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Aluwyn, also known as Saga Vasuki,[1] was a demon[2] sorceress who acted both as a mentor[3] and lover of Willow Rosenberg.[4]


Willow first encountered Aluwyn during her astral journey of self-discovery, with the demon sorceress pretending to be her guide. However, she eventually realized that Aluwyn was trying to mislead her with the aid of her team: Muffitt, Gnog, and Ganderfleb. With that, a group of Elemental goddesses appeared to present Willow with a choice of guide. Willow chose Aluwyn despite the fact that the demon had proven to be a trickster, and they offered a vision of Tara Maclay to act as her guide. Willow explained that she knew the Tara guide would merely be an illusion of something that could not be, while Aluwyn would make her work hard and would still ultimately lead her to the truth.[3]

Aluwyn became Willow's mentor in the more advanced arts of witchcraft and would address her as "darling Willow."[1] At some point, their relationship came to adopt sexual aspects. During Willow and Buffy's encounter with the Sephrilian, they saw a vision depicting a naked Willow being embraced by Aluwyn.[5]

Aluwyn also kept in touch with Willow by providing guidance and advice whenever she asked for it or when world-affecting dangers were evidently impending. Examples of such instances would be where Willow consulted her on how to restore Buffy back to the present when a time-rift transported her into the distant future,[6] and when she revealed herself to Willow to inform her of the Seed of Wonder and warned that its destruction would bring an end to all magic.[7]

Ever since the end of magic started, Aluwyn had traveled throughout dimensions searching for a way to reunite herself with Willow. During her travels, she had befriended numerous witches from other worlds and had created her very own coven. After trying unsuccessfully several times with the combined power of the coven to open a portal to Willow's world, she realized that it was an impossible task given that both sides of the portal had to have magic.[4]

Searching for a way of restoring magic to Earth, Willow found and entered this coven's world. Aluwyn sensed her presence and, knowing that Willow's divination spell would fail in its initial intended purpose of locating a source of magic, she "adjusted" the spell so that it would lead Willow to her instead. The two kissed in their reunion, and Aluwyn led Willow to her coven, where the latter received a heroine's welcome due to the former having regaled them with tales about her.[4]

Though the coven was successful in its attempt to help Willow fix the broken Slayer scythe , Willow was devastated to find that her magic was unable to maintain a portal to her world even with the Scythe's power.[4] Aluwyn assured her that the coven would help her in every possible way and, if there was none, they would comfort her till her pain healed. However, Willow eventually realized — with help from Rack — that Aluwyn's method of comforting was selfish and wrong: she could not help her fix the problem, so she tried to cover up that fact with an illusion where Willow would feel contented and belonged, but it was still ultimately another of her tricks.[citation needed]

Upon this, Aluwyn apologized to Willow if she had hurt her by acting in the way she had presumed best for them both. Willow assured her that she did understand, but it was simply not in her nature to enjoy herself when the people whom she loved and who needed her most were in trouble. She then turned down Aluwyn's offer to act as her guide or companion, since she knew then that what she needed was someone who wanted magic back in her world as much as she did.[citation needed]

Powers and abilities[]

Aluwyn was a powerful sorceress as well as an effective teacher of witchcraft, having demonstrated formidable magical powers and an extensive knowledge of both magic and human nature on the occasions where she starred. Examples of incredible witchcraft feats she performed include tampering Willow's divination spell into a guiding spell of sorts, and combining her powers with those of other witches to banish people or creatures she disliked into otherworldly realms without killing them.[citation needed]

It is presumed that she could also perform lightshows, given how both Willow and Kumiko (initially trained under her in the High Witching Arts) demonstrated this ability. She was said to reside in a dimension that witches could only reach when experiencing states such as a sexual climax, though later events showed that she was perfectly capable of traveling across dimensions so long as those realms contained magic.[citation needed]

Being a very powerful demonic sorceress, part of the super coven and a teacher of witches, Aluwyn possessed the powers of:

  • Energy projection: Aluwyn had the power to shoot powerful yellow energy blasts from her hands. She displayed this power when so she got angry at Rack and blasted at his hands for him to drop the Mʔ. She was the one who taught Willow how to use that power.[citation needed]
  • Spell casting: Aluwyn possessed powerful knowledge of witchcraft. She cast a spell to tamper with Willow's divination spell to guide Willow to her. Along with the super coven, she also cast a spell to banish Rack for his rudeness.[citation needed]
  • Teleportation: When Willow told Aluwyn that she wanted to break up with her, Aluwyn got angry, her eyes glowed yellow, and she teleported Willow away from her back to her apartment.
  • Strength: She was able to lift Willow up in the air with one hand, indicating that she was stronger than humans.[citation needed]
  • Immortality: As an immortal demon, Aluwyn had an undetermined life span without aging.[citation needed]