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- “That Scythe is my only connection to the whole Slayer heritage thing. And it kills great.”
The Scythe was an ancient weapon designed for the Slayer, with a wooden stake on the handle. It embodied the mystical essence of the Slayer. Slayers who wield it were capable of sensing its innate power.
The Scythe was forged in secrecy by a group of women — the Guardians — for the Slayer to kill the last Old Ones that walked the earth. It was kept hidden from the Shadow Men, who later became the Watchers Council, who watched the Slayers. The Guardians became watchers of sorts to the Watchers, and sought to help and protect the Slayers. These women put the Scythe in a rock, for when the time came and it was needed again, the Slayer would find and use it. It is not actually a scythe in the true sence of the word, and more of an axe.
- “It’s old… it’s strong and it feels like… like it’s mine.”
- ―Buffy and Faith[src]
Several months later, Buffy is still in possession of the Scythe, and uses it to rescue her friend Willow Rosenberg from the U.S. military, injuring many soldiers in the process. It was then stolen by Toru the vampire, who wanted to reverse the spell Willow Rosenberg did to activate the potential Slayers of the world. After Buffy recovers the Scythe, it crosses its own timeline as Buffy is summoned to the future of Haddyn.
Sometime in the 23rd century, the Scythe was given to the Slayer of that time, Melaka Fray, by her "Watcher" Urkonn. Melaka used it to defeat dozens of vampires led by her vampire brother Harth Fray, as well as an Old One, saving the world.
A time later, When Buffy and Fray fought shortly before before Buffy's return to her own time, she broke the future scythe.
The following Slayers have wielded the Scythe:
- Buffy Summers
- Faith Lehane (briefly, during Hellmouth battle in 2003)
- Kennedy (briefly, during Hellmouth battle in 2003)
- Rona (briefly, during the Hellmouth battle in 2003)
- Satsu (briefly, during the battle against the Japanese vampires)
- Melaka Fray
In addition to these Slayers, Caleb once briefly held the Scythe, and it was stolen by a clan of Japanese vampires temporarily ("Wolves at the Gate").