[[livejournal.com profile] theatrical_muse] 273 - Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Mar. 12th, 2009 08:12 am
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273 - "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?" (Who watches the watchmen?)

The timeline is hazy, but most historians place the event somewhere between three and four thousand years ago, though it's possible it may have happened even earlier. Humanity had been at odds with the forces of the supernatural dark-- vampires, demons and the like-- since it first evolved, but it was not for some time that humanity developed the intelligence to do something about it more drastic than simply fight the dark with the same tools it used to fight one another.

We don't know where or how the shamans of one particular African village came up with the idea, but we do know what they did. These men selected a girl, Sineya, from the young women of the village, no doubt because they determined her to be the most likely kind of human to be vulnerable to their aims.

These men chained Sineya in a cave. These men summoned a demon, and that demon bound its essence to the girl, Sineya, imbuing her with strength, speed and enhancements to nearly all her physical abilities, making her a match for nearly any vampire or demon. They sent her out into the world to fight the darkness, and when Sineya died, her power passed on to another young girl.

These men created the Slayer.

These men became the Watchers.

A few thousand years later, the Watchers became the preeminent human organisation with the aim of defending humanity against the forces of evil-- at least, that is, the supernatural ones. Although they studied demons and recorded history and often undertook missions of combat themselves, the primary function of the Watchers' Council was the caretaking of the Slayer line.

To many Slayers, their Watcher was a mentor and guide, a source of wisdom and encouragement. Even when the Watcher's personality was not a warm one, most Slayers found themselves relying on them for support, anyway.

But who was this person they came to trust? More often than not, I can say with firsthand experience, the Council itself cared little or nothing for the Slayer as a person. Not as a human being, not as a woman-- nearly a girl, in most cases-- not as anything more than a weapon. As a link in a chain, expendable and replaceable.

For a time, I was one of those Watchers. I held up duty and responsibility above all else. Only the mission mattered, only the continuance of the line.

And then, I came to Sunnydale. And then, I came to Los Angeles.

I learned to treasure and cherish the people. To treat them as people, as my friends and my family. I can only hope that these new Watchers have learned the same.


Date: 2009-03-12 03:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fakingitsomehow.livejournal.com

Well, looks like you learned, Wesley. No, seriously. It's good to hear.


Date: 2009-03-12 03:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] prodigalwatcher.livejournal.com
I got a pretty good idea of what the Council was like when they sacked me.

You're welcome.


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