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The Guardians was a group of powerful mystic women who sought to aid the Slayer and watch over the Shadowmen and their descendants, the Watchers Council.


In prehistoric Africa, the Guardians secretly forged the Scythe for the First Slayer, Sineya, to kill the last of the Old Ones that walked upon the Earth. They kept the weapon hidden from the Shadowmen and magically embedded the Scythe in a rock, for when the time came and it was needed again, the Slayer would find and use it.[1]

By the year 2003, the Last Guardian revealed herself to Buffy Summers in a tomb originally from Africa, then placed in Sunnydale. She warned Buffy that, if she used it wisely, perhaps she could defeat the rising dark — but, one way or another, its discovery could only mean an end is truly near. As she said this, she suddenly had her neck snapped by Caleb, to die after living millennia.[1]