|“||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
Persophelus Redgrave, now known as Jacques Redgrave, is a supporting character in The Knight Shift and Michael's Camera, as well as in The Arknthology as a whole. He was the Dekn Lord of Humanity and Reality in Universe A, and was notable for being the architect of The Nexiumadris and the right-hand man of The Carver. After the fall of The Carver, he resided over the Dekn as their Emperor.
Redgrave (originally known as Re'du'gravus) was the son of Harbinger, the third Dekn created by the Hethe. Little is known about his conception, or who his He grew up in the Nexellium among 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 lackey. After the destruction of the Nexellium, he implemented Malek's ideas and spearheaded the creation of .Reality (along with the other Persophelums). With the help of The Carver (who was not only Redgrave's boss, but his friend), they were able to transfer the lost souls from 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, The Carver told Redgrave about his plan to create a Hethe-free universe, using the Hethian Scrolls of Creation. Thus, Redgrave set about creating a new beta .Reality, known as .Mainframe.
Redgrave appears after Ellpagg attempts to escape from The Infernous. Calling himself "Satan", he possesses Ellpagg and punishes him by sawing off his arm with a plastic fairy wand (which contains a piece of the Reality Root). Redgrave tries to whistle while he works; finding his mouth too dry, he makes Ellpagg's mouth bleed (either by cutting his lip open or pulling out a tooth) so he can "wet [his] whistle with blood".
Through Dr. Ellis' pills, Michael Knight is attached to a random Guardian – in this instance, Redgrave. Taking control of Michael's body, Redgrave prevents Michael from saving a neighbor girl from being taken by a rogue Skethe called the Condor (to supposedly help him get used to "losing"), and explains to Michael the nature of the Condor and .Reality. He instructs Michael to find the other ArknAngels and kill them, then uploads the video to Michael's YouTube channel.
Redgrave abandons Michael to avoid risk of The Debigrath Effect, as Ellpagg appears and shoves Michael into another timeline. However, through his machinations (and the later actions of Samael Crow), Redgrave sets off the chain of events that lead Michael to be obtainable as a Guarded Human by The Carver. This was most likely done as a deal or favor for Hash'bor.
After finally accepting his role as an Arknza, Azrael Michaelis Winter tracks down Redgrave. Azrael explains his plan to help the Arknza become a united front, so that they can defeat The Carver; Redgrave, who desires to see a universe not ruled by the Hethe (but doesn't necessarily agree with The Carver's side goal of double-crossing them and causing chaos), agrees to help Azrael. The two put aside their differences, and spend the next eternity training together. Azrael discovers that his powers revolve around Time, an aspect of Existence thus far experienced only by non-Hethian beings. After mastering his powers, Azrael uses them to travel back to a time long before The Carver's threat of war; this act causes a ripple in time outside .Reality, altering the fabric of reality and causing the timeline to split into two separate, equally existing universes: Universe A (in which the End Times begin), and Universe E, in which they are prevented.
The Battle of the Arknza
In the original universe, The End Times begin, and the Arknza meet The Carver on the field of battle. While the battle commences, Redgrave awakens the part of Alex Winter that remains unfused as the Hethian Scrolls of Creation. With Alex's consent, Redgrave is allowed to awaken the Scrolls, destroying Alex in the process but creating a rift of raw, pure Hethian creation power. From here, Redgrave combines .Mainframe with the raw power and creates an unstable entrance outside of Xua (the Hethian realm that contains Universe A). While the entrance works, it holds no gods, so Redgrave goes about transferring as many relics as he can obtain while he waits for Carver to finish his plan.
Following the Battle of the Arknza, as De'ebo grants the Carver Hethian power, Redgrave shows up and summons the .Mainframe core. Carver, absorbing the Hethian power, channels this new influx into .Mainframe, powering up the Hethian Scrolls (much to De'ebo's dismay). Carver exhausts his Hethian power, dying as Malek merges with the core, exploding alongside it in order to create Universe X. The new universe is left godless and untouchable by the Hethe; De'ebo accepts this, and realizes he was tricked. Proud of Carver and Redgrave for actually managing to outsmart him, he offers Redgrave a place among the Hethe that will be tasked with watching over Universe X. Redgrave declines, but asks to be moved there, as the old universe has nothing left for him. De'ebo obliges and moves Redgrave over to the new Universe, where he watches over its formation alongside Cedric and Ellpagg (who are now Hethe), as well as Fab'ras (who has also decided to move over).
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. 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 civilize them, teaching them how to survive 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. Redgrave was responsible for naming these beings, calling them the "Dekn" (after his own race). Over time, "Jacques" rose in prominence among the Dekn. Despite being viewed as eccentric (and even a bit odd), he eventually became the first Emperor. He was the first Dekn to swear Inkaal'siitr, entering into a bond with his beloved Ama'dina. Together, they produced three sons: Xerinos (who followed in his father's footsteps, becoming emperor of the Dekn), 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, a sub-realm in the outer regions of the Lathrym.
Due to Azrael taking Ellpagg's place in The Infernous, Redgrave is never called upon to run The Infernous for The Carver, and The Persophelums never target Michael Knight. Redgrave continues watching over .Reality, eventually joining in the war once the Arkn-Dekn conflict reaches the human realm. With the victory of the Arknza and the departure of the Hethe, the universe is left godless, and war eventually peters out and ends. Now mortal, Redgrave is able to settle down and have a family of his own, and lives a long, happy life.
Appearance & Personality
Redgrave appears as a dark-haired, suave-looking young man. After possessing Ellpagg during his torment in the Infernous, he continues to wear his appearance from that point on whenever he appears on camera. Like many Dekn, his natural form possesses blood-red eyes and a deep, slightly reverberating voice. He typically dresses somewhat formally; in keeping with his "Satan" persona, he often appears in black slacks, a red dress shirt (sometimes with the collar popped), and a black waistcoat.
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, using big words and a varied vocabulary to make himself sound more intelligent than he really is. Despite his "Satan" persona, Redgrave is generally more mischievous than malicious, often behaving like an archetypal trickster.
- Redgrave is hinted to have (at least superficially) inspired the figure of Satan in Christian theology in-universe.
- Appropriately, he has a connection to Lucifer Anton (via The Carver).
- Redgrave is the only being known to have turned down the offer to be made a Hethe (in the conclusion to Universe A).
- He is also the only Dekn known to have ruled as an Emperor in both the Old and New World.