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{{DisambigLink|description=the Key in its original form|common=being into which the Key was transformed|link=Dawn Summers}}
 
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{{quote|The Key is the link. The link must be severed. Such is the will of God.|Litany of the [[Knights of Byzantium]]|Blood Ties}}
 
{{quote|The Key is the link. The link must be severed. Such is the will of God.|Litany of the [[Knights of Byzantium]]|Blood Ties}}
 
 
'''The Key''' was an ancient mystical energy with the power to unlock the gates between all existing dimensions, though only at a certain [[Big Day|time]] and place.
 
'''The Key''' was an ancient mystical energy with the power to unlock the gates between all existing dimensions, though only at a certain [[Big Day|time]] and place.
 
==History==
 
==History==
 
===Origin===
 
===Origin===
 
 
Who, when or why it was created is unknown, though in the 12th Century, the [[Order of Dagon]] was founded by [[Tarnis]] in order to protect it. Meanwhile, the [[Knights of Byzantium]] sought to destroy the Key so its destructive power would never be unleashed. While one of the monks claimed that for centuries the key had no form, [[Glorificus]], having seen the Key very briefly, described it as “a bright, green, swirly shimmer".
 
Who, when or why it was created is unknown, though in the 12th Century, the [[Order of Dagon]] was founded by [[Tarnis]] in order to protect it. Meanwhile, the [[Knights of Byzantium]] sought to destroy the Key so its destructive power would never be unleashed. While one of the monks claimed that for centuries the key had no form, [[Glorificus]], having seen the Key very briefly, described it as “a bright, green, swirly shimmer".
 
===Embodiment===
 
===Embodiment===
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In 2000, fearing that Glory would use the Key, the surviving monks of the Order of Dagon transformed the Key into [[Dawn Summers]] with the hope that [[Buffy Summers]], the [[Slayer]], would keep it safe. Reality was altered and Dawn and everyone around her were given false memories so that they would believe she had always been present as Buffy's younger sister. The monks used Buffy as a template to create Dawn's physical body, making them biological sisters. However, people "[[Groupies|beyond reality]]," such as the mentally ill, were able to perceive Dawn as the Key. Since Glory created a stockpile of these individuals, unaware of what they were capable of for months until eventually [[Tara Maclay|one]] of them identified the Key in Glory's presence, leading to her capturing Dawn the night after.
   
In 2000, fearing that Glory would use the Key, the surviving monks of the Order of Dagon transformed the Key into [[Dawn Summers]] with the hope that [[Buffy Summers]], the [[Slayer]], would keep it safe. Reality was altered and Dawn and everyone around her were given false memories so that they would believe she had always been present as Buffy's younger sister. The monks used Buffy as a template to create Dawn's physical body, making them biological sisters. However, people "[[Groupies|beyond reality]]," such as the mentally ill, were able to perceive Dawn as the Key. Since Glory created a stockpile of these individuals, unaware of what they were capable of for months until eventually [[Tara Maclay|one]] of them identified the Key in Glory's presence, leading to her capturing Dawn the night after.
 
 
In 2001, Glory's worshipper [[Doc]] succeeded in using Dawn as the Key by spilling her blood, but the resulting tearing of the veils between dimensions was soon sealed back by Buffy's self-sacrifice. 
 
In 2001, Glory's worshipper [[Doc]] succeeded in using Dawn as the Key by spilling her blood, but the resulting tearing of the veils between dimensions was soon sealed back by Buffy's self-sacrifice. 
 
===Following Glory's defeat===
 
===Following Glory's defeat===
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Following these events, Dawn herself stated that, to the best of her knowledge, she was no longer the Key, and even if she was, she no longer opened anything<ref>"[[Bargaining, Part One]]"</ref>, while [[Andrew Wells]] stated that she ''used'' to be the Key<ref>"[[Storyteller]]"</ref>; however, [[Dark Willow]]'s threat to turn her back into an energy ball called this into question.<ref>"[[Two to Go]]"</ref>
   
Following these events, Dawn herself stated that, to the best of her knowledge, she was no longer the Key, and even if she was, she no longer opened anything<ref>"[[Bargaining, Part One]]"</ref>, while [[Andrew Wells]] stated that she ''used'' to be the Key<ref>"[[Storyteller]]"</ref>; however, [[Dark Willow]]'s threat to turn her back into an energy ball called this into question<span style="font-size:14px;">.</span><ref>"[[Two to Go]]"</ref><span style="font-size:14px;"> After the destruction of the </span>[[Seed of Wonder]]<span style="font-size:14px;"> and the subsequent </span>[[End of magic|loss of magic]]<span style="font-size:14px;">, Dawn has been shown to be 'breaking down', being physically weak and occasionally turning intangible as others' memories of her are lost, but it is unclear if this means that she is turning back into the Key or if it is simply the breakdown of the spell that created her.</span>
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After the destruction of the [[Seed of Wonder]] and the subsequent [[End of magic|loss of magic]] Dawn has been shown to be 'breaking down', being physically weak and occasionally turning intangible as others' memories of her are lost, but it is unclear if this means that she is turning back into the Key or if it is simply the breakdown of the spell that created her.
   
 
== Appearances ==
 
== Appearances ==

Revision as of 00:05, December 3, 2015

This article is about the the Key in its original form. For the being into which the Key was transformed, see Dawn Summers.
The Key is the link. The link must be severed. Such is the will of God.
―Litany of the Knights of Byzantium[src]

The Key was an ancient mystical energy with the power to unlock the gates between all existing dimensions, though only at a certain time and place.

History

Origin

Who, when or why it was created is unknown, though in the 12th Century, the Order of Dagon was founded by Tarnis in order to protect it. Meanwhile, the Knights of Byzantium sought to destroy the Key so its destructive power would never be unleashed. While one of the monks claimed that for centuries the key had no form, Glorificus, having seen the Key very briefly, described it as “a bright, green, swirly shimmer".

Embodiment

In 2000, fearing that Glory would use the Key, the surviving monks of the Order of Dagon transformed the Key into Dawn Summers with the hope that Buffy Summers, the Slayer, would keep it safe. Reality was altered and Dawn and everyone around her were given false memories so that they would believe she had always been present as Buffy's younger sister. The monks used Buffy as a template to create Dawn's physical body, making them biological sisters. However, people "beyond reality," such as the mentally ill, were able to perceive Dawn as the Key. Since Glory created a stockpile of these individuals, unaware of what they were capable of for months until eventually one of them identified the Key in Glory's presence, leading to her capturing Dawn the night after.

In 2001, Glory's worshipper Doc succeeded in using Dawn as the Key by spilling her blood, but the resulting tearing of the veils between dimensions was soon sealed back by Buffy's self-sacrifice. 

Following Glory's defeat

Following these events, Dawn herself stated that, to the best of her knowledge, she was no longer the Key, and even if she was, she no longer opened anything[1], while Andrew Wells stated that she used to be the Key[2]; however, Dark Willow's threat to turn her back into an energy ball called this into question.[3]

After the destruction of the Seed of Wonder and the subsequent loss of magic Dawn has been shown to be 'breaking down', being physically weak and occasionally turning intangible as others' memories of her are lost, but it is unclear if this means that she is turning back into the Key or if it is simply the breakdown of the spell that created her.

Appearances


References

  1. "Bargaining, Part One"
  2. "Storyteller"
  3. "Two to Go"
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