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(Fic) The History of the Watchers' Council - Intro

17th January 2011 (17:43)

The background of the Watchers' Council is something that's been discussed quite a bit in fandom, along with related issues like "What is the purpose of the Cruciamentum?" or "What is the connection between the Watchers and the Shadowmen?" I decided to pull together all my ideas and write them up as a history of the Council, as written from the point of view of an informed outside observer with access to Council records here in the present day. I admit to getting a bit carried away sometimes with plotbunnies on how the Slayers and Watchers got involved with varous historical events...

This is all as compliant with canon as I can make it, though there's obviously plenty of speculation or outright fiction mixed in there. Alert readers will notice that I've also incorporated elements of Hiywan's Story into the early history of the Council, as well as passing mentions of the original 'Buffy' movie and Season 8. If anyone wants to take my ideas and incorporate them into their own fiction, please feel free; or alternatively if you want to challenge my interpretation of the Council's history, you can do that too. (Historians disagree all the time on how to interpret the past.)

Title: The History of the Watchers' Council
Wordcount: 15,773 (I told you I got carried away) divided into 6 chapters.
Rating: 12
Warnings: References to sexism, racism, religious bigotry, slavery, torture, murder, imperialism, and other fun stuff, in a historical context.

History of the Watchers Council

The Watchers' Council of Great Britain prides itself on being the oldest known human organisation in existence. It has changed its name several times, been all but destroyed and then re-founded at least twice, and many of its older records are long lost and crumbled to dust; but it can still trace a continuous thread of existence back over eight thousand years. There are, of course, demon cults and secret societies which are older - in some cases, a billion years older - but as far as humans go, the Council holds the laurel. This is their story.

Chapter One: Lú'ene Ğissu'ak - The Shadowmen  6000 - 3500 BC

Chapter Two: Šes'ene Ğissu'ak - Brotherhood of Shadows 3500 BC - 1746 BC

Chapter Three: Kilib Lú'ennugi - Watchers' Council of Babylon 1746 - 275 BC

Chapter Four: Boulē Phúlakōn Antiócheiās - Watchers' Council of Antioch 275 BC - AD 1268

Chapter Five: Consilium Custodum Venetiarum - Watchers' Council of Venice AD 1268 - 1563

Chapter Six: Watchers' Council of Great Britain AD 1563 - 2003

(Links to be added)


Posted by: ceciliaj (ceciliaj)
Posted at: 17th January 2011 17:55 (UTC)
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So cool! You are quite the scholar, and I can't wait to read this.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 17th January 2011 17:58 (UTC)

Thanks! I did kind of get carried away with this... The first chapter is posted now.

Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: 19th January 2011 00:19 (UTC)

Just wanted to say this looks amazing, but I'm saving myself for when you've posted the whole thing. *nudges impatiently*

Posted by: none of the above (frogfarm)
Posted at: 19th January 2011 01:05 (UTC)

Um, what the foamy one said. *hides feelings of inadequacy and goes to read*

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th January 2011 02:27 (UTC)

Don't feel like that! I didn't assume any background knowledge to be necessary in the readers to understand this (though there are a few in-jokes buried in there too.) :-)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th January 2011 02:26 (UTC)

Thanks! I was worried, though, that if I posted the entire block as six sequential posts, it would a) overwhelm people's friends lists and b) be forgotten about or lost in /skip 150 if anyone didn't have the time to read 15000 words of text in one sitting...

But it is all written and ready to be posted; I'll probably do one more post tonight and the final chapters in the morning.

Posted by: ceciliaj (ceciliaj)
Posted at: 19th January 2011 13:24 (UTC)
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I think the posting schedule makes a lot of sense. SO MUCH EPIC.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th January 2011 13:28 (UTC)


It's all up now.

Posted by: scrake (scrake)
Posted at: 26th February 2011 14:13 (UTC)

Any chance of a single file for those of us with ereaders?

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