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- "Who are you?! Who are you to play games with us? You appear, you disappear, you play with us, you use us, who are you, what are you? I deserve an answer."
"Yes. You do. To this question I will give all the answer I know. And when you know me, you will ask another question. And I will answer that question, too."
- ―Dying Animorph and the Ellimist
The Ellimist Chronicles, published in October 2000, is the fourth and final Chronicles companion book to the Animorphs series, written by K.A. Applegate. Taking place during the The Beginning, the book features the Ellimist sharing his life story to an Animorph on the brink of death.
He is called the Ellimist. A being with the ability to alter space and time. A being with a power that will never be fully understood. He is the reason Elfangor came to Earth. He is the reason the Earth now has a fighting chance. And though his actions never seem quite right or wrong, you can be certain they are never, ever what anyone expects.
This is the beginning and the middle of the story. A story that needs to be told in order to understand what might happen to the future. The future of the Animorphs. The future of humanity. The future of Earth.
He is called the Ellimist. And this is his story...
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As an unnamed Animorph lies on the brink of death, the Ellimist appears and recounts to him/her his origins as Azure Level, Seven Spar, Extension Two, Down-Messenger, Forty-One (Toomin) the Ketran and his transfiguration into the Ellimist as a final request to the dying Animorph. The Ketran race was virtually extinguished by the Capasins, who had seen transmissions of violent virtual Ketran games that had been broadcast into space and mistook them for a violent species that meddled with other ones. Toomin/Ellimist was one of the few survivors. These survivors became space nomads, seeking a replacement for their home Ket. Toomin became the leader of this group and was the only survivor when it crash-landed on a mostly aquatic moon. His mind was absorbed and kept alive at the bottom of the sea by a moon spanning entity known as Father that absorbed the information in the brain (or equivalent) of every corpse on it. After defeating Father at music, Toomin began to grow too intelligent for Father and defeated him, incorporating all the memories of corpses on the moon, eventually becoming a blending of minds.
After he defeated Father he began to wander the universe without purpose until he started to resolve conflicts and crises under the name Ellimist. The Ellimist worked like this for several thousand years until he encountered the Crayak, who existed to destroy all life in galaxies, a strong antithesis to what the Ellimist had come to stand for. Crayak engaged Ellimist in games that had entire planets at stake. Ellimist did not fare well and lost far more often than he won. Losing motivation to continue fighting the Crayak, the Ellimist temporarily retreated to the Andalite home planet. The Andalites at the time were not the advanced civilization but a primitive collection of tribes. By living on the planet as an Andalite, the Ellimist learned that the key of survival was to create as many offspring as possible; although so many die, with repeated efforts life could multiply faster than the Crayak could wipe them out. With a renewed vigor, the Ellimist fought the Crayak, creating the Pemalites, creators of the Chee, who spread quickly throughout the galaxy (until they were destroyed by Crayak's own creations, the Howlers). Although, the Crayak eventually destroyed the Ellimist physically by luring him into a black hole, the Ellimist found himself fully integrated into the fabric of space-time. Soon, both the Crayak and the Ellimist recognized direct combat to be much too dangerous for themselves and space-time itself. To prevent such catastrophic damage, the Crayak and the Ellimist agree to construct the intricate "game" they are seen to play in the Animorphs series.
- Dying Animorph (Death)
- Aguella (First Appearance) (Only Appearance) (Death)
- Lackofa (First Appearance) (Only Appearance) (Death)
- Inidar (First Appearance) (Only Appearance) (Death)
- Jicklet (First Appearance) (Only Appearance) (Death)
- Menno (First Appearance) (Only Appearance) (Death)
- Wormer (Only Appearance) (Death)
- Farsight (Only Appearance) (Death)
- Generationals (Only Appearance)
- Capasins (Only Appearance)
- Gunja Wave (Only Appearance)
- Pangabans (Only Appearance)
- Jallians (Only Appearance)
- Life-Giver of the Jain Sea (Only Appearance) (Death)
- Inner Worlders (Only Appearance)
- Captain Whee (Only Appearance)
- Tree (Only Appearance)
- Star (Mentioned Only) (Death)
- Flower (Mentioned Only)
- Grass (Mentioned Only)
- Sky (Mentioned Only) (Death)
- Water (Mentioned Only) (Death)
- Illamans (Mentioned Only)
- Skrit Na (Mentioned Only)
- Daankins (Mentioned Only)
- 333's (Mentioned Only)
- Wurb (Mentioned Only)
- Breet (Mentioned Only)
- Multitudinals (Mentioned Only)
- Chan Wath (Mentioned Only)
- Hayati (Mentioned Only)
- Gofinickiliasts (Mentioned Only)
- Unemite (Mentioned Only)
- Grasper (Mentioned Only)
- Mamathisk (Mentioned Only)
- Laga (Mentioned Only)
- Folk (Mentioned Only)
- Ket (Only Appearance)
- Equitorial High Crystal (Only Appearance)
- North Tropic High Crystal (Only Appearance)
- Great Southern Polar Crystal (Mentioned Only)
- North Tropic Low Crystal (Mentioned Only)
- Mapping Crystal Quadrant 3 / Searcher (Only Appearance)
- Death Crate (Only Appearance)
- Explorer (Only Appearance)
- Father's Moon (Only Appearance)
- Andalite homeworld
- Jall (Only Appearance)
- Inner World (Only Appearance)
- Generational Homeworld (Mentioned Only)
- Z-space transponder
- Ketran ships (Only Appearance)
- Capasin ships (Only Appearance)
- Death Crate (Only Appearance)
- Skrit Na Saucer (Mentioned Only)
- The Ellimist's name is disclosed to be Toomin (formally Azure Level, Seven Spar, Extension Two, Down-Messenger, Forty-One), who is revealed to have created the Pemalites and having received his immense power after falling into a black hole.
- The Ellimist shares his life story with an Animorph on the brink of death, informing the dying Animorph that he or she was not meant to be one of the Animorphs. It was divulged in The Andalite Chronicles that Tobias and Ax were predestined to join four humans to fight the Yeerks, while Back to Before revealed that Cassie and Marco, along with Tobias and Ax, were the four members the Ellimist had chosen in advance to become a team, meaning that the dying Animorph is either Jake or Rachel.
- Chronologically, this book ends within the first few moments of the last book, #54: The Beginning; however, The Ellimist Chronicles was released on the same day as #47: The Resistance, approximately 7 months before the last book, and thus revealed to the readers that one of the Animorphs was going to die.
- In chapter 25, primitive Andalites use their tail blades to defend themselves, but on p107 of The Hork-Bajir Chronicles, it is stated that early generation Andalites of that time had not yet developed their tail blades.
- Erek King informs Ax in The Android that the Pemalites achieved faster-than-light travel when the Andalites were still learning how to make fire. However, in this book, the Ellimist stays with the Andalites and mentions making fire, and then goes on to create the Pemalites around 100,000 years later.