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An elder woman of the Clan Kalderash cursing Angelus.

The Ritual of Restoration was a curse which restored a vampire's soul. It was used on Angelus by the Clan Kalderash after the notorious vampire murdered their most beloved daughter.

When Angel's curse was broken in 1998, the young witch Willow Rosenberg, performed the spell a second time to restore his soul and return him to his heroic persona. She repeated this spell in 2003.

Purpose

"Angel was meant to suffer. Not to live as human. One moment of true happiness, of contentment, one moment where the soul that we restored no longer plagues his thoughts, and that soul is taken from him."
Enyos Kalderash on the curse[src]

The ritual is intended to curse a vampire by re-ensouling him or her, thus forcing the vampire to accept massive amounts of remorse, guilt and torment for all the lives that they have taken as a soulless beast. As far as is aware, Angel is the only vampire who has been re-ensouled in this way, and it is unclear whether other soulless demons can be re-ensouled in this way.

Restoring a vampire's soul in this way is not intended as a gift. It is very much a form of revenge, or a curse since if ever there comes a time when the restored soul no longer torments the vampire, the moment the vampire is not plagued by the guilt of what they had done for the sake of evil in the past, then in that instant the soul is taken from them. Angel's soul has been lost this way twice.

Whenever the curse takes effect, it takes a few moments for the vampire to remember their actions while soulless, and when it is broken, the vampire suffers debilitating pain as his soul is ripped from his body.

Performance

The Ritual of Restoration has been performed on three separate occasions; once by a Kalderash elder and twice by Willow Rosenberg. The ritual is spoken slightly differently each time, presumably because the translation made by Jenny Calendar is not an exact replica of the original text, though it seems to have the same effect, and also due to the time difference between the first and second instances where Willow performed the ritual, her powers as a witch have increased greatly, so logic dictates that she has adapted the curse according to her own research and experience.

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The ingredients.

Requirements

To perform the ritual, one needs four candles, some animal bones, runic stones, burning incense and an Orb of Thesulah. With these items, one creates a sacred circle, kneels, stands or sits in front of it and initiates the incantation by casting some stones over the sacred circle. Usually the first line of the incantation is spoken by a secondary person, but it is unclear whether this is always the case. The ritual is spoken in a combination of Romanian and another language which appears to be of the caster's choice (the languages seen to have been used so far are Latin and English). The Ritual of Restoration is an extremely powerful spell and has been seen to literally take over a less-experienced or weakened caster.

Versions

Kalderash Version

The following was spoken by the Kalderash elder.[1]

Este scris, această putere este dreptul poporul meu de a conduce.
Nici mort, nici al fiinţei,
te invoc, spirit al trecerii.
Redă trupului ce separe omul de animal.
Aşa să fie cu ajutorul acestui!

Willow's First Version

The following was spoken by Willow the first time she attempted the ritual.[2]

Quod perditum est, invenietur.
Not dead, nor not of the living,
spirits of the interregnum, I call.
Gods, bind him. Cast his heart from the evil realm.
Te implor, Doamne; nu ignoră aceasta rugăminte!
Nici mort, nici al fiinţei,
lăsa orbită să fie vasul care-i vă transportă sufletul la el.
Aşa să fie! Aşa să fie!
Acum! Acum!

Willow's Second Version

The following was spoken the second time Willow performed the ritual to restore Angel's soul.[3]

Quod perditum est, invenietur.
Nici mort, nici al fiinţei,
te invoc spirit al trecerii.
Te implor, Doamne; nu ignoră aceasta rugăminte!
Lăsa orbită să fie vasul care-i vă transportă sufletul la el.
Este scris, aceasta putere este dreptul poporul meu de a conduce.
Aşa să fie! Aşa să fie!
Acum!

Full Incantation

Combining what is said by the two casters on four separate occasions (including the interrupted one), and taking into account the on-screen cuts when the ritual is being performed, below is as close as possible to the full incantation for the Ritual of Restoration.

Quod perditum est, invenietur.
Nici mort, nici al fiinţei,
te invoc spirit al trecerii.
Gods, bind him, cast his heart from the evil realm.
Let him know the pain of humanity, gods.
Reach your wizened hands to me. Give me the sword...
Te implor, Doamne; nu ignoră aceasta rugăminte.
Lăsa orbită să fie vasul care-i vă transportă sufletul la el.
Este scris, aceasta putere este dreptul poporul meu de a conduce.
Redă trupului ce separe omul de animal.
Aşa să fie cu ajutorul acestui magic glob de cristal.
Aşa să fie! Aşa să fie!
Acum! Acum!

Translation

What is lost, return.
Not dead, nor not of the living,
spirits of the interregnum, I call.
Gods, bind him, cast his heart from the evil realm.
Let him know the pain of humanity, gods.
Reach your wizened hands to me. Give me the sword...
I call on you, Lord; do not ignore this request.
Let this orb be the vessel that will carry his soul to him.
It is written, this power is my people's right to wield.
Return to the body what separates man from animal.
So shall it be with the help of this magic crystal globe.
So it shall be! So it shall be!
Now! Now!

Other Attempts

The ritual was also used in the 1920s when the Romanies attempted to curse the vampire known as Perfect Jheung, the vampire who their seers had predicted would be the true vampire champion; Angel was apparently merely a "lab rat" to determine if such a restoration could be accomplished in the first place. However, for unknown reasons, the ritual failed to restore Jheung's soul to him, leaving him bitter and fixated with the implication that he wasn't "good enough" to become such a unique vampire.

Behind the Scenes

Nici mort, nici al fiinţei,
te invoc spirit al trecerii.
Redă trupului ce separe omul de animal
cu ajutorul acestui magic glob de cristal.
  • For a long time, it was implied that the Ritual of Restoration would be broken if Angel ever had any kind of sexual intercourse, resulting in magician Magnus Bryce referring to Angel as a eunuch, much to Angel's annoyance;[4] in fact, Faith Lehane attempted to seduce Angel with the thought that it would break his curse.[5] However, Angel has done so to no ill effect on several occasions: his "perfect despair" moment with Darla,[6] an implied sexual relationship with the Transuding Furies,[7] his liaison with Eve while under the influence of a sleep-deprived Lorne's mind control,[8] his tryst with Nina Ash,[9] and a three-way with Kate Lockley and Desdemona while under the influence of Illyria's pheromones.[10]During the Twilight crisis, Angel also had sex with Buffy once again without losing his soul,[11] although in this case his recent "upgrade" may have altered the conditions of his curse.
  • It is also implied, by way of Giles mentioning that such a powerful spell, particularly by an untrained witch, can open doorways in the soul, that the casting of this spell and its subsequent overcoming of Willow mid ritual (resulting it the spell partially casting itself) may have contributed to Willow's development as such a powerful witch.

Appearances

References

  1. "Becoming, Part One"
  2. "Becoming, Part Two"
  3. "Orpheus"
  4. "Guise Will Be Guise"
  5. "Enemies"
  6. "Reprise"
  7. "That Old Gang of Mine"
  8. "Life of the Party"
  9. "Power Play"
  10. Crown Prince Syndrome
  11. Twilight

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