|“||I will awaken Gabriel, Michael, Raphael, and Uriel, and together we will bring an end to this war... And if we don't, then I will make certain that all sides will fall.||”|
— Ellpagg, The God of Beetles
Ellpagg (also known as The Knight) is the Prince of Elysia and Arkn Knight of Battle, Madness, and Beetles. He is the main protagonist of The Knight Shift, a supporting character in Michael's Camera, and a major character in the Arknthology as a whole.
Ellpagg is the only son of King Uriel, destined to become the third king of Elysia. As part of the Arkn Council's plans to gain support for the War, he was sent into the The Infernous, underwent countless eons of torment. After losing his Arkn powers in the process, he undergoes a bizarre transformation into something of new origin, The God of Beetles. He sets out to awaken the Arknza and turn them into a united force, which he hopes will have the power to defeat The Carver.
Uriel, the second king of Elysia, was born in the Infernous in a union between the Arkn King Gilgamesh and The Carver. At birth, Uriel was imbued with raw Hethian power, courtesy of The Carver himself; this same Hethian blood caused Uriel to absorb some of the Infernous's energy at his conception. As a young man, Uriel realized his connection to the Infernous and tried to re-enter the realm; this act awakened the power within him, which combined with the raw power of the Infernous in a massive outburst creating an infant child. Uncertain of how he did it, Uriel named this child Ellpagg, and raised it as his own son (unaware that Ellpagg was, in fact, Carver's own seed).
As a young would-be knight, Ellpagg trained under Raphael. He was known for being arrogant, cocky, and impatient, disrespecting his elders and even attacking members of The Choir to test his strength. He was later trained under King Uriel. However, even his own father was unable to curb his temper. Ellpagg fought in the Second Arkn-Dekn War alongside Raphael and Uriel. Raphael described him as not being the best fighter, and still learning his purpose. Secretly, Ellpagg was highly unsure of himself, and longed to prove that he was more than a knight or a born royal.
Multiple eternities after The Carver had slain Gilgamesh and departed from The Golden City, the Arkn Lords gathered together and plotted to kill the Carver in his own realm. Expecting to use Uriel, they were instantly declined when he told them that he was not about to slay a brother, moral or immoral. Unable to depend on Uriel, they found the next best candidate: Ellpagg, the Arkn Knight of Time, Madness, and strangely, Beetles. Unaware of the non-choice selection, Ellpagg eagerly volunteered for the mission, believing he was being sent to try to talk some sense into The Carver (or convince him to surrender). Before he departed, Uriel gifted Ellpagg with a powerful revolver that had previously belonged to him.
The Knight Shift
As The Knight Shift begins, Ellpagg enters the Infernous, accompanied by two Dekn escorts. He is stripped of his memories, causing him to believe he's an ordinary human driving to a costume party with his friends. After getting into a car crash (caused by a collision with an animal in the road), Knight and his "friends" seek help in what appears to be an abandoned house (but is actually Ellpagg personal cell in the Infernous). "The Knight" (as he is known) is isolated, and proceeds to undergo various torments involving himself and a camera, from monster attacks, to starvation, to horrifying mind-bending illusions, to mutilation by Persophelus Redgrave. The camera is given a direct feed into Cloud9 for the majority of Ellpagg's imprisonment. Throughout this time, "Knight" declares that he's going to find a way out.
Eight eternities after his torment begins, The Carver reveals himself and begins his personal torments of Ellpagg. Ellpagg manages to escape the Infernous for a short time through the intervention of the Fragmented Hethe, Malek. During that time, he briefly takes over his supposed guarded human, Michael Knight. However, he is quickly found by The Carver and tricked into returning to the Infernous, under the ruse that the Hethe need to see him in person. As this happens, The Carver himself is sent back to the Infernous as a prisoner, via a bullet to the skull (courtesy of a so-called "fallen Hethe" calling himself "Edgar Kharon").
Now back in the Infernous, Ellpagg and The Carver find themselves imprisoned together (due to Carver being bound to the body of his vessel, Lucifer Anton). With the newfound knowledge that he can escape, Ellpagg promises The Carver that they will get out together. However, the Infernous begins molding to Carver's fears, causing them to be separated. Ellpagg wakes up alone in a bathroom, and is attacked by an illusion of a Lurker – which turns out to be The Carver. Carver (who has just been fighting an illusion of an evil, corrupted Ellpagg) threatens Ellpagg, and they get into a fight. Ellpagg reveals that he now has all of his memories, and demands to know why The Carver murdered Xeth'i'stral. Carver orders Ellpagg to be silent, but Ellpagg mocks him, pointing out that for all his threats, Carver cannot permanently kill him in the Infernous. The two battle, with Ellpagg emerging the victor.
Ellpagg briefly departs from Carver, confessing his fears to the Cloud9 stream alone. He returns to find that his fight with The Carver has left Carver bleeding. Unaware of why this is, Ellpagg finds out that the Carver's human vessel is slowly taking over in the Infernous, causing him to be somewhat mortal; this means that the injuries Carvere sustained during the fight, while appearing minor, will end up killing him. Ellpagg frantically tries to find a fix to this; learning that the Hethe travel through the Infinity Hallway, he runs up to try to find them. As he reaches the Hallway, The Carver seemingly dies off screen, causing his powers to be transferred to the nearest conduit: Ellpagg. This painfully strips Ellpagg of his Arkn wings, and gives him the power of a Dekn Lord, along with all of his memories plus the Carver's. Additionally, he gains a sort of cosmic awareness; this suddenly hits Ellpagg, as he discovers the Arkn Lords' plans to not only betray him, but turn him into a Dekn Lord (to demonstrate that the Dekn are so evil that they can turn the best Arkn warrior to darkness). Upon realizing this, Ellpagg is distraught and gouges his eyes out (in an attempt to deprive himself of his Arkn eyes as well), only to discover that they have healed quickly.
Returning from the Infinity Hallway, Ellpagg finds an empty Infernous with no trace of the Carver. Enraged, he uses his amplified powers of time to awaken the ArknAngels. He gives Tobias a note that says "YOU'RE TAKING THEM WRONG"). He inserts himself into Michael's second .reality and declares himself to be his Guardian Arkn; after threatening Persophelus Redgrave not to mess with Michael, he tears open a portal to a new timeline, shoving Michael through it. Returning back to his time and the Infernous, Knight goes finds Uriel, now known as Alex Winter, and tears up three pieces of paper that will inevitably lead to his awakening. The paper's read "FIND. AND. RECORD." Ellpagg then briefly returns to the Infernous. Venting his rage to the camera, he denounces his role as a Dekn Lord and severs all ties with the Arkn, declaring himself to be his own entity – and, as such, a god. After this occurs, the Cloud9 stream is shut down, referencing what looks like editing errors as the reason (as Ellpagg escapes and comes after the viewers). After butchering the entirety of Cloud9's populace, the self-proclaimed "God of Beetles" departs to found the city of Arkaissa, where all neutral individuals can live in safety.
Michael's Camera (Season 2)
After escaping from the Infernous, Ellpagg appears through Michael Knight, claiming to be his Guardian Arkn (when in reality, he is already his post-Arkn shift stage). Ellpagg teaches Michael how to .hop by shooting himself in the face with one of Edgar's revolvers. While the two are .hopping, they end up being stalked and attacked by a lurker; though Michael insists that he's encountered lurkers before, Ellpagg is unable to see the creature in Michael's vessel. Upon learning that Michael actually encountered The Condor (a Skethe posing as a lurker), Ellpagg beats Michael as punishment, and declares that he and the other Arkn aren't the good guys. Ellpagg hopes that this will drive Michael towards neutrality. This is shown to have failed afterwards, as Michael aligns himself with the Dekn instead, and begins plotting to kill the other ArknAngles. Upon learning this, Ellpagg returns and warns Michael to stop interacting with Tobias Kestler and Alex Winter. Michael then proceeds to head into The Beyond to retrieve his doll, Dale.
The Knight Shift: End Times
Due to Michael aligning himself with the Dekn, Ellpagg detaches from him, allowing Persophelus Crow to move in and declare himself Michael's new Guardian. Several weeks after Ellpagg escapes from The Infernous, he learns of this, and attempts to return Michael's house to confront Crow. However, Ellpagg ends up being waylaid by The Carver en route; by repressing his memories, Carver manages to manipulate Ellpagg into entering the Infernous once again, via the entrance in Michael's garage. Carver initially pretends that he and Ellpagg are human friends on their way to a costume party (much like the first time Ellpagg entered the realm); to uphold the ruse, he gives Ellpagg a rubber mask version of his Knight helmet. Eventually, Carver punches Ellpagg in the face; this awakens the real Ellpagg, and the two briefly fight, with Ellpagg suffering a vicious beat down that leaves him bleeding.
The Carver tells Ellpagg that he never truly escaped from the Infernous; that he's been there with him the whole time, and that (among other things) he forced him to cut his hair as a sign of the "upcoming war". After being subjected to various forms of torment and trickery from The Carver, Ellpagg finally loses patience after Carver mocks Uriel; Ellpagg beats Carver and knocks him out on the floor, only for the real Carver to enter the Garage through the side door, revealing that Ellpagg has actually been interacting with a golem made from an orange. After more trickery and taunting, Carver admits that everything he's told Ellpagg has been a lie, and that Ellpagg can't trust anything he says. However, he cannot resist tricking Ellpagg one last time, convincing him that a garbage bin holds the exit to the Garage.
Michael's Camera (Season 3)
Crow has begun ordering Michael to trap and kill Arkn. However, before he can successfully do so, Ellpagg returns out of nowhere and sends Michael on a .Relapse, which sends him right into the path of The Hooks Killer (who kill him). After he gets out of the Infernous, Michael becomes possessed by The Carver, his true guardian. Due to this, Ellpagg realizes Michael's Nephilim status and parentage. After conveying this information to his underling, Azrael, Ellpagg releases a shard of Malek; Malek possesses Ellpagg (who is using Azrael as a Shade), and goes off to fight the now Carver-possessed Michael. Carver escapes, however, and Azrael stays behind in .Reality, taking up Michael's camera.
Azrael, while trying unsuccessfully to kill the Persophelums, attempts to consult Ellpagg for help. Ellpagg appears and takes over Azrael's body, instructing him to get in contact with Raphael and Cedric Kharon and find a way back into the Infinitium. He also tells Azrael that he has to "go guard a whiny bitch". Ellpagg takes on a human appearance (trading his armor for street clothes and donning a pair of shades to hide his eyes), and warns Azrael not to contact him again: the next time they meet, Ellpagg will be on the receiving end of Azrael's revolver. He then departs, leaving Azrael distraught.
Solar's Crimson (Season 1)
Some time later, after Azrael escapes from the Infernous, he summons Ellpagg (despite his earlier warning) to inform him that Uriel made a deal with The Carver, and has control over the Infernous. Ellpagg appears splattered in blood, shortly after Azrael leaves. Angry that Azrael interrupted him at his work (ruling Arkaissa, Ellpagg beheads the teddy bear Azrael got from Mark before he departs. Distraught at this discovery, Azrael meets with Delphar, who reveals that he was part of the Council that sent Ellpagg into the Infernous. Azrael insists that he needs to confront Ellpagg, but Delphar informs him he isn't ready. Delphar goes into the Garage entrance to the Infernous in Azrael's place, and confronts Ellpagg. The two of them fight, and Delphar tries to tell Ellpagg that Uriel made a deal with The Carver; Ellpagg doesn't believe him, and tells Delphar to inform the Arknangels that there's a war coming. He then teleports out of the garage, leaving Delphar to comment on how sorry he is, and that Ellpagg deserved better.
Upon leaving the Garage, Azrael remarks on how much Ellpagg's personality has changed over time, from when he first started training him. Delphar tells Azrael that Ellpagg took part of The Carver with him when he left The Infernous; he believes that this aspect of The Carver has been gradually warping Ellpagg's mind, moulding him into another version (or spiritual successor) of The Carver. Ellpagg then appears unexpectedly, causing Azrael to drop the camera and teleport away in fear. Ellpagg informs Delphar that he needs to kill Azrael in order to fulfill the prophecy and jump-start the End Times, so that he can kill The Carver; until then, the Arknza are standing in his way. Delphar and Ellpagg fight, and both are badly wounded. Ellpagg teleports away, and Azrael re-appears in time for Delphar to transfer his own Hethian blood to him before sending him away (and apparently dying).
After this, Ellpagg returns to the Garage. It's revealed that The Carver has not only been warping Ellpagg's mind, but has the power to take control of him whenever he wants (either by possessing him, or puppeting his body directly). Immediately after this, the soul of Gilgamesh (which has since been released from its cell) takes over Ellpagg's vessel. Gilgamesh and The Carver greet one another warmly (and with a punch), and The Carver reveals that Gil is still his partner, and that the two of them never hated each other.
In between fighting Delphar and attempting to attack Azrael, Ellpagg (under the control of The Carver) delivers a message to Alex Winter ("Acquaintances"), informing him that he is trying to kill him. Due to this, Allastar, the Dekn High Priest, has to move Alex to a safe pocket in The Infernous for his own protection. While hidden in the Infernous, Alex learns that many other versions of himself have been killed off by Ellpagg (whom The Carver is using as a shade to hunt down "Alex Prime").
Solar's Crimson (Season 2)
Roughly a year later, Azrael finds and uploads an old video that was recorded during Ellpagg's imprisonment in The Infernous with The Carver. The video shows the friendship that had developed between the two of them, with Carver trying to assist and protect Ellpagg as The Infernous begins turning against him. After seeing the video on Azrael's channel, Ellpagg appears and knocks Azrael out with a snap of his fingers, taking his place. While Azrael is "asleep", Ellpagg (who is wearing Del'Phar's scarf as a "trophy") leaves a furious message on Azrael's camera. Throughout the video, Ellpagg's voice and the pictures distort. After telling Azrael off for uploading his "candids", Ellpagg informs him that he's going to violate his own privacy as punishment. He tells Azrael that he hates him and the other Arknza, because they are preventing him from killing The Carver; he orders Azrael to quit moping around and face his destiny as an Arknangel, as well as his siblings (Alex and Elizabeth, both of whom are still alive). Finally, he informs Azrael that a war is coming: he and the other Arknangels are going to get the power of the Hethe, and they will fight The Carver, whether he likes it or not. Ellpagg then awakens Azrael with another finger snap as he teleports away.
When the Battle of the Arknza arrives, Ellpagg – once again controlled by Gilgamesh – joins The Carver on the battlefield. Carver kills Raguel, and Raziel and Azrael attempt to converge on him, only for Ellpagg to cut them off. Raziel attempts to reason with Ellpagg, and is killed; Raziel's spirit is absorbed by Ellpagg, giving him the strength to break free from Gilgamesh's hold and separate from him. Azrael and Ellpagg battle Gilgamesh and defeat him together, but Azrael is mortally wounded in the process; Azrael tells Ellpagg that he is at peace and wants to die a hero, offering up his power to him. Ellpagg accepts and kills Azrael, absorbing his Hethe-blooded power. As the Paradisium is weaponized by Ambriel, the city begins destroying the armies of The Carver and Clubs; they attempt to retreat, but are chased by Ellpagg. As Ellpagg catches up, Carver turns on Clubs and kills him, absorbing him fully into his own power. A fully powered-up Ellpagg and the now fully powered-up Carver battle, as Ambriel and the city destroy the army behind them. As the army is defeated, Ambriel's essence dies after having exhausted all of its power. The Paradisium's rings crash down into the ocean below, interrupting the fight with a massive tidal wave.
As the ocean rises, Ellpagg and Carver take their fight airborne unto the tallest mountain in the Aethierium. As they battle and the last ring of the Paradisium falls, Carver uses a hidden Hethian power to summon forth a massive dragon-like beast. The beast fights Ellpagg and nearly kills him, until a massive serpent-like creature rises up from the ocean, revealing itself to be one of the guardians of the Paradisium. The serpent fights the dragon as another beast, resembling a stag (the Guardian of Arkaissa), shows up and heals Ellpagg. Confused and enraged, Carver goes to attack the stag, but is interrupted when a third Guardian shows up: Gilgamesh's personal summon, a golden winged lion. The lion attacks The Carver and fuses with Ellpagg, as the other Guardians follow suit. Now at Hethian level, Ellpagg strikes down The Carver with a stab through his chest, but succumbs to the massive power outburst and dies.
After Ellpagg's death, The Carver merges with Deebo to fight Cedric, Theater Mask, and Malek. The trio successfully manage to fight off Carver-De'ebo (albeit with Malek being absorbed into Carver's Arkn trap sword), and Deebo is so impressed that he offers to make Cedric a full Hethe. Cedric agrees, on the condition that Ellpagg is revived and joins him, to which Deebo agrees. Carver and Redgrave go about creating Universe X; Deebo, impressed that they managed to outsmart him, moves over into the new universe, along with Ellpagg and Cedric (both of whom are now full-blooded Hethe), Fabras, and Redgrave.
Azrael, recognizing that the Arknza will indeed be stronger against the Carver as a united force (but that such a thing may not be possible in his own time), seeks out Redgrave and begins training to use his Arknza powers. After mastering his power over Time, he travels back to a far earlier point in the history of the Arkn, causing a ripple that creates a new, split timeline. In this new timeline, Azrael befriends Raziel, Raphael, and Uriel at a young age, bringing them together and training alongside them, helping them to awaken and control their Hethian power. As Ellpagg comes of age, Azrael helps teach him to control his temper and be more sure of himself. When the time comes for Ellpagg to be sent into The Infernous, Azrael spares him fate by offering to go in his place; after giving up his Arknza blood to Ellpagg, Azrael enters The Infernous, unarmed and powerless. Uriel, Raphael, and Raziel continue training Ellpagg in Azrael's memory.
Because he is spared the torments of the Infernous and The Carver's influence, Ellpagg remains sane and uncorrupted. In time, is able to unlock the full potential of his Hethian blood, and master it. Once his training is completed, Ellpagg takes Azrael's place as one of the Paradox Players; the four track down the rest of the seven prophesied Arknza, and begin training them as well. When the time comes to face The Carver, Ambriel, Seraphina, and Raguel join in the fight, as all seven Arknangels come together for the first time. With their fellowship and their powers strong, the Arknza work together as a united force, and, with Malek's help, are able to defeat The Carver.
With The Carver dead, Deebo and the Hethe depart from the universe, taking their divine power with them. This grants mortality to the Arknza, allowing them to live as normal, mortal Arkn. Ellpagg goes on to inherit Uriel's throne, becoming the third King of Elysia; he rules the Arkn for several eons, becoming known as one of their greatest rulers (second only to his father). When his lifetime reaches its end, Ellpagg passes peacefully, as his father did before him, knowing that he has lived his life well.
Initially in The Knight Shift, Ellpagg appears as an ordinary young man (resembling Michael slightly). However, upon finding the Dragon Cane, his Arkn form begins to convey itself through blue glowing eyes. Ellpagg frequently dresses in clothing resembling modernized knight's armor. When he wishes to appear more "human", he wears a black, blue-trimmed hoodie and hides his blue eyes with sunglasses (or a glamour).
Ellpagg is an extremely hot-headed, impulsive, temperamental individual. These qualities act as a mask, hiding his underlying insecurities (as deep down, he is highly unsure of himself). After his experience in The Infernous, Ellpagg becomes extremely mentally and emotionally unstable, due to a combination of The Carver's influence and his own PTSD; he become erratic, irrational, and more angry and volatile than ever, being prone to physical violence and sadistic behavior. At the end, however, Ellpagg is able to regain some semblance of control over his emotions and his sanity, splitting from Gilgamesh and joining the ArknAngels in their fight against The Carver.
Skills and Abilities
In addition to his knight training, which grants him combat and weapons skills, Ellpagg has numerous magical abilities. He is able to conjure the Dragon Cane (Dragonier), and has the power of telekinesis (a power normally reserved for Dekn and Nephilim, which he uses in The Knight Shift to open doors). After his time in the Infernous, he also possesses amplified powers over time; he is easily able to track down others in .Reality (in addition to being able to travel between timelines), and can create portals between the various timelines. Most notably, Ellpagg has the extremely rare ability of Shading, which allows him to create duplicates of himself (permitting him to be in multiple places at the same time).
In the Universe E timeline, Ellpagg possesses the full powers of an Arknza, and wields them to their full potential. However, he lacks the powers and abilities he acquired during his time with the Carver. After the departure of the Hethe, Ellpagg loses his Arknza powers and becomes mortal (though he still possesses the standard powers of the Arkn).
|“||I'm Michael's guardian Arkn.... Bitches!||”|
|“||It's almost as if you think the Arkn are the 'good guys'. News flash: we're not. 'Good' implies we follow the moral balance you humans do. And we don't. I don't know what you call 'good', but it sure as hell isn't me.||”|
— Ellpagg to Michael Knight.
|“||When I beheaded your teddy bear and when I killed your mentor, your...sort-of mentor, I didn't do it to test you. I did it because I hate you, Michaelis. You are an Arknza. FUCK the Arknza! You exist to fuck up The Carver's plan. Who, in turn, exists to fuck up MY plan! When I kill his ass, you people are going to stand in my way, because you people have power and you don't want something like me, a FUCKING MONSTER, to be in a position of power! ...Sorry, I got a little personal there.||”|
— Ellpagg, to Azrael