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- Tally ho. I guess.
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Cyril Sheldrake was originally Squire to Percy Sheldrake, the original Knight, until Percy was killed by his archenemy Springheeled Jack. Following this, Cyril fell into a period of depression and turned to drugs and alcohol, which depleted his fortune. Fortunately, he later came upon Beryl Hutchinson, a poor but kindhearted (not to mention intelligent) commoner who helped to rehabilitate Cyril. After having been completely healed, he assumed the mantle of the second Knight, and made Beryl the third Squire. Sometime after this, they both joined the Ultramarine Corps. He appears not to be on good terms with fellow member Jack O'Lantern.
Adventures with the Ultramarines
Years later, when the Ultramarines' base of Superbia was taken over, the Ultramarines, including the Knight, became brainwashed by the combined efforts of Gorilla Grodd and the Sheeda. This resulted in Grodd attempting to use the Ultramarines to take over the Earth. Fortunately, Beryl managed to escape Grodd's grip and reached out to Batman, who led the efforts to liberate Superbia from Grodd's control. Following that incident, the Justice League banished the Ultramarines, including Knight, to the infant universe of Qwewq, believing that the Ultramarines' own recklessness was to blame for Grodd's rampage just as much as Grodd himself. Later, after the Ultramarines managed to sort out problems in the infant universe, the JLA allowed them to return to Earth.
The Black Glove
After the events of Infinite Crisis, Batman went on a soul-searching journey around the world, seeking to rid himself of years' worth of anger and paranoia. As part of his efforts, the Dark Knight sought to reunite the Batmen of All Nations to which Sir Cyril Sheldrake and his father had belonged years earlier. Knight and Squire were naturally two of the first to sign on. However, the gathering at the groups original island base was all part of an elaborate scheme by an organization called the Black Glove to destroy them all. The members of the group were forced to go through a series of death traps, resulting in the tragic deaths of several of them. Knight and Squire survived the adventure, and their relation ship with Batman and Robin emerged stronger from it.
Battle for the Cowl
Knight and Squire temporarily relocated to Gotham City as members of the Network, a group of heroes whom the Bat-Family trusted to assist them if the need arose, in order to help quell the chaos that had erupted in the wake of Batman's death. Knight mostly worked with Nightwing.
Knight and Squire
The Time in a Bottle pub is the place where both britain's heroes and villains hang out once a month.With all violence stopped by the "Truce magic" the enemies get along quite nicely.Whilst Squire is giving newcomer Shrike a tour the pub and breifing him on its history ,Several objects behind the bar glow ominously.The patrons realise that the truce has been deactivated.Ruthless Skull faced vigilante FaceOff immediately begins opening fire on the villains,attacking knight with a knife when he gets in the way .Realising the merlin statue that keeps the magic activated has been tampered with knight and squire retreat upstairs to find the person responsible.In the room where the statue is kept they find Cornwall boy holding a knife to the throat of his dad ,Captain Cornwall. Angrily stating he is tired of sharing the magic power with his dad who he believes has done very little with the abilities other than "dress up". knight calmly states he not going to harm his father since he's been in the room with him for tens minutes and done nothing but threaten him.Cornwall boy hesitates and the Truce magic is reactivated.The father and son face each other and clearly have a lot to talk about.Downstairs the villains and heroes help clear up the bar and the evil cricketers ,the first eleven ,pay for the damage. Whist Beryl is at the local newsagents in little WordenShire a music themed super villain shows up the purple clad outfit ,The organ grinder.Despite his pet monkey Regaling them with tales of his masters devilry The shop keeper has no time for him and his kind and tells him to go to London with he rest of his type. Back at the house beryl shares with her mother ,Mrs Hutchinson is busy taking in the Clothes from the washing line in the garden(including her daughter's squire outfit)soon an emergency call comes in from Knight .She quickly transforms into her outfit and races to her emergency transport tube to the castle ,hidden in the garden shed.Cyril's computers have detected dark dimensional energy emanating from a small Devonshire village.He wonders if its linked to a series of unsolved thefts of magical items over the last few months.They take there horse shaped bikes to the village of Yeominister Churney and in their civilian guise ask around the Wicker man pub about any Strange goings on.One old Geezer Elijah Snood talks darkly of "morris dancers" and all three are cast out of the pub.Once outside elijah is hit with a club to the head and an army of morris men ambush Beryl and Cyril. Fortunately the fighting skills of the morris men (called Wassail Futtock) are no match for knight and squire. After the victory Elijah lays dying confessing he used to be one of them until Major morris showed up.He began whispering in the ears of the morris group describing a london "full of foreigners and homosexuals",Claiming he knows what to do about it.His plan is to gather magical objects and use their power to turn Britain into a "yesteryear paradise".The ceremony is happening tonight ,Knight uses a strip of cloth ripped from the morris men during the fight to track them down.Feeding it into His bike's (Anastasia)chemical tracking system they race to a circular set of standing stones nearby to infiltrate the intolerant morris men.They beat up two guards and dress as morris men themselves getting closer to the centre of the circler.The magical items reach full power and energy strikes the collective minds of the morris men ,drawing on thier thoughts to create this "perfect Britain" .Nothing happens as squire's presence ,as a female, disrupts the spell completely .Major morris flees using magic leaving behind a twisted version of the union flag ,the black jack, from a "hell dimension Britain" knight and squire have encountered before.Police arrive to arrest the other morris men who go quietly Professor Meriweather of C.O.R. labs (Council for Organised Research) perfects the art of instant human cloning and with a certain "multi dimensional" technique can bring back people with complete memories.Richard the Third is first on the list but he quickly reveals he is as evil and power hungry as Shakespeare portrayed him.Monologuing to no one in particular he reveals his evil plans.He recruits a army of gangsters and clones other despotic kings (giving them genetic enhancements)and attempts a coup.Edward the first head to scotland to be engaged in combat by the professional Scotsman.Charles the First heads west(still missing a head)armed with cybernetic projectile weapons and is held at bay by the heroic Cider-Men.King john and Edward the second attack east to beaten by big mummy and her wrestling and Shrike (abandoning his former status as a villian). Richard and his underworld cronies charge down the motorway towards the capital with knight and squire in there path.Richard send his minions against knight who easily defeats them trying to goad richard himself into combat.Squire meanwhile is in charge of the PR war,Noting their current popularity on social network site Twuntter squire re edits footage of the kings to discredit them and posts the offending videos on ooh tube.Squire happily reports to knight that there's a "mass defriending ahoy"Richard is angry his popular support has ebbed away and knows exactly who's to blame finally drawn into battle he mounts his motor bike and charges knight on the motorway.Quoting Shakespeare as he rides knight punches Richard off his "Steed". His remaining army of criminals are quickly arrested and Squire and shrike meet up outside Buckingham palace ,both seem to shy to ask the other one out until knight intervenes and invites him to the castle next week. Beryl is eagerly looking out across the countryside worrying that Shrike is late or not coming at all.He flies in and they exchange awkward greetings.Meanwhile Cyril and Hank are down in the dungeon attempting to modify the AI of his knight armour to keep it fighting even after knight has been rendered unconscious.He takes a neural imprint of his mind but nothing seem to happen.They abandon the project to go and meet their guest upstairs.Unseen by all the knight suit suddenly activates. Beryl takes Shrike to a sitting room and introduces him to Cyril Sheldrake/knight.Shrike is alarmed they trust him with their secret identities so quickly after meeting him ,but his hosts aren't worried.Especially since they already know shrike's real name and background.Calling him by his given name Dennis Ennis from Colchester seems to anger shrike greatly and he calls beryl a "damn moron". Cyril takes Dennis to the battlements for a quite word ,calmly advising him not to call beryl names or raise his voice again he apologises and they put the matter behind them.Meanwhile back in the dungeon the suit is awake and calls out for beryl looking in a mirror he sees ,to his horror,the suit is empty.Hank discusses matters with beryl she inclined to beat shrike up and send him home .Hank advises a more moderate approach citing his youth and lack of grace under pressure.He also claims there both looking for excuses not to have to deal with their feelings for each other.Shrike is being given the grand tour by Cyril Showing him pictures of his father and himself as the old knight and squire.He tells of his fathers death and how he turned to drink so he wouldn't have to deal with living up to his father's legacy.He recounts how a very young beryl saved him from the gutter and volunteered to be his little sister.He moved into Mrs Hutchinson's house and got cleaned up,since his reckless ways had already cost him the family home and fortune.Beryl and her mom volunteer the use of their garage as his new base of operations and even give him an old run down bike to be his steed. The tour ends back at the sitting room and shrike and beryl immediately argue when they meet.Their foul mouth tirade is interrupted by the knight armour who bursts into the room warning beryl to stay away from the imposter.Believing himself to be the real knight thanks to the mind transfer he attacks the villain that "stole his body"the fight spills over into the transport tube leading to the knight's trophy room.Cyril fights back hard claiming his attacker is him but the bad half, the darkside he must always fight against.He recounts his darkest hour when, heavily in debt, he was ordered by his creditor to commit murder.He instead chose the better angel of his nature and battered Mad Hat Harry.The suit Apparently filled with Cyril's negative thoughts mentions beryls new man and him trying to steal his loved ones away from him.Cyril has no sympathy for his dark halve's self indulgent "twaddle" and keeps fighting him while squire pulls out and electrical cable to shock the suit from behind.But the suit knows squire too well and turns to slap the cable away ,this she reveals was a feint as shrike unleashes his energy powers to disable the suit completely.Shrike is again amazed they trust him enough with the knowledge of how to take down knight armour ,But Cyril isn't worried he a pretty good judge of character.The damaged suit lies in beryl's arms still trying to convince her who he is until it dies,Leaving her to sob.Later tea is finally served in the sitting room sheldrake excuses himself to leave the love birds alone they share a kiss.
Knight was later approached by Batman (Dick Grayson), who asked for his help in locating the last Lazarus Pit in order to bring Bruce Wayne back to life. Knight placed Batman's corpse in the Lazarus Pit before Grayson and Squire's arrival, and he, along with Batwoman, Squire, and Batman, was the first one to see the corpse of Batman (Bruce Wayne) returned to life. However, they soon discover that the corpse was a clone of Batman created by Darkseid during the Final Crisis, and not Batman himself. This copy has a defect, making him mad and impossible to control. Knight & Squire helped Batman and Batwoman to fend off the clone, which eventually escaped.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
- Knight's Armor: Knight wears magical armor which repels swords and light projectiles.
- Anastasia: Knight uses a motorbike styled to look like a horse, which he refers to as "Anastasia."
- 36 Appearances of Cyril Sheldrake (New Earth)
- 14 Images featuring Cyril Sheldrake (New Earth)
- 1 Quotations by or about Cyril Sheldrake (New Earth)
- Character Gallery: Cyril Sheldrake (New Earth)
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