Gabriel Maxberry, known publicly as King, was the original leader of the Slaughterhouse Nine.


King was described as a broad-shouldered blond man. He was half a foot taller than Jack Slash.[2]

Personality Edit

King would call his protege by his first name, Jacob, practically purring the word. He considered Jacob a "killer-in-training".[3] Weaver believed that he was one of the few Nine members who would immediately report cheating to his superior, rather than seeing it as fun.[4]

Bonesaw's clones of King, based on historical accounts, weren't embarrassed by nudity. They were unaware that Jack had been the one to kill them.[2]

Abilities and PowersEdit

King's power took any physical harm he suffered and transferred it among people he'd touched within the last twenty-four hours.[5]

This power made him immune to the effects of Gray Boy's ability which is how he was able to get a hold of him.[6] However, it was unable to protect him from Foil's charged shots.[7]

He also possessed enhanced strength and durability.[5]



It's possible that King was a star athlete who turned to drugs, resulting in his trigger event.[8]

King was the initial leader of the Slaughterhouse Nine. He ran the Nine as a "brute squad" similar to the Teeth.[9][10] He was the one who gave Harbinger his name.[3] King's immunity to Gray Boy allowed King to recruit him.[6] He was killed at the hands of Jack Slash and Harbinger in 1987.[3]


King was one of the many former Slaughterhouse Nine members cloned by Bonesaw, and served in the Slaughterhouse Nine-Thousand under King's former pupil Jacob. Another instance of him was combined with Hatchet Face to create Tyrant.[5]

A clone of King who accompanied a squad of other Nine clones was captured by Dragon and Defiant using containment foam.[11]

Golem encountered an apparent clone of King who was actually Jack Slash, disguised by Nyx's power.[12]

References Edit

  1. King: Gabriel Maxberry - Private conversation with Wildbow, archived on Spacebattles
  2. 2.0 2.1 King, tall and blond, unabashed in his nudity.  All nine Kings were broad-shouldered, each half a foot taller than Jack. Their interaction would be an interesting one.  She'd wondered if she should program King with the knowledge that Jack had been the one to kill him, reconsidered. - Interlude 25
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Interlude 21 (Donation Bonus #1)
  4. They'd been okay with a little bit of involvement on our part.  Tattletale had speculated they would.  There were only a few who were so regimented they would report it to Jack at the first opportunity.  Winter was among them, but she was largely in the dark, here.  Screamer wouldn't fill her in if it meant spoiling the fun. In truth, the only ones who wouldn't let us get away with this were Mannequin and King. - Sting 26.2 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Untouchable.  King's power took any physical harm he suffered and transferred it among his pawns.  People he'd touched within the last twenty-four hours.  Hatchet Face's power meant we couldn't even use abilities to circumvent it.  Tyrant here had the enhanced strength each of the two had possessed, the enhanced durability. - Sting 26.3
  6. 6.0 6.1 Wildbow on Spacebattles
  7. Sting 26.3
  8. Ramen Sensei
  9. Crimson was a mainstay of King's era, when he'd ruled the Nine as more of a brute squad, not dissimilar to the Teeth back in Brockton Bay.  - Sting 26.2
  10. The first iteration formed twenty years ago. They were a very different group, led by King (mistakenly called Rex in a previous chapter). Jack was a junior member, as was Gray Boy. - Wildbow, Imago 22.1 comments
  11. Interlude 26 (Donation Bonus #1)
  12. Interlude 26b