The boy who would become KM-15 was taken as a child from his family to serve the Knights of Meyer. Indeed, KM-15 had been too young to even remember who his family was. The child received the designation KM-15 and was made a Knight of Meyer, a military junta that continued the ideals of the fallen NoHeads in the decades after the Second Cold War. KM-15 served under Captain Photon and, as a cadet, alongside fellow troopers KM-29, KM-3, and KM-8. KM-15 was seen by his comrades and superiors as an ideal Knight of Meyer, and consistently scored top marks as a cadet.
Under the Knights of MeyerEdit
Attack on the Team of Terror Edit
During his time as a cadet, KM-15 and his fellow troopers underwent a training simulation in which they assaulted a Team of Terror bunker, with the intention of destroying a heavy cannon manned by Team of Terror members. During their advance on the bunker, KM-8 fell behind — a common occurrence — and KM-15 intended to rescue him. Over the objections of KM-3 and KM-29, who wanted to complete their objective and felt that rescuing KM-8 would lead the Team of Terror to take them all out, KM-15 insisted they rescue their fellow soldier. KM-15 sent KM-3 and KM-27 in different directions in order to divide the Terror Team's attention, while KM-15 himself went for KM-8 and successfully rescued him. Though KM-29 and KM-3 were pinned down, their diversion gave KM-15 a clear path into the Team of Terror bunker, into which he threw a grenade and destroyed the cannon before the Team of Terror could react to his attack.
The simulation was monitored by Captain Photon and George. After the training session ended, Photon spoke to the troopers and told them that their performance was adequate. Each was given a review of their performance, with KM-15 being commended on his kill rate and the completion of his objective. She further said that his fellow soldiers should follow his example. The other troopers were dismissed, but KM-15 was ordered to stay so Photon could question why he rescued KM-8, as it was not the first time KM-15 had to help him. Photon ordered him to stop, as she said the Knights of Meyer were only as strong as its weakest link. Rather than fixing the problem, Photon said he was allowing it to persist and weaken the group. Photon sensed hesitation on his part, but he assured her that he would stop helping KM-8.
Mission to the Colony Edit
Following this incident, KM-15 and his fellow troopers were deployed to a mining colony in a field. Captain Photon informed the Knights of Meyer there that the purpose of their visit was to 'restore order' after Team of Terror agents had allegedly infiltrated the mining operations, sabotaged equipment and created dissent among the miners there. In reality, the miners had staged a strike to protest the harsh working conditions. Upon arrival, Captain Photon took KM-15's unit to a room of negotiators. Captain Photon then gave the order that the troopers execute the negotiators. KM-15 aimed his rifle at a negotiator, yet couldn't bring himself to shoot — KM-8 attacked the negotiator instead. Upon returning from the mining colony, KM-15 and his fellow troopers were officially recognized as full-fledged Knights of Meyer. Captain Photon decided that KM-15 ought to be deployed in an upcoming battle in Palmyra, thinking that he would understand what it meant to be a Knight of Meyer and fight back when brought face-to-face with those attacking him back.
Deserting from the Knights of MeyerEdit
Attack on PalmyraEdit
After KM-15 was deployed, he and his fellow troopers were sent on a mission to the city of Palmyra, where a man named Eegan Grover allegedly held part of the Map of Light. KM-15 was deployed from the Dark Flame's personal cruiser Defilement, along with four elite squadrons of Knights, to the aforementioned city. The Knights of Meyer assaulted the city where the man was in hiding. This incident affected the Knight deeply, and when ordered by the Dark Flame to kill the townspeople, he refused to fire.
Returning to the Defilement, KM-15 felt significant stress from the mission, and Captain Photon noticed his distress. She told him to submit his gun to be checked, making sure he fired a shot. Knowing he would be re-evaluated and discovered for not firing on the townspeople, and with his faith severely shaken in the Knights of Meyer, he decided to desert. He freed the captured Jason Grover from his cell, and the two stole a skyfighter. KM-15 manned the guns, killing several of his former comrades in the hangar, and then disabling the Defilement's turbolasers.
Passage To North KoreaEdit
After the escape, KM-15 brought Jason Grover home to his terrified sisters, whose names were Sue and Britney. The two girls were then introduced to KM-15. KM-15 seemed to take a special shine to Britney, who he described as "charming." Knowing he needed to return the map to Master Intelligence, Jason resorted to stowing on board a plane to fly to North Korea, where Master Intelligence was. Jason agreed that KM-15 could join him, and although he was initially reluctant to allow Sue and Britney to join along, after some discussion with Britney, he allowed it. Together, all four of them sneaked through the airport and hid behind a service desk. Here, KM-15 said he would have to leave them. Jason asked why KM-15 would stay in New York City where he would be unveiled and surely killed, instead of fleeing to Asia with them. In response, KM-15 said the Dark Flame would undoubtedly send a group of Knights to track him, and he would rather die than see the deaths of more innocent people the Knights of Meyer would surely tear down while searching for him. Jason accepted this, and with his sisters, he proceeded to stow away aboard an airplane.
Around the time of the quartet's passage into the airport, the Dark Flame learned of KM-15's involvement. When KM-15 returned, he was immediately intercepted by KM-29. KM-15 drew his riot baton to counter that of his former friend, and they both engaged in a duel. He was unable to defeat KM-29, who captured KM-15 and brought him to the Dark Flame. Through his ability to see visions, Master Intelligence witnessed the Dark Flame torturing KM-15 for his disloyalty by subjecting him to electric attacks. Only after extracting the last exquisite ounce of agony, only when KM-15 was literally begging for death, would the Dark Flame finally kill him. Although KM-15 failed to finish the mission, Jason, Britney, and Sue would successfully dismount into North Korea and give the device to Master Intelligence, rendering it inaccessible to the Dark Flame.
During his time with the Knights of Meyer, KM-15 wore the standard-issue armor. Curiously, he was wearing a jacket and green T-shirt when Master Intelligence witnessed the former's demise in a vision. This may have been a color alliteration to Master Intelligence's mind, and not KM-15's actual clothing at the time.
Personality and traitsEdit
While in service to the Knights of Meyer, KM-15 was seen by his training cadre and his fellow soldiers as one of the best Knights of Meyer that the organization had to offer. His instructors saw him as loyal to the Knights of Meyer, as well as dutiful, brave, intelligent, and possessing the strength necessary to be a great Knight. KM-15 was trained to believe that the Team of Terror was depraved and that the Knights of Meyer were necessary to bring law to a lawless nation, and everything he had seen of the world was filtered through his training; the Knights of Meyer showed him only what they wanted him to see, but he did not doubt its truth. Nonetheless, though as a cadet he was eager to be deployed and see the world so he could serve the Knights of Meyer and the Dark Flame, he was plagued by doubt. That doubt came to a head in Palmyra, when he refused to fire on the townspeople and deserted from the Knights of Meyer.
Despite his training and education by the Knights of Meyer, KM-15 had a good heart and empathy for others. While deployed on Palmyra, he refused to fire on unarmed Muggles. This event, couped with the fact that KM-8 never returned to quarters, shook his belief in the Knights of Meyer, inspiring him to desert and free Jason Grover, and eventually help Jason and his siblings and side with the Team of Terror. KM-15 was also protective of those he cared about. He risked jeopardizing a training mission in order to save KM-8, and he was especially determined to ensure nothing happened to Britney Grover during the airport passage.
Talents and abilitiesEdit
As a Knight of Meyer, KM-15 consistently scored top marks in his training and was seen as someone who could become an ideal Knight. His Knight of Meyer training made him an effective marksman with a high kill rate. He was able to hold his own against a Knight with a riot baton, and despite being defeated, managed to inflict a shoulder wound on the more experienced trooper.
The Dark Flame Edit
KM-15 initially served the Dark Flame loyally, but he ultimately decided he was unwilling to slaughter innocents in the name of his Master. It is unknown how the Dark Flame felt about KM-15 prior, but the two became enemies after the Knight turned against him. The Dark Flame murdered him without pity for his insubordination.
Behind the scenesEdit
Curiously, KM-15 was wearing a jacket and green T-shirt when Master Intelligence witnessed the former's demise in a vision. This may have been a color alliteration to Master Intelligence's mind, and not KM-15's actual clothing at the time.
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