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Christopher Keynes
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Japanese Name クリストファー ・ケインズ
Rōmaji Name Kurisutofā Keinzu
Gender Male
Hair Color Blond
Eye Color Green (Human Form)
Red (Incarnate Form)
Height 7'3' ft. (Incarnate Form)
Occupation Soldier (Formerly)
Affiliation Incarnate Soldier Unit (Formerly)
First Appearance
Debut Chapter 6; Episode 1
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Christopher Keynes (クリストファー ・ケインズ , Kurisutofā Keinzu) or Topher (トファー, Tofā)[1] is a Gargoyle Incarnate and member of Incarnate Soldier Unit during the Civil War.


Christopher is a Incarnate with the appearance of said "Gargoyle". He has a stone, scaly skin that covers his muscular body, with a goblin-like skull head with human teeth. He has two wings that come out of his lower back that arch. His claws are sharp and long, using it to slash his victims. He is not one of the biggest Incarnates, height coming in at 7'3'.[2]


Topher was an exceptionally patriotic and proud of his fight for justice, and he was considered an inspiration by many of his fellows. He did not hesitate when fighting battles in the war because he was extremely passionate about justice, firmly believing in siding with the north and fighting against the south, saying "Evil is inevitably conquered!".

When a comrade was in doubt, he gave a rousing speech with strong conviction to stir hope back into their hearts; Hank commenting that there may be nothing "just" or "right" about war, but Topher's words made these bitter man want to believe in it.

As an Incarnate, these beliefs hold true, just with a more twisted execution. He was a believer in Christ and by going back to Whitechurch, it shows he still has sentiment for the place he grew into faith.


  • Flight In his Incarnate form, Topher can use his wings too attack unseen from high in the skies. While he does not posses a large frame, he can strike with enough force to easily kill a single human, and could aim solely for commanders from the sky, a common blind spot for ground forces, instantly decimating the enemy's chain of command.
  • Rocky Skin Although its skin lacks the durability of a real stone stature, it can still server as a camouflage in rocky terrain.[2]



Growing up as an orphan on the streets of the impoverished town of Whitechurch, Topher was forced to steal and lie in order to live from a very early age, and eventually even as a child, he came to the conclusion that his life was utterly meaningless and that he had little point in carrying on living.

When he was at his lowest point, the young Topher was met by a travelling evngelical clergyman, who taught him and many other young boys the ways of the Lord and of love, and so Topher became a born-again Christian. His faith finally brought the purpose and meaning he had craved into his life. Topher said that he "felt a flame light up in his heart" as he heard the Words of God, and he could hardly contain his sorrow when the clergyman left.

Topher continued his mission towards righteousness and doing the Word of God until the civil war began and turned Whitechurch into a bloodbath. As such, Topher joined the Northern side of the war as a soldier, because he felt that the North had the "side of justice". Eventually, he joined the Incarnates program led by Hank, Elaine, and Cain, in n experiment which would permanently change Hank into an incarnate with exceptional strength and abilities to help ensure that the war was won by the North (who at this point were losing).

After a ceasefire was announced, Topher was outraged that so many Southern army were still alive an unpunished, and horrified that the war had ended before he could "execute true justice". Topher tries to tell his comrades to continue fighting, but they began to have doubt and went on their separate ways.

After the war, Gargoyle returned to his hometown of Whitechurch, only to find that all of the citizens were horrified by him ad ran away, thinking of him as a monster. This caused Topher to hide in slums and eventually retreat to the slums' abandoned church. He thinks about turning into stone and accept death, but it would go against the Christ's words.

He found a child in a similar situation to him as a boy who was stealing a woman's purse. Topher tried to talk to the boy and bring him to Christ, saving him from his sins. However, when the boy ran in terror from the gargoyle-creature Topher had become, Topher grabbed him, causing him to slip and smash his head on the concrete, accidently killing him. This incident caused the already conflicted Topher's mind to snap. In that moment, he was simultaneously caught up in the horror of killing someone who could have been just like him and the joy of having erased a sinful person. In that moment, Topher's mind snapped, and he decided that simply living in that city, a den of thieves and murderous, was tantamount to committing sin yourself, or to suicide, also a sin. Declaring himself God's judging hand upon the city, Topher declared to himself that he would wipe out its inhabitants one person at a time.[3]


  1. To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts manga and anime: Chapter 7 and Episode 6
  2. 2.0 2.1 To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts - Sacred Beast Encyclopedia Entries: File no. 5
  3. To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts manga and anime: Chapter 8 and Episode 6

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