- "The Seed is soul and life. And it's amazing. It's tied to the heart of the Earth."
- ―Willow Rosenberg[src]
The Seed of Wonder, or simply "the Seed," was the heart of all magic on Earth.
During the fight with Sephrilian: Buffy, Willow and the minder Robin saw a vision of the cracked seed on a podium in a circular room, with Buffy beaten and cut on the floor after a massive betrayal, one that was the closest, most unexpected. It was revealed by Robin to be a vision from the future.
The Master was enslaved by the Seed approximately 800 years ago to keep custody over it. When Buffy became imbued with the power of Twilight, the Seed resurrected the Master to watch over it, presumably to keep it safe from Twilight.
Spike revealed that the Seed is just what the name implies, the world's soul and the source of all its magic. Twilight needed to capture it so that it would become the new universe's soul, destroying the old one.
- "Ever since the Seed was planted, Twilight has been an inevitability."
The Seed of Wonder was located in Sunnydale and was buried underground for some time, possibly first in the earthquake that originally trapped the Master, and then finally was buried even more when Spike destroyed the Hellmouth and caved in Sunnydale in 2003.
Regarding the Seed of Wonder: Spike said, "It's always been there, before you, before humans... before The First, even, which has a nice irony." He went on to explain that, "The world came from the Seed. It was all demons and horrors then. Probably spillover from some other, less pleasant dimension. The seed brought it fourth and the seed kept it here. Kept the warring nasties and the bubbling magical energies from seeping back into the old dimension, wherever that was. It's the key, forget key, think cork. As long as the seed is in its place, the Hellmouth, things stay more or less the way they should. Pull it out the world goes bye." Spike explained that the Seed was safe, though buried underground with its protector, the Master, at its side. Until the universe selected the greatest vampire and the greatest Slayer, Angel and Buffy, to shag a new universe into existence. The new universe demons pouring in through countless portals meant to seize the Seed for Twilight, while Earth demons - the ones here first - tried to repel them.
As Aluwyn elaborated to Willow, removing the Seed to the Twilight dimension would cause the world to be swallowed up, allowing Twilight to fully come into its own. However, breaking the seed would sever all magical ties with other worlds and the world's connection to other dimensions - the analogy being the difference between removing a cork from a bottle and breaking it so that it remains stuck at the top of the bottle.
While Buffy and Angel (under the control of Twilight) battled in the ruins of the church where the seed is being held, Giles brought Buffy the Slayer Scythe. The Scythe began to glow red as its power grew in the presence of the Seed. After the Twilight-controlled Angel killed Giles, Buffy, in a fit of devastation, used the scythe to destroy the seed.
The destruction of the Seed immediately disempowered witches throughout the world, while active spells were severely weakened or simply broken. Creatures with inherent powers, such as vampires and Slayers, retained them. However, no more Slayers could be called, and no more vampire demons could enter this dimension, resulting in all new sirings becoming zompires. The effects of taking Mohra demon blood were also altered, so that instead of simply being regenerated to health, the recipient would develop painful cancerous growths all over their body. Apparently, the Seed's destruction also affected the natural world and humanity as well; according to Willow, there hadn't been a decent song, movie, or book released since the Seed was destroyed, suicide rates were spiking all over the world, and people were losing hope, with things expected to get even worse from there.
However, by the time of Melaka Fray, magic had returned to the world, so it can be assumed that the Seed was restored at some point or magic was restored via alternate means.
Behind the Scenes
- In the vision from "Anywhere But Here", Buffy is wearing the same clothes as she is on the Jo Chen cover for the second part of the Last Gleaming arc.
- During the dream sequence in "Always Darkest", Buffy, Angel, Spike and Caleb are shown to be in the circular room where the seed is placed. Buffy is also wearing the same clothes and with the same injuries from "Anywhere But Here".
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