The Church was the lair of the Order of Aurelius in Sunnydale. It became the prison of the Master since 1937, when an earthquake interrupted a ritual to open the Hellmouth, causing a portion of the Church and the Master to become trapped within by an invisible barrier. However, in the spring of 1997, the Master finally escaped only to be killed in combat by the current Slayer, Buffy Summers.
Several years later, in accordance with the Universal Recreation prophecy, an egg containing what was to be the new universe was "conceived" by Buffy and Angel within the church, only to be "aborted" when Buffy and Angel rejected their roles. In order to solve the current crisis, Buffy and Spike returned to the ruins of Sunnydale to find the egg.
The Church was very dilapidated, with various debris (bricks, woods beams, and torn pieces of paper) strewn around. It was accessible from the tunnels of Sunnydale. It had several pools of blood and hundreds of candles.
The church was directly below Sunnydale High and the tunnels accessing it seemed to be relatively close since Buffy the Master traveled to and from the two locations in a short amount of time.
Behind the Scenes
- In the video game, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the church was one of the main maps and was titled the "Sunken Church". In the game, the church could also be accessed through the catacombs of a mausoleum in the Sunnydale Cemetery. It was also larger and home to many monsters as well as serving as the location for two of the game's boss battles, one with Matereani and the newly resurrected Master in the last level.