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Sentinels of the Multiverse: K.N.Y.F.E.




Incapacitated - Citizen Dawn is pulling out yellow energy from KNYFE

One-Shot

Amplified Combatant (x3)
KNYFE deals up to 3 targets 1 melee damage and 1 energy damage each.
Art: KNYFE attacking two Proletriat clones;
Flavor-text: "Ach, yer awful. At least failin' means yer playin'!" - KNYFE., Vengeance #4
Energy Burn (x3)
KNYFE deals 1 target 3 energy damage. Then, if that target has 10 or more HP, KNYFE deals it 2 energy damage.
Art: KNYFE impaling a green man;
Flavor-text: "Too close, ye dighted clanker!" - KNYFE, Freedom Five #471
For the Greater Good (x3)
KNYFE deals herself 3 psychic damage. If she takes damage this way, you may draw 1 card, play 1 card, and use 1 power now.
Art: KNYFE impaling Choke;
Flavor-text: "Ye seem like a nice lass. Next time, make good choices." - KNYFE, Vengeance #6
Incidental Contact (x3)
KNYFE deals each target 1 energy damage. KNYFE may deal any target dealt damage this way an additional 1 energy damage.
Art: KNYFE putting her left hand on the ground causing multiple energy blades to come up out of the ground;
Flavor-text: "Bunchin' up for me? This might hurt a wee bit, team." - KNYFE, Freedom Five Annual #30
Wrecking Uppercut (x4)
KNYFE deals 1 target 3 melee damage. Discard the top card of the villain deck.
Art: KNYFE uppercutting Fright Train knocking off the Pilot on his face;
Flavor-text: "Enough with the train haverin', a'right?" - KNYFE, Vengeance #6

Ongoing

Battlefield Experience
Power: KNYFE deals 1 target 2 melee damage and 2 energy damage, then destroy this card.
When this card is destroyed, you may draw 1 card and play 1 card.
Art: KNYFE in camo geat with two others getting ready to attack a camp;
Flavor-text: "Keep formation. No firearms. By the book. Let's go." - KNYFE, Out of Time #1
Primed Punch (x3)
At the start of your turn, KNYFE may deal 1 target 4 melee damage. If she deals damage this way, destroy this card.
Power: KNYFE deals 1 target 1 melee damage and 1 energy damage.
Art: KNYFE with a charged fist about to bust into what appears to be a spaceship;
Flavor-text: "We'll be finishing this, one way or another. I prefer my way!" - KNYFE, Freedom Five #671

Ongoing, Limited

Flawless Execution (x2)
Whenever damage dealt by KNYFE reduces a target to 1 HP, destroy that target.
Art: A silhouette of KNYFE in front of a room with three ninjas incapacitated;
Flavor-text: "Huntly to HQ. Situation: handled. Get me outta here." - KNYFE, Out of Time #5
Inflitrate and Obfuscate (x2)
The first time KNYFE would be dealt damage by an environment target each turn, you may redirect that damage to the villain target with the second highest HP.
Art: KNYFE staring down two men in a FILTER building;
Flavor-text: "Ah'm back! Didja miss me?" - KNYFE, Out of Time #6
Kinetic Neutralizer (x2)
Increase damage dealt by KNYFE to the villain target with the highest HP by 1.
Art: KNYFE engaged in a fight with Major Flay;
Flavor-text: "Ye wanna dance? Pure dead brilliant." - KNYFE, Vengeance #2
Overdo It (x3)
At the start of your turn, you may play a card. At the end of your turn, KNYFE may deal herself 2 psychic damage. If she does not take damage this way, destroy this card.
Art: KNYFE ready to punch the metallic figure she is on top of;
Flavor-text: "And that!" *huff* "is the last" *huff* "we'll see o' ye!" - KNYFE, Freedom Five Annual #29

Equipment,Limited

Focusing Conduit-Blade (x4)
Increase energy damage dealt by KNYFE by 1.
Power: KNYFE deals 1 target 3 energy damage. Destroy this card.
When this card is destroyed, you may play an equipment card.
Art: KNYFE holding an energy blade in her left hand;
Flavor-text: "Sometimes, it's nae correct to cross swords. Most times, it is." - KNYFE, Out of Time #6
Overcharged Null-Shield (x2)
Reduce damage dealt to KNYFE by the villain target with the highest HP by 1.
Power: Draw 2 cards. Destroy this card.
Art: KNYFE holding up an energy shield against a giant fist coming down on it;
Flavor-text: "Oof, yer a big one! I'll thank ye to back off!" - KNYFE, Freedom Five #511
Prototype Servo-Gauntlet (x2)
Increase melee damage dealt by KNYFE by 1.
Power: KNYFE deals 1 target 2 melee damage. If that target is destroyed, you may destroy an Ongoing card.
Art: KNYFE examining the Prototype Servo-Gauntlet on her right arm;
Flavor-text: "First thing she did with it was arm-wrestle Bunker! In the suit!" - Tachyon, Freedom Five #670



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Aliases: Paige Huntly

Age: 34

Height: 5'11"

Weight: 195lbs.
Hair: Auburn

Eye: Green

Birthplace: Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Power Source: Training, Technology, Energy Fluctuation from Unstable Work Environment
Occupation: Adventurer, former Royal Marine, former Field Agent, Rogue

Group: Formerly F.I.L.T.E.R.

Nemesis: Progeny

Nemesis: Sergeant Steel
Nemesis: Choke



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Meta: K.N.Y.F.E.


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Artwork

  • "For the Greater Good" depicts Knyfe stabbing the villain Choke. This would be a key event in Choke's ascension into Chokepoint.
  • Knyfe is found combating villains in several of her cards. Proletariat on "Amplified Combatant", Fright Train on "Wrecking Uppercut", Major Flay on "Kinetic Neutralizer", a Celestial Executioner from The Celestial Tribunal on "Energy Burn", and Choke/Chokepoint on "For the Greater Good".
  • Knyfe's incapacitated art shows Citizen Dawn turning Knyfe's internal light against her, as was mentioned in Letters Page Episode 5 as an example of a hero who would not be able to take on Dawn one-on-one.

Confirmed

Nothing Here Yet

To Other Works

  • Knyfe’s military background and penchant for violence were popular tropes in 90’s comics.
  • Knyfe’s powers, attire, and the intentional misspelling of her name are tropes shared by many popular 90’s comic book characters. The power to manipulate nondescript energy was very common with 90’s superheroes, most notably ones from the now defunct Malibu Publications. Intentionally misspelled names were infamously prevalent at the time thanks to their overuse in the then-popular Image Comics; examples include, but are not limited to:
    • Dreadlox (Marvel)
    • Byrd (Image Comics)
    • Bloodwynd (DC)
  • Knyfe's powers in general are similar to those of Marvel's Psyloche.
  • The green, pointed eared enemy that Knyfe is fighting on “Energy Burn” is the Celestial Executioner, one of the AI's of the Celestial Tribunal.
  • The red-garbed ninjas on “Flawless Execution” somewhat resemble ninjas of The Hand, an evil organization in the Marvel Universe.
  • The scene pictured on “Infiltrate and Obfuscate” is a reference to a similar scene in the film “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.”
  • The surface that Knyfe is standing upon on “Primed Punch” has circle and line designs indicative of comic artist Jack Kirby.
  • The poses of Knyfe and Major Flay on "Kinetic Neutralizer" are a reference to the cover of X-Men #5 which depicts Wolverine fighting Omega Red in similar poses.
  • Knyfe's incapacitated side may be a reference to Marvel's X-Men #25 from 1993, which was itself the fourth entry of the six-part Fatal Attractions crossover. The climax of the issue was a full-page spread depicting the villain Magneto ripping away the adamantium coating from a still-living Wolverine's skeleton. Citizen Dawn and Knyfe are posed like Magneto and Wolverine respectively, with Dawn's light powers taking the place of the adamantium tendrils bursting from Wolverine's skin.

Questions Answered on The Letters Page

  • Notes from Letters Page 21 - K.N.Y.F.E.
    • Progeny fought pretty much everyone, so why is it K.N.Y.F.E. the nemesis? This is a pairing more on K.N.Y.F.E.'s end than on Progeny's. Her story involves it heavily (it's why she left F.I.L.T.E.R., it's why she went into space, her intel is what allowed the body count to be relatively low in Megalopolis, etc.). Fighting space monsters is right in her wheelhouse.
    • Based on the Block's interdimensionality, is our Paige Huntly originally from the main universe/timeline? No. She's from a very similar one, though. The observational mission she was on when she saw Progeny defeat a team of heroes was her timeline.
    • Has she encountered different versions of the heroes out in the multiverse? Yeah, Tempest from her timeline was already mentioned (along with the rest of that team who died) for example.
    • What was the purpose of her F.I.L.T.E.R. spec ops team? Did she work with Sgt. Steel? She mostly fought alien monsters but did fight with Steel on occasion, too, but not regularly.
    • Considering F.I.L.T.E.R. doesn't seem to have an issue with locking up powered individuals, why did they have problems with the information that she brought to them (regarding Progeny)? There's some sinister stuff going on above her pay grade that will get addressed in next week's episode.
    • Was the anomaly that she found Progeny or it just a part of what she discovered that led to her leaving? It was part of a whole.
    • What shape was she in after the Progeny fight? Not as bad as most heroes - "she gave worse than she got".
    • Were there attempts by Sgt. Steel to bring her back before or after Progeny? After, as mentioned.
    • Is there only one Block? Yes.
    • What all happened in Out of Time - is this her whole backstory? This is her backstory, it starts with her gaining powers and ends with her leaving F.I.L.T.E.R. - she becomes a "rogue agent" here, but this isn't where her Rogue Agent variant shows up.
    • The flavor text on the OoT quotes are more coherent than on her other cards, writers having trouble with her accent and/or how thick to make it? Her accent fluctuates based on writers/which book she's in. Since OoT required a lot of storytelling from her point of view (and if she's the main character in other books) they dial it back. Canonically she has a particularly thick Scottish accent (they even note that they're aware that there are a variety of Scottish accents - although they don't mention a specific one for her).
    • What's the deal with her nemesis icon? It's a torn F.I.L.T.E.R. emblem.
    • What's her personal view on aliens? How about people like Captain Cosmic who got their powers from cosmic sources? Robots? Magic users? Initially, when fighting mindless monster beasts she was on-board. Once she starts running into sapient aliens (like Tempest) she reevaluates. She's still wary of non-human entities, but she also spends a lot of time as a space-based hero (as the only human) and this is all part of her character arc.
    • Does K.N.Y.F.E.'s clan/family factor in at all? She's a member of Clan Gordon and no other heroes are, but there is one member who's important to the world of Sentinels [they don't specify who - maybe either Adam or Christopher themselves?].
    • What's the story with her tattoo? Does she keep in touch with her old military contacts? The tattoo is the Clan Gordon emblem. She doesn't have any ties with her old military people - it's been a long time and it's in a different reality.
    • Is she seeing anyone? She's single and not really looking for a relationship, but is open to the occasional dalliance. She'd likely bristle under the idea of a commitment.

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Fireside Chats

  • Suppose K.N.Y.F.E. has Prototype Servo-Gauntlet and Flawless Execution in play. Then K.N.Y.F.E. uses Prototype Servo-Gauntlet to damage a target, reducing it to 1 HP, so Flawless Execution destroys it. She gets to destroy an ongoing card. The same thing can happen with Title: Death-Caller.

Spiff's Clarifications

  • Incidental Contact
    • This card says, "K.N.Y.F.E. Deals each Target 1 Energy Damage. K.N.Y.F.E. may deal any Target dealt Damage this way an additional 1 Energy Damage". This card works in a similar way to Tachyon's "Hypersonic Assault", in that the second sentence isn't meant to be a separate step, it just acts to modify the first sentence. So the proper way to deal with this card is to deal each target 1 energy damage, and each time you do, decide whether or not to deal an additional 1 energy damage before moving on to the next target.[1] However, the "additional 1 energy damage" K.N.Y.F.E. may deal doesn't double the first instance of damage; the first bit of damage and the second bit of damage are separate instances of 1 energy damage each.[2]
  • Infiltrate and Obfuscate
    • This card allows K.N.Y.F.E. to redirect damage to the villain target with the second highest HP. If there is no villain target with the second highest HP (i.e., if there's only one villain target in the game at the moment), then the redirection cannot take place.[3]

Sources


Comic Books: K.N.Y.F.E.

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Paige Huntly is K.N.Y.F.E., the Kinetic Neutralizer Yielding Flawless Execution. As ostentatious as her codename is, it was not at all a stretch by her superiors at FILTER, as it was a later addition to her already impressive resume.

After only half a decade in the Scottish Marines, she was recruited personally by Warden Hoeffle to head up The Block's Special Operations team. Her track record there was as impeccable as the rest of her official - and unofficial - records. However, spending over a decade around the The Block’s occupants and its temporal containment systems irrevocably altered her physiology, which took more of a toll on Huntly than it did most. She spent weeks in the neo-superhuman development wing of the infirmary as energy spikes erupted all over her body. Her recovery time was impressive, yet the power fluctuations managed to deal millions of dollars of damage to the surrounding sick bay, medical equipment, and a few unfortunate members of the medical staff.

The fortnight out of commission only steeled Huntly for more action. She re-entered the field, now armed with not only her highly customized FILTER power-suit which augmented her not-inconsiderable strength, but also an array of close-range energy projection powers. Eager for a challenge, the agent now known as KNYFE began taking assignments in more and more dangerous environs. However, the more assignments she successfully completed, the more she noticed a trend towards certain timelines and realities. An event was on the temporal horizon, and one specific reality seemed to be the crux of that event.

When she brought her concerns to her superiors at FILTER, she was admonished for considering interference. “We don’t mess with timelines ending or beginning: that’s too much trouble,” she was told. This was far from satisfactory, however. Paige Huntly had never been one to sit on the sidelines, and now, she was stronger than ever. Abandoning her post at FILTER, she began her search for the temporal crossroads which drew the lines of the Multiverse closer with each cosmic event.


    • K.N.Y.F.E. is a violent, foul-mouthed, hard-drinkin', bruiser of a character. She goes from zero to punchin' stuff really quickly. K.N.Y.F.E. is a very* '90s character, in case you couldn't tell (apparently early design drafts had her in black leather). Paige Huntly was around for a short while in comics before becoming K.N.Y.F.E. but still in the '90s.
    • She was a Royal Marine (in the 45 Commandos out of Arbroath in Scotland) and served for 5 years before being recruited into F.I.L.T.E.R. by Warden Hoefle. She serves for a further 11 years there, fighting aliens under F.I.L.T.E.R.'s original mandate of defending against extra-terrestrials (the aliens she's dealing with are "monsters" - they're always just a pure threat rather than someone who could be reasoned with and this colors her expectations of aliens in general).
  • Then the Choke event happens (see last episode) - Paige is injured by the weird energies released, but manages to get to Choke and knock her out. She then spends several weeks convalescing (in the new super-human wing since now she has these dangerous energy spikes erupting from her body).
    • Once she's recovered and has trained to control the energy. Now in addition to the already formidable weapons/combat training she's also outfitted with a power-armor/gauntlet and can project these energy spikes at will. She's legitimately scary (just under 6 feet tall and buff even without the new gear) and enjoys getting in fights (at around the 8 minute mark they go into a discussion of how you might like to go have a drink with her, but might with good reason worry that the trip to the bar would end with her getting into a fight as most of her trips do).
    • Also, now she's given her code name and gets sent on even more extreme missions (Kinetic Neutralizer Yielding Flawless Execution - because it's the '90s and you need to have an acronym that misspells something "cool" by including a letter from the tail-end of the alphabet). Now, instead of just being part of a strike team going after a specific alien monster, she's more likely to be sent out on reconnaissance missions to other realities solo. Between things she sees while doing this and the fact that the Block is holding more people, she's starting to think something isn't quite right (also, given her own position as a person with powers herself). When she questions her superiors she's given an explanation that's largely "don't worry about it" (if she's given any response at all).
    • Something in particular she's worried about is that she's seeing a lot of timelines ending and is worried that this is pointing to all timelines ending and the lack of concern shown by F.I.L.T.E.R. is disconcerting.
  • Once, while on one of her observation missions, she watches this large silvery creature just mop the floor with a team of heroes and then obliterate the city they were trying to defend. Later, she and a team are sent to capture an alien terrorist - she catches a glimpse of this alien but recognizes it as one of the heroes that she had seen trying to protect the city. She decides that maybe this alien isn't deserving of her general punch now and don't bother with questions later approach; she sends her team off in some other direction so that she can interact with them. This alien, it turns out, is the main timeline's Tempest (who is very surprised at her sudden, and very tall, appearance - I hadn't paid attention to how short Tempest is at 5'2").
    • They have a discussion where she talks about her job and current mission, and how Tempest is surprised/concerned at being called a "terrorist". As a result of this interaction she decides to leave F.I.L.T.E.R. as it's obvious now that they've been misleading her for a while now. She removes her communications/interdimensional travel gear and helps Tempest escape from her former teammates. This introduces her to the world/readers as a "hero", out to save the multiverse.
    • This all happens pretty quickly; Out of Time being a 6-issue limited series that covers from the end of the Choke event, through her gaining powers, and finally getting involved with the heroes after helping Tempest. This moves pretty quickly into the Vengeance events where she's just a regularly-appearing hero. She's still got this extreme (or X-Treme!!!) '90s reputation (there's some fight with ninjas at some point, but she has a reputation for killing foes rather than just subduing them as other heroes might).
    • She's involved in a later fight against Citizen Dawn when she wonders why the other heroes just let her retreat instead of going after her to taker her down permanently. K.N.Y.F.E. decides to go after Dawn herself, and this goes really poorly for Paige (see her incap art for why this was a bad idea for her, specifically). It also doesn't help that Paige is new at heroics and is used to going after unintelligent monsters and Citizen Dawn is one of the most calculating villains on top of being, just straight up, one of the most powerful beings in the multiverse.
    • Dawn just leaves the injured K.N.Y.F.E. to die of her injuries, but the Scholar shows up and saves her (funny how he generally seems to be at the right place at the right time for this sort of thing - the guys are really looking forward to his episode and expect it to be a "fun one" with a lot of "good revelations"). He does one of his patented heart-to-heart conversations with her, this time remarking that she's this formidable "living weapon" but noting that weapons are always wielded by somebody else.
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Variant: Originally revealed from Wrath of the Cosmos preorder event for 3000 copies preordered.

First Appearance: Cosmic Concurrence #24

Story:

After leaving F.I.L.T.E.R., Paige Huntley sought more information on the cosmic zenith which loomed in the temporal horizon. She knew at least a little of what to look for, and digging into the research and observation files of some of the most brilliant minds and studied researchers brought her closer and closer to the inevitable conclusion: things were going to get worse. Much, much worse. In that time, the hero known as K.N.Y.F.E. had to refit her suit to fit her new goals. She focused on speed and stealth, rather than protection and damage.

As an infiltrator, K.N.Y.F.E. is just as dangerous, but in a different way. And good luck keeping your secrets from her hands - if you have information she wants, she is probably already on her way.

  • She returns to Megalopolis to tell the Freedom Five about Progeny and what she knows from those other timelines (her intel allows a lot of people to get evacuated ahead of time and saved a lot of lives).
    • The Progeny fight is one of the darkest, most grueling fights in the comics, but then at the end his head detaches and flies off into space. Goofy or cool? You decide! Also a call for fan-art showing this to help decide
    • She wants to pursue it into space immediately since she knows that it's bad news and this is a monster fight, her specialty. The heroes want to stay behind to help take care of the damage to Megalopolis, Rook City, etc. She goes to a F.I.L.T.E.R. installation she still knows about on her own and steals a spaceship to pursue Progeny. This goes into another limited series following her exploits in space: Headhunter.
    • She never does catch up to the head, but does stop a bunch of cosmic threats/space monsters before they can get to Earth. She acquires a new set of armor/gear, a new haircut, and a jetpack. A bunch of these are just fun monster-smashing stories, but a lot of groundwork/foreshadowing of OblivAeon happens out here too. Another running thread through all of this, however, is her having to dodge F.I.L.T.E.R. agents sent after her, and in particular her replacement Sergeant Steel (the other Agents in his deck are her old team). This does eventually result in a major showdown between them, which she loses. She's captured and taken back to F.I.L.T.E.R. as a prisoner (see her Rogue Agent incap art for the containment tank that she's put in and her alt-art RA incap for Sgt. Steel dragging her unconscious body).
    • That brings us to OblivAeon - Sky-Scraper and K.N.Y.F.E. had encountered each other previously (K.N.Y.F.E. had been involved in the Bloodsworn Colosseum event - see the "Reckless" title card). At one point, Sky-Scraper breaks into a F.I.L.T.E.R. base and finds the tank Paige is in and breaks her out (stealing a big fancy gun on the way out - the Infinity Cannon - this card was drawn on-stream a while back and they hint that these events are "somewhat playable" in OblivAeon which I take to mean that they're part of the Mission deck). After that she's part of the main fight against OblivAeon and the Scions (see the Aeon Men in her deck, for example). Something is mentioned about her "run in" with the cult of Nixious the Chosen while she was out in space (and Nixious is the "only one left" now).
    • While all this is going on, she overhears some chatter on her earpiece that are coded, but she is able to understand it innately. This is coming from the Wagner Mars Base, so she extricates herself from the general fight and heads there to find that a big chunk of it is serving as a staging ground for a massive assault by a lot of other K.N.Y.F.E.s from other realities (around 30 of them - these are ones who were from reality where she had "drunk the F.I.L.T.E.R. Kool-aid and had been picked by OblivAeon for this strike team). She can't let this happen, and so fights them all - eventually activating the self-destruct sequence and blowing up this portion of the base.


See Related Stories on the OblivAeon Story Arc Page

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  • She died in the explosion at the Wagner Mars Base. However, there is still a K.N.Y.F.E. - but it's the Paige Huntly from this reality. So it's still her, but not the one whose adventures we've been following.
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  • She survives the explosion by escaping on her ship. She is still off in space doing space stuff. She's operating under a different hero name, though (and alongside another hero