Born of a mortal woman and the most ancient of demons, Kye Vakurseth the Prince of Pain has lived a long, complicated, and tortured life. Kye resists his demonic corruption with all his might, no matter how badly it tears him apart within, choosing to embrace his human soul. Despite his appearance, size, scars, and prowess in battle, Kye is kind and gentle. But within him lives the dark power of the archdemon Akhoman... and he cannot always resist his true nature.
After escaping the untold horrors of the Underworld, facing the terrors of Nidavellir, and at last reaching the mortal realm, Kye has been distraught to learn that the demons were right: mortals are all inexorably drawn toward sin. Now he struggles to survive among Men who would slay him, calling him the beast and a monster, and rightfully so. But all Kye wants is the impossible - he wants to be human.
But, even if his own eternal and undying darkness is fated to take him someday, Kye will not give in without a fight... and he will never stop trying to conquer it to become a force for good.
At his heart, Kye is virtuous. He struggles constantly with the terrible truth behind who and what he is always howling for him to commit evil, but he bears willpower unheard of in most Men. Kind, gentle, caring, and with a great love for, appreciation for, and fascination with all things peaceful, natural, and beautiful, Kye strives to be as good a person as he can... even if it doesn't always work out.
For all his inner evil and intimidating appearance, Kye is awkward in many respects, often rambling his nerves out. He can be a screw-up and manages to be both agile when focused and clumsy when nervous, in all his tall and long-limbed ungainliness. He strives to understand the way the mortals talk and behave, but he isn't always the best at it. Now and then, he even has rare moments of bravery during which he says something smart-mouthed - and then regrets it, just before running away.
No matter how large, strong, agile, skilled, cunning, or generally powerful Kye is, he has always lived in fear. Nearly everything frightens him to some degree even after all he's seen and been through, and he fears constantly for his life and freedom. Simply put, others call him a coward. He has not yet figured out how to fight this, and in addition to being generally nervous, he often retreats in the face of danger.
Born of a demon and a human, Kye is a cambion: he has the capacity to be good and possesses a true soul of his own, unlike other demons. However, this is a constant struggle for him. His true nature as a demonspawn calls out to him always, urging him to give in to his innermost desires and commit atrocities of all kinds - but especially to reach for his true power and embrace the sin of his bloodline... Pain.
A colored version of Kye with his wings spread, an illustration from Knightfall.
Art by my brother, Saber-Scorpion.
High-detail portrait of Kye Vakurseth.
Art by my brother, Saber-Scorpion.
Kye trapped in a dungeon.
Art by Syberfab.
Sir Thomakos "Tom" Drake is a knight of the Achaean frontier city of Illikon. Together with his close friends and fellow soldiers, he wants only to protect his city and its people from any who would threaten them. But the Achaean Empire to which they swear loyalty is always seeking out new conflicts that put his city in danger.
When Sir Scaevius, Left Hand of the Emperor, arrives in Illikon to recruit Sir Drake to help fight the massing barbarian alliance to the North, Tom has no choice but to obey. But he does not obey without protest, and soon he finds himself fighting not only the barbarians, but his own superiors as well. Meanwhile, strange things begin happening to him. He suffers blackouts, and at night he is plagued by terrifying nightmares. Even worse, he finds himself being stalked by horrific monsters... werewolves. Hated by his superiors, hunted by beasts and assassins, Tom Drake must fight for his home, his life, and even his mind. The events that are about to unfold will change his life, and the world, forever.
Originally released in 2015, now prepare yourself to experience the revised and updated edition of Knightfall before the coming of the second book, Bloodmoon.
The revision will feature many new scenes, edits throughout, updates to better fit in with other stories of the universe, new characters, new arcs, and much more.
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