The Scythe was made by a group of women known as the Guardians
. Its purpose is to be used by the Vampire Slayer
to kill the last Old Ones
, which are original and pure demons. The Guardians magically put the Scythe in a rock, and i t could only be removed by a rightful Slayer in a time of dyer need. The Scythe was then kept secret and hidden from the Shadow Men
, who would later be known as the Watchers Council
. When a Slayer is wielding the Scythe they can sense the natural power within, since it possesses the "Essence of the Slayer". "It's old... it's strong and it feels like...like it's mine
" - Faith
The Scythe's proper name is mʔ
. The "ʔ"
symbol represents glottal stop. This is significant due to the fact that glottal stop is a phonetic plosive that is voiceless and is produced by completely obstructing the airflow in the vocal tract.
Please note that The Scythe is more similar to a Lochaber Axe than a traditional Scythe. Along with the blade, the Scythe has a wooden stake on the end of the handle which makes it an ideal vampire killing weapon. (Beheading and Staking are the more efficient ways of killing a vampire.)
2003: Enter Buffy the Vampire Slayer
As the group were researching ways to stop The First
found an inscription that lead him to a cave wall. He tells Buffy of his findings and she found the Scythe, underground while battling Caleb
. She later uses it to kill Caleb and to fight the First Evil. Each Slayer that holds the Scythe says that it feels like ancient power - gentle yet strong. A lternatively, powerful magic users like WIllow
do not sense any power and she says "It must be a Slayer thing." Willow later uses the power of the Scythe to activate all potential slayers around the world.