Hash'bor'kanibal, better known as The Carver, is a powerful Dekn Lord and Emperor. He was the first Dekn and mortal being brought into existence, and acts as De'ebo's personal avatar. He appears as the main antagonist and supporting character in The Knight Shift, and the Arknthology as a whole.
Origins & Early Years
The Dekn were the first beings created by The Hethe, and Hash'bor'kanibal was the first of them. The prime Hethe, De'ebo, crafted Hash'bor'kanibal specifically to be his vessel and "active player" among mortal beings, and granted him a portion of his powers. Upon his creation, however, Hash'bor learned morality and the difference between right and wrong; he recognized that the Hethe were evil, and that the universe could not truly thrive and evolve while they continued to control and manipulate it. Hash'bor decided to subvert their control; he began formulating a plan to create a new universe where they held no power. In order to keep the Hethe distracted, he allowed all the members of the pantheon to use him as a vessel. He also ensured that the War between the Arkn and Dekn would continue, lending his aid to whichever side happened to be losing.
Hash'bor'kanibal initially lived with the Dekn in the First Tree. The Arkn saw the Dekn and wanted the Tree they lived in. When the Arkn made their first attack on the Tree, Hash'bor'kanibal joined them in secret; the Arkn were victorious, and claimed the Tree. Hash'bor'kanibal got behind behind enemy lines in the midst of the battle, and was revered among the Dekn for doing so. Using Hash'bor's knowledge, the Dekn fought back against the Arkn and reclaimed the Tree. The Arkn were displeased, and took up weapons; this time, they set fire to the Tree, nearly destroying it and leaving the Dekn homeless. Hash'bor may have once again aided the Arkn during this attack, helping to tip the scale in their favor.
Among The Arkn
Hash'bor'kanibal eventually rose up as Emperor of the Dekn. However, he continued using his shapeshifting powers to hide among the Arkn. In the guise of a beautiful Arkn warrior, Hash'bor worked his way up the ranks to become the Arkn Lord of Power and Truths. Around this time, the Hethe Malek departed Xua, the realm of the Hethe. Hash'bor secretly created the Prophecy of the Arknza, which he left to be "discovered" by Raziel. With the help of Malek, Carver archived the Scrolls, then set about creating the players to fulfill the prophecy – with the intention of raising one of them up to be powerful enough to defeat him in battle.
Hash'bor began a relationship with the renowned Arkn warrior, Abaddon, who had been chosen to carry on his legacy through offspring. Together, they created a son: Raphael, the first Arkn to result from procreation. A short time later, they produced a second son (and little brother for Raphael), Asmodeus. Hash'bor was far from finished, however; he was knighted, becoming the favorite warrior (and lover) of the First Arkn King, Gilgamesh Xeth'i'stral. The King apparently became aware of Hash'bor's true nature in time; however, he continued the affair, as he recognized the power and control it granted him.
The Seduction of Kry'atha
Hash'bor'kanibal discovered that Kry'atha, Xeth'i'stral's own partner, was unhappy in their union (due in part to a failed attempt at producing a child). He began seducing her, and the two entered into an affair. While this was going on, Hash'bor passed some of his own Hethian power onto Kry'atha (who, in turn, unwittingly passed it onto her daughter, Ambriel).
The union between Hash'bor and Kry'atha produced an offpring: Eris Storn, the first Arkn/Dekn hybrid. Hash'bor hid this child from Kry'atha, claiming that the procreation had failed. Distressed about the loss, Kry'atha left her sisters and submitted to Hash'bor, trying two more times; these attempts lead to the creation of Xerex and Barith. Soon after Barith was formed, Kry'atha discovered Hash'bor's true identity as Emperor of the Dekn. However, she decided to keep this information to herself for the time being.
Eventually, Gilgamesh became the first Arkn to attach to a Human, becoming the Guardian of the Lord of Mesopotamia; in time, he became seen as a deity in the eyes of humanity. However, despite the power he wielded, Gilgamesh was becoming increasingly paranoid; he feared losing his power and influence, and decided that the war against the Dekn must continue at any cost. He began using Hash'bor as his personal spy and assassin, keeping tabs on his subjects and carrying out covert attacks on Arkn cities (which Gil blamed on a fearful, skeletal Dekn warlord called "The Carver") .
Through his spying, Hash'bor discovered that Raziel had broken his vow of celibacy and produced three children. To make matters worse, Raziel's daughter, Josephine, had created a daughter with Kry'atha. Enraged, Gilgamesh brought his accusations before the Council of Paradisium. When they refused to believe him or take action, Hash'bor'kanibal used his Dekn mental powers to manipulate the Council into convicting Raziel and sentencing his family to death. When Hash'bor went to arrest Josephine, he discovered her infant daughter, Ambriel. However, he decided to spare her life (after letting Gilgamesh name her), and allowed Raziel to leave her in the care of a noble magi family. He then helped Gilgamesh start an Inquisition against the Magi (including the family that had taken in Ambriel, who was placed in the Choir).
To cement "The Carver" as the greatest enemy of the Arkn, and ensure Gilgamesh's control over them, Hash'bor and Gilgamesh concocted a plan. They staged a battle in humanity's realm, under the guise of Hash'bor being envious of Gilgamesh's deification and wanting to "reason with" him. Carver took Gilgamesh's sickle-shaped blade, Imulsyr, as his own weapon. In the midst of the battle, Gilgamesh spoke a word in the Hethian tongue, generating a massive shockwave that destroyed the Seraphim (save for Phobos). In the wake of this destruction, Hash'bor subdued and beheaded Gilgamesh, reverting to his true form and revealing himself to be the Dekn Emperor before the horrified Arkn Council. He proceeded to carve Gilgamesh's skull into a set of knuckle dusters, one of which was attached to Imulsyr (which he named the "Killer of Kings").
Gilgamesh's legend did not end there, however; promptly after on-the-spot leaving the Arkn, Hash'bor – now known as "The Carver" – brought the bones of Gilgamesh to a place of pure darkness and began to construct The Infernous. According to legend, Gilgamesh's fear and agony began to form inself into a source of pure power, which The Carver used to fuel the molding of the Infernous by trapping Gilgamesh forever in this state of agony; Gilgamesh became known to the Dekn as The Heart of the Infernous. (In reality, however, Gilgamesh rested comfortably in his own cell, and was able to come and go as he pleased in the realm.) Once the prison was complete, the Carver allowed Gilgamesh to transfer part of his living legacy into a child before he before he sealed him away; this child, their offspring, was deposited by Carver on the steps of the palace in Elysia, to be raised by Lazarus Del'Phar.
More Offspring and Betrayals
Following his reveal and departure from the Arkn, The Carver nevertheless went on to produce many more offspring with various Arkn. Despite learning of Hash'bor's deception, Kry'atha still loved him; this love (though possibly born through manipulation) led her to forgive him and denounce her ways as an Arkn. This pseudo-defection turned the former Arkn Priestess Kry'atha into Kry'toha: the Dekn Queen of Love and Hatred. Unknown to Kry'toha at the time of her rule's beginning, one last child was to be spawned by her: the only pure child of the Dekn, and the Prince of The Infernous, holding rights to Emperor-ship should its father ever fall.
The Carver may have been involved with the Watchers fornicating with humans, due to the fact he has a Nephilim child. However, it is unknown how his child came to be, and this is debatable. What is known is that The Carver informed the Arkn Cabinet of the Watchers' actions, resulting in both sides hunting down and slaughtering the Nephilim and the Watchers. Only a few of the children (who were sealed away in secret by Raziel) and Watchers survived. One of the surviving Watchers was Asmodeus (the son of Abaddon and brother to Raphael), who became one of The Carver's right-hands.
At an unknown time during the reign of the King Uriel, the son of Gilgamesh, The Carver produced a child with the First Arkn in existence, Gynesis. Their son, Az'uh'ra'el (or Azrael), was one of the original ArknAngels, and went on to become a powerful Arkn Knight, having power on par with the Arkn Lords. Several days after the creation of Azrael, Hash'bor and Abaddon came together once again (with Hash'bor bearing yet another disguise) and produced another child. This time, their union produced a son, whom Abaddon named Raguel; this child was to take its place among the ArknAngels in case its siblings failed to fulfill their destiny.
After The Carver and Kry'toha ruled together for some time, she left his side and went off in secret, only to be seduced once again by him. This time, however, The Carver pretended to be a lowly Dekn counterpart. The two produced their final child: a newly spawned-from-the-cluxious daughter named Jezzebellus, who was soon after dubbed the Princess of the Infernous. Kry'atha did not agree with her child's new rule, and confronted the Carver, only to learn that he had gotten Asmodeus to spread lies to Jezzebellus about her. In the end, Kry'atha was thrown into a deep pit of The Infernous by The Carver, on the request of his manipulated daughter.
Eons after The Carver revealed his true form and betrayed The Arkn, the damnation of King Gilgamesh, the Arkn Cabinet gathered together and proposed an idea to kill The Carver within his own realm. Their initial choice is their King Uriel, the son of Gilgamesh. To their surprise, Uriel declines, claiming he wouldn't kill a fellow Arkn, no matter how corrupt. The Arkn Cabinet moves on to their next choice: Uriel's son, the Arkn Knight of Time, Madness, and strangely, Beetles, Ellpagg.
Ellpagg willingly enters The Infernous, under the ruse of attempting to convince The Carver to rejoin the Arkn. His memories as an Arkn are stripped from him, and he is left vulnerable to the torments that the Infernous and The Carver has waiting for him. Ellapgg is given a camera, which gives a direct feed into Cloud9 for the majority of Ellpagg's eternities as the "audience" of The Knight Shift assumes the roles of the Arkn and Dekn viewing his torments. Soon enough (eight eternities after his torment begins), the Carver reveals himself and begins his personal torments of Ellpagg. This continues until the Fragmented Hethe, Malek seemingly intervenes and rescues Ellpagg.
After this, The Carver takes a break from torturing Ellpagg to visit Cedric Kharon (the son of the Hethe), who is helping a factory crew harvest Tears in The Beyond. Carver initially disguises himself as a cockroach, before revealing himself to Cedric after he realizes ordinary insects can't survive in The Beyond. After threatening Cedric, Carver tears off his arm and temporarily swaps it with Ellpagg's severed arm (which Redgrave cut off during Ellpagg's torment), allowing Ellpagg to receive a double dose of Hethian blood.
Once Cedric receives his mission from Az'uh'ra'el, he journeys to the Drain, hoping to gain entrance to The Infernous. Malek intervenes and delivers Ellpagg to the party, seemingly solving the problem. However, after several days of travelling, Malek turns his gun on "Ellpagg". Much to Cedric's shock, "Ellpagg" reveals himself to be The Carver in disguise. The Carver transforms into his natural skeletal form and attacks the party. They manage to escape; however, this costs the life of Cedric's cricket companion, Scabs.
Shortly after this, The Hooks Killer summons The Carver into the body of a human man named Luke Anton, whom he merges with. This gives The Carver a chance to find the escaped Ellpagg (who has been rescued by Malek for real) at his strongest by locating Michael Knight, who is Ellpagg's guarded human at the time. Thereafter, The Carver uses Luke's body as his natural appearance during his interactions with many beings.
The Carver threatens Michael Knight with a handgun, ordering him to give him the location of Ellpagg. He draws Ellpagg out of Michael, and the two face off briefly before sitting down to have a chat over tea. The Carver informs Ellpagg that the Hethe require his assistance. However, this is revealed to be a trick, and Ellpagg is captured and returned to the Infernous. Later, before the events of May 15th Catastrophe, Michael tears into .Reality and meets up with The Carver. The Carver informs Michael that The Hethe are coming for him. Much to The Carver's surprise, Michael is revealed to be possessed by a "Fallen Hethe" named Edgar Kharon, who shoots The Carver in the head.
Within The Infernous (The Knight Shift: Act II)
The Carver, upon being shot in the head, returns to the Infernous, now a prisoner of the cage he once built. He finds himself in the company of Ellpagg, and the two talk and plan on finding a way to escape the Infernous together. However, because Carver is now a prisoner of the Infernous, it starts to meld to what he fears. Ellpagg and Carver are separated long enough for The Carver to experience his own personal hell, which culminates in a corrupted, red-eyed Ellpagg coming to full power and torturing him. While beaten, The Carver still manages to defeat the illusion.
Upon returning from this hell, The Carver begins attacking Ellpagg, and the two have a violent confrontation, during which they mention the other ArknAngels (and how The Carver is one of them through the body of Lucifer). Carver engages Ellpagg in a fight, during which they mention the other ArknAngels (and how The Carver is one of them, through being bound to the body of Luke). Carver beats Ellpagg to the point of near death and skins his arm, before suddenly being overpowered by a mocking, jeering Ellpagg. Ellpagg briefly departs to contemplate his situation. Upon returning, he finds The Carver bleeding from the wounds he sustained in their fight; Carver explains that his human vessel, Luke, is slowly taking over in the Infernous, making him mortal -- and that he will soon die as a result. Ellpagg departs to seek the help of The Hethe in the Infinity Hallway. The Carver's fate is left unknown afterwards; however, it appears that he dies offscreen, and his power passes into Ellpagg, transforming him into a being that is neither Arkn nor Dekn. After this, Ellpagg finds that the Infernous is empty, signifying that the Carver is no longer present.
Escape from The Infernous (Michael's Camera)
However, this turns out to be an illusion. Not dead, and still within The Infernous, The Carver meets up with Michael Knight again, after Michael is gutted by The Hooks Killer. The two strike up a deal to escape The Infernous: Carver leaves with Michael and the two assassinate Cecil Xeneth, as long as The Carver becomes Michael's guardian. However, The Carver then seemingly betrays Michael, departing on his own and leaving Michael in the Infernous.
Eventually, Michael is broken out of The Infernous by "Edgar" (now revealed to be the ArkAngel Azrael Michaelis Winter). After escaping, Michael is taken over by The Carver, who sends a message to the ArknAngels to warn them of the oncoming war. In the midst of this, Carver informs Michael that he is, in fact, not an ArknAngel. Upon learning this, Michael is distraught. Ellpagg, meanwhile, discovers that The Carver had manipulated others into thinking Michael was an ArknAngel. In reality, Michael has been The Carver's Nephilim son the entire time, bred to be his vessel; The Carver has managed to finally use him as such, due to Michael's agreement on the deal. Ellpagg allows himself to be possessed by a shard of Malek, and goes forth to battle The Carver. However, the Carver manages to escape when he arrives.
|“||Go and tell them that I'm coming.. Go and tell them that I'm here, and show them the evidence.. You're not ready for me. No one is.||”|
— The Carver to Azrael Michaelis Winter.
Upon Michaelis entering The Infernous (due to his death at the hands of Samael Crow), his time there is interrupted by The Carver himself, who proceeds to play Russian roulette with Michaelis. After all the shots are revealed to be empty, Carver uses Imulsyr to gouge Michaelis' eye out, and proceeds to tell him that he intends on going after every being in existence and destroying them all. Michaelis informs him that he and the other ArkAngels will stop him, only for Carver to respond with progressive torment, severely wounding his arm and other body parts. The Carver then casts Michaelis out of the Infernous for him to inform the other ArkAngels, after warning him that no one is truly ready for him.
While Michaelis is left in The Infernous after rescuing Tobias Kestler, he encounters The Carver while examining the first tree. He attempts to fight him, but proceeds to undergo persistent torment by him. The Carver grows infuriated with Michaelis for not learning what he truly is based on his power, and begins to reveal that he is, in fact, the Hethe known as De'ebo. (However, this isn't completely true, as he is actually an avatar or vessel for De'ebo's power). He brands Michaelis with a brand that will burn whenever one of the Hethe comes near. Before leaving again, Carver warns him that the next time he sees Deebo, it wont be in his current form. Paranoid, Michaelis shoots Michael Knight in the face in an attempt to counteract this. Upon realizing what he's done, he breaks down, and The Carver leaves.
The Carver arrives at the Paradisium to face the six ArknAngels. He is accompanied by his army, the damned prisoners of the Infernous. Included among them is Ellpagg, now possessed and controlled by the spirit of Gilgamesh. While Ambriel weaponizes the Paradisium, Carver's army attacks and Raguel is slain, but not before wounding Carver. Azrael and Raziel attempt to converge on Carver, but are cut off by Ellpagg, who kills Raziel when he attempts to reason with him. Raziel's spirit is absorbed by Ellpagg, giving him the strength to break free of Gilgamesh and separate from him. While Ellpagg and Azrael are fighting Gilgamesh, The Carver fights Uriel and Raphael, who are defending Ambriel as she weaponizes the city. Gilgamesh is slain, and Azrael is mortally wounded in the process; Azrael tells Ellpagg that he is at peace and wants to die a hero, and offers up his power to him. Ellpagg accepts and kills Azrael, absorbing his Hethian-blooded power.
Uriel and Raphael manage to hold off Carver surprisingly well, until Clubs shows up with his own skeletal army, courtesy of reviving the dead data of the armies from .Reality. With an impossibly huge army, Clubs is able to fight off the two as The Carver exits, going after Ambriel. Raphael attacks Clubs and fights him, cutting off his arm; as he prepares to deal the fatal blow, Carver re-appears and stabs Raphael in the back at the last minute, seemingly killing him. Uriel shows up (having escaped Clubs's army), and he and Carver battle, while an assistant of Clubs shows up and heals his arm. Uriel fights Carver to the last breath, but The Carver ultimately defeats him. Before he dies, Uriel uses the last of his power to seal the gates of the city, protecting Ambriel as she finishes weaponizing it. Ambriel sacrifices herself into the city's core, awakening it with her own Hethian blood, and battles The Carver and both armies. Carver and Clubs retreat as their armies are attacked, 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 Ellpagg and the now fully-powered Carver battle, while Ambriel and the city destroy the army behind them. As the army is defeated, Ambriel's essence dies, 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 air-born 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 (one of the guardians of the Paradisium) rises out of the sea; it fights the dragon beast as another Guardian, a Stag, shows up and heals Ellpagg. Confused and enraged, Carver goes to attack the Stag, but is interrupted when another guardian shows up: Gilgamesh's personal summons, a golden winged lion. It attacks Carver and fuses with Ellpagg, as the other Guardians follow suit. Now at Hethian level, Ellpagg strikes down Carver with a stab through his chest, but succumbs to the massive power outburst and dies.
The Carver's Legacy
Malek, Cedric and The Jester show up as The Carver is mortally wounded. As Carver appears to die, the sky splits open and De'ebo appears. Impressed at the fight, but annoyed by The Carver's death, De'ebo revives Carver at full power and commands him to kill the trio, promising him that will be granted the true power of the Hethe. De'ebo possesses Carver and fights the three. During this fight, Malek is able to connect with Carver's consciousness, and the plan is explained. Malek understands, and drops his weapon. As he does this, De'ebo-Carver stabs him in the chest, causing him to become pure energy and absorbing him into his weapon. Cedric and Jester tag team De'ebo and fight him off, but the fight is cut short when De'ebo stops it, splitting from Carver. De'ebo congratulates them on actually being able to fight him, and in return, asks Cedric is he wants to join him. Cedric agrees, under the condition that Ellpagg is revived, which he is.
As De'ebo grants the Hethian status to Carver, Redgrave shows up and summons the .Mainframe core. Carver, absorbing the Hethian power, uses this new influx to channel it into .Mainframe, powering up the Hethian Scrolls (much to De'ebo's dismay). As he does this, he exhausts all the remaining power he has, and is consumed by the flow, destroying himself in the process as .Mainframe is powered and unleashed. While this happens, Carver's former weapon is revealed to have been an Arkn Trap, with Malek possessing it to fake his own destruction; Malek emerges and merges with the .Mainframe core (and the Scrolls), unleashing his raw Hethian power of creation, which explodes into a new universe outside of their own.
De'ebo attempts to destroy the new universe, but fails, as he isn't the creator of the new universe: Carver is. With The Carver's existence obliterated, the newly created universe is left godless and untouchable by the Hethe. This is revealed to have been The Carver's ultimate plan: to trick De'ebo into giving him the power to create a new universe that the Hethe had no power over. This universe, Universe X, is the Carver's legacy.
|“||I'll shove my 13 billion light year cock they call the Epsillian Quasar into the lineage you call the sun.||”|
— The Carver
As the avatar of De'ebo, The Carver's power seems to be unmatched by almost any mortal being (such that even before he revealed his identity, a few Arkn and other beings, including Malek and Cedric, strongly suspected his Hethian roots). His Hethian power is equal in strength to Raziel's (possibly even greater); however, while Raziel used his power to craft realms, the Carver transferred his into the ArknAngels, giving each their own measure of Hethian power.
The Carver possesses all of the usual mental powers of a Dekn (telepathy, telekinesis, etc). He is one of only two beings capable of absolute possession (the other being Malek). In addition to this, he seems to be able to use magick, an ability normally reserved for the Arkn; notably, he's one of the only known beings who can use Shading, a form of Chaos Magick that allows for self-duplication. He is also a master of torture, and has the rare ability to inflict immense physical pain and suffering in others with a mere finger snap (possibly as a form of Hand Magick).
One of The Carver's most remarkable abilities is his shapeshifting. He is seemingly able to take on any form or disguise; however, he normally uses this power to induce fear in others. He has the uncanny ability to appear as whatever causes the torment, pain and suffering in his victims – generally disturbing things, beings which cause intimidation, or personal psychological fears (including the unknown and even the impossible). Combining this with his torture skills and abilities, The Carver can drive nearly any being to insanity, dragging out their every personal fear and horror and playing upon them.
Appearance & Personality
Due to his nature, the Carver can appear in an infinite variety of forms, depending on who sees him and what he wishes for them to behold (or, in some cases, what they're capable of comprehending). To Cedric Kharon, Carver appears as a tall, red, skeletal creature bearing many scars in the shape of animals on its bony body; when he utilizes one of the various animal's traits (the default being a bull's horn and a snake's tongue), the scars will bleed, yet cause no visible harm to The Carver. During Ellpagg's torments, Carver appears mainly as his human "friend" Ed; however, he changes this up and shows himself as a multi-armed, red-skinned, demonic creature during one of Knight's sanity attacks. Michael Knight sees The Carver as Luke Anton; however, the two have never met (nor are they from the same timeline), so there is no recognition factor (thought Michael was revealed to be The Carver's Nephilim son).
The Carver's personality appears to change accordingly, with his mood varying based on the vessel he's using (as well as who he's dealing with). In Cedric's logs, Cedric describes The Carver as a malicious, but stalking entity who appears in a purely unsettling manner: staying away from the action, choosing to watch from the sidelines and smile, only rarely jumping in to attack directly. Luke's personality, for example, more fun and outgoing (so as appear as less of a threat to Michael). By contrast, during Knight's encounter, The Carver is a much more flamboyant creature, and takes on the form of a former friend, Ed. Laughing, joking, and using quips, Knight has a totally different experience with Carver (to the point of the Carver even being friendly towards him).