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Michael Joseph Patrick Carpenter[1] is a human male. He is the wielder of Amoracchius. He first appears in Grave Peril.

Description Edit

Michael Carpenter was a Knight of the Cross, a carpenter by trade, and once wielder of Amoracchius. He is married to Charity Carpenter and is the father of Molly Carpenter and several other children. He was very strong. He is a good friend of Harry's .

He has fathered seven children with Charity: Molly, Daniel, Matthew, Alicia, Amanda, Hope, and Harry.

Michael is a devout Catholic and a righteous man, worthy of wielding a Sword of the Cross. He is a very nice and helpful person.

Michael is apparently a descendant of Charlemagne.[2]

He works in close association with Father Forthill at Saint Mary of the Angels. After the events in Changes, he is raising Harry's daughter, Maggie. (ref?)

As a Knight of the Cross, Michael wields holy power. For example, in Grave Peril, when Kelly Hamilton, a Red Court vampire, put her hand on him, it almost instantly burst into white flame.[3] And again, when Mavra touched Michael.[4] He wields the holy blade Amoracchius, the Sword of Love.

He is able to sense where and when his abilities will be needed, often displaying an uncanny ability to show up at times of crisis. Partly for these reasons, Harry calls him the Fist of God. [5]

In Small Favor, due to his using faith magic, he was also able to remove the forced amnesia Mab cast on Harry.[6]

In The Warrior, he seems to have a degree of endurance, as after suffering his injuries he was still able to outfight a military-trained priest. (Side Jobs)

Biography Edit

After recovering from grave wounds in he received in Small Favor, Michael retired as a Knight of the Cross and lives as a carpenter, finally able to live with his family and support them. His home is guarded by several angels in repayment for his services, protecting them from the forces of darkness.

Michael Carpenter killed Siriothrax to rescue his future wife Charity Carpenter who had been offered to the dragon as a sacrifice by cult leader, Gregor.[7]

In the series Edit

Grave PerilEdit

Main article: Grave Peril

In Grave Peril, Michael works with Harry to fight troublemaker ghosts and solve who's behind it to stop them. At the start, they find the ghost of Agatha Hagglethorn killing babies at Cook County Hospital.[8] They follow her into the Nevernever where Michael ends Agatha with his sword, Amoracchius.[9] He and Harry are arrested for disturbing the peace. His wife Charity, who blames it all on Harry, bails him out of jail.[10] The Nightmare abducts Charity taking her to Graceland Cemetery where they fight him and Leanansidhe tricks Harry, taking the Amoracchius.[11] Harry and Michael attend Bianca's Ball where the Sword is given to Mavra who attempt to unmake it by killing Lydia: the blood of an innocent, the vampires attack Susan and they barely escape the burning building.[12] Michael stood watch over Harry while he recovered. He goes into the Nevernever with Harry and Thomas Raith to rescue Susan and Justine; the two guard Ways for Harry to enter Bianca's mansion.[13]

Death MasksEdit

Main article: Death Masks

In Death Masks, Michael makes a dramatic entrance while Shiro and Sanya are fighting the Denarian, Ursiel. He drops from a fire escape platform ten feet, his silver blade flashing and humming with power, beheading the monstrous creature and landing in a crouch on the alley floor—just as it was just about to take a bite out of Harry.[14] Michael ask Harry to get off of the case and leave town.[15]

Proven GuiltyEdit

Main article: Proven Guilty

In Proven Guilty, Michael saved the day for some Wardens, Warden trainees led by Anastasia Luccio, and Senior Council members including: Ebenezar McCoy, Martha Liberty and Listens-to-Wind at Luccio's bootcamp. [16] Later, Michael asks if he's been able find a candidate for wielder of Fidelacchius. He told Harry that The Original Merlin was another of the White Council who once was custodian of one the Swords of the Cross: Amoracchius. He suggested to Harry that he begin researching how Amoracchius was passed on, historically.[17]

Small FavorEdit

Main article: Small Favor

In Small Favor, Gruffs attack his home while he's not there.[18] Harry brought a took he got off of a Denarian to Michael at his home.[19] Michael gave Harry information about the current Denarians in town and he and Harry almost come to blows.[20] He and Harry fight Hobs and Tiny the Gruff at Union Station.[21] After talking to Nicodemus Harry challenges Michael about not trusting him until Michael revealed to him that someone tampered with his mind.[22] Michael  joined Harry in the rescue of Ivy from Demonreach, where he was gravely wounded.[23] He was brought back to Chicago's Stroger Hospital, where he was extensively operated upon.[2]

Skin GameEdit

Main article: Skin Game

Michael was where Dresden went to for comfort in Skin game. Dresden confesses his worry about becoming a monster, as Butters had confessed his worry about Harry becoming more Fae in nature, and that he feels sad about his friends not visiting him during his imprisonment in Demonreach. Michael tells Harry that he has no worries about Harry becoming a monster, and tells him that he is being selfish and arrogant in not remembering the mental trauma that Demonreach gives all of the people who are not the Warden. Michael later temporarily gains Uriel's powers, and takes up Amoracchius again to help Dresden during the heist.

References Edit

  1. Grave Peril, ch. 7
  2. 2.0 2.1 Small Favor, ch. 46
  3. Grave Peril, ch. 25
  4. Grave Peril, ch. 30
  5. Small Favor, ch. 24
  6. Proven Guilty, ch. 34
  7. Proven Guilty, ch. 32
  8. Grave Peril, ch. 2
  9. Grave Peril, ch. 5
  10. Grave Peril, ch. 6
  11. Grave Peril, ch. 21
  12. Grave Peril, ch. 24-30
  13. Grave Peril, ch. 31-32
  14. Death Masks, ch. 06
  15. Death Masks, ch. 07
  16. Proven Guilty, ch. 46
  17. Proven Guilty, ch. 47
  18. Small Favor, ch. 1 and 2
  19. Small Favor, ch. 14
  20. Small Favor, ch. 20
  21. Small Favor, ch. 22
  22. Small Favor, ch. 38
  23. Small Favor, ch. 40-43

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