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This is not justice that we serve. It is vengeance.

The Kalderash was a tribe of Romani people,[1] responsible for cursing Angelus with a soul in 1898.[2]


19th century[]

In 1898, Darla kidnapped a Kalderash girl as a gift for Angelus. The girl's father, who was an elder of the tribe, found them just after Angelus had killed her. Angelus escaped,[3] but the Kalderash had one of their members curse him through the Ritual of Restoration.[2] The girl's father told Angel of the curse's intent of making the vampire then suffer the pain for his actions.[3]

Darla, Drusilla, and Spike then massacred the Kalderash encampment. Although Darla had come to try to convince the elder to have Angelus' soul removed, because Spike had already killed the rest of the family, she was left without leverage and killed him as well.[3]

20th century[]

In 1997, the elder woman sent Jennifer Calendar to Sunnydale to watch over Angel in order to ensure he kept suffering. In 1998, she sensed that Angel's pain was lessening and sent Enyos to investigate. Enyos demanded a report from his niece and was enraged to know that Angel had fallen in love with Buffy Summers, the Slayer. Regardless of the fact that Angel was then a force of good, Enyos demanded Jenny break the two apart so Angel would suffer again.[1]

Jenny failed, however, and Buffy and Angel consummated their relationship,[1] which caused Angel to experience a moment of happiness and lose his soul. When Buffy asked Jenny to curse Angelus back, she stated it was currently beyond the tribe's ability, as the spell had been lost long before.[4]

Angelus subsequently killed Enyos and Jenny, although not before she managed to translate the ritual and save it in a floppy disk.[5] Willow Rosenberg and Buffy eventually found her translation, and Willow cast the curse back on Angelus, restoring his soul. With this, Angel was forced to suffer once more for his crimes against the Kalderash and everyone else he ever hurt as a soulless vampire.[6]

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Behind the scenes[]

  • The Kalderash are a real subgroup of the Romani people, known for being traditionally smiths and metal workers.



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