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What we found that night... Killed us. What I became that night... Damned us.

The Knight Shift was the second installment into the Arknthology Storyline. It depicts the events that the Arkn Knight Ellpagg went through after being betrayed and damned to The Infernous.

The series served as the introduction to Cloud9 and The Infernous. It can be viewed here.

Story

Background

The story began with the Arkn Lord Xeth'i'stral guarding the lord of Mesopotamia, Gilgamesh; King of Kings. After starting the first of humanity's wars, Xeth'i'stral was confronted by the Dekn Lord Hash'bor'kanibal; the two fought, and Hash'born beheaded Xeth'is'tral, wielding his signature weapon, Immulsier. Using the hook, Hash'bor took the skull of Gilgamesh and fashioned it into a set of knuckle dusters. Departing The Golden Cities, Hash'bor carved out a realm of darkness, which molded itself around the suffering of Xeth'i'stral. This realm was The Infernous, and he became its ruler, under the name The Carver.

Multiple eternities later, the Arkn Lords gathered together and plotted to kill the Carver in his own realm. Expecting to use King Uriel, they were instantly declined when he told them that he was not about to slay a brother, moral or immoral. Unable to depend on Uriel, they find the next best Arkn, the Arkn Knight of Time, Madness, and strangely, Beetles; Ellpagg. Ellpagg proves to have quite the fire in him, already being a good friend of Uriel the Arknangel, and an underling to Raphael, who looked out for him on several occasions. (Unbeknownst to many of the Arkn, Ellpagg was, in actuality, Uriel's son.)

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 Arkn Lords were interrupted by Uriel, who had come to say farewell to Ellpagg (but mistakenly overheard their plan). Outraged, Uriel beheaded the Arkn Lord Xan'dri'el in a fit of sudden fury and was, in turn, locked away in prison. Shortly after this, Uriel escaped and threw himself into one of the central .Reality cores, duplicating himself in a human body in each timeline of .Reality.

The Knight Shift

In the Infernous, Ellpagg is stripped of his memories and put through various torments, alone with his camera. The camera is given 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 personal torments of Ellpagg. An entity known as The Guilted One (Malek) attempts to rescue Ellpagg and bring him to the son of the Hethe, Cedric Kharon. However, his actions end up allowing the Carver to escape, as he mistakenly takes a disguised Carver in Ellpagg's place. Ellpagg is later rescued for real (albeit offscreen), and finds Michael Knight, his supposed vessel. The Carver (who has also taken a human vessel, by the name of Luke Anton) tracks down Michael, shortly after Ellpagg arrives in his timeline, and draws the Knight out of him. After a brief fight, Ellpagg and the Carver have tea, and Ellpagg uses the opportunity to get to know Carver's plans. The Carver tells Ellpagg that the Hethe need to see him in person. However, it turns out to be a trap, and Ellpagg is returned to the Infernous (with his memories of the Carver's plans wiped). The Carver himself is sent back to the Infernous shortly thereafter, after his vessel takes a bullet to the skull (courtesy of the "fallen Hethe", Edgar Kharon).

Now back in the Infernous with the knowledge that he can escape, Ellpagg promises Carver that they will get out together. However, because the Carver now a prisoner of the Infernous (having been sent there not of his own volition, and while bound to a human vessel), it starts to meld to what the Carver fears. This separates Ellpagg and Carver long enough for the Carver to see Ellpagg as a red-eyed monster. Despite being badly beaten, the Carver still manages to defeat the illusion, as Ellpagg wakes up and is attacked by an illusion of a Lurker (who turns out to be the Carver). The Carver beats Ellpagg to the point of near death, and skins his arm; the two engage in a fight, which suddenly leaves the Carver bleeding. Unaware of why this is, Ellpagg finds out that the Carver's human vessel, Luke, is slowly taking over in the Infernous, causing the Carver to be somewhat mortal; hence, the injuries sustained during the fight (while appearing minor) will end up killing him. Ellpagg frantically tries to find a fix to this; learning that the Hethe travel through the Infinity Hallway, he runs up to find them.

As Ellpagg reaches the Hallway, the Carver dies offscreen, and his power transfers to the nearest vessel: Ellpagg. This painfully strips Ellpagg of his Arkn wings, and in turn gives him the power of a Dekn Lord, along with all of his memories (plus the Carver's). This suddenly hits Ellpagg as he learns of the Arkn Lords' plans to not only betray him, but turn him into a Dekn Lord (in order to show the Arkn community that the Dekn have the power to turn even their best warriors to darkness). Enraged, Ellpagg denounces his role as a Dekn Lord and severs all ties with the Arkn, declaring himself to be his own entity -- and, as such, a god.

Ellpagg uses his new, amplified powers over time to awaken the Arknangels, save for Raphael (in which case he instead gives Tobias a note that says, "YOU'RE TAKING THEM WRONG"). In Michael's case, he inserts himself into Michael's second .Reality timeline and poses as his Guardian Arkn (when in reality, Ellpagg is already in his post knight-shift-state and no longer an Arkn). Ellpagg departs (after convincing Michael that the Arkn are not good), just as "Infernous escape era" Knight arrives to face the Carver. Returning back to his time and the Infernous, Knight finds Uriel, now known as Alex Winter, and tears up three pieces of paper that will inevitably lead to his awakening. The papers read: "FIND. AND. RECORD." As this occurs, the Cloud9 stream is shut down, displaying what looks like editing errors as the reason (when in reality, Ellpagg has escaped and is coming for the viewers who watched his torment). After butchering the entirety of Cloud9's viewership, Ellpagg -- now calling himself the "God of Beetles" -- creates the kingdom of Arkaissa, and invites all neutral parties to live there.

Non-Canon Conclusion

In the final installment of The Knight Shift, Micheal Knight is seen reading the Arkncron, the ending of which is seen in text overlay. This ending (intended to play out in various follow-up series, which were ultimately scrapped) explains that following the creation of Arkaissa, Ellpagg allows himself to be arrested by the Arkn and put in the same prison Uriel was. Learning that Uriel escaped, Ellpagg decides to find out what he did, but is instead given the death penalty for his treason against the Arkn. Rather than execution, he is given the chance of joining a suicide squad of Arkn being sent into a newly discovered rift of existence, The Necrodiumadris. Encountering a new being known as a Deedrn (or Deedren as the Arkn refer to them), Ellpagg is nearly killed before being offered a deal by the Deedrn, Indroi Facillis. His deal was to allow Indroi to possess him as he left, seeing as Indroi was unable to leave without a host, in return for being healed and granted more power in case the two ever met up again and he wanted revenge.

Having escaped and parted ways with Indroi, Ellpagg finds Raphael again and offers him a chance to join him in ending the war. Raphael convinces Ellpagg that it is unlikely to happen, but that he could help, to which Ellpagg decides to ponder on his choices for an eon or two. Returning to his home realm in an undisclosed area of existence, Ellpagg went into hiding and has remained there in lore since.