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The Shadow Kin were a race of fire-type humanoids that could only survive physically with the presence of a shadow. They were led by the Shadow King, Corakinus.
The Shadow Kin emerged on the planet Rhodia amidst a war between the Rhodians and Quill. Taking the native population of three billion off guard, the Shadow Kin drove them to near extinction with the exception of the Rhodian prince Charlie and a single Quill forced to serve as his protector as a punishment, who were relocated to Earth by the Twelfth Doctor.
Tracking the fugitives to Coal Hill Academy, the Shadow Kin, led by Corakinus, emerged through a tear in space-time At The school’s prom night where they proceeded to mercilessly hunt for the pair before they were ultimately confronted by the Doctor, who Miss Quill had summoned for help. When the Doctor used the Shadow Kin’s aversion to light against them, Corakinus and his force were forced back through the tear from where they came which the Doctor subsequently sealed. Corakinus warned, however, that The Shadow Kin would return. (For Tonight We Might Die)
Upon returning to the Shadow Realm, Corakinus was wracked with paranoia. He was supposed to be seen as a leader and a warrior, someone who would guide his people into battle but he carried the shame of being trapped into sharing the heart of a human schoolgirl.
Corakinus sought out medical help and assistance from other members of the Shadow Kin. Unfortunately for him however, none of the practices helped break his connection with April and he ended up killing all those who failed to find him a solution. Back on Earth, his constant experiments in meddling with their shared heart caused April to become more outlandish — alerting her new partner Ram to the dangers of the Shadow Kin’s return.
Eventually, Corakinus was able to locate April — feeling that The only way to break their connection was to kill her. Corakinus opened a crack in time which led to April’s back garden and April, along with Ram, entered with the desire of killing him before he killed her. (Co-Owner of a Lonely Heart)
After reaching the Shadow Palace, April challenged Corakinus to a duel. They fought using their simitars and in the end April beat Corakinus but decided to spare his life as they still shared a heart. April announced that she didn’t need to kill Corakinus as the rest of the Shadow Kin had already seen her defeat him and therefore she would be proclaimed the new King.
Using her new army April had Corakinus imprisoned. While imprisoned Corakinus removed the anchor between his and April’s hearts meaning that while they are still connected the connection is weaker. (Brave-ish Heart)
Due to April neglecting her role as King of the Shadow Kin it wasn’t hard for Corakinus to reclaim the title. In control of his army again he decided that it was time to destroy his enemies by letting the Shadow Kin kill everyone on Earth. However, to do this he needed to make sure that April was safe – as she still shared a heart with him.
In order to force April into giving herself up he decided to begin executing the gang’s closest family members. He executed Rama>’s father Varun and Tanya’s mother Vivian. He even tried to kill April’s mother Jackie MacLean but due to her having part of the Shadow Kin’s soul inside her he couldn’t.
After a stand off, Corakinus put a shadow onto Charlie’s heart. He later went to killed Jarvis Adeola and Damon Adeola, but was prevented in doing so by a heavuly pregnant Quill. After this he captured Matteusz Andrzejewski and used him as a bargaining chip to get April to come with him. She agreed and was in his grasps, but she found out his true plans to kill the human race, so Charlie shot him to become the Shadow King. After Charlie used the Cabinet of Souls, April was resurrected in his body. (The Lost)
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