|“||I'm tired. Every time I get somewhere in life, every time... Something is taken away from me.||”|
— Azrael Michaelis Winter
Azrael Michaelis Winter is the ArknAngel of Redemption and Salvation, and the brother of Alex and Elizabeth. He is a minor character in Michael's Camera Season 2, the eventual main protagonist of Michael's Camera Season 3 and Solar's Crimson, and a recurring character in AcryfromWinter.
Due to sharing his vessel with Xerex Storn, Azrael is the only Arknza capable of wielding Temporal Magick, and one of the only beings able to enter the Infernous at will. He is also the oldest of the Arknza, having been hidden away at the beginning of time by Ellpagg after he and Xerex fused.
Michaelis Winter was the youngest child of Marcus and Mary Winter, and the brother of Alex and Elizabeth. He was originally another alternate version of Michael Knight. However, due to Uriel throwing himself into a .Reality engine, his data became glitched, causing him to be born into the Winter family (in multiple timelines) and granting him Hethe-tinged Arkn blood. From an early age, Michaelis and Alex could both hear the voices of the Arkn and the Dekn. Alex, who was highly troubled, claimed he saw visions of monstrous creatures; he often spent time alone in his room, talking to himself. Michaelis once witnessed Alex, normally a calm, quiet boy, fighting a group of boys after he saw them kicking a tree.
When Michaelis was nine, his parents were murdered; Michaelis believed that Alex was responsible. He and his siblings were separated, and he grew up in a foster home, where his name was changed to Michaelis Spades. Michaelis became severely depressed. At one point, he contemplated suicide, attempting to walk into traffic. However, the voice of his Guardian, Ellpagg, instructed him to stop, telling him that he served a greater purpose.
While he grew up without any friends, Michaelis did meet and develop a love interest in a boy named Mark. In time, he started seeing a therapist by the name of Dr. Kestler, who had him start recording logs of his dreams as part of his therapy. Michaelis reclaimed his original surname, Winter, as a means of connecting with his family. At some point in his early life, Michaelis became attached to a being known as Xerex Storn, who intended to use his body as a vessel. Xerex began taking over Michaelis's body, and apparently murdered Mark during one of these sessions (as he had plans for Michaelis, and considered romantic affections to be a distraction).
On the day his timeline underwent its apocalypse, Michaelis allegedly had a confrontation with Alex, who was apparently threatening to kill Elizabeth. What happened next is uncertain; however, it is known that Michaelis and Alex shot at one another, and that at the moment the bullet struck Michaelis their timeline broke. Michaelis found himself in the void outside his broken timeline, where he encountered both Ellpagg and Xerex. Xerex attempted to seize control of Michaelis's body, but Michaelis's data was able to fight back and overcome the being. The two of them did not have a clean convergence, with Xerex being bound to Michaelis's vessel rather than merging with him into a single being.
Ellpagg took Michaelis back to before the beginning of time. He was sequestered in a lighthouse-like tower, where he was left to witness history of the Arkn unfolding (while training and occasionally running missions for Ellpagg). During this time, Ellpagg granted Michaelis the Arkn name Azrael, which had previously belonged to another Arknza. Eventually, Azrael emerged from his tower and began interacting with other beings. He started using his powers to enter the Infernous, freeing the Arkn and Dekn (and some humans) who had overstayed their time in the realm. Azrael developed a rivalry with the Persophelums, who resented him for his connection to humanity (which they saw as their domain).
Azrael was first revealed on the eve of May 15th, taking over the body of Michael Knight. On the day of the event itself, he took the place of Michael in front of The Carver. Claiming to be a "Fallen Hethe", he shot The Carver's vessel, Luke Anton, causing The Carver to be sent back to the Infernous. Shortly after this, Azrael took over Michael briefly, preventing him from killing Gabriel Holden and convincing Gabriel to accept Raziel before departing from him.
Following this, Azrael's next appearance was right after Michael's second .relapse, turning up to rescue Michael from the Infernous (after he was murdered by The Hooks Killer). During this appearance, Azrael revealed himself to be a version of Michael Knight from an alternate reality, and the Arknangel of Redemption and Salvation. He was also revealed to be in possession of a Brosalvic Orb.
After Michael is taken by the Carver as a vessel, Azrael takes the camera and proceeds to attempt to continue what Michael was doing. After failing to hunt down Crow and getting stabbed, he ends up in the Infernous, where he meets Tourguide Michael, a variant of Michael with a rabbit mask (nicknamed "Spooky Michael), and a Michael seemingly glued to the toilet. Afterwards, he encounters The Carver, who proceeds to brutally beat Azrael, ordering him to deliver the message that he is coming back, and nobody will be able to stop him. Afterwards, Azrael is let out and attempts to get Raziel and Uriel's help with the situation, but finds that they are busy.
Later, Azrael learns from Raphael that Tobias has been killed and is in the Infernous. Azrael makes a deal to let Xerex go for good, if he can use his power one last time to go in and save Toby. After going into the Infernous, Azrael encounters Ambriel and pulls her out, but loses the rest of his power when pulling Tobias out because of this. Some time into his imprisonment, Azrael runs into the Carver; he is tortured personally and is broken mentally, with Carver revealing himself to be Deebo incarnate. After the Carver departs, Azrael is so disturbed that he kills Michael Knight (believing him to be possessed by the Carver). Following this, Azrael gets out of the Infernous; After ranting and raving for a bit, he decides to put down Michael's camera and go rescue the Michaels he encountered in the Infernous, starting with the Tourguide. He is last seen summoning a set of armor created from fragments of Ellpagg's clothing (and his own) and walking away.
When we meet Azrael again in Solar's Crimson, he has become trapped in the Infernous. Despite his earlier plans to rescue the deceased Michaels, he has become ensnared (due to a combination of PTSD and the power of the Infernous). He has seemingly forgotten his life as an Arknangel, believing himself to still be the living human Michaelis Winter. Throughout this time, he is haunted by "Spooky Michael".
Battle of the Arknza
When armored, Azrael dresses in a Wild West-style ensemble (a tribute to both Edgar Kharon and King Uriel, who sometimes dressed like a cowboy). This consists of a black vest (sometimes in leather), black dress pants, and a white dress shirt. The vest is buttoned, but the white shirt always seems to be lazily put on, with the buttons partly undone and the collar out of place. In addition to this, Azrael's right arm seems to always be damaged, bandaged, or covered up. Aside from the arm-wear, Azrael often wears the combination of a Lurker's mask and a cowboy hat for unknown reasons when going into battle.
When he's casually dressed, Azrael sports the black and gray hoodie-vest given to him by Marc, a white tee-shirt, and black pants or gray sweatpants. Sometimes, he combines the two looks, wearing the dress pants and waistcoat with the tee-shirt.
|“||I think we both know damn well that I'm a fallen Hethe, right? I mean you're not stupid, right? I mean you're about to be, because normally smart people have brains, which you kinda... Don't anymore.||”|
|“||As shit goes, heres my introduction. I'm you from a more successful timeline. My name is Azrael, and I happen to be the ArknAngel of Redemption and Salvation. I'm not Edgar, I'm not a fallen Hethe, I'm just the you you should have been. But I'm not holding grudges, I'm getting you out of here. You can thank me later||”|
— Azrael meeting Michael Knight.
|“||As far as introductions go, I guess this is a introduction. My Arkn name is Azrael, the Arknangel of Salvation and Redemption, but, y'know, we're human here, right? My human name is Michaelis... So there's that. Hello world, I am Michaelis Winter, and I am going to be using this camera now.||”|
— Azrael to the audience.