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Fray in the Buffyverse

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OK, so there's this comic book mini-series. It's called Fray. It takes the story of the slayer line hundreds of years into the future. It is considered Buffyverse canon, because Joss Whedon wrote it.

Melaka Fray is the descendant of the Slayer line. There's a wrinkle though. She has a twin brother. The brother inherits the dreams. Melaka inherits the slayer strength.

Slayers are no longer "Chosen", in that they are not given a Watcher and the specific slayer-related duties of protecting the world from the supernatural. There are still girls with the power, and the power is still passed on, but they are not chosen as the earth's protector. They are not needed. Magic and demons have been banished from earthly realities.

Vampires still exist, but they go unnoticed because they stick to the shadows, and are lost amongst other mutants that have surfaced in the future. They are called lurks.

Here's the thing. Much of Fray can be used to reference questions from the Buffyverse. I'm noticing a lot of people seem to be unaware of this lately, so I'm going to post selected passages from Fray that offer information that pertains to things Buffy.

A note on characters: Fray is Melaka Fray.

Urkonn is the demon who has been sent to the Earthly dimension to prepare Melaka for an upcoming battle that will affect both our world and the world of demons.



HOW HUMANS TOOK OVER THE EARTH

Urkonn:
There was once a thing on this Earth called magic

There were demons, monsters beyond imagination most of them pure evil.. They ruled this dimension as they did so many others.

Fray:
What's a dimension?

Urkonn:
RRRRRR...

Eventually as Mortal animals evolved under the protection of certain Mages and Loranites..

Fray:
What's a...

Urkonn:
They left! All right? The demons, most of them found more hospitable dime...places and left the earth to the mortals for the most part.

Some remained hidden away. Some bred within the human community their power weakened throughout generations. Some assimilated. And some...infected.

It is not known when they first appeared, but the vampires were a plague.

The elders of several villages met, calling for action. They invoked the strongest and most dangerous magiks they could summon, to create a power. A power that could fight the vampires. A power that lived...in the body of a girl.

Fray:
The Slayer! Right?

Urkonn:
Yes. You're actually paying attention.

Fray:
Well I kinda wandered in the middle...


The following occurs shortly after Melaka's first training session with Urkonn. He has been throwing steel girders at her, and he caught her with one.



THE ORIGIN AND THE STORY OF THE SLAYER

Urkonn:
Perhaps we can concentrate on the History.

Good. Good tell me aboud the slayers while I beed to deff. Dey made dat first one.

Urkonn:
She fought and died and was succeeded by another and another throughout time. Always one. Always a woman. A warrior.

Fray:
How did they know.

Urkonn:
They were trained. Sought out and guided by Watchers, descendants of the Shamans who created the first slayer.

Fray:
So are you my Watch...

Urkonn:
No.

Fray:
No?

Urkonn:
No.

Fray:
Then why...

Urkonn:
My reasons are my own.

Your bleeding has stopped.

Fray:
Cause I'm a slayer, right? All super-strong and that.

Why don't you tell me what happened to the last one?

Urkonn:
Because I don't know.

It was some hundreds of years ago, in the twenty first century.

Urkonn:
What we know is this... There was a battle.

A slayer possibly with some mystical allies faced an apocalyptic army of demons.

And when it was done, they were gone. All demons banished from this earthly dimension.

Fray:
And the slayer? Did she...

Urkonn:
I do not know if she lived. But the demons being gone, she was the last to be called.

The Line continued. There were girls with the power, but they were never trained...

The council of Watchers fell to ruin, held together only by fanatics and fools. Those that believed the demons would return.

You met your watcher yesterday.

Fray:
I did? I didn't!

Urkonn:
Did not one come to you, call you the Chosen One?

Fray:
Nobody ever called me any...Oh My God you mean that guy that set himself on fire.

Urkonn:
As I said Fanatics.

Fray:
But he set himself on fire.

Urkonn:
Centuries of useless, obsessive waiting. Makes a human...

Fray:
He set himself on FIRE.

Urkonn:
Maybe he was cold.

Fray:
Okay. I'm supposed to fight the coming onslaught of Lurks, and I'm being taught by a sarcastic goat-thing whose idea of training is throwing scrap metal at me, because the actual good guys all went crazy waiting for the monsters to come back.

Urkonn:
Yes.

Fray:
Just checking.


In Fray # 6 Urkonn gives Melaka the scythe.



FRAY GETS THE SCYTHE

Urkon:
I have a gift for you.

It is a weapon forged eons ago, for the slayer alone. Lost for centuries.

Carry it, for it is your sword and your scepter. Let it proclaim you the hero..and the monster..that you need to be.


Urkonn has been sent from the demon dimension by 2 demons that appear to be in charge in some way. They are named Vrill and Boluz. Allycat has this interesting theory that maybe they are the senior partners.

I don't want to spoil you too much, so I'll just tell you they are discussing an evil enemy who is planning to open the gateway between dimensions.



PORTALS AND GATEWAYS BETWEEN DIMENSIONS

Vrill:
With power! Power you brainless lake of flesh to open the gateway and bring the human and demon worlds crashing together again. That must not be. Not until we are ready.

Boluz:
Can the girl...

Vrill:
It's unknown his strength is her weakness. It's taken from her.

Boluz:
An incomplete vessel. Should we not send a cadre of demons to..

Vrill:
That portal's been breached twice mustn't risk...

The girl. She will have to do.


It should be mentioned there are discrepancies between the myth of Fray, and the story of the potentials as revealed in Chosen. Joss is aware of these, and has promised to make things clearer in an upcoming Fray he plans to do when time allows.

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