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Israphel
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As depicted by Joe Chico

Residence

Terrorvale (formerly)
Israphel's Castle (formerly)
The Desert
The Nether

Affiliation

Cult of Israphel

Relatives

Reverend John (father)

First Appearance

Yogcastle Construction Interrupted

Last Appearance

The Hand

Weapon of Choice

Bow and Arrows

Status

Undead

Israphel (a.k.a. The Dark Lord or The Pale-Faced Man) is the antagonist of the Shadow of Israphel series and he is the leader of the Cult of Israphel. He is noticeable for his pale, ghost-like skin, creeper-like mouth, glowing red eyes, and is known for his mysterious antics. He's known to be a bit of a voyeur and a puppet master of sorts, preferring to work his evil from 'the shadows' while keeping a keen eye on Xephos and Honeydew. Throughout the series, his name can be seen in the backgrounds of videos. Although he started out as a small annoyance and a mysterious menace, he has now become something of a grand evil, responsible so far for many horrific acts. He is played by Paul Sykes (or known as Sijn) of the Yogscast.

BackstoryEdit

Israphel's backstory is shrouded in mystery. He was born on January, 1, 1905. On his Facebook page it is said that he once worked for Professor Grizwold. When the professor's experiments went wrong it summoned a creeper, which killed Israphel. He has a grave in the sandstone ruins of Grizwold's lab (his grave calls him Lehparsi, backward for Israphel) and also a grave in the Crypt of Terrorvale and Mistral City Graveyard.

Overlook

Israphel overlooking the Minecraft cast, appearing in the opening of 'Shadow of Israphel: Episode 15'.

He appears to be a ghost-like figure, but it is unknown whether he has always looked like this or exposure to the Desert may have changed him. It is unlikely he has always had this appearance, as his father, Reverend John, was a human. His story also seems to be contradictory, as it was thought that he was the entity that created The Sands, but that was at least a hundred years ago. It is now known that he did not create the Sands, rather that the Sands were made to keep the Sentinels, ancient machines of destruction, imprisoned. Israphel seems to seek to free these monstrosities, and bring Minecraftia under his control. Prior to the events of the story, Israphel kidnapped, and possibly killed, Karpath Peculier's wife and attempted to do so later with Isabel Peculier, although his attempt at possible murder was stopped by Pirate Tinman. It may be that Reverend John was always an undead, and Israphel used him (being a loyal cultist) to hide behind while he stalked Old Peculier. He also supposedly "died" 5 years prior to the series.

It is also possible the Israphel is simply the latest being to be controlled a dark force, related to the Sentinels. The visage Israphel currently holds may simply be the work of that possession. This dark force is presumed to be ancient because of Enoch's cryptic message in The Hand.

Israphel seems to hold a grudge against Verigan Antioch‘s male descendants, his son Karpath, and his grandson Knight Peculier. He has kidnapped, or attempted to kidnap, every female linked with them; first Karpath's wife, then Knight Peculier's love Daisy Duke, and then Karpath's daughter, Isabel Peculier. This may be to side-track and distract them from his efforts, as each has played a role in battling his evil. He also did something similar with Honeydew's love Granny Bacon. And by something similar, we mean that he turned her into a zombie and forced Honeydew to slay his love.

StoryEdit

Israphel Portrait

The Portrait of the Dark Lord Israphel.

Israphel is first known, not as a character, but as a strange player on the server who built the Pyramid, the Mysterious Tree, Stonehenge, the Igloo, and who skillfully rigged the back entrance to the Yogcave with TNT connected to a pressure pad. His first real appearance is in Part 17, when he attacks the pair in the Yogcave, and he gets a slightly bigger role in Part 18, when Honeydew and Xephos try to chase him. He isn't seen again until Part 21, when he again attacks them at the Yogcave, this time leading them to Terrorvale, and Old Peculier, who would coincidentally also go on to become a major character in the series.

It is revealed in Part 26 that he has kidnapped Daisy Duke, and in fact has a fortress underneath Terrorvale, the entrance to it hidden behind his tomb. Despite Lewis and Simon's best efforts, he escapes with the kidnapped Daisy and takes her through a Hellgate in the Cave of Terror that the boys had built earlier, to The Nether. Her fate is yet unknown.

Israphel is not seen in Season 2, but Old Peculier and Skylord Lysander arrive during Part 11 of Survival Island and reveal their plans to stop him.

Israphel vs Xephos

Xephos fighting Israphel in the Desert.

He has a much bigger role in Season 3, (his name being in the subtitle) and is played as a much bigger antagonist. In the very first part, he is revealed to have almost completely destroyed the Yogcave, with only a few bits of it still standing. After this leads the four heroes (Lewis, Simon, Old Peculier and Skylord Lysander) to Mistral City, he is not seen for quite some time, though he continues to command acts of evil. He orders Jock Fireblast to burn down Mistral City in Part 10, framing Lysander in the process according to Part 24, and orders the capture of Granny Bacon, later turning her into a zombie and forcing the two boys to kill her. He also resurrects his father, Reverend John, as an undead, who is also killed. After watching Israphel himself follow Old Peculier (now known as Knight Peculier) into a tunnel, they chase after him. After having a few antics in the Carnivale Del Banjo and gaining a prophecy each from Madame Nubescu, they go to Verigan's Hold, where they read the Tale of the Sands. In Part 15, Israphel gets his first big appearance, as he attacks the trio with a few minions as they try to rebuild The Wall. It is in this appearance where they actually fight, Lewis getting within a few feet of him and attacking him with his sword. After the three of them retreat, he waits at the wall, still damaging it.

His face is spotted briefly by Lewis in what may be a different desert, and they take chase. But a sudden storm hits, and they lose sight of him, however, and instead find a humongous Stone Dragon and a temple, with a tomb that reads "The Tomb of The Dark Pharaoh Lehparsi." Several Yogscast fans noted that Lehparsi is simply Israphel spelled backwards. It is possible the storm was caused by Israphel to escape from the group, especially his old foe Pirate Tinman.

He converted Skylord Vitali to his side, ordering him to kill all the other Skylords, and to bring him the Skyhold to serve as his fortress, and air ship.

His hand can be seen in the events at Stoneholm, as he seems to be the one who made some dwarves disappear, and made King Finbar sicken, then come back to life as a cultist, as well as the one who granted him his dark powers.

It seems his current plan is to awaken the Jade Sentinels, and sacrifice Daisy Duke to them. He seems to be using the Sands in a way they were not intended to be used, and is behind much of the events in the Hand, haunting Enoch inside his dreams, abducting Webley Grizwold, and brainwashing the clones produced there.

At first it was unknown why Israphel made a Facebook page, recently however he has led an attack on multiple Minecraft servers using his many Facebook fans as low-level cult members. Also, please keep in mind that any info he posts to his Facebook may be lies/inaccurate. He is evil.

The Possible FutureEdit

In a vision given to Xephos and Honeydew by Verigan, through the medium of his map, a possible future was shown. In it, Israphel and his followers were victorious, leading an army of Evil Robots, dragons and other dark creatures. The robots had a striking resemblance to Pirate Tinman. In the vision the world resembled the Nether.

MysteryEdit

Much about Israphel is very mysterious. We have conflicting theories and evidence, from both the Shadow of Israphel series, the spin-off series, and his Facebook page. Because of this conflict, little can be said to be certain about his past, his plans, or his intent. 

Character PopularityEdit

In a poll that was held from January to February 2013 on this wiki with all Season 3 characters to choose from, Israphel was placed 9th overall with 114 votes out of 4412 votes.

TriviaEdit

  • Israphel's in-game skin appears to be an albino creeper.
  • Israphel is thought to have possible time-slowing abilities.
  • He was discovered on the Yogiverse Museum server, where a small army of fans chased him down, once cornered he loudly announced "...Shit" He then answered (mainly from the hounding of the Yogscast fans) that when he died "Satan" told him that the world was rightly his and resurrected him. This "Satan" may be truly the Devil, or may be the Evil under the sands. Even though, with this kind of evil backing him up, his threat seems to be much larger than originally anticipated. This may just have been a lie: he's evil, they do know that.
  • Old Peculier somehow did not recognize Israphel, despite the seeing him during the kidnapping of Peculier's mother. Also, if Israphel only become evil after his death 5 years ago, then he could not have kidnapped Peculier's mother. One possible explanation for the kidnapping is the use of time travel via Hellgates.
  • Israphel occasionally appears in the Yogbox modpack, attacking the player with a rain of arrows, a gold sword, and explodes like a Creeper when killed.
  • Israphel is similar to Voldemort from the Harry Potter series. These similarities are wearing black cloaks, a pale bald head, red eyes, being called the Dark Lord and not having a nose.
  • It is believed a small number of traitors operate within Israphel's dark army. Research is being done to confirm or disprove the theory.
  • Israphel is an exceptionally good bowman, as proven in Shadow of Israphel Part 16: A Beacon of Hope
  • When appearing in the 'Yogbox' modpack, it always rains when he spawns.
  • There have been many different statues of him across the Yogscast universe, most famously in Duncan's tekkit series. Duncan and Sjin somehow find time to destroy it while fighting each other. Also a strange temple was found under Duncan's house (by Duncan himself). It is unknown who built it, but it caused Duncan lot of problems, though it eventually came in handy when Duncan put his nuclear reactor inside it.
  • In Sips' and Sjin's Tekkit series in Episode 5 - The First Dungeon they speak about an empty server. Sips_ mentions that they could see a random guy with a white face. This is a reference to Israphel.
  • When Simon and Lewis played Professor Grizwald's maps, in the Redstone Mystery, a mysterious apprentice of Grizwald's was said to have been killed. He is the antagonist of the maps, and has done numerous damage to the world there. The apprentice even managed to cause a goblin rebellion, sparking a possible war, but luckily Simon and Lewis were able to shut the plan down. The mysterious figure could possible be Israphel, or some other dark antagonist.
  • When in Ponyland (Sunshine of Israpony), Israpony is an evil scientist, known to be working with nuclear technology.
  • Though this is presumed to be a joke, Sips and Sjin have stated that he is the brother of Aslan the lion.
  • In Rythian's most recent Q&A it has been confirmed that Israphel is not Teep, but hinted by Zoey to actually be played by Gilbert The Snowman.
  • It was recently confirmed that Israphel is played by Sjin, but Israphel has also been played by others throughout the past, including Hannah for the very first few episodes.
  • His skin can be viewed here.
  • In June 2013, if one were to type Israphel's name into any skin-viewing website or application, his skin would show up as mixed with Xephos's skin. The reason behind this is unknown at the moment.
  • Xephos and Honeydew once had a theory that Israphel was mad at them because they had trespassed onto his land or stolen his treasure from the jumping puzzle pyramid. This theory is forgotten as of now.

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Characters of Shadow of Israphel
Heroes: Honeydew, Xephos
Skylords: Skylord Amber, Skylord Baako, Skylord Finnigan, Skylord Horus, Skylord James, Skylord Jasper, Skylord Lysander, Skylord Valetius, Skylord Vimes, Skylord Vitali
Dwarves: Spacker LeChuck, Kormag Darkforge, Moira Magmabloom, Rory Rockhammer, King Finbar, The Evil Honeydews
Cult of Israphel: Israphel, Zombie Boss, Creeper Boss, Daisy the Cow, Evil Cultist Sheep, Kormag Darkforge, Jock Fireblast, Grimjaw Slugface, Skylord Vitali, Granny Bacon, Reverend John, King Finbar, Bob, Rory Rockhammer, Templar Enoch
Carnivale Del Banjo: Mr Banjo, Madame Nubescu, Strongman Bruno
Terrorvale: Old Peculier, Daisy Duke, Reverend John, Israphel, Bob, Lord Ashbury, Willamena Olbus, Bishop Mendip, Baron Smedlington, Peter Olbus, Lady Ashbury
Mistral City: Skylord Lysander, Skylord Jasper, Granny Bacon, Father Braeburn, Mr Astley, Fumblemore, Mr. Duke, Swampy Bogbeard, Karpath Antioch, Mrs Miggins, Mrs Perrywinkle
Pirates: Jock Fireblast, Angus Eyeless, Grimjaw Slugface, Spacker LeChuck, Isabel Peculier, Pirate Tinman
Shiplords: Honeydew, Xephos, Shiplord Hubert

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