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Encyclopedia > Old Ones (Buffyverse)
Old Ones

Illustration depicting Illyria in its real form.
First appearance "Prophecy Girl" (unconfirmed)
Last appearance "Not Fade Away"
Created by Joss Whedon
Statistics
Species Name Old Ones
Kind Pure-breed demons
Notable powers
  • Enormous strength, stamina, and resistance.
  • Immortality, capable of resurrection.
  • Unique mystical powers for each Old One.
Portrayed by Amy Acker

In the Buffyverse, the Old Ones are the extremely powerful, pure-breed demons that once dominated Earth before humankind appeared. Illyria is one of these demons, though her real form was revealed only in an illustration. Image File history File links Oldonebtvs. ... Illyria is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the cult television series Angel. ... Prophecy Girl, the first season finale, is the twelfth episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... List of Angel episodes Not Fade Away is the 22nd episode of season 5, and the final episode of the series, of the television show Angel. ... Joss Hill Whedon (born Joseph Hill Whedon[3] on June 23, 1964 in New York) is an American writer, director, executive producer, and creator of the well-known television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly. ... This article is about living for infinite period of time. ... Buffyverse is a term coined by fans of Joss Whedons first two television shows to refer to the shared fictional universe in which they are set. ... This article is about Earth as a planet. ... Illyria is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the cult television series Angel. ...

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History

Information regarding the Old Ones is limited. Rupert Giles tells Buffy Summers in "The Harvest": Rupert Giles is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the television program, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Buffy Anne Summers is the eponymous fictional character in the film Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the television program of the same name and its numerous spin-offs, such as novels, comic books, and video games. ... The Harvest is the second of a two-part series opener of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ...

"This world is older than any of you know. Contrary to popular mythology, it did not begin as a paradise. For untold eons demons walked the Earth. They made it their home, their...their Hell. But in time, they lost their purchase on this reality. The way was made for mortal animals, for, for man. All that remains of the Old Ones are vestiges, certain magicks, certain creatures..." This article is about Earth as a planet. ... For other uses, see Hell (disambiguation). ...

Anya Jenkins explains to the Scooby Gang in "Graduation Day, Part One" the nature of "pure demons." As Giles had stated, Earth was originally ruled by these huge, powerful, pure-breed demons, and the demon races that exist on Earth today are hybridized with humans and other species. However, given that Anya is less than 2000 years old, she could not have witnessed these events firsthand. Spoiler warning: Anya Christina Emmanuella Jenkins (born 860 in Sjornjost, Sweden and died 2003 in Sunnydale, California), formerly Aud and Anyanka, Patron Saint of Scorned Women, is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the cult television program Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... The Scooby Gang, or Scoobies, are Buffy Summers and her friends and colleagues who assist her in her duties as the Slayer in the cult television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Graduation Day, Part One is the 21st episode of season 3 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Human beings are defined variously in biological, spiritual, and cultural terms, or in combinations thereof. ...


The Old Ones possess many different shapes and powers, but all of them are gigantic. They were worshipped as gods (according to Illyria, she was a "god to a god"), ruled over vast territories, commanded fearsome armies, and constantly made war against each other. They also did not seem to live and die the way mortals do. Illyria claimed she lived seven lives at once, and even after her death, releasing her essence from the sarcophagus was enough to resurrect her into the nearest host. In short, under the Old Ones' rule, the world was a living hell. Illyria is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the cult television series Angel. ...


At some point, the Old Ones lost their claim over this reality; some were killed while others were driven from this dimension. The corpses of the greater fallen Old Ones were placed in stone sarcophagi, while their powers were drained and embedded in jewels affixed to the surface of their coffins. All of the sarcophagi were placed in a mystical graveyard known as the Deeper Well, a hole in the world which could be accessed in the Cotswolds in England, and its supposedly antipodal point in New Zealand. A keeper or guardian, with a small detachment of demon warriors, was placed in the Deeper Well to prevent anyone from extracting a sarcophagus. They failed, however, to prevent Knox from transporting Illyria's sarcophagus from the Well. It should be noted, though, that this act was said to be preordained. The Cotswolds is the name given to a range of hills in central England, sometimes called the Heart of England, a hilly area reaching over 300 m or 1000 feet. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the  United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Unified  -  by Athelstan 927 AD  Area  -  Total 130... Spoiler warning: Knox (last name unknown) first appeared in the final episode of the fourth season on the series Angel and was a scientist at the law-firm Wolfram and Hart. ...


The last Old One to leave this world fed from a human, therefore mixing its blood with it. This resulted in the first hybrid demon: the vampire. In the fictional world of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, a vampire is a demon of a species which inhabits and animates a human corpse. ...


In the centuries that followed, the Old Ones continued to be objects of worship among the lesser half-breed demons. One of these cults was the Order of Aurelius, a cult of vampires worshipping the Old Ones and awaiting their return. The Order of Aurelius (founded on the 12th century – disbanded in the fall of 1997) is a cult of vampires, seen in the first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and occasionally in flashbacks in later seasons. ... In the fictional world of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, a vampire is a demon of a species which inhabits and animates a human corpse. ...


Related parties

Halfrek refers to the The First Evil when she says, "Something's rising. Something older than the Old Ones, and everybody's tail is twitching," therefore, The First Evil is a powerful force that predates even the Old Ones. Halfrek was a recurring fictional character on the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... The First Evil is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ...


The Ascension was the process of a human transforming into a pure demon. Mayor Richard Wilkins III became the embodiment of the demon Olvikan through a series of rituals, offerings, and sacrifices done over the course of a hundred years. For the Australian television/entertainment personality, see Richard Wilkins (TV presenter). ... Trinomial name Homo sapiens sapiens Linnaeus, 1758 Humans, or human beings, are bipedal primates belonging to the mammalian species Homo sapiens (Latin: wise man or knowing man) in the family Hominidae (the great apes). ... For the Australian television/entertainment personality, see Richard Wilkins (TV presenter). ...


The Scourge, though far different, smaller, and weaker than the Old Ones, consider themselves to be pure-breed demons. Their claim of purity is supported by the fact that they lack human DNA, as they were immune to the effects of the Beacon, a machine that incinerated those with human DNA. Hero is episode 9 of season 1 in the television show Angel. ... The structure of part of a DNA double helix Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a nucleic acid that contains the genetic instructions for the development and function of living organisms. ...


Old Ones and other ancient beings

Canon

  • Illyria's seat of power was located in what would later be California, and she was one of the most revered and feared of all the Old Ones. She was killed by rivals and entombed in the Deeper Well before being released into spectral form, which then took over the body of Winifred "Fred" Burkle.
  • In the Angel episode "Shiny Happy People", Jasmine states that she was a being who existed before the time of man and left the world when the age of demons began.
  • A group of demons known as the Wolf, the Ram and the Hart, who were weak by demon standards, left this dimension when the Old Ones were expelled. Unlike other demons, the Wolf, the Ram and the Hart, now under the moniker of the "Senior Partners", became major players by establishing the law firm Wolfram & Hart and its many incarnations and branches throughout many dimensions.
  • Olvikan is described as a "Pure Demon," but whether or not a distinction exists between Old One and Pure Demon is unknown. The Pure Demon Lohesh is also mentioned. The so-called Hellmouth Spawn is often thought of as a Pure Demon or Old One, but is never directly referenced as such in the series. Though all three demons appear in canon, none are 'confirmed' as Old Ones.

Illyria is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the cult television series Angel. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Winifred Fred Burkle is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon and introduced by Shawn Ryan for the cult television series, Angel. ... Angel is a spin-off of the American television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Plot Outline As Cordelia lies in a coma following her demonic delivery, the rest of the gang becomes acquainted with, and enchanted by, her unexpected offspring which is a full grown, young woman, whom Angel names Jasmine, who hypnotizes anyone she meets by mere sight. ... Jasmine is a fictional character on the television series Angel. ... The Senior Partners are extradimensional demons in the television series Angel that have an interest in furthering evil and the apocalypse (their scheduled apocalypse that is, not other apocalypses) on Earth and perhaps other dimensions. ... Spoiler warning: Wolfram and Hart is an international and inter-dimensional fictional law firm in the television series Angel, its principal human faces being Holland Manners, Lilah Morgan, and Lindsey McDonald. ...

Non-canon

  • Other Old Ones have also appeared in the Buffyverse comics, such as Ky-laag.
  • In the comics, certain invocations to the Old Ones can change reality and cause severe mutations in people.
  • In Monster Island, an Old One appears to have settled and resigned from influence amongst humanity. The being seems bored and alienated in the world that exists.

Buffyverse is a term coined by fans of Joss Whedons first two television shows to refer to the shared fictional universe in which they are set. ... Buffy and Angel feature on the cover // Book Information Author(s): Christopher Golden & Thomas E. Sniegoski Substance: 435 Pages Publisher: Pocket Books Date first published: March 2003 Book Description Spoiler warning: Doyles pureblood Brachen demon father Axtius is the General for the Coalition of Purity which believes that all... // Book Information Author(s): Arthur Byron Cover Substance: 178 pages Publisher: Pocket Books Date first published: (March 1, 1998) Book Description Spoiler warning: In 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts, the Despised One was raised from the Otherworld and Samantha Kane, that generations Slayer, died while defeating it. ... Many fictional works of arcane literature appear in the Cthulhu mythos of H. P. Lovecraft. ... Cthulhu and Rlyeh Cthulhu Mythos is the term coined by the writer August Derleth to describe the shared elements, characters, settings, and themes in the works of H. P. Lovecraft and associated horror fiction writers. ... Howard Phillips Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) was an American author of fantasy, horror and science fiction. ...

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