| The subject of this article is non-canonical.|
While created as part of licensed material, it has not been confirmed as part of the "real" Buffyverse.
Buffy is just facing the challenges of being freshman at college, until she is sent to an alternate future in which vampires had a mass uprising against the human population. They were led by no one else than a vampiric Rupert Giles, who keeps Buffy imprisoned in attempt to cut off the Slayer line.
In this reality, Xander is a ruthless soldier, Willow a powerful witch, Oz shifts freely between his wolf and human forms, Faith had been killed, Wesley is the Watcher for the new Slayer Anna Kuei, Angel is trapped in a mystical sphere, and Anya and Joyce are killed in an attack led by Spike.
- Buffy and Willow have just started attending UC Sunnydale, making the present of this story after episode "The Freshman".
- The alternative reality is set five years in the future, contemporary to Season Nine, which, coincidentally, is also heavily influenced by Giles' death.
- Buffy Summers
- Rupert Giles
- Alexander Harris
- Willow Rosenberg
- Daniel Osbourne
- Wesley Wyndam-Pryce
- Lucy Hanover
- Olivia Williams
- Parker Abrams
- Anna Kuei
The series includes 4 volumes, collected in one omnibus.
|Prophecies||1||Christopher Golden||July 31, 2001|
|Buffy Summers' adjustment to life at U.C. Sunnydale has not gone smoothly. She feels awkward, insecure, and a bit jealous that Willow's all over the college life. So when the spirit of deceased Slayer Lucy Hanover appears to Buffy in a dream with news of impending danger, the timing couldn't be worse. Besides, there's plenty of evil afoot as it is. A unified troop of vampires has descended upon Sunnydale, operating with a cohesion unusual to most bloodsuckers. Giles thinks a spell will help the gang combat these foes, but tension between Buffy and Willow gets in the way of demon hunting. Before long, a single moment of bad judgment catapults Buffy into an alternate future dimension where vampires reign supreme. Imprisoned in the body of her 24-tear-old self, the Slayer must uncover her past misstep and correct it — or risk facing a terrifying monster that she herself has created…|
|Dark Times||2||Christopher Golden||August 28, 2001|
|Sunnydale has always been a haven for creatures of the underworld. But when Buffy Summers awakes in a possible future, she is stunned to discover that Southern California has fallen under vampire rule. Buffy learns that her Slayerettes have already rallied together against the new order. But they're different now: Willow is a full-fledged sorceress, Xander a battle-scarred, humorless man, and Oz a frightening split personality. Almost more shocking is that Faith's gone, and a new Slayer has been called in her stead. Buffy's astonished at the terrifying alternate reality for which only she herself is to blame. Back in the present, Buffy's friends can't figure out why the Slayer is behaving so strangely. They don't realize that the Prophet has inhabited her body. Either they're going to have to bring their friend back or Buffy herself, still trapped in the future, will have to find her own way home — but not before confronting her worst nightmare…|
|King of the Dead||3||Christopher Golden||October 2, 2001|
|Sunnydale. Five years into the future. A bleak, post-apocalyptic future for which the Slayer herself is responsible. Her mother has been killed. Angel is missing and presumed dead. Her friends are different, harder. But that's not the worst of it. Buffy's enemies are different, too… In this alternate reality, old foes are wreaking havoc in vampire-dominated Southern California. This in and of itself is no surprise. But when Buffy learns that even the vicious Spike is merely a minion, lackey to the chief bloodsucker, she is rocked to the core. For he serves none other than Giles, the Vampire King. Whom Buffy must face and conquer — as her friends back in real time struggle to bring her disembodied spirit home…|
|Original Sins||4||Christopher Golden||October 30, 2001|
|Joyce Summers is dead. Spike has been slain and Faith, rogue Slayer, is gone as well. Southern California has fallen under vampire rule. And Rupert Giles is Vampire King. Buffy can hold no one but herself responsible for this grim possible future; her own insecurities and petty jealousies led to this moment. She must now gather her inner strength and combat the demon that inhabits the corpse of her most trusted mentor. With the help of Willow and the Slayerettes, Buffy must invoke the elements, stave off a vampire stronghold, and return to her real-time body — but not before identifying and preventing the misstep that brought about the oppression of those she holds closest…|
|The Lost Slayer Omnibus||1–4||January 1, 2003|
|Buffy Summers's adjustment to life at U.C. Sunnydale has not gone smoothly. She feels awkward, insecure, and jealous that Willow's all over the college life. So when she is visited by a prophecy of impending danger, the timing couldn't be worse. There's plenty of evil afoot as it is: a unified troop of vampires has descended upon Sunnydale, and tension between Buffy and Willow gets in the way of demon hunting. Before long, a single moment of bad judgment catapults Buffy into an alternate future dimension where vampires reign supreme. Imprisoned in the body of her 24-year-old-self — and confronting friends and foes the likes of which she'd never imagined — the Slayer must uncover her past misstep and correct it, or risk facing a terrifying monster that she herself has created…|
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