|“||They tell me, "It's not enough towards victory, understanding knowledge, but finding a way to the key is what truly gets you." The night isn't only as dark as you make it, and the darkness comes from not being able to see the light. Light needs to be seen through good or bad or gray. Or bad or good? It's all just how you think. Choices, what you choose, to be the key to understanding and unlocking your inner potential, and that's why I leave you with this message of knowledge, per say, better understanding in a cryptic way put in it, in a way that the reader and the watcher and the viewer can film himself understanding we're not the bad guys.||”|
— Persophelus Redgrave
Redgrave (also known as Persophelus Redgrave) is a supporting character in The Knight Shift and Michael's Camera, as well as in The Arknthology as a whole. He is the Dekn Lord of Humanity and Reality in Universe A, and is notable for being the architect of the Nexiumadris and the right-hand man of The Carver.
Redgrave (originally known as Re'du'gravus) was the son of Harbinger, the third Dekn created by the Hethe. He was apparently the first Dekn to be conceived from Cluxious. Little is known about his conception; however, it is known that he was birthed in the Nexellium, and grew up there amongst Humanity, learning the methods of vesseling and possession, as well as how to cheat, steal, rule and play checkers.
After his father's failed rebellion against the Dekn Emperor Hash'bor'kanibal (for which Redgrave killed Harbringer himself), he became the Emperor's right-hand man. After the destruction of the Nexellium, Redgrave implemented Malek's ideas, spearheading the creation of .Reality and organizing the other Persophelums. With the help of The Carver, they were able to transfer the lost souls of the Nexellium into the new system. Redgrave tended to mingle among the humans, causing mischief under the names "Jacques" and "Satan", but never did anything too permanently harmful.
At some point, Redgrave came up with the idea of using Malek's power and the Hethian Scrolls of Creation in his plan to create a new, Hethe-free Universe (much as he had helped the Persophelums create .Reality). The Carver agreed (as he wanted revenge on the Hethe), and approached Malek with their idea. Redgrave set about creating a new beta .Reality, known as .Mainframe, which they hoped would one day serve as the base for a new universe.
Redgrave is hinted to be one of the two Dekn who escorted Ellpagg into his cell in the Infernous after his damnation; he may have been the unnamed member of the party (using a different appearance or vessel).
After Ellpagg was caught attempting to escape from the Infernous (" Trivial"), Redgrave took over Ellpagg's vessel and commandeered his camera. Introducing himself as "Your Old Pal Satan", Redgrave explained that as the "master of Hell", he needed to punish Ellpagg for trying to escape. He then sawed off Ellpagg's arm with a plastic fairy wand, while allowing Ellpagg to still feel everything. Redgrave tried to whistle while he worked; finding that his mouth was too dry, he made Ellpagg's mouth bleed (either by cutting his lip open or pulling out a tooth) so he could "wet [his] whistle with blood".
Through Dr. Ellis' pills, Michael Knight was attached to Redgrave as a random Guardian (as his real Guardian, Ellpagg,wass still imprisoned in The Infernous). Taking control of Michael's body, Redgrave prevented Michael from saving a neighbor girl from being taken by a rogue Skethe called the The Condor. He claimed this would help Michael get used to "losing", and explained to Michael the nature of The Condor and .Reality. He also instructed Michael to find the other ArknAngels and kill them, because the Arkn aren't "the good guys". The video was uploaded to Michael's YouTube channel before departed; Redgrave commented in the video's description that he was disappointed that Michael had been arrested as a result of the incident with the neighbor, and wouldn't be able to see the video for some time.
Shortly after this, Redgrave abandoned Michael to avoid risk of The Debigrath Effect, as Ellpagg appeared and shoved Michael into another timeline. However, Redgrave's machinations (and the later actions of Samael Crow) set off the chain of events that led to Michael becoming obtainable as a Guarded Human by The Carver. During this time, Redgrave also became the Emperor of the Dekn, after Emperor Clubs vanished in the wake of the second May 15th catastrophe.
The Knight Shift: End Times
At the end of " The Fib", an old message from Redgrave to The Carver appears. Redgrave, uncharacteristically dressed in a hoodie, urges Carver to reconsider his "offer"; he points out that if the Shattered Hethe, Malek, can help the Persophelums create a universe of its own that houses timelines, "Think about what those scrolls could create – a whole new existence, perhaps."
After finally accepting his role as an Arknza, Azrael Michaelis Winter tracked down Redgrave. Azrael explained his plan to help the Arknza become a united front, so that they could defeat The Carver. Because the Arknza fellowship was hopelessly broken, the only way to do so would be to prevent the chain of events that led to their downfall; however, doing so would require powers that he had yet to master, for which he needed Redgrave's help. Redgrave, who desired a universe not ruled by the Hethe (but didn't necessarily agree with The Carver's side goal of double-crossing them and causing chaos), agreed to help Azrael. The two put aside their differences, and spent the next eternity training together. Azrael discovered that his powers revolved around Time, an aspect of Existence experienced only by non-Hethian beings. After mastering his powers, Azrael used them to travel back to a time long before The Carver's threat of war. The paradox caused by this act created a ripple outside of .Reality, causing the timeline to split into two separate, equally existing universes: Universe A (in which the End Times began), and Universe E (in which they were prevented).
In the original universe, Redgrave returned to helping The Carver as the End Times begin. When the time arrived, the Arknza met The Carver on the field of battle. While the battle commenced, Redgrave awakened the part of Alex Winter that remained unfused as the Hethian Scrolls of Creation; with Alex's consent, Redgrave was allowed to awaken the Scrolls, destroying Alex in the process (but creating a rift of pure Hethian creation power). Redgrave combined .Mainframe with the raw power, and created an unstable entrance outside of Xua (the Hethian realm that contained Universe A). While the entrance worked, it held no gods, so Redgrave went about transferring as many relics as he could obtain while he waited for The Carver to finish his plan.
Following the Battle of the Arknza, De'ebo raised The Carver up to the level of a true Hethe; as this occurred, Redgrave showed up and summoned the .Mainframe core. Carver, absorbing the Hethian power, channeled this new influx into .Mainframe, powering up the Scrolls. Carver exhausted his power, and died as Malek merged with the core, exploding alongside it to create Universe X. The new universe was left godless and untouchable by the Hethe; De'ebo, though enraged, accepted this, and realized that he had been tricked. Proud of Carver and Redgrave for managing to outsmart him, he offered Redgrave a place among the Hethe; Redgrave declined, but asked to be moved over to the new universe, as the old universe had nothing left for him. De'ebo obliged, and Redgrave watched over the formation of the new universe alongside Cedric and Ellpagg (who were now also Hethe), as well as Fab'ras (who had also decided to move over).
After moving over into The Carver's newly-created Universe, Redgrave was initially a mysterious hermit. He dwelt on the outskirts of the Elevrium, spreading relics and writing stories and helping to lay the foundations for a new Dekn empire. Alone, he authored The Core, a book relating the legends of the "Old World" and the creation of the new one. As the humans from the First Seed evolved into horned beings, Redgrave went to them (using the name "Jacques") and helped to civilize them, teaching them survival within the realm. He also taught them how to use their horns to establish a mental connection with the Silulic Horror; this allowed them to access their telekinetic (and telepathic) abilities, and gave the race ts signature powers. Redgrave named these beings the "Dekn", after his own people.
Over time, "Jacques" rose in prominence among the Dekn. Despite being viewed as eccentric, he eventually became the first Emperor of the Dekn. He was the first Dekn to swear Inkaal'siitr, entering into a bond with a Dekn lady named Ama'dina. Together, they produced three sons: Xerinos (who followed in his father's footsteps to become emperor), Idolyn, and Alphos’eli (who founded the first family of the Sanguinal'estiere, taking up his father's old title of Persophelus). Ama'dina was eventually murdered in the first Arkn attack, in retaliation for the Dekn refusing to allow the Arkn to use the Siy Decoder. Reverting to the odd hermit he once was, Jacques retreated to Calat, in the outer regions of the Lathrym, where he remains to this day.
Due to Azrael taking Ellpagg's place in The Infernous, the events of The Knight Shift and Michael's Camera never happened; Redgrave was never called upon to run the Infernous for The Carver, and the Persophelums never targeted Michael Knight. Redgrave continued to watch over .Reality, eventually joining in the war once the Arkn-Dekn conflict reached the human realm.
After the victory of the Arknza and the departure of the Hethe, Redgrave (like all Dekn) was rendered mortal. The war between the Arkn and the Dekn eventually petered out and ended; Redgrave was able to settle down and have a family of his own, and lived a long, happy life. It is unknown who took over control of .Reality after his demise.
Appearance and Personality
Redgrave's natural form is mostly a mystery. He has a deep, slightly reverberating voice. While he presumably has horns, they are never shown on camera (or described). Like most Dekn, he has naturally blood-red eyes; he also has a red Dekn symbol tattoo that occasionally appears around his right eye. While possessing Ellpagg, Redgrave appears as a dark-haired, suave-looking young man with The Knight's human-like appearance; after this incident, he continues to wear The Knight's "Infernous look" whenever he appears on camera.
Redgrave often dresses somewhat formally, regardless of which vessel he is using. In keeping with his "Satan" persona, he typically wears a combination of red and black garments, often appearing in black slacks, a red dress shirt (sometimes with the collar popped), and a black waistcoat. He sometimes accessorizes his outfit with dark sunglasses.
Redgrave readily admits that he isn't the smartest of the Dekn. Despite this, he is highly clever and devious, with a tendency of taking credit for other peoples' work (and a knack for convincing others that said work was his doing all along.) He is rather verbose, and tends to use big words and a varied vocabulary to make himself sound more intelligent. Despite his "Satan" persona, Redgrave is generally more mischievous than malicious, often behaving like an archetypal trickster.
Notes and Trivia
- Redgrave is hinted to have (superficially) inspired the figure of Satan in Christian theology in-universe. Appropriately, he has a connection to an individual named Lucifer Anton (via his ties to The Carver).
- Like all Persophelums, Redgrave (as one of the system's creators) is able to enter .Reality without a vessel.
- Redgrave was originally going to be the ruler of the Infernous (and in fact describes himself as its "Master"). However, after The Carver proved a more popular character, Redgrave's role was downgraded to simply being the assistant ruler of the Infernous (and The Carver's helper).
- Redgrave is the only character (aside from Ellpagg) who is confirmed to be present in all four "universes" (A, E, F, and X).
- Redgrave is an arch-enemy of Azrael Michaelis Winter. While this is partly due to the competition between him and the Persophelums (over who is truly "humanity's savior"), Redgrave in particular earns Azrael's ire because he allows Michael Knight's neighbor to be killed by The Condor (and then prevented Azrael from rescuing her from the Infernous).
- Redgrave's work with Michael Knight (i.e. manipulating Michael into a position where he turns against the Arkn, and eventually becomes obtainable as The Carver's vessel) was most likely done as a deal or favor for Hash'bor'kanibal.
- Redgrave is the only being known to have turned down the offer to be made a Hethe.