| 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.
|Evil walks by day.|
|Publication date||October 1, 2000|
|Published by||Pocket Books|
A new vampire arrives in Sunnydale who walks outside during the day and yet does not seem to be affected by the sun's rays. The vampire, called Solitaire, is here to challenge the Slayer. He wants to reassure himself that he can beat a Slayer in physical combat. He is an old vampire and Rupert Giles struggles with his research. At the same time, a band called Vyxn arrives at the Bronze and plays for four nights straight. Vyxn is made up of four girls who appear to be not quite human, especially when they seem to be turning all the males at the Bronze into slobbering idiots and bending them to their will. Xander Harris is especially taken by them and would do anything to help them out. Buffy Summers and the gang need to figure out what Vyxn is in town for, and why Solitaire can walk in the sun.
It is later discovered that Vyxn is comprised of a group of ghouls that can seduce men (and it is hinted vampires) at will through their voice. Giles and the Scooby Gang rescue Xander from them just prior to Buffy's final fight with Solitaire. Solitaire it is discovered is immune to sunlight due to the fact that he is not actually a vampire, he is a full-blooded demon that can shift forms between human and demon, and the halfway mark looks remarkably like a vampire. Buffy decapitates him with an axe.
- Buffy Summers
- Xander Harris
- Willow Rosenberg
- Cordelia Chase
- Rupert Giles
- Joyce Summers
- Principal Snyder
- the band Vyxn
- Skull John (vampire boss)
- Carole Burzon (school counselor)
- Troy Douglas (Cordelia's ex-boyfriend)
- Nash and Rave (ghouls)
Behind the Scenes
- The novel included UC Sunnydale, even though it was took place during Season 3.
- German: "Blanke Knochen" (Bare Bones)