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Encyclopedia > Illyria (Angel)

Amy Acker as Illyria
First appearance A Hole In The World
Last appearance Not Fade Away
Created by Joss Whedon
Name Illyria
Status Alive
Species Old One
Notable powers Illyria was able to:
  • Alter the flow of time in any area she chose. Power stripped.
  • Create portals between dimensions. Power stripped.
  • Communicate with flora. Power stripped.
  • Supernatural strenght and reflexes. Power diminished by Wesley
  • Alter her physical appereance on a basic level.
Portrayed by Amy Acker

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Character history

Illyria is an ancient deity and one of the legendary Old Ones; pure demons who were masters of all they surveyed. They had powers over mortals, over worlds and dimensions, and over time itself, they grew stronger, more powerful and travelled through those worlds, living lives untold, each of them ancient, a god among the lesser demons and mortals. A deity or a god, is a postulated preternatural being, usually, but not always, of significant power, worshipped, thought holy, divine, or sacred, held in high regard, or respected by human beings. ... Old One is a fictional term used in numerous fantasy and horror series. ...

They walked among the lower beings, taking their form, gathering them as minions and warriors. Each took a Qwa'ha Xahn as their representative to the mortal world. They multiplied, and for millennia their empires grew, as did their armies. But Illyria ruled over the mortal world like no other. Vicious and cunning, Illyria was feared by the lower beings, primitives and even her own people, her power extending beyond the mortal world, her army larger than any other. As the others sought to gain power, great wars were fought across the world with thousands of warriors meeting in battle, only to be slain and their masters land taken. This continued for centuries with rivalry growing rampant. Man and demon evolved side by side, savage and primitive. They fought each other for centuries, becoming more and more evolved above the animals they not so long ago resembled. The vampires fed on man, man found a way to slay the vampire, and thus began and endless cycle of conflict between the two. [[{{{diversity_link}}}|Diversity]] {{{diversity}}} Binomial name Homo sapiens Linnaeus, 1758 Trinomial name {{{trinomial}}} Type Species {{{type_species}}} Subspecies Homo sapiens idaltu (extinct) Homo sapiens sapiens [[Image:{{{range_map}}}|{{{range_map_width}}}|]] Synonyms {{{synonyms}}} Homo (genus). ... St Anthony plagued by demons, as imagined by Martin Schongauer, in the 1480s In religion, folklore, and mythology a demon or demoness is a supernatural being that has generally been described as a malevolent spirit but outside Christian circles was viewed as a sort of elemental spirit: compare Daemon and... This article contains information that has not been verified and thus might not be reliable. ...

Eventually they grew so strong and so numerous that they rose up against their gods, great battles ensued, man and demon alike fought to overthrow the first ones. Eventually their armies fell, the first ones fled the destruction of their empires, but the lesser beings hunted them like animals and slaughtered them. The lower demons, being smarter than man or vampire, used their powers to seal each first one in a sarcophagus that could be sealed by powerful magic, and as each of the gods was slain, their bodies were sealed and cast into a place known only as the Deeper Well, located in ancient-day Cotswolds in central England, a hole in the world that could be protected from the primitives, were the bodies would lie for all eternity, watched over by a warrior, a truth sayer and his army, for these creatures could not be trusted, even in death. The Cotswolds are a range of hills in central England, sometimes called the heart of England, a hilly area reaching over 300 m or 1000 feet. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: England Travel guide to England from Wikitravel English language English law English (people) List of monarchs of England – Kings of England family tree List of English people Angeln (region in northern Germany, presumably the origin of the Angles for whom England is named) UK...

The demons fear was not unfounded, for as Illyria was captured, her last cry upon the world was a warning, that her powers could not be contained, not even in death, and that she would return to reclaim her world. A ripple of air passed from her body and swept across the land, her army froze, her world shimmered but was then gone, separated from the mortal world. Her body was sealed, a powerful stone, enriched with the essence of the powers the demons possessed, was pressed into the sarcophagus, so that it would remain sealed for all time, but even as they cast her into the Deeper Well, they feared her words were true, that someday she would return to the mortal world, and bring death and destruction to the descendents of those who imprisoned her. Stone sarcophagus of Pharaoh Merenptah A sarcophagus is a stone container for a coffin or body. ...

Illyria's sarcophagus eventually arrived at the Wolfram & Hart labs in the fifth season. Illyria's essence quickly took over a curious Fred's body, killing her mortal body and supposedly consuming her soul. Illyria had in the process absorbed the memories of Fred, likening them to "sparks". Illyria first attempted to wreak havoc on the world once more by resurrecting her vicious ancient armies, but soon discovered that they had been destroyed long ago. Lost without purpose, Illyria agrees to learn from Wesley how she can walk in the mortal world. Despite his grief, Wesley became obsessed with Illyria and helped her adjust to the world only because she had the same face as the woman he loved. Gunn also took Fred's abrupt death hard, especially when he came to the realization that he and Angel were partly to blame. Gunn himself had, by approving the delivery of the vessel, effectively signed Fred's death warrant. Illyria spent her nights with the oft-drunk Wesley and her days wandering about Wolfram & Hart's corridors. During those times, her pastimes were talking to plants and training with Spike (or more accurately, beating him up). Illyria began to learn the ways of people on Earth. Wolfram and Hart, Attorneys at Law is an international fictional law firm in the television series Angel, its principal human faces being Holland Manners, Lilah Morgan, and Lindsey McDonald. ... Winifred Fred Burkle (born in Texas) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon and introduced by Shawn Ryan for the cult television program, Angel. ... Wesley Wyndam-Pryce is a fictional character played by Alexis Denisof on the television shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. ... Charles Gunn (born in Los Angeles, California) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon and introduced by Garry Campbell for the cult television program, Angel. ... William Pratt (born 1860 in London, England), better known as Spike, is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the cult television programs, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. ...

Eventually, Illyria's power became too much for the shell hold. To the outsider, the Old One appeared to be going mad. In truth, Illyria was being thrown out of linear progression of the time line, altering her perspective as the power sought a way to escape. This would eventually cause Illyria to detonate with tremendous force. Angel had to take steps to curtail her, which Wesley did through using a device called a "Mutari generator" to extract the power bleeding off the shell. This ended the threat, but robbed the Old One of its former power even more than the loss of her monstrous form. Illyria lost her ability to alter time and talk to plants while her strength, speed, and durability were greatly reduced. Illyria grew bitter and was often sulky and withdrawn. She was even brutally beaten and humiliated by Hamilton, which fueled the ancient god with anger and she decided to join the final battle against the Senior Partners. According to Joss Whedon and Amy Acker, Illyria survived the final battle against the Senior Partners of Wolfram & Hart. Her current status is unknown. Wolfram and Hart, Attorneys at Law is an international fictional law firm in the television series Angel, its principal human faces being Holland Manners, Lilah Morgan, and Lindsey McDonald. ...

Powers & abilities

Illyria's full powers are unknown. Within Fred's body, she had tremendous strength, which Spike likened its blows to being hit by a Mack truck, as well as great speed witnessed by her ability to dodge Angel and Spike's combined assault. She is also heavily armored. Illyria's reflexes are extraordinary and she is a formidable hand-to-hand combatant, with an ancient style likened by Spike to dashes of Tae Kwon Do and the fictional "Brazilian Ninjitsu". The limits of her strength are unknown, but physically she is dramatically stronger and faster than Angel or Spike. She has the ablity to morph back into Fred at will even after her powers were drained and commented that she could take on other shapes. She apparently had the ability to communicate with flora and possibly other organisms. Her most devastating powers were the ability to open dimensional portals at will and the ability to selectively alter the flow of time. She frequently comments on the emotional states of others, which suggests a vague psychic ability combined with enhanced senses. There is also evidence that she can generate electricity. In the episode titled "Underneath", Wesley comments on her not needing to sleep. Mack Trucks is a famous truck manufacturing company based in the United States, and now owned by AB Volvo. ... Taekwondo (also spelled Tae Kwon Do or Taekwon-Do) is the most popular of the Korean martial arts and is the Korean national sport. ...

After being drained by the Mutari generator, Illyria's physical strength and durability were diminished, though still far above most forms of demon as proven in "Power Play". But most importantly, the majority of her more exotic powers (altering time and space) were lost. The last episode hints that some energy-based powers may remain as witnessed by the charred remains of the devil Izzirial and other members of the Circle of the Black Thorn, as well as his vehicle. Although in the beginning where Illyria seemed nearly unstoppable, once her powers were weakened by Wesley, she seemed quite vulnerable. In fact, the liaison to the Senior Partners, Marcus Hamilton, actually was much stronger than Illyria in this form and bested her in combat in order to take Drogyn as a sacrifice for the Circle of the Black Thorn. Power Play is an episode in series number of the television series Angel. ... The Circle of the Black Thorn was a fictional secret society in the television show, Angel. ... Marcus Hamilton is a recurring character on the final season of the TV series Angel. ... Drogyn, the Battlebrand, was a fictional character in Season 5 of the television show Angel. ...

In the series finale, "Not Fade Away", when Wesley was dying, Illyria comforted him in Fred's form. It is easily seen that Illyria cared for him, as she kissed him and started to cry when he died, and then proceeded to dispatch his murderer with excessive force and gore. But this did not satisfy the vengeful deity, and wished to do "more violence" from the uncontrollable grief over Wesley's death. Her wish was granted when the Senior Partners sent their army to destroy the gang and she joined this final battle against the Senior Partners. Not Fade Away completes the arc of Angel, the series. ...

Romantic relationships

  • Wesley Wyndam-Price

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episode summary (2442 words)
Angel assures him he will not leave Gunn in the hell dimension but in the meantime they need to focus on Illyria and discover more about her, as they are unsure of her strength they decide Spike should have the task.
Angel tells him he is a human with special abilities and Connor acknowledges that Angel is a vampire; he seems unfazed by the new knowledge but is worried about how he will explain to his parents.
Illyria notes that Connor is attracted to her, which he denies, blaming it on her outfit before confessing he has always had a thing for older women.
SUMMER TV-MOVIE: "NEVER END" (A Buffy & Angel Special) -- Angel Renewed (3967 words)
ILLYRIA knocks two demons literally flying at the same time – she looks proud until she is hit across the back of the head and knocked to the floor.
Angel is stood in the hall looking broody as ever, as Faith slowly walks up to him with a wet cloth for his cuts.
Illyria is stood amidst dozens of dead bodies – blood trickles down her face as she looks around at the emptiness of the building.
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