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She’s an innocent victim.

So were we, once upon a time.

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In the Beginning: The Old Ones

Having lost their purchase on reality (shoddy bookkeeping, no doubt) the old demons leave for other planes, but the last one, presumably some form of Turok-Han, bites a human, thus creating the half-breed vampires.

(The Harvest, Bring On The Night, Shells)

Giles
This world is older than any of you know. Contrary to popular mythology, it did not begin as a paradise. For untold eons demons walked the Earth. They made it their home, their Hell. But in time they lost their purchase on this reality. The way was made for mortal animals, for man. All that remains of the old ones are vestiges, certain magics, certain creatures… The books tell the last demon to leave this reality fed off a human, mixed their blood. He was a human-form possessed, infected by the demon’s soul. He bit another, and another, and so they walk the Earth. Feeding. Killing some, mixing their blood with others to make more of their kind. Waiting for the animals to die out, and the old ones to return.

The Harvest

880, Sjornjost, Sweden: Anyanka

Leaving a life of high-principled rabbit breeding and resenting bar matrons, Aud becomes Anyanka, a vengeance demon working for D’Hoffryn of the World of Arashmaha, having turned her former sweetheart Olaf into a baby-eating troll.

(Selfless, Triangle, Doppelgangland, The Wish, Something Blue)

Anya
For a thousand years I wielded the powers of The Wish. I brought ruin to the heads of unfaithful men. I brought forth destruction and chaos for the pleasure of the lower beings. I was feared and worshipped across the mortal globe.

Doppelgangland

There is no such place as Sjornjost in Scandinavia or the Baltic region, however the dialect Aud and Olaf speak is taken to be a parody of an Ingmar Bergman film, and hence a form of Swedish. Although not one spoken by any actual human being.

c. 1004: Drogyn

Drogyn is given eternal youth, a bad haircut and the inability to tell lies.

(Power Play)

Wesley
This is Drogyn, the battle brand, given eternal youth a thousand years ago. Demon bane, truth-sayer…
Spike
Percy did a paper. Bully for him.

Power Play

Sometime in the 1100s: Aurelius

Aurelius prophecies that the Brethren of the Order of Aurelius will bring the Anointed one to be the Master’s great warrior.

The order use a ring with a rune of fidelity on one side, and a sun and three stars on the inside.

(Never Kill A Boy On The First Date)

Giles
The Order of Aurelius is a very old and venerated sect.

Never Kill A Boy On The First Date

c. 1400: The Master

Heinrich Joseph Nest, the future Master, is sired.

(Welcome To The Hellmouth)

Neither the Master’s real name nor his age have ever been revealed on screen, the information comes from a stage direction in the shooting script of Welcome to the Hellmouth.

Master
You see how we all work together for the common good? That’s how a family is supposed to function!

Angel

c. 1400: El Eliminati

El Eliminati, a cult of duelling vampires, come to prominence.

(Bad Girls)

Wesley identifies the cult through their use of two swords - one long, one short, this was a common combination for duelling by the sixteenth century.

Wesley
Fifteenth Century duelist cult, deadly in their day. Their numbers dwindled in later centuries due to an increase in anti-vampire activity and a lot of pointless duelling.

Bad Girls

Sometime between c. 1400 and 1609: The Master

The Master loses his looks.

(Darla)

Darla
Angelus, the Master is centuries old. He has grown past the curse of human features.
Angelus
Am I gonna get a bat nose like that?

Darla

c. 1580: Anyanka, Dracula

Anyanka meets Dracula and he makes quite an impression.

(Buffy vs. Dracula)

Anya
I doubt he’d remember me. I was just a silly young thing – seven hundred or so. But he did say that the guy I cursed was doomed forever. Which was sweet, don’t you think?

Buffy vs. Dracula

c. 1580 to 1590, England: Darla

Presumed period of Darla’s birth. Possibly in London or nearby.

All the early Jamestown settlers were English, so it is safe to say she was English in origin, with the balance of probability being that she came from southern England. The majority of the early settlers came from London or East Anglia, although at least one is known to have been Cornish.

c. 1590s, Rome, Italy: Immortal

The Immortal first arrives in Rome.

(The Girl In Question)

Angelus
This is our city. We were here first.
Immortal’s Lackey
No, actually, he was. 300 years ago.

The Girl In Question


Seventeenth Century

1609, Virginia Colony, America: Darla, The Master

A Catholic prostitute, a woman of some property, no husband, no inheritance, is dying of a syphilitic heart condition. Her name is unknown since she subsequently forgot it herself. Revealing a hitherto unsuspected singing talent, the Master charms an invitation and comes to her disguised as a priest. After ascertaining she has no favourable view of either life or God, he makes her a vampire.

(Darla, The Trial)

Virginia Colony means Jamestown, the first successful English settlement, founded in 1607. The first women did not arrive until the colony had been established for a while, so she couldn’t have been in the New World for more than a year or so at most. Life in the early Jamestown was a harsh struggle for survival, and the colonists teetered on the brink of failure until matters were taken draconically in hand some time after Darla died. Indeed the surprise is not that she died but that anyone lived at all. Of the five hundred people who went out in the first ten years only sixty survived. And there are reports that they were reduced to cannibalism to do so.

It is just one of those little mysteries what a Catholic prostitute was doing in a notoriously Protestant colony given that Catholics were the bogy-men of their day – in late sixteenth century England to be Catholic was not just unusual it was actively illegal. Indeed, all the Jamestown settlers were required to swear an oath of allegiance to the King and the Church of England before embarking. The tolerance of the doctor for her ‘heresy’, not to mention quite where he thought a Catholic priest had come from, remain bizarre, but intriguingly the latest archaeological finds do include rosary beads and part of a crucifix, implying there was at least one closet Catholic amongst the settlers.

Women settlers went out as wives, daughters or servants and, however she had lived back in England, it is impossible to countenance the notion of a prostitute plying her trade in a ‘professional’ organised manner in the colony. Darla would have had to live the life and perform the conventional work expected of any female colonist. It seems unlikely that she should have been dying in quite such a luxurious house at a time when the colonists were still largely sponging off the Indians to survive, but who are we to quibble.

Darla
My soul is well past saving. Let the devil take me if he’ll have me. It doesn’t matter. Either way, I die.
Master
No. You will not die. You will be reborn.
Darla
I know you…
Master
I came to you last night. Sang to you from that window.
Darla
I remember now… you’re death…
Master
No.
Darla
What, then?
Master
I’m your saviour. God never did anything for you… but I will.

Darla

Sometime between 1609 and 1753: Darla, The Master

The Master renames his creation ‘Darla’. She becomes his favourite.

(Darla, Angel, Destiny)

Angel
Darla. Anglo-Saxon derivation. Meaning ‘dear one.’ It didn’t come into common usage until more than a hundred years after she was born… he must have given it to her…

Darla

Collin
Forget her.
Master
How dare you! She was my favourite. For four hundred years…

Angel

Angelus
Her precious master sent for her. You know Darla – Master’s pet.

Destiny


Eighteenth Century

1727, Galway, Ireland: Liam

Liam is born in Galway, Ireland. The son of a Catholic silk-and-linen merchant.

(Blind Date, The Prodigal)

Since Galway is in the predominantly Catholic part of Ireland it is not surprising that Liam’s family were Catholics. However, it is worth remembering that his religion would have prevented his father from prospering in business as much as he might otherwise have done. A Catholic could not vote or hold land with any security of tenure, and the most advantageous business contracts would tend to be given to Protestants.

In addition, Galway at this date was one of the poorest regions of Ireland. The linen trade, which earlier in the century had been amongst the most profitable businesses in the country, was by 1753 entering a serious decline as the cotton industry took off in England. It is therefore highly likely that Liam’s family suffered a fall in their standard of living throughout his life. Which would explain a lot.

Lindsey
What was your father? He was a merchant, right? Linen and silk? Did pretty well? Had a couple of servants, until you killed them?
Angel
Just the one.

Blind Date

1753, Galway, Ireland: Darla, Liam

Twenty-six year old Liam is living at home with his father, mother and young sister, Kathy. The household has silver cutlery but only one servant, Anna. The young Liam has achieved a reputation for himself amongst the local women and passes his time drinking, fighting, whoring and encouraging his father to despise him.

After the latest row with his father, Liam packs a bag and leaves home. But he only makes it as far as the local pub where he is spotted by Darla, who subsequently draws on her experience as a prostitute to encourage him into a dark alley. There, on the basis of his expressed desire to see the world, she vamps him.

Newly risen as a vampire, Liam kills the grounds-keeper of the churchyard and likes the taste so much he goes on to slaughter his entire village. And, after his sister invites him into their home thinking he has come back as an angel, kills his family.

(Angel, The Prodigal, Becoming, Part 1)

To only have one servant at this date means that the family were teetering on the brink of poverty.

Buffy
I invited you into my home and then you attacked my family!
Angel
Why not? I killed mine. I killed their friends… and their friend’s children… For a hundred years I offered ugly death to everyone I met, and I did it with a song in my heart.

Angel

Sometime between 1753 and 1760, Wales: Angelus, Darla

Liam is renamed ‘Angelus’. Angelus and Darla have fun in South Wales

(Darla)

Master
Angelus – the Latinate for Angel. It’s marvelous.
Darla
On the way back we cut a bloody swath through South Wales and northern England. He was magnificent.
Darla
His name would already be legend in his home village – had he left anyone alive there to tell the tale.
Master
Ah, you had a nice trip. I’m so glad.

Darla

Sometime between 1753 and 1760, The North including Yorkshire, England: Angelus, Darla, Holtz

Angelus and Darla move on to northern England, including Yorkshire. Angelus finds the Yorkshire cuisine tough.

(Darla)

Angelus
Hmm, Yorkshire men – tough as leather.

Darla

Oddly enough, at just this time Daniel Holtz (who has a house in York) becomes a vampire-hunter…

(Dad)

Record’s Woman
Holtz, Daniel, vampire killer, circa seventeen fifty four. He hunted Angel and Darla halfway around the world until his mysterious disappearance in seventeen seventy three. Larson Macmillan Vampiricus Conquestus page four twelve.
Lilah
How did you…
Record’s Woman
I’m files and records. It’s my job.

Dad

Sometime between 1753 and 1764: Angelus, Darla

Angelus and Darla attract the attention of the Catholic vampire-hunter Captain Daniel Holtz, and his team of torch-waving sidekicks. They know Holtz well enough to be aware of where he lives and the name of his daughter – the apple of his eye.

(Quickening, Lullaby, Offspring)

1760, London, England: Angelus, Darla, The Master

Darla takes Angelus to meet the Master, where he is so rude he gets thrown across the room a few times before persuading Darla to leave with him for the benefits of soft beds and a view. Since the alternative is living in a sewer, she wisely decides to go with him (possibly to Naples, as Angelus suggests, but this is never confirmed.) The Master lets them leave, calculating that the relationship won’t last longer than a century.

(Darla)

Angelus
So Darla here tells me you’re some sort of master?
Darla
The Master. He commands our order.
Angelus
There’s an order?
Master
The Order of Aurelius. We are the select. The elite.
Angelus
And you live in the sewers, do you?

Darla

1764, York, England: Angelus, Darla

Angelus and Darla, already being chased by Holtz, charm their way into Holtz’ home while he is away. (The month of Holtz’s vow of revenge is given as May.) They kill his wife, Caroline, and baby son, Daniel. His daughter, Sarah, they turn into a vampire – leaving Holtz to find and deal with the result.

(Quickening, Lullaby, Dad)

Sarah
Mummy won’t wake up.
Holtz
Shush… quiet now. He sings
Sleep my love and peace attend thee,
All through the night;
Guardian angels God will lend thee,
All through the night;
Soft the drowsy hours are… creeping…

Lullaby

Between 1764 and 1765, Italy: Angelus, Darla

Angelus and Darla are in Italy when Angelus gets a yen for more travel.

(The Trial)

Darla
In Italy you said we should go someplace like France.

The Trial

1765, near Arles, France: Angelus, Darla

Having gone to France because Angelus fancied the rich food (specifically waiters from the best hotels), Darla and Angelus flee on horseback from Holtz and another torch-waving crowd. They end up in a barn in a valley near Arles. Their proposed roll in the hay being interrupted by flaming arrows, Darla knocks Angelus unconscious with a shovel and escapes on their only horse.

(The Trial)

Angelus
This is outrageous! Don’t these people know who we are?
Darla
I believe they do. Which would explain the lynch mob.

The Trial

Sometime between 1765 and 1767, Vienna, Austria: Angelus, Darla

Darla and Angelus meet up in Vienna, and he brings home to her the error of her ways. Repeatedly.

(The Trial, Heartthrob)

Darla
Of course when he finally caught up with me in Vienna I had to pay for my sins. Again and again.

Heartthrob

Sometime prior to 1767, Madrid, Spain: Angelus, Darla

Angelus and Darla have a cultural dinner.

(Heartthrob)

Darla
Didn’t we eat a poet in Madrid?
Angelus
Troubadour.

Heartthrob

A troubadour in the eighteenth century? Odd people, vampires meet.

1767, Marseilles, France: Angelus, Darla, Elisabeth, James

Angelus and Darla – in company with James and Elisabeth, a young and extremely silly vampire couple – eat the Count de Leon, steal his gold, and burn his villa to the ground. This attracts the attention of Holtz (with yet another torch-waving crowd – does he have an agency?), who catches up with them when James dawdles to shoplift a locket for Elisabeth.

Giving the women time to escape to a ship, James and Angelus stay to delay the crowd, which they do by the cunning scheme of getting surrounded and then picking an argument with each other to get away again.

(Heartthrob)

Darla
Young love.
Angelus
I give it a century.
James
A century? A mere hundred years?
Elisabeth
I would need a thousand to sketch the perfect plane of your face.
James
And I would need ten thousand just to name the colour of your eyes.
Angelus
They’re green, but take your time.

Heartthrob

Sometime between 1767 and 1771, Morocco: Angelus, Darla

Our heroes manage to shake off Holtz.

(Offspring, Heartthrob)

Darla
He’s killed scores of us, hunted Angelus and me across half of Europe. God, if he follows us to Morocco, what then, the New World?

Heartthrob

Holtz
You lost me in North Africa.

Offspring

1771, Rome, Italy: Angelus, Darla

Darla and Angelus visit Rome so Darla can admire the Botticelli frescos in the Sistine Chapel (specifically The Temptation of Christ). Angelus is finally captured by Holtz in a sewer tunnel, thanks to Holtz being assisted by torch-waving monks this time, rather than laymen. Angelus is then tortured by Holtz and an excommunicated Monseigneur (who apparently performed Holtz’ wedding – nice to know they kept in touch) using a particularly nasty fork thing. This gives Darla time to organise a few minions for a rescue.

(Offspring)

Angelus
Darlin’?
Darla
What?
Angelus
Shouldn’t we be killing Holtz?
Darla
I know, but it’s just so much fun ruining his life.

Offspring

c. 1771, California: Pavayne

Mathias Pavayne, an aristocratic practitioner of surgery and the black arts, flees Europe for California and begins a twenty year killing spree.

(Hellbound, Harm’s Way)

Angel
Mathias Pavayne, dark soul number 182.…European aristocrat, 18th century. He was a doctor, nicknamed ‘The Reaper’ for performing unnecessary surgery on his patients.
Fred
Well, what kind of surgery?
Wesley
The kind you don’t recover from.

Hellbound

1773, York, England: Holtz

Back in York, (having racked up 378 vampire kills to date) Holtz is given the chance to travel into the future for his revenge. He accepts. Angelus and Darla presumably appreciate the break.

(Quickening, Dad)

1775: Angelus

Angelus does something involving a well-dressed young woman that is worthy of record in the Watchers’ diaries.

(Halloween)

Willow, working from the incorrect statement of his age that Angel previously gave, mistakenly assumed that he was still eighteen and human – not knowing that vampires do not add their human life-span when calculating their age. Unfortunately, Buffy and Willow’s conversation drifted on and we never found out any details of why this incident was recorded, or who drew the sketch of the woman involved.

Buffy
Man, look at her.
Willow
Who is she?
Buffy
It doesn’t say, but the entry’s dated seventeen seventy-five.
Willow
Angel was eighteen. And still human.
Buffy
So that’s the kinda girl he hung around? She’s pretty coiffed.

Halloween

Between 1753 and 1898: Angelus

Angelus develops various habits. A notable nun thing.

(Dear Boy, The Girl In Question)

Angel
Saint Bridget’s, in Fremont. A convent, built on native burial grounds. The land’s cursed, they had eight murders in two years before the whole place burned to the ground – which is nothing compared to what happened at Our Lady of Lochenbee… I have a thing for convents.

Dear Boy

Angelus
Those were my nuns!
William
Yeah. Nuns are your thing. Everybody knows that. They respect it – they respect us.

The Girl In Question

Also a tendency to displays of feeling around Valentine’s Day.

(Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered)

The tradition of exchanging cards and other gifts as valentines dates from the 16th century and by 1800 was common enough that hand-painted copperplates were specially produced. Of course Angelus gave the feast his own special twist.

Giles
Since Angel, er… turned… I’ve been reading up on his earlier activities. You know, feeding patterns and the like.
Buffy
And?
Giles
Around Valentine’s Day he’s rather prone to, well, brutal displays of… He would think of it as affection, I suppose.
Buffy
Like what?
Giles
No need to go into details.
Buffy
That bad?
Giles
Look, here’s another. Valentine’s Day. Yes, uh… Angel nails a puppy to the…
Buffy
Skip it.
Giles
But it…
Buffy
I don’t wanna know. I don’t have a puppy. Skip it.

Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered

Naturally it wasn’t all high jinks, but then some people are difficult to impress.

Lilah
Sitting on the floor, surrounded by papers from the thirty-five cabinets of Angel’s Wolfram and Hart file. Two hundred seventy five years of the most inane… Picks up a paper and looks at it. What kind of wussy name is Liam anyway?

Dad

1786: Angelus, Penn

Angelus turns a young man, Penn, and teaches him to mark his victims with a cross on the cheek. Further following his sire’s example, Penn kills his entire family, but then shows a distinct lack of creativity by going on to repeat the pattern for the next two hundred odd years.

(Somnambulist)

Date from shooting script. The location is uncertain, though some believe the actor playing Penn is attempting an Irish accent.

Penn describes himself as having been a ‘puritan’, but the term has very little relevance after the seventeenth century. We can only take it as meaning a member of some unspecified Protestant sect.

Angelus
Your first kill. Aptly done.
Penn
Strange… She was my sister—
Angelus
And yet you feel nothing.
Penn
No. I feel… hungry.

Somnambulist

1789, Prussia: Angelus

Taking a shortcut on his way to Vienna, Angelus gets the feeling someone is watching him and then runs into the Beast engaged in a rather nasty massacre, for demonstration purposes. They get along fine for all of two seconds before Angelus is knocked out and the Beast is banished by some conveniently passing Svea Priestesses.

(Soulless)

Over in France of course they were storming the Bastille around this time, which may possibly have some relevance to the troops Angelus mentioned were ‘around’. It seems odd that Angelus would have voluntarily missed a nice bit of mob violence, but perhaps he had an important appointment in Vienna.

Wesley
So, you were in Prussia.
Angelus
You have been doing your homework. Hmm… those Prussian girls. Must be the pastries. Worth the trip – all that sweetness gets into their blood.

Soulless

c. 1789, Vienna, Austria: Angelus

Since he remembers he was on his way to Vienna when he met the Beast, it is reasonable to assume Angelus got there eventually.

(Soulless)

Angelus
I was taking a shortcut on my way to Vienna.

Soulless

c. 1790, Ireland: Angelus

It was possibly around this time that Angelus got his tattoo – a winged demi-lion perched on the letter A. It is worth noting that the only information Giles could find on Angelus was in the diary of a former Watcher, which must mean at some stage a Watcher or Slayer got close enough to Angelus to see his naked back…

(Angel)

The design of the lion is a slight variant of an illustration in the Book of Kells, it is the lion of St. Mark, one of the four traditional winged figures representing the Evangelists. Trinity College Dublin has owned the book since 1661, where it has been on display in the Old Library since the nineteenth century.

It is perhaps apt that Angelus should have a religious tattoo since tattooing was banned by the Christian Church: You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh on account of the dead or tattoo any marks upon youLeviticus 19:28. Tattooing was reintroduced to Europe in the 18th and 19th century, especially by sailors who had seen the art form amongst the Polynesians. There was a brief fad for it amongst the upper-classes in the late 19th century.

Giles
There’s nothing about Angel in the texts, but it suddenly occurred to me that it’s been ages since I’ve read the diaries of any of the watchers before me. … There’s mention some two hundred years ago in Ireland of Angelus, the one with the angelic face. … Does this Angel have a tattoo behind his right shoulder?

Angel

Sometime between 1786 and 1801, Italy: Penn

Penn goes to Italy, but Angelus doesn’t show up. They do not meet again until the year two thousand.

(Somnambulist)

It could be posited that Penn waited until the twentieth century and got the name wrong. However, not only should someone who lived through the nineteenth century know what to call it but not even Penn would be so stupid as to wait that long.

Penn
Angelus! My god! It’s been a lifetime!
Angel
At least.
Penn
We were to meet in Italy, remember?
Angel
I remember.
Penn
I waited. Hell, I waited until the nineteenth century.

Somnambulist

Sometime between 1786 and 1801, Rumania: Angelus

Angelus has some involvement with Gypsies and gets held up in Rumania. Thus regrettably missing his appointment in Italy with Penn.

(Somnambulist)

Penn
What happened?
Angel
Got held up in Rumania.
Penn
Rumania? What’s in Rumania?
Angel
Gypsies…

Somnambulist

1791, El Pueblo de la Reyna de los Angeles, California: Wolfram and Hart

A mere ten years after the city itself was founded, the Los Angeles branch of Wolfram & Hart is established on the site of a Spanish mission.

(Hellbound, Harm’s Way)

Announcer
Welcome to the Los Angeles branch of Wolfram & Hart. We’re the oldest and most powerful law firm in the city. Founded in 1791 on ground deconsecrated by the blood of mass murderer Mathias Pavayne…

Harm’s Way


Nineteenth Century

Sometime between 1760 and 1898: Angelus, The Master

The Master and Angelus are at least partially reconciled.

(Angel)

Master
Angel! He was the most vicious creature I ever met. I miss him. … He was to have sat at my right hand, come the day.

Angel

c. 1830 to 1840, England: Drusilla

Presumed period of Drusilla’s birth. Possibly in Kent or London.

(Becoming, Part 1, What’s My Line, Part 2, Lie to Me)

The future vampire Drusilla was English, and her accent is a London one, far closer to the true Cockney than Spike’s, and in her case this was her accent when she was alive. The glimpse we caught of her family show they were reasonably well dressed, so combined with her accent that would most likely make her father a skilled artisan. Since her vision was about a mining accent he was possibly employed in some skilled work associated with the mine, which would have given Drusilla a comfortable if not luxurious childhood.

We do not know if Drusilla was her name when she was alive, it seems unlikely since it was hardly common and the most famous owner of that name – the sister of the Roman Emperor Caligula – had a less than savoury reputation in the nineteenth century. She mentions someone called Anne, but it is not clear if this is one of her sisters or someone else, it could even be Dru herself. She also mentions an uncle (whom Angelus killed). Her mother had a sweet voice and used to sing her a lullaby to sleep at night. Run and catch, run and catch, the lamb is caught in the blackberry patch.

Drusilla
My mother ate lemons. Raw. She said she loved the way they made her mouth tingle— Little Anne – her favourite was custard… Brandied pears… And pomegranates. They used to make her face and fingers all red. Remember little fingers? Little hands? Do you?
Angel
If I could— I—
Drusilla
Bite your tongue… They used to eat cake. And eggs. And honey. Until you came and ripped their throats out—

What’s My Line, Part 2

1838, Dublin, Ireland: Angelus

Angelus kills Daniel, a young man who has lost money to him at cards. He chooses to do this at Christmas, in the week Daniel was meant to be married. To add insult to injury, Angelus is wearing an unspeakable moustache.

(Amends)

Angelus
Well, it happens that I’m hungry, Daniel, and seeing as you’re somewhat in my debt…
Daniel
Please… I can’t…
Angelus
A man playing at cards should have a natural intelligence or a great deal of money, and you’re sadly lacking in both.

Amends

1843, Madrid, Spain: Luke

Luke has a fight that his male opponent survives. This is considered a notable event.

(The Harvest)

Master
A Slayer! Have you any proof?
Luke
Only that she fought me, and yet lives.
Master
Hmm, very nearly proof enough. I can’t remember the last time that happened.
Luke
Eighteen forty-three. Madrid. He caught me sleeping.

The Harvest

c. 1845, near Tuscany, Italy: Angelus

Angelus is not in Tuscany when he meets a vamp called Rosaria. Judging from his reaction to her in Los Angeles he clearly doesn’t remember the meeting with much fondness.

(Salvage)

Since it is utterly bizarre to describe a place by it being outside Tuscany this can only be an example of a vamp showing Italian snobbery. Anywhere but Tuscany, darling – it’s just so passe.

Rosaria
Angelus! Remember me?
Angelus
Not really.
Rosaria
Oh, come on! A little town outside Tuscany, eighteen forty-five, give or take. Rosaria!

Salvage

1853, possibly North London, England: William

Speculative date for William’s birth, based on the assumption he was twenty-seven when he died.

His mother’s name was Anne (from the shooting-script but not mentioned on-screen). We don’t know his surname but there is a slight possibility it was Sullivan since in the late 19th century all men with that surname would be given the inevitable nickname ‘Spike’ or ‘Spiky’.

William was born into a middle-class family although it is impossible to pin down his precise social status. We can only speculate why Cecily considered him beneath her, but it may have had something to do with his mother’s illness since there was considerable social stigma attached to tuberculosis which was considered a working-class disease.

It is interesting that he referred to having heard tales of London pick-pockets, since it seems to imply that he was not a native Londoner. Yet he later described his own home as being in this city so we can say for certain that he lived in London. When alive he spoke middle-class ‘received’ English yet within a short time of being killed he had got the working-class North London accent down quite well, which probably meant he was familiar with it when alive. Nearly all middle-class Englishmen do have the irritating ability to speak both received English and the local accent from where they grew up, so it not at all surprising that he could talk like that.

Sometime between 1853 and 1856: Anyanka, Halfrek

The vengeance demons have some sort of competitive spat, details sadly unavailable.

(Lessons)

Halfrek
Listen, Anya. I know I’ve always been a little competitive with you. I mean, there was that thing in the Crimean War. We laugh about it now.

Lessons

Sometime between 1753 and 1898, France: Angelus

Angelus fights demons.

(Origin)

From the context it sounds as if Angelus snapped or nearly snapped a demon or demons in half. Regardless of what he did this is an interesting instance of Angelus fighting with demons rather than humans.

Connor
You almost broke that guy in half! That was awesome! … Seriously, that was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.
Angel
Well, it’s not a big deal. I mean, I do stuff like that a lot. There was this one time in France—

Origin

Sometime between 1821 and 1857, France: Angelus

Angelus meets the French poet, translator, and literary and art critic, Charles Baudelaire.

(She)

Baudelaire was notorious for his dissolute lifestyle, with an expensive taste in wine, women, paintings, hashish and opium. He managed to fritter away most of his inheritance with remarkable alacrity. In June 1857 he published his premier work Les Fleurs du mal, now described as the most important and influential 19th century European poetry collection. It consisted of a hundred poems, including Le Vampire. Thirteen of them were immediately arraigned for offences to religion or public morality. So just Angelus’s type.

Angel
And this brings us to Manet’s incomparable La Musique aux Tuileries. First exhibited in 1863, Manet’s depiction of modern life, along with his severe lighting contrasts and rich texture, outraged the Academic critics of the day. On the left one spies the painter himself. In the middle distance is the French poet and critic Baudelaire, a friend of the artist. Now, Baudelaire, interesting fellow; in his poem, Le Vampire, he wrote,
‘Thou who abruptly as a knife
Didst come into my heart;’

He very much believed that evil forces surrounded mankind, and some have speculated the poem was about a real vampire. Oh, and Baudelaire was actually a little taller and a lot drunker than he’s depicted here.

She

c. 1860, London, England: Angelus, Darla, Drusilla

After killing the skinflint Lord Nichols (royalty, according to Darla) and a prostitute, Darla takes Angelus – thankfully clean shaven again – to see her latest find: a family, reasonably well dressed, mother, father, and three virginal daughters in their teens to early twenties, one of whom has the sight…

(Dear Boy)

Angelus
The one in the middle is something delicate and unique… Did you find me a Saint?
Darla
Better than that – she has the sight.
Angelus
Visions. She sees the future. She is pure innocence, yet she sees what’s coming, she knows what I’m going to do to her. I’ll really have to come up to snuff for this one.
Darla
Down boy, let the plum ripen.
Angelus
You always come up something new.
Darla
Keeps me young.

Dear Boy

1860, London, England: Angelus, Drusilla

In the confessional box of a remarkably rural looking London church, Angelus is just settling down after a light snack of priest when Drusilla, in some distress, asks him to hear her confession, even though it is only two days since her last one. Being an obliging sort he lends an ear to her tale of visions of a mining accident (a cave-in, killing two men) and offers some advice to the effect that she is doomed.

(Becoming, Part 1)

There are mines in Southern England, notably the coal mines in Kent, and nearer still to London the chalk mines at Chislehurst, near Crystal Palace, on the outskirts of London. Chalk was an important ingredient for many industrial processes in the nineteenth century.

The fact Drusilla was attending confession implies she was a Catholic, but by this date it is possible she was not a Roman Catholic, but an Anglo-Catholic, that is a member of the Church of England that followed many of the practices of the Roman faith. However, even assuming she was a Roman Catholic, Drusilla would have grown up knowing little discrimination for her families religion and would have had a wide choice of convents to join, since by the mid Nineteenth Century (after the Emancipation Act of 1829) British Roman Catholics were almost free of any religious penalty. The only odd thing about her religion therefore is the appearance of the church: since all the old churches in England were converted to the Church of England rite and the building of Roman Catholic ones was not tolerated until the nineteenth century, all Roman Catholic churches would be relatively new at that date. They also tended to follow an architectural style more akin to continental churches than the native Protestant ones. This therefore makes Anglo-Catholicism slightly more likely than Roman Catholicism in Dru’s case.

Drusilla
Father, I beg you… help me.
Angelus
Very well. Uh, ten Our Fathers and an act of contrition. Does that sound good?
Drusilla
Yes, Father, thank you.
Angelus
The pleasure was mine. Oh, and my child?
Drusilla
Yes?
Angelus
God is watching you.

Becoming, Part 1

Sometime during or after 1860, England: Angelus, Darla, Drusilla

Angelus proceeds to drive Drusilla mad, killing her family (her parents were probably eaten in their own bed) massacring everyone she loves, and torturing her mentally in further unspecified ways. He finally slaughters all the nuns at the Sisters’ of Mercy convent she has fled to, on the day Drusilla was supposed to take her vows. He stops Dru from cutting her own throat just in time and after rutting with Darla in front of her, turns her into a vampire. He believes this was the worse thing he ever did. I am inclined to agree with him.

(Lie to Me, Dear Boy)

It is often mistakenly stated that Dru was turned in 1860, but in fact there is no canon proof of this. The only fixed date we have is for the incident in the church, and we know neither how long before this Angelus first saw her, nor how long afterwards he might have waited until he killed her. It could be that driving someone mad takes longer than a few weeks or months.

Darla
So are we going to kill her during, or after?
Angelus
Neither. We turn her into one of us. Killing is so merciful at the end, isn’t it? The pain has ended.
Darla
But to make her one of us? She’s a lunatic.
Angelus
Eternal torment… Am I learning?

Dear Boy

1880, London, England: William

William, grown into a young man with glasses and floppy hair, lives somewhere in London with his mother who has a tendency to cough blood and sing folk songs. He, perhaps understandably, distracts himself with excruciatingly bad poetry.

(Fool for Love, Lies My Parents Told Me)

At that time it would not have been at all unusual for a twenty-seven-year-old to still be living at home, especially if he was unmarried.

William
Should I send the coach for Doctor Gull?
Mother
I’ll be all right. It’s passed. Just sit with me a while, will you?
William
Of course.

Lies My Parents Told Me

1880, London, England: Angelus, Darla, Drusilla, William

After killing a young sailor, Drusilla complains that she is growing lonely since all Angelus’s attention is focused on Darla. Angelus therefore suggests that she find herself a playmate.

Meanwhile, William is in London mingling with a set of rude people who have odd notions of dress and propriety. After having his poetry justifiably condemned, he fails to woo Cecily and dashes out into the night, distraught, where he makes the mistake of bumping into the vampires. Drusilla follows him into an alley, makes a few personal remarks about fish, and bites him.

(Fool for Love, Darla)

In the shooting script of Fool for Love Cecily’s surname is given as Addams, but in Lies My Parent Told Me William’s mother asks if the Cecily mentioned in his poems is the Underwood’s eldest daughter. Either way the Cecily we see on screen looks quite remarkably similar to Halfrek the vengeance demon. Odd that.

William
‘Lu-mi-nous…’ no, no, uh, ‘irra-di-ant…’ better… Quickly, I’m the very spirit of vexation, what’s another word for ‘illuminate’? It’s perfectly perfect as many words go, but the bother is nothing rhymes, you see.

Fool for Love

Some days later, William returns to his home with Drusilla and turns his mother. Within a few minutes of meeting her as a vampire he rather sensibly dusts her.

(Lies My Parents Told Me)

From Dru’s remark about the house smelling of daffodils we might be able to conclude that these events occurred around March or April. Or we might be able to conclude that Dru was a raving nutcase.

William
I am no longer bound to this mortal coil. I have become a creature of the night. A vampire.
Mother
Are you drunk?
William
A little bit.

Lies My Parents Told Me

Meanwhile, Darla has left to visit the Master. And in her absence Angelus decides to state his recently reawakened, but most definitely not deviant, interest in men – something he elegantly demonstrates by sticking his hand in the sunlight.

(Destiny)

William
Touch me again—
Angelus
Don’t mistake me. I do love the ladies. It’s just lately I’ve been wondering… what it’d be like to share the slaughter of innocents… with another man. Don’t… don’t think that makes me some kind of a deviant, do you?
Staring at Angelus, William sticks his own hand in the light.
Angelus
Ah! I like this one! You and me, we’re gonna be the best of friends.

Destiny

These palm-tingling events occurred in the suite of an Ambassador, in a place described as The Royal London Hotel. This presumably means the Royal Hotel on the Embankment at the corner of Blackfriars Bridge, described in 1888 as a moderate priced hotel though still with excellent accommodation.

1880: Darla, The Master

The Master and Darla have a family reunion. Not an unusual event according to Angelus.

(Destiny)

Angelus
Darla and I had a little spat. Her precious Master sent for her. You know Darla: Master’s pet.
Drusilla
Oh. Poor Angelus.
Angelus
Ah, don’t fret, Dru, we’ll make up. Always do. touches his bruised brow After a little tit for tat. Shouldn’t let that spoil our fun here.

Destiny

1880, Yorkshire, England: Angelus, Darla, Drusilla, Spike

As a vampire, William has started combing his hair flatter, but his other behaviour has somehow led the family to hide in a Yorkshire coal-mine, where Angelus remonstrates with him, aided by a stake. Angelus has clearly been attempting to teach him a sense of caution and artistry, but William prefers a brawl. William, who has just started talking with a North London accent, reminds Angelus that he wishes to be called Spike from now on, and learns what a Slayer is for the first time.

(Fool for Love)

Spike
After that, I was obsessed. I mean, to most vampires, the Slayer was this object of cold sweat and frightened whispers. But I never hid. Hell, I sought her out. I mean, if you’re looking for fun, there’s Death, there’s Glory, and sod all else, right? shrugs I was young.

Fool for Love

1880-1898: Angelus, Spike

Spike learns to consider Angelus his sire and Yoda. He watches Angelus’s back. Angelus teaches him to guard his perimeter, but fails to teach him history. Or German. Or Italian.

(School Hard, Becoming, Part 1, Becoming, Part 2, Destiny, Why We Fight, The Girl In Question)

Angelus
Happy hunting. Go on. Just be home before sunrise.
Angelus
Just don’t get it now, do you? Well, you’re new… and a little dim. So let me explain to you how things are now. There’s no belonging or deserving anymore. You can take what you want, have what you want… but nothing is yours. Not even her.

Destiny

Angelus
Spike, boy, you never did learn your history.

Becoming, Part 1

1883, London, England: Angelus

At a Christmas party Angelus (sporting that horrendous moustache again) kills a servant, Margaret, while her mistress is busy flirting with the Reverend Chalmers. The canapes go unserved.

(Amends)

Date from shooting script, location from an extra in the background mentioning it’s nice to be back in London.

Angelus
We shall be quiet as mice. No matter what.
Margaret
Please… my son…
Angelus
He’ll make a fine dessert.

Amends

1886, Mexico: Lyle Gorch, Tector Gorch

Brothers Lyle and Tector Gorch massacre a Mexican village, they will go on to become vampires of some repute if little brain.

(Bad Eggs)

Giles
Success! Your playmate is a fellow of repute, it seems. points out a picture in the book. That’s Lyle Gorch, and that one’s his brother, Tector. They’re from Abilene. They made their reputation by massacring an entire Mexican village in 1886.
Buffy
Friendly little demons.
Giles
That was before they became vampires.

Bad Eggs

Sometime between 1886 and 1898, America: Angelus, Lyle Gorch, Tector Gorch

Angelus possibly meets Lyle and Tector Gorch since they seem to know him, and his fighting capabilities, by sight.

(Bad Eggs)

The Gorchs do not seem the sort to have travelled beyond the American continent so we can guess this meeting occurred there, in which case this is the only known instance of Angelus travelling to America. It is of course possible that the Gorchs met Angel post-soul and he used his old name for some reason, but this is made less likely by the fact that the Gorchs are clearly surprised that Angel is being familiar with the Slayer.

Tector
That the Slayer?
Lyle
Yep.
Tector
Ain’t that Angelus with her?
Lyle
Yep.
Tector
Well, how come Angelus is gettin’ all cuddly with her, Lyle? I mean, does the man have no code?
Lyle
Tector, you gonna be pesterin’ me with these questions all damn day?

Bad Eggs

1890: Angelus

Angelus attends the Blinnikov World Ballet Corps production of Giselle – box seats. Since he knows the prima ballerina’s dressing room is unchanged he presumably visited it at some stage during the evening.

(Waiting In The Wings)

Angel
I saw their production of Giselle in eighteen ninety – cried like a baby.

Waiting In The Wings

Sometime between 1880 and 1894, Frankfurt, Germany: Angelus, Spike

Angelus and Spike fall foul of the Immortal when he hatches a Rathruhn egg, leaving us wondering if the Immortal is demonically related to a chicken. Nuns are also involved. It is just possible this is the time when Spike gets beaten by an angry mob. And when they first ended up standing in the street holding a bag.

(The Girl In Question)

William
Yeah, the man has no sense of indecency. You remember Frankfurt? He hatches the Rathruhn egg personally and just decides to give those nuns safe passage.
Angelus
Those were my nuns!
Spike
It’s him. The Immortal. This is what he does. Every time he shows up, I either lose my girl, get beaten by an angry mob, or get thrown in prison for tax evasion. Long story.
William
Yeah. Nuns are your thing. Everybody knows that. They respect it – they respect us.
Spike
The Immortal’s neck-deep in all of this.
Angel
Course he is. He’s screwin’ us. He’s screwed us before, and he’s screwin’ us now.
Spike
Yeah. Every time we hear his bleeding name, we end up standin’ in the strada holdin’ the bag.

The Girl In Question

Sometime between 1880 and 1898, St. Petersburg, Russia: Angelus, Spike

Spike and Angelus hold hands, possibly in order to kill something by decapitating it with a chain. Or they might just like holding hands.

(A Hole in the World)

Spike
Strategy?
Angel
Just hold my hand.
Spike
St. Petersburg.
Angel
Thought you’d forgotten.

A Hole in the World

Sometime between 1880 and 1897: Dracula, Spike

Spike gets to know and dislike Dracula, especially Dracula’s taste in big castles, special dirt, bug eating side-kicks, and showy gypsy trick magic. And Dracula owes him eleven pounds.

(Buffy vs. Dracula)

Bram Stoker’s Dracula was published in 1897. The implication is that Spike knew him before the book made him famous.

Riley
You know him?
Spike
Know him? We’re old rivals. But then he got famous and forgot all about his foes. I’ll tell you what, that glory hound’s done more harm to vampires than any slayer. His story gets out and suddenly everybody knows how to kill us, the mirror bit…

Buffy vs. Dracula

1894, Italy: Angelus, Darla, Drusilla, Spike

After ‘actions against his concerns’ the boys have some trouble and the girls have some fun with the Immortal. The girls are of course entirely consenting since the Immortal doesn’t use magic, but given the boys’ taste in underwear he may not need to.

(The Girl In Question)

William
He’s gonna curse the day he ever crossed purpose with Angelus.
Angelus
And William the Bloody.
William
We’ll see just how immortal he is when we’re done with him.
Angelus
We’ll carve him up like a Sunday roast and make him watch as we feast on his steaming flesh. Yaaaagh! Aah! Unh! …How you doin’?
William
Bugger.

The Girl In Question

sometime before 1897, Sunnydale, USA: El Eliminati

El Eliminati, having become acolytes of the overweight, Jacuzzi loving demon Balthazar, travel to the hellmouth where Balthazar is killed (at least temporarily), in all probability by the Mayor, and Balthazar’s amulet falls into the hands of one Gleaves, a wealthy landowner.

(Bad Girls)

Wesley
They eventually became the acolytes of a demon called Balthazar, who brought them to the New World, specifically here.
Giles
You seem to know a lot about them.
Wesley
I didn’t get this job because of my looks.

Bad Girls

c. 1898, Budapest, Hungary: Angelus, Darla

Angelus and Darla (possibly wearing a short skirt for some reason) behave very badly during an earthquake.

(Angel)

Angel
What’s with the Catholic schoolgirl look? Last time I saw you it was kimonos.
Darla
And last time I saw you it wasn’t high school girls. Don’t cha like? Remember Budapest? Turn of the century? You were such a bad boy during that earthquake.
Angel
You did some damage yourself.
Darla
Is there anything better than a natural disaster? The panic. The people lost in the streets. It’s like picking fruit off the vine.

Angel

1898, Borsa, Rumania: Angelus, Darla, Drusilla, Spike

Angelus receives a birthday present from Darla – a beautiful, seventeen-year-old Gypsy girl of the Kalderash clan. He kills her, watched by Darla, and takes his time over it (Darla estimated an hour), during which he discovers she is ‘dumb as a post’.

The clan somehow find out who did the deed, and, since the girl was ‘the most beloved daughter of [the] tribe’, during her funeral they get an old woman to curse Angelus by restoring his soul in a ritual involving an Orb of Thesulah. This causes Angelus to run around the woods for a bit and have a glowy-eyed moment before writhing in pain. He then returns to Darla’s house to feel sorry for himself, but she comes back, and, revolted by his soul, tries to stake him then throws him out.

(Becoming, Part 1, Five By Five, Angel, Surprise)

Angel
When you become a vampire the demon takes your body, but it doesn’t get your soul. That’s gone! No conscience, no remorse… It’s an easy way to live. You have no idea what it’s like to have done the things I’ve done… and to care. I haven’t fed on a living human being since that day.

Angel

Darla tries to get her boy back by massacring the gypsies. She hopes to persuade the father of the girl to reverse the spell in exchange for the lives of the rest of his family. But Spike (who presumably missed the memo on whom to save) has nipped in and killed the man’s family already, so Darla gives it up as a bad job, snaps the Gypsy man’s neck, and tells Spike and Dru to kill the rest of the camp. There are presumably sufficiently few survivors that the story of events gets garbled, because Angel is subsequently being blamed for the camp slaughter as well.

(Darla, Surprise)

Jenny
I promise you, Angel still suffers. And he makes amends for his evil. He even saved my life.
Gypsy Man
So you just forget? That he destroyed the most beloved daughter of your tribe? That he killed every man, woman and child who touched her life? Vengeance demands that his pain be eternal, as ours is. If this – this girl – brings him even one minute of happiness: that is one minute too many.

Surprise

Within a short time Angel tries to kill again, attacking a group of men and a woman in an alley, but he cannot bring himself to go through with it and staggers off into the night.

(Five By Five)

Angel
Mie foame… (I’m hungry…)
Man
Pleaca de aici! (Get away!)
Woman
Lasal in pace. E un cersetor. (Let him be. He’s just a beggar.)
Man
tossing a coin at Angel Bea o Bere. (Have a pint on us.)
Angel
Nu vreau banii rai… (I don’t want your money.)
Man
Ce ai spus! (How dare you!)
Angel
O vreau pe ea. (I want her.)
Woman
E un monstru! (He’s a monster!)
Angel
Eu sunt monstru. (I’m a monster.)

Five By Five


Twentieth Century

1900, China: Angel, Darla, Drusilla, Spike

Angel tracks down Darla, Spike and Dru enjoying the Boxer Rebellion, and persuades Darla to give him a second chance. For a while he gets by, killing rapists, murderers, thieves and scoundrels – of which there is presumably a large supply, given the war. Then one night he tries to distract Darla’s attention away from an alley where a missionary is hiding with his wife and child, and Darla starts to grow suspicious.

(Darla)

Angel
You know what I am. You made me, Darla. I’m Angelus.
Darla
Not anymore.
Angel
I can be again. Just give me the chance to prove it to you.
Darla
You almost made me believe you…
Angel
Believe it. We can have the whirlwind back…

Darla

Meanwhile, Spike has fought and killed a Slayer in a Buddhist temple, gaining a sword-cut over his eye in the process. And after a spot of celebrating with Dru he comes to boast of his kill. Angel is less than thrilled, still intent on leading the family away from the missionaries, but he does tell Spike he is now one of us.

(Fool for Love, Darla)

Spike
It was the best night of my life. And I’ve had some sweet ones.

Fool for Love

But Darla is on to Angel. While he is down at the waterfront catching rats to eat, she returns and kills the missionaries, bringing back the baby as a test for Angel. He refuses to kill it, instead seizing its basket and running off into the night.

(Darla)

Darla
I won’t be made a fool, Angelus. Not by you. Not by anyone.
Angel
I didn’t mean…
Darla
While Spike – Spike! – was out killing a Slayer – you were saving missionaries. From me.

Darla

Sometime between 1900 and 1902, England or Germany: Angel

Angel passes through Europe on his way to America. Presumably to collect his luggage.

(Orpheus)

Since Angel arrives in America at Ellis Island, on the East Coast, he must logically have gone there via Europe rather than travelling directly from China, (in which case he would have landed on the West Coast).

The ship shown has four funnels. At this date there were only three ships in the world with four funnels: the Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse and Kronprinz Wilhelm on the Bremerhaven-Southampton-Cherbourg-New York run; and the Deutschland on the Hamburg-Plymouth-New York run. From pictures, the Duetschland seems most likely. It is also noteworthy that several of the immigrants Angel arrived with can be heard speaking German.

1902, New York, USA: Angel

Angel arrives in America at Ellis Island, having forgotten a few elementary rules of hygiene en-route.

(Angel)

Faith
Seriously, man, did you miss the invention of the bath?
Angelus
The whole way over here, he crouched in the filth of animals just to avoid human temptation. This isn’t my life – it’s his!

Orpheus

1905, St. Petersburg, Russia: Anyanka, Halfrek

Anyanka is ‘somewhat responsible’ for the march on the Winter Palace which precipitated the putative revolution of 1905. As part of the same job there is also a nice messy massacre at a dinner party. Anyanka expresses her belief in the validity of Communist ideals.

(Selfless)

Anyanka
I grant wishes. It’s all inside the girl. I just bring it out.
Halfrek
Yes, I’m sure this is what she had in mind.
Anyanka
Well, I don’t know about her mind, but it was in her heart. Besides, Russia was ready to explode. All we did is just give it a little push.

Selfless

Sometime between c.1903 and 1916, Russia: Nostroyev

Nostroyev, a vampire with an eye on his own reputation, has an affair with Rasputin. Something Angel doesn’t get to hear about. But then an incident of butchery at the Alexander Palace in St. Petersburg is not notoriously well known either.

(Why We Fight)

Nostroyev
Angelus. Used to be quite the terror back in the day. Haven’t heard much of you lately, though.
Angel
Haven’t heard much of you, ever.
Nostroyev
Nostroyev! Scourge of Siberia and Butcher of Alexander Palace.
Angel
Sorry.
Nostroyev
I was Rasputin’s lover!

Why We Fight

1908, Boston, USA: Penn

Penn first shows up in America. New continent, old killing style.

(Somnambulist)

Kate
Your friend has been in LA before … Oh, and I found something in Boston in 1908. I think he was there, too.

Somnambulist

1914, Chicago, USA: Anyanka

Anyanka turns Stewart Burns into a demon at the request of his former fling.

(Hell’s Bells)

Demon
Remember Chicago? South Side, 1914? Anya looks blank. The demon gets annoyed. Stewart Burns. Philanderer! You’d think you’d remember. I remember you. But then again, you ruined my life.
Anya
You were a… I punished you.
Demon
That’s right. Some hussy I’d been taking around summons you, next thing I know, I look like this and I’m being tortured in another dimension.

Hell’s Bells

1920s, Juarez, Mexico: Angel

Angel has a lengthy fight with Boone.

(Blood Money)

Boone
Haven’t seen Angel since Juarez in the Twenties. We got into a little disagreement over a señorita. I called him out. We fought for three and a half hours.

Blood Money

1920s, probably Chicago, USA: Angel

Angel flings himself in front of a speeding car to rescue a Pomeranian puppy, and then refuses to let the owner say thank you properly.

(Orpheus)

Faith
Dude, you just rescued a puppy.

Orpheus

1929, Los Angeles, USA: Penn

Penn follows his usual pattern of kills.

(Somnambulist)

Kate
your friend has been in LA before. Did you know that? Yeah. At least twice. Once in 1929…

Somnambulist

1930s, Missoula, USA: Angel

Angel feels depressed in Missoula but thinks it pretty.

(City Of)

Angel
Where’s home?
Tina
Missoula, Montana. Sees Angels face You’ve been to Missoula?
Angel
During the Depression— Ah, my depression. I-I was depressed there. It’s pretty country, though.

City Of

1937, Sunnydale, USA: The Master

The Master arrives in Sunnydale and after a stay of a few months attempts to open the Hellmouth, but incompetently gets himself stuck like a cork in a bottle in an accident involving an earthquake that swallowed half the town. As you do.

(The Harvest)

Since the rash of murders then stopped either the Master was alone at this period, or any vamps with him then started hunting more discreetly.

Giles
Some sixty years ago, a very old, very powerful vampire came to this shore, not just to feed.
Buffy
He came ‘cause this town’s a mystical who’s it.

The Harvest

1938, Los Angeles, USA: Angel

Since he was reading the headlines, Angel was presumably in Los Angeles when The Columns opera house was destroyed by an earthquake over in Nevada.

(Destiny)

Angel
The Columns was an opera house in Death Valley. It was buried in an earthquake in ’38. Made headlines in Los Angeles.

Destiny

Sometime between 1880 and 1987, Paris, France: Drusilla, Spike

Spike and Dru visit Paris. Dru hates it.

(What’s My Line, Part 2, Bring On The Night)

Drusilla
Ah. I was dreaming—
Spike
Of what, pet?

What’s My Line, Part 2

Spike
Never figured you for existential thought, love. I mean, you hated Paris.

Bring On The Night

Drusilla
We were in Paris. You had a branding iron… And there were worms in my baguette….

What’s My Line, Part 2

1943, Madrid, Spain: Drusilla, Spike

Spike is helping the war effort by giving his all at a Free Virgin Blood party kindly organised by the SS.

It is just possible this period in Spain was when Spike and Dru got up to Lord knows what at a party with bulls. (Presumably not the same party, since Dru was the hostess at the bull one.)

(Why We Fight, Surprise)

Drusilla
My gatherings are always perfect. Remember Spain? The bulls?

Surprise

Spike
Nabbed me in Madrid. Sneaky bastards, the SS. Don’t ever go to a Free Virgin Blood party – turns out it’s probably a trap.

Why We Fight

1943, New York, USA: Angel

The Second World War is well under way and Angel is dodging the draft.

(Why We Fight)

Soldier
You ever considered joining the war effort?
Angel
No.

Why We Fight

1943, Atlantic Ocean: Angel, Lawson, Nostroyev, Prince of Lies, Spike

Spike having been kidnapped by the SS and Angel by the U.S. Demon Research Initiative, the boys end up on a captured Nazi U-boat with Nostroyev (Rasputin’s lover, Scourge of Siberia, Butcher of Alexander Palace, obviously the sort of vamp Angel wouldn’t have heard of) and the Prince of Lies (an elderly vampire in dire need of a manicure). Spike eats most of the remaining crew and Angel is forced to make the one and only turning of his souled years: Ensign Sam Lawson, a young U.S. Navy officer.

(Why We Fight)

The sub was described as a prototype T-class, which is in fact a British submarine and only goes to show you can’t trust dodgy government agencies.

Lawson
Funny what goes through a man’s mind when his life’s hanging in the balance. Boys talked about that a lot back on the boat. Always figured it’d be the special moments you freeze in time. Your mom singing you to sleep at night. Sneaking into the movies with your best friend. The way your girl’s hair shimmers in the sun. But the truth is the only thing that really goes through your head is, Wow, this really sucks. And then you’re gone.

Why We Fight

1943, North East, America: Angel, Lawson, Spike

Spike and Lawson having been thrown off the U-boat by Angel, and Angel himself having jumped ship on his own initiative, they all swim to shore somewhere on the North American coastline.

(Why We Fight)

Angel specifically stated he was off Maine. It is difficult to estimate where Spike and Lawson would have come ashore. By the end of the war the fastest experimental German submarines could achieve speeds of 20 knots submerged and 25 knots on the surface, but this one was damaged so a top speed of 10 to 15 knots seems more likely. Over the eight hours left to sunrise that meant the sub could cover 90-140 statute miles, which could cover a fair stretch of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine or alternatively Nova Scotia.

Angel
You’re new at this. I’m not. Let’s take a walk.

Why We Fight

Sometime between 1945 and 1947, Las Vegas, USA: Angel

Sometime between 1945, when Bugsy Siegel started his project to build a gambling haven in the Nevada desert, and June 20th 1947, when he was gunned down by his Mafia associates, Angel meets him and discusses the finer points of desert geography.

(The House Always Wins)

Gunn
You never told me you’ve been to Vegas before.
Angel
Yeah, a few times. Been a while though. Used to be dunes over there.
Gunn
Oh, man, it has been a while. They tore down the Dunes ten years ago.
Angel
Not the casino. I mean actual dunes. Bugsy used to call them dung piles.
Gunn
Bugsy? Bugsy Siegel?
Angel
Yeah. Not one with words, I know, but man, he had a mean backhand on the tennis court.

The House Always Wins

1950s, Italy: Drusilla, Spike

Spike and Dru, but definitely not Angel, stand around looking cool at a party.

(The Girl In Question)

Spike
Ciao.
Drusilla
Ciao.

The Girl In Question

Sometime between 1900 and 1987: Spike

Spike has yet another run-in with the Immortal and this time gets tossed in prison for tax evasion.

(The Girl In Question)

Spike
It’s him. The Immortal. This is what he does. Every time he shows up, I either lose my girl, get beaten by an angry mob, or get thrown in prison for tax evasion. Long story.

The Girl In Question

1952, Los Angeles, USA: Angel

While staying in room 217 in the Hyperion Hotel in Los Angeles, Angel is moved to help a young thief, Judy, and discovers that a Thesulac demon is feeding on the paranoia of the residents. At first, Angel decides to fight the demon, but he walks out after the paranoid people turn on him. What’s a lynching between friends?

(Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been?)

Judy
…the guy in 215. You know he killed himself?
Angel
Yeah. I guess he did.
Judy
It’s so sad. Can you imagine that wallpaper being the last thing you see before you… go out?
Angel
Maybe it was the wallpaper that drove him to it.

Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been?

1956, Prague, Czechoslovakia: Drusilla, Spike

Drusilla is nearly killed by a mob in Prague.

(School Hard, Lie to Me)

This date is highly speculative as it comes from an Angel tie-in book: City Of… which gives the location as Hungary [sic], the date as October, and specifies the mob as Soviet soldiers and villagers.

Drusilla
I’m not hungry. I miss Prague.
Spike
You nearly died in Prague. Idiot mob.

School Hard

Giles
She’s called Drusilla, a sometime paramour of Spike’s. She was killed by an angry mob in Prague.
Buffy
Well they don’t make angry mobs like they used to, cos this girl’s alive. I saw her with Angel.

Lie to Me

c. 1960, Las Vegas, USA: Angel

Angel proves he has a life by moving up from drinking rats to drinking with the Rat Pack.

(The House Always Wins)

Angel
I thought it was a little over produced for my tastes. It’s like I told Sammy Davis at the Sands: when you, Frank and Dean are the meal, you don’t need the trimmings.
Gunn
Hold on. You knew the rat-pack?
Angel
Know them? No. I met them – once. Twice. For drinks. Maybe it was three times. I did have a life before you guys came along.

The House Always Wins

1963, Vienna, Austria: Spike

Spike slaughters an orphanage and then a couple of watchers.

(Lineage)

Spike
You’ve heard of me?
Roger Wyndam-Price
No. We’ve met. 1963. My colleagues and I fell upon you slaughtering an orphanage in Vienna. Killed two of my men before you escaped.
Spike
Oh… How’ve you been?

Lineage

1963, Los Angeles, USA: Penn

Penn shows up on the radar again, and guess what he’s been up to…

(Somnambulist)

Kate
Your friend has been in LA before … in 1963.

Somnambulist

1967, Las Vegas, USA: Angel

Angel crashes the Presleys’ wedding reception – once again proving the pivotal role of canapes in Aurelian history.

(The House Always Wins)

Angel
Oh, now I remember that room! Elvis and Pricilla’s wedding reception, 1967. Yes! Alright, it’s not like I was, you know, really invited. They just put me near the dais. I think somebody thought I was in the band. Probably because I was all drunk and sourly. They had these little fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches.

The House Always Wins

1967, Los Angeles, USA: Angel

Angel shows just how much you can cram into an eternal life by attending the first recording of The Carol Burnett Show at CBS Television City in Los Angeles.

(Not Fade Away)

Angel and Carol Burnett had a friend in common in Sammy Davis Jnr. – perhaps explaining how Angel got tickets.

Connor
So vampires really don’t understand the concept of jokes.
Angel
I understand jokes. I was at the first taping of The Carol Burnett Show. Tim Conway was on fire. It was special.

Not Fade Away

1969, New York, USA: Spike

Spike attends the Woodstock Music Festival, upstate New York, August 15-17.

(School Hard)

Spike
I was actually at Woodstock. That was a weird gig. I fed off a flowerperson, and I spent the next six hours watchin’ my hand move.

School Hard

1970s or early 1980s, USA: Angel

Whilst indulging his taste for ‘Mandy’ on the jukebox of a donut shop, Angel witnesses a robbery that ends in the cashier getting shot. Then, having possibly been a bit slow in organising an ambulance, he steals a sip from the dead victim. The guilt from this is enough to make him stop washing and start dinning on nothing but rat.

(Orpheus)

Angelus
Twenty years after that stupid donut shop, and his fingers never smelled of anything but rat! ‘I’m so sorry. I give up. I’m gonna live in a sewer!’

Orpheus

1977, New York, USA: Spike

Having stalked her for some time first, Spike kills Nikki Wood – his second Slayer – in a subway car, in a fight involving twirling a metal pole. At some stage she begged for her life. He takes her black leather coat as a trophy.

(Fool for Love, School Hard, Lies My Parents Told Me, Damage)

Spike
She was cunning, resourceful, and oh, did I mention? Hot. I could have danced all night with that one.

Fool for Love

Spike
I spent a long time trying to track you down. Don’t want the dance to end so soon, do you, Nikki? The music’s just starting, isn’t it? By the way… love the coat.

Lies My Parents Told Me

Spike
The last Slayer I killed… she begged for her life.

School Hard

Dana
Please don’t. I have to get home to my son… to my Robin.
Spike
Robin? Oh. Hey, you’re talkin’ about Nikki, the slayer I offed back in— Uh, yeah. You probably don’t want to think about that, pet.

Damage

Sometime before 1997, Sunnydale, USA: Darla, Luke

Darla and Luke come to Sunnydale.

(Welcome To The Hellmouth)

Darla
Are you sure this is a good idea?

Welcome To The Hellmouth

1996, New York, USA: Angel

Angel is living in Manhattan on a diet of rats when he is approached by a badly dressed demon, Whistler, who insults him and persuades him to go and take a look at the new Vampire Slayer in Los Angeles. Angel goes, and the rest is television…

(Becoming, Part 1)

Angel
I want to help her. I want to… I want to become someone. I want to help.

Becoming, Part 1


Final Fates