Comic Story
Publication date February 20, 2002
Published in "Tales of the Slayers"
Pages 12
Creative Team
Writer(s) Joss Whedon
Penciller(s) Tim Sale
Editor(s) Scott Allie
Inker(s) Tim Sale
Colorist(s) Lee Loughridge
Letterer(s) Richard Starkings

"Righteous" is the second story in the Tales of the Slayers graphic novel.


In a medieval English village, a young, deeply religious maiden initially rejects her calling as the Slayer, believing that God would not curse her so. However she soon accepts her destiny, comparing it to the suffering of Christ. She studies, trains, and rejects her suitors, devoting herself to God. In the meantime she prepares for her battle with St. Just, a powerful vampire making his way from town to town, leaving behind only ashes.

The village is attacked by St. Just, who climbs the walls protecting it and opens it to his followers. The men of the village refuse the call to arms, many hiding in church. The Slayer fights St. Just and beheads him, while his pack escapes.

Though the village has been saved, the Slayer is accused of witchcraft by the local priest and soon she is arrested while sleeping. She is burned at the stake before the eyes of her Watcher, who is unable to save her.

After she is dead, the townsfolk celebrate. However, the Watcher kills one of the guards and opens the gates to St. Just's former minions, who kill the Watcher and proceed to destroy the village and slaughter its inhabitants.


The story takes place milennia after "Prologue" and centuries before the flashbacks of "Darla" set in Virginia, 1609, during which a dying prostitute is sired by the Master.



Organizations and Titles




  • England

Weapons and Objects

Death Count

  • St. Just, staked by the Maiden Slayer
  • The Maiden Slayer, burned at the stake
  • a guard, killed by the Watcher
  • The Watcher, killed by vampires

Behind the Scenes



Pop Culture References


Unidentified Watcher - "They burned the darkness from my mind. The world at last was clear. For God is good... And God is kind... But He's not welcome here." |-


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