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If you hadn't destroyed the Seed, I wouldn't have had to put down any of these vamp freaks down. You don't deserve the power you have so I'm going to take it.
―Severin to Buffy Summers[src]

Severin (known among demons as The Siphon) was a San Francisco vampire hunter with the power to drain the energy of mystical beings. According to Eldre Koh, the coming of the Siphon had long been feared among demons.

Biography

Severin was a young man living in San Francisco and involved with Clare, who wanted both of them to become vampires, though he apparently wasn't so sure about it. After searching for months for a vampire that would turn them, Clare ran into Alessandra, a high school acquaintance who had "made the leap" and agreed to sire Clare.

However, due to the destruction of the Seed of Wonder, Clare didn't rise as a common vampire but as a feral, mindless one, that attempted to kill Severin. As he tried to protect himself, Severin's power activated, killing Clare in the process.

Using his powers to kill and torture vampires, Severin searched for Alexandra, only to be recruited by rogue Slayer Simone Doffler. Simone planned on having Severin de-power Buffy Summers, the one responsible for the destruction of the Seed, so she would be able to kill Buffy.

Severin saved Buffy from a vampire in order to earn her trust and lured her to an empty warehouse supposedly filled with vampires, all of which had been drained already. Severin then turned on Buffy and tried to drain her powers, while an anonymous caller informed the San Francisco Police - who believed Buffy to be responsible for Severin's killings - of Buffy's whereabouts.

The two fought as Buffy tried to make him run out of power, only to discover that Severin kept the warehouse's basement filled with "living" vampires to recharge himself. After draining all the vampires, Severin began to feed on Buffy. Spike and Eldre Koh intervened, but were quickly put down by Sev, who then tried to drain Spike as well. As 

Severin-illyria

Severin, after he drains the power of Illyria.

he fed on Buffy and Spike, Severin was shot three times by Detective Robert Dowling. With the real culprit 

uncovered, Buffy was cleared of all charges.

Severin was taken to a hospital, where he was approached by Simone. Severin asked her to let him drain some of her power to heal from his wounds, but she refused, since she required her full power to face Buffy.

Later, in Los Angeles, the Old One Illyria formed a mystical council consisting of herself, Eldre Koh, D'Hoffryn, and Buffy to deal with Severin. Buffy, Illyria and Eldre Koh find Severin's new layer. When they converge on three different sides, but Severin pulls a suprise attack on all three of them with the body of a demon. He outmatches the three of them and claims the only reason he was saving his power was so he can save the girl he killed. The three are teleported from the building. It becomes apparent he wanted Illyria especially. Shortly afterwards, he attacks the mystical council and drains Illyria's powers, getting the power of time travel in the process.

Afterwards he meets up with Simone and they begin working together again. They meet up with Xander Harris.  They realize his feelings for the dying Dawn Summers and say that they're not so different, that they have lost someone to Buffy's influence. With his new time-travelling powers, Severin declares that, with Xander's help, they will prevent the whole Twilight crisis, including Dawn's illness and the existence  of Zompires. Xander, reluctant at first, agrees. Simone beats Xander up to make it look like he rejected the offer when his friends ask him about it.

Powers and Abilities

They all fear the arrival of the Siphon. A being who rips mystical energy from all he touches. All who possess supernatural power. Vampire, demon... even Slayer.
―Eldre Koh to Spike[src]
Severin Drain

Severin drains Buffy's powers.

Severin's ability allowed him to drain the energy of "mystical" beings, such as Slayers or vampires, which enhanced his physical abilities greatly. After a massive feeding, he was able to emit concussive energy blasts and possessed enough strength to overpower both Buffy and Spike. The process also increased his healing ability, enabling him to simply shrug off a stake to the heart. Furthermore, due to the nature of his powers, he was immune to Illyria's power over time and space.

In the case of vampires, Severin removed the demon spirits within, leaving fresh corpses with no apparent cause of death.

Victims

Behind the Scenes

  • The last issue of Freefall revealed that Severin was the mysterious sunglasses-wearing man seen in the last issue of Season Eight.

Appearances

References

  1. http://twitter.com/#!/KabaLounge/status/104370559088992256
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