|“||The Dekn communicated, and began to thrive within the large tree. The Dekn existed, and this was not enough for the Hethe. They craved the darkness within the Dekn, and wished to awaken it. The Hethe took half of the existing Dekn, and threw them aside.||”|
The Arkn were the second race of beings brought into existence. The first four Arkn were created by various Hethe (these Hethe being Cre'vial, Leg'Leg, Tum'to, and Gar'sha). From the first four Arkn, the war against The Dekn began, and their entire race grew large.
Their home is The Aethierium, and their current King is Lazarus Del'Phar.
The Arkn were created by the Hethe out of the darkness within the Dekn, in order to rival them. The first few Arkn were Gynesis, Gilgamesh, Abaddon, and Raziel. When the Arkn saw the Dekn within their tree home, they decided they wanted it; they attacked, and took the tree from the Dekn, chasing them from their home. Angered, the Dekn fought back and reclaimed their home. The Hethe granted the Arkn weapons, so that they could fight back: Gynesis received Praevaricator, a mystical staff; Gilgamesh was given Immulsyr, a great hook; and Abaddon was given Dragonier, a bladed cane; the rest of thee Arkn were given swords and the gift of fire. With their newfound weapons, The Arkn burned the tree down and claimed the remaining wood for themselves.
When Humanity was created, The Arkn looked at the Earth and wanted to take that for themselves as well. They began attaching themselves to humans as "Guardians", making them slaves to their will. The Dekn were not pleased with this, and the four more powerful Dekn created an infinite amount of realities, so that the humans can exist without The Arkn. Centuries into the war, Raziel observed the ways of The Arkn and Dekn, and he and the other original Arkn cut their hands and bled into a chalice, which was poured into what was left of the tree. The tree released an energy which came to be known as Magick. Raziel began to master this energy and used it to create two separate realities for The Arkn and Dekn, which later became The Infinitium and The Golden Cities. These two realities were stabilized by the fragmented Hethe, Malek. Gynesis stayed within the shadows and watched the events from afar.
After the damning of Gilgamesh in The Infernous, brought upon by the traitorous Arkn Lord, Hash'bor'kanibal, Uriel (the son of Gilgamesh) stepped forward as The Arkn's King. Abaddon grew jealous of his position, but respected it nonetheless, and went off to become a prestigious Warlord in the Arkn/Dekn wars. Over time, an indecent occurred with the selected Arkn that spent their time watching over humanity. These Arkn were known as "The Watchers". They had fornicated with humans, and to their surprise, the humans gave birth to their children, which were called "Nephilim". Upon learning of this, the Intermediary Council (a council of Arkn and Dekn Lords who represent the different districts within The Golden City and Infinitium, who come together for a short time to discuss matters pertaining to both parties' interests), ordered the children to be slain by Raziel and for each Arkn who had been involved to be exiled or executed. However, rather than killing the children, Raziel went behind the Council's back and worked with one of The Watchers, an Arkn named Asmodeus who had been the second son of Abaddon, to create an alternate reality for the surviving Nephilim. Raziel talked to Asmodeus into receiving help from one of the humanity-preserving Dekn named Vine to keep the children safe and concealed.
Following this incident, The Watchers that were not captured by Raziel and Raphael were executed, while other Arkn were imprisoned into The Infernous by Hash'bor'kanibal. Asmodeus was exiled and wound up becoming a very powerful Dekn Lord. In time, The Arkn Cabinet (hoping to gain more support for the War) decided to make an example to The Arkn that even the best of The Arkn can fall as far as Hash'bor'kanibal. So, The Cabinet called upon King Uriel and offered him to imprison himself in The Infernous and kill Hash'bor'kanibal, but Uriel declined when he told them that he was not about to slay one of his fellow Arkn.
Their next choice was Ellpagg, Son of Uriel, Arkn Knight of Time, Madness, and strangely, Beetles. Unaware of the non-choice selection, Ellpagg believed he volunteered for the task of convincing the Carver to come out, when in actuality, he was selected already by the Arkn Lords who were betraying him. After sending him down to the Infernous, and having his memories stripped, The Lords were interrupted by Uriel who had come to say farewell to Ellpagg (but mistakenly overheard their plan). Outraged, in a fit of sudden fury, Uriel ends up beheading the Arkn Lord Xan'dri'el and is in turn locked away in prison. Following this, Uriel escapes and throws himself into one of the central .Reality cores, killing him and sending him to The Infernous. Ellpagg's torment from within The Infernous was streamed to The Arkn via their Cloud9 broadcast system.
Upon King Uriel's betrayal, Abaddon took Uriel's place as King of the Arkn. Though he was the Third King, he called himself the "Fourth King", out of respect for Ellpagg. Unfortunately, Abaddon's heirs were unable to take his place should anything happen to him: Raphael, The Crusader, had undergone The Bastard's Decay and was cast out by The Arkn as a traitor, and Asmodeus had defected and sided with the Dekn. Despite this, Abaddon continued to rule; he was known as "The Tyrant King", keeping the Arkn in place and the Dekn in line.
Abaddon was later killed in a fight with Persophelus Clubs, and the Arkn Lord Lazarus Del'Phar took his place as The Fourth King of the Arkn.
Powers / Abilities
An Arkn's powers are based off of the use of Magick (or Ma'gick), a concept created by Raziel, and usually their specialties will define what they represent. For example, Raziel created Magick and is the Master among all other Arkn; hence, he is known as the Arknmagus.
However, not all Arkn rely on the use of magick to their advantage. In another example, Raphael learned to fend for himself in the Arkn/Dekn war using mostly weapons, earning his way up toward the point where he is rewarded by being titled "The Crusader".
A list of known magic the Arkn can use are:
- Divinity (Only known by Raziel and those he personally taught)
- Hand (Applies to all forms of Magick)
- Temporal/Time (Used only by Azrael)
More specific spells and castings are part of the separate castes of Magick. An Arkn or Dekn often chooses to specialize in a certain caste of Magick and master it, as mastering multiple castes of Magick is increasingly difficult.
All of the abilities that the Arkn possess are not limitless.
The Arkn are known for being an egotistical species, seeing themselves as above most other races such as Humanity, The Dekn, or The Claisteoln. Their culture is well shown within their home, The Golden Cities.
What sets the Arkn aside from the Dekn is their purpose. They started attaching themselves to humanity in order to get the Dekn in a bind, because a Dekn would not normally go after humans but have to if an Arkn is attached. Some Arkn may see it as protection. While in protection mode, Arkn are spiritually attached to the guarded one, and should harm come to the guarded one, the Arkn itself will be damaged. While the guarded one dying does not kill (in most cases) the Arkn, it severely harms the attached guardian to the point of needing immediate healing or rest.
The power they have seeps into technology such as cameras, phones, and televisions and causes unnatural coloration within captured footage. The coloration tends to also be consistent with individual Arkn. Through this coloration, an Arkn will be shown to have wings arching from their shoulder blades. An Arkn may have some defining trait with their wings/distortion, but this isn't limited to each one. They're also manifested, so Arkn won't consistently have them showing. (In some Arkn cities such as The Paradisium, however, having ones' wings constantly visible is regarded as a sign of beauty.)
Arkn are able to procreate and can do so in many different ways. The primary way of procreation was founded by Gilgamesh and his former wife, Kry'atha. Taking a piece of one's own life force and energy, the Arkn can combine the manifested life force with another Arkn's manifested life force to create a sort of fusion between the two Arkn, in a child's form. In addition to this, two Arkn may go the more humanly traditional route, however it is much more common for them to use the combination of energy to procreate.
Revealed Named Arkn
- Abad'don - The Third Arkn; Third King of the Arkn (Deceased)
Am'bariel Gil'baraskas Para'disi- Arkn Muse of Radiance, Song and Empathy(Removed)
Asmodeus- Dekn Lord of Desires, Deceit, and Nightmares(Removed)
Azazel- Arkn Lord of Power, Superiority, Rule, Madness, Fear, and Darkness(Removed)
- Cele'Ra'Cria - Arkn Intoner of the Heavens, The Abyss, and the Celestial Celebrant (Deceased)
Circe- The Arkn Nomad of Survival(Defected)
- Drak'ulah - Arkn Lord of Self Consciousness
- Exozecht - Arkn Muse of History, Trials, and Ruler of the Sands (Disappeared)
Ellpagg Xeth'i'stral- Arkn Knight of Battle, Madness, and Beetles(Removed)
- Frost - Arkn Baroness of Winter
- Gilga'mesh Xeth'i'stral - The Second Arkn; First King of the Arkn (Deceased)
- Gira'Sek'Terrania - Arkn Muse of the Flightless (Disappeared)
- Gran'dval Gar'etth Darkrage - Arkn Knight of Blood, Steel and Shadow
- Gyne'sis - The First Arkn
Hash'bor'kanibal- Arkn Lord of Power and Truths(Removed)
- Heart Stitch - Arkn of Idioms and Fables
- Helios - Arkn Magesword of Fire, Ash and Stoker of the Eternal Flame
- Ilfanriel / Phobos
- Ishmahab'Raguel'M - Arkn Warrior of Justice and Vengeance (Deceased)
- Japheth'Kah'Iel - The Arkn of Truth, Persuasion, and Interrogation (Disappeared)
- Laz'arus Del'Phar (Deceased)
- Maalformius Darkrage
- Ruhah'zehee'el - Arkn of Knowledge, Magic, Wisdom, and Secrets
Samael- The Arkn of Death(Defected)
- The Historian
Ur'iel- Second King of the Arkn; King of Battle(Removed)
- Valkyrius Thorm - Leader of the Assassins
- Vvieris Koor - Arkn Lord of Vengeance and Steel
- Xetheial (Deceased)
- Xan'dri'el (Deceased)
- Zara'Eth - Arkn Muse of Reprise, Silence and The Final Sound
- Zekiel - Arkn Muse of Dissonance
- Zophiel - Arkn Intoner of Harmony (Deceased)