Off for Real: After an eternity of dying and being revived by .Reality, she was permanently killed by Redgrave (who was enraged by the deity statuses of the Four and the havoc they had wrecked on their timeline).
  • Legacy Character: Possibly. Michael Knight has a therapy session with a "Dr. Olora" who refers him to Ellis; Crow later claims that this doctor was a Dekn who was simply acting as "a marionette" for the Persophelums, so it's possible that a Dekn chose to adopt O'Lora's name.
  • Really Gets Around: O'Lora's .reality glitch made her irresistible to non-errored men; she used this to her full advantage as a prostitute (and an outlaw).
  • The Swarm: Her horse constantly shed flies and maggots, which destroyed crops and caused famine wherever the Four went.
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