The Order of Aurelius
After the death of the Master in 1997, the Order of Aurelius took up residence at the abandoned Bric & Broc factory following their occupancy of the Church. They used the place as a setting for their attempt at the revivification ritual, which was unsuccessful and resulted in the death of five of their members at the hands of Buffy Summers.
Spike, Drusilla, and Angelus
Spike and Drusilla then took over the building after killing the Anointed One. The two vampires stayed in a single bedroom, containing a doublebed and some of Drusilla’s various belongings, such as porcelain dolls, a television, and chains. During their stay, Drusilla herself tortured a chained Angel in their room. A long table was also placed in the main hall. The building was maintained in external security by Spike’s minions, although the vampire commented it must be poor for allowing Billy Fordham to enter freely and unarmed.
During Drusilla’s birthday in 1998, the factory was fully decorated with red velvet and specially arranged roses. When Spike attempted to feed Buffy to the Judge, Angel created a hole to escape out of by dropping the hanging monitors from the ceiling. This hole led to the sewers.
Rupert Giles destroyed the building when he went on a rampage to avenge the death of Jennifer Calendar, employing a flaming baseball bat to set fire to the table and beat Angelus several times. As Angelus overcame Giles’ attempts and Buffy intervened, the factory was already engulfed in flames, forcing Buffy and Giles to evacuate. With its destruction, Spike, Angelus, and Drusilla searched for a new lair, and moved to the Crawford Street mansion.
When Spike returned to Sunnydale, he used the factory to hold Willow Rosenberg and Alexander Harris hostage. The factory still largely had its foundations, though most of the things inside were immolated, including Drusilla’s dolls, and the building was in danger of collapsing, as Cordelia Chase became impaled by a piece of broken rebar after the floor beneath her gave way.
In the alternative timeline known as the Wishverse, the B&B factory was not destroyed in 1998, but inhabited by the Order of Aurelius and used by the Master for the production of human blood. During the battle between the White Hats and vampires, the vampire Willow Rosenberg was temporary basculed into the mainstream factory, due to a spell performed by Anya Jenkins and the Willow from the main timeline.
Set designs and sketches
Behind the scenes
- The Bric & Broc factory features as one of the levels during the video game Chaos Bleeds, as the alternative universe Blood Factory. The player controls both Xander and Willow, and must rescue humans being held prisoner by vampires.
- The factory’s ceiling seeing throughout Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 2 is the studio’s actual ceiling.