The Slayer Handbook, also known as Vampyr due to the word engraved on its cover, was the title of a large leather bound tome owned by Rupert Giles. Giles presented it to Buffy Summers when she first arrived in Sunnydale. After meeting Buffy, Giles decided she wasn't one to follow rules and put the book away. It was presumably kept at his apartment in Sunnydale.
After his death, Giles left the book to Buffy. Though Faith was left with all the rest of Giles's possessions, she believed that Giles was trying to tell Buffy that she was the one true slayer and he believed in her. It was last seen in the weapons chest in Buffy's bedroom in San Francisco.
After they teamed up, the Vampyr book was sought after by Severin and Simone. They believed it would help them successfully turn Simone into a vampire instead of a zompire, after which she would be able to defeat Buffy. Among its contents was the secrets of the Deeper Wellspring and how to access it.
After the new [Seed of Wonder]] was formed, Buffy and Willow discovered, much to their shock, that the Vampyr book was now completely blank.
Behind the Scenes
- The book was seen a couple of times in the first season but was never actually used or seen again later, despite remaining in the opening titles.
- A box version of this book was part of the Buffy merchandise.
- The book has the word "vampire" spelled in its old spelling "Vampyr" as it is supposed to be a very old book.
- On the Q&A SlayAlive forum for BTVS Season 8 #40, Scott Allie confirmed that the Vampyr book and the Slayer Handbook were one and the same.