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An Old Watcher
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Youth: Rupert Giles was born circa 1969 in England. His family has worked within the Council of Watchers for at least three generations; both his father and grandmother, Edna Giles, were also Watchers. Although as a child Giles dreamed of being either “a fighter pilot or possibly a greengrocer”, being a Watcher is a calling, much as being a Slayer is, and Rupert’s father explained his destiny to him when he was ten-years-old . Although the Scooby Gang later joked that he wore tweed diapers as a child, Rupert was in fact a rebellious youth, rejecting his responsibility as a Watcher and dropping out of his history degree at Oxford University when he was twenty-one. He delved into dark magics and befriended a group of young people who delved into the dark arts for fun or money: Ethan Rayne, Philip Henry, Dierdre Page, Thomas Sutcliff, and Randall. Together, they summoned a particularly grotesque demon called Eyghon, who would eventually murder Randall. Rupert gained the nickname “Ripper” during this time.
During this time, Ripper employed tales of demons and dark magics, and also claimed to be a founding member of Pink Floyd in order to impress girls, although he later admitted this was untrue. It is also possible that he delved into criminal activity, primarily stealing cars, but most likely for joyriding; “Like riding a bloody bicycle,” he says as he hot wires his car. Following the death of Randall, Ethan and the others failed to exorcise Eyghon, and Rupert accepted his destiny of becoming a Watcher. Before becoming a fully-fledged Watcher, Rupert also worked as “the curator of a British museum, maybe the British Museum” as Willow says. According to the noncanon comic Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Giles, his mentor in the Watcher’s Council was Archibald “Archie” Lassiter.
Sunnydale: At the behest of the Watchers’ Council, Giles travels to Sunnydale, California, and works as the librarian at the local high school. There he meets the Slayer, Buffy Summers, whom he begins training. The library, a sort of command center for the gang, sits right above the Hellmouth. During his time there, he trains Buffy and, at times alongside her, they battle against various forms of the supernatural world.
Several years were spent doing this until Giles felt he was no longer needed. Buffy was killed, which only made him want to leave even more. He went back to England, but that only lasted a short time. He tried training another as a Slayer, but he’d come back to be with Buffy yet again when he finds out their friends used dark magic to resurrect her.Afterwards, Buffy becomes too dependent on him emotionally and financially, and he feels this is keeping her from assuming responsibility for her life. So, off he goes again to England and decides that this will be for good.
England: He gets a place near Bath, and becomes apart of a very powerful coven. A few months later, he returns when Willow is unable to control her dark magic and has even killed several. Hearing of a dark power rising in Sunnydale, Giles teleports back there, wielding great magical power borrowed from the Devon Coven. As Dark Willow boasts of her indestructibility, Giles knocks her to the floor with a blast of magic energy, saying “I’d like to test that theory.” After being filled in on everything that has happened to the Scoobies in his absence, Giles apologizes to Buffy, insisting that he never should have left them, but Buffy assures him that he did the right thing. Knowing that Willow is too strong to defeat, he tricks her into draining him of his white magics, which brings him near death. It also allows Xander to reason with Willow as the good magic brings out her natural love and compassion, eating away at the evil within her. Giles returns to England with Willow for her rehabilitation.
A few months later, he brings Potential Slayers to Sunnydale to protect them from the First Evil and its Bringers. Giles had removed a few volumes from the headquarters of the Watchers’ Council, which is soon afterward destroyed by Caleb, an agent of the First. An injured Watcher named Robson witnessed Giles about to be decapitated by a Bringer before blacking out. When the Scoobies hear about this, they worry that Giles may have been killed and the First is merely impersonating him. They are relieved when Anya, Dawn, Xander and Andrew tackle him to the ground, proving he is corporeal and therefore not the First. Giles later loses Buffy’s trust somewhat when he takes part in a scheme with Robin Wood to kill Spike. Buffy tells him, “I think you’ve taught me everything I need to know.” Giles believes that Buffy kept Spike around for personal reasons rather than tactical ones; this is confirmed when she talks to Spike the night before the final battle under the Hellmouth. Giles participates in the battle of the Hellmouth, and survives.
After this, Angel contacts Giles via phone twice. It is established that, Giles travels to Europe with Buffy to train new Slayers. He also takes Andrew Wells under his wing, training him to be a Watcher. Andrew claims to be “faster, stronger and 82% more manly” as a result of Giles’ mentoring. Later, after Fred dies, Angel phones Giles, desperate to get in contact with Willow, who cannot be located. After Angel confirms that he still works for Wolfram & Hart, Giles coldly hangs up on him.
Death and Ressurection: The Scooby Gang has expanded into a global organization, training approximately five hundred Slayers spread over ten squads. Giles is head of the Slayer operations in England, parallel with Andrew’s operations in Italy and Buffy and Xander’s in Scotland, and he keeps in close contact with Xander and Andrew, discussing issues. Giles comes to Faith to request her assistance assassinating another Slayer, who will bring about the Apocalypse if left unchecked. After they are both forced to make the difficult decisions to kill the rogue Slayer Gigi and her mentor Roden, they decide to work together in the future as equal partners, keeping Slayers from turning down the dark path that both Faith and Gigi walked. As a result of their covert operation, Buffy and Giles are no longer on speaking terms.
Giles and Faith hear of a “Slayer Sanctuary” in a town called Hanselstadt from a young Slayer named Courtney. There, Giles encounters Duncan Fillworthe, a former Watcher, who claims vampires do not dare to enter the town because they know the town contains an army of Slayers. Later, as Giles argues that a stalemate is not a solution to the vampire problem, Duncan reveals that in fact the town is feeding the Slayers who come seeking sanctuary to an ancient demon. The fear of the demon is what really keeps the vampires from entering. Giles goes to warn Faith as Duncan states this is the fate that Slayers deserve for rejecting the Watchers Council, especially Buffy, reminding Giles that Buffy’s relationship with Angel resulted in Jenny Calendar’s death. Giles finds Faith already in combat with the demon, which feeds on beings who feel regret and fear. While trying to free Courtney from the demon, Duncan intercepts Giles. During their skirmish, the demon devours Duncan and Giles saves Courtney while Faith kills the demon. The stalemate ended, Giles and Faith rally the reluctant townspeople against the coming vampires, telling them if they want to live, they’ll have to fight. After Harmony Kendall’s reality show establishes a new pro-vampire, anti-Slayer world order, Faith and Giles are in hiding in the Führerbunker. Once their underground hideout is compromised by demons, they retreat to Scotland to reunite with Buffy. Giles and Buffy are driven to reconcile by Twilight’s attacks. The entire group are later transported to Oz in Tibet to learn how to suppress magic to stop Twilight tracking them.
Eyghon and returning to America: Angel is possessed by a powerful mystical entity known as Twilight, and while under its influence, murders Giles, after Giles deliberately put himself in harm’s way to provoke Buffy to action. Angel does so by snapping Giles’ neck, homaging Angelus’ murder of Jenny Calendar.While Angelus killed Jenny in vampiric face. Giles is murdered while Angel’s face is in human form. Afterwards, it is revealed that Giles has left to Faith his entire estate in his will (with the exception of the ‘Vampyr’ book from the first episode of the series, which he leaves to Buffy), and Faith assures Buffy this doesn’t mean Giles cared about her less but rather felt Faith needed it more.
When Angel is no longer possessed, and things are back to ‘normal’, he makes it his personal mission to bring Giles back to life. Over the course of several arcs Giles’ life before Sunnydale is shown in flashbacks as Angel and Faith gather pieces of Giles’ soul from demons or magical objects that were significant in Giles’ life. These parts of his soul are absorbed into Angel’s body using the mystical Tooth of Ammuk. They are joined by Rupert’s great-aunts Lavinia and Sophronia Fairweather, two depowered witches who used magic to remain young, and an old friend of Giles named Alasdair Coames who is a depowered magical archmage and collector of magical artifacts.
Arc Angel and Faith discover Giles is not buried in his grave. It has been possessed by the demon Eyghon who had survived The Dark Age. Because Giles had sold his soul to Eyghon in his youth, he did not move on even though he died a natural death, and the core of his soul went to Eyghon, while smaller parts broke off and attached themselves to the things Angel & Faith had found. Thus, it is possible for Giles to be resurrected from a natural death in a world with no current source of magic. Angel recruits Spike to help him kill Eyghon and a group of British Slayers reluctantly agree to work with them to save their friends who are still alive from Eyghon’s control. The presence of three beings inside Angel’s body (himself, Angelus and Giles) prevent Eyghon from controlling Angel, and Giles speaks through him as Angel kills Eyghon and therefore has all of Giles’ soul. It is later transferred out of Angel to a mystical vessel. Using a mystical item to restore Giles’ corpse to full health and Coames’ collection of artifacts to provide magic for a resurrection spell, Angel, Faith, Coames and the Fairweathers try to bring him back to life. The group is shocked when Giles comes back to life with all his memories intact, but in the body of a 12-year-old boy due to his Aunts thinking of him as a child during the ritual. Giles is grateful to be free of Eyghon but furious at the age of his body and they have been trying to bring him back and not stopping a plot by villains Whistler. Pearl and Nash to mutate humans into a magical species at the cost of a few billion lives. Before confronting them, Giles says to Faith she has grown into a fine woman and they may have wanted him back, but none of the group needs him like they used to. The villains plan to unleash their plague by releasing an orb of pure magic into the upper atmosphere. Giles is able to use ambient magic to attack Nash with a fireball causing him to drop the orb but it also mutates a nearby crowd. Nash is killed causing Pearl to flee. Whistler sees the error of his ways and sacrifices his life to destroy the orb. In the aftermath of the battle, Giles wants Faith to keep his money. He decides to return to America because he was at his best with Buffy, not noticing he has hurt Faith’s feelings. He parts on good terms with Angel who is staying in London’s new Magic Town suburb.
A Man Again / Dealing With Loss: Spending several years trying to come up with a way to return to normal, he finally finds the correct spell needed to accomplish this. When he is once again the age he should be, he is also inundated with magic that he will forever posses. But, this magic is not the dark sort.
As there are so many others out there fighting against evil, Giles actually finds the time to attempt enjoying life. He falls in love and marries, has a child with his wife and returns to work as a librarian. This time, it is not at a High School or College, and not for any other reasons than just simply wanting to be around books. He desperately wants to stay away from the occult. However, this is not to be. Several years go by, and he finds himself being approached by those former friends he once knew so well. They insist that he’s needed again, but by this time Giles is an old man. He refuses and turns them down, vowing he never wants to be further associated with what they’re doing. He insists that they not contact him anymore. They leave reluctantly, but he gives them no choice.
His decision would come back to haunt him as vampires search him out and hunt him down. They murdered everyone in his home and then burnt it down, realizing that Rupert wasn’t there. But, they’d leave it as a warning to him that he is still a target for vampires as well as all other creatures that he used to destroy. Upon losing his family, he is devastated and it sinks in that he can never escape his former life. That life will never be normal, and neither will he. Losing them has resulted in the loss of some of his sanity.
New Life / Old Man: He has given up trying to live in one place, and spends his time traveling about the States. He devotes all of his time to hunting down evil monsters and continuing to try and further his knowledge of the supernatural. He no longer trains anyone specifically, but will try to do so if someone approaches him wanting to learn and has the correct intentions. But, he can tend to be a recluse and shy away from others, doing what he has to do and then returns to hiding.
He does have the ability to resurrect his wife and child, but he refuses as he knows they would reenter a world that is not fit for them. He feels they deserve to be in Heaven instead of the hell that is this world. And, he knows they would never be safe, even if he left them behind to live a life on their own without him.
- My Appearance
An old man, Occasional beard, Graying hair
Magic, Books, Guns, Money
- I Believe...
The World Is Doomed.