|“||Happy endings are the dead lying to themselves as they dream.||”|
— The Hooks Killer
The Hooks Killer is a powerful and mysterious serial killer. He is a very prominent figure in The Reality Branch storyline, the protagonist of HandprintsOfTheDead, and a major antagonist in The Arknverse as a whole.
Nobody knows Hooks's full backstory, save for Hooks himself. While historians believe Hooks to be a copycat of an ancient, murderous English monarch named King Orok, there are many that believe him to be a possessive entity or a timeless creature, moving between the timelines and eras of .Reality. This is backed up throughout time, and even acknowledged by the millennial form of the Hooks Killer, Adam Spirit. (Among other things, Hooks claims to have had a hand in the murderous activities of the original King Orok; he has also claimed to be the notorious wild west outlaw Barnabelt Kinnard, a member of a legendary gang known as The Fearful Four.)
What is known for certain is that Hooks has been proven responsible for countless murders, spanning close to 40 years (and possibly longer) and victims ranging from infants to the elderly (possibly even including his own infant child). Hooks has made his role very prominent throughout the 1970's, up until his disappearance in 2014, and reappearance as Adrian Tamil in 2015. Many of the conspiracy theorists looking into him call this the Incarnation Cycle.
Detectives on the various cases have determined Hooks to be a master of disguise. Many of his crimes are gruesome, and so horrifying in nature that they are kept away from the public eye (though a few are shown in the Case Logs). As a follow up to the 2014 disappearance, it was noted that the Cult of Coolificus Coolage has been known to somewhat worship this creature as one of the Dekn Lords. However, the full truth of Hooks's origin remains a mystery.
During the May 15, 2015 incident, it is revealed that Hooks possesses some kind of otherworldly power and knowledge. This is demonstrated when he performs a magick ritual, which raises the The Carver into the body of Luke Anton. It is strongly hinted that Hooks possessed some part of The Carver in him, and was able to transfer it seamlessly. How he did this, however, is unknown.
Hooks appeared in second tournament of the Fanmade Seven Trials of Habit as Adam Antium Spirit. His goals were to help HABIT keep the rabbits in check by viciously murdering a defector, and others during calls. One of his most notable appearances in the calls involved an argument with Doctor Corenthal over the usefulness and stupidity of the rabbits, which soon turned personal when the Doctor briefly revealed the two were previously toe to toe at one point in the incarnation cycle. In addition, Hooks became inHABITED only once, and the amount of evil and pure power surging in his body was too much, causing his eyes to bleed and HABIT to promptly leave his vessel saying, "THIS BODY IS FUCKING DISGUSTING, AND CRAMPED AS ALL FUCK."
- According to the creator of The Hooks Killer, Hooks acquired his killing skills from the fragment of The Carver that existed within him; his seemingly supernatural abilities were the result of a .Reality glitch, which also allows him to travel throughout the timelines of .Reality (by basically exploiting The Debigrath Effect).