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2004-05-19 10:21:18-07:00 - FAQ: alt.tv.angel - short version - (William George Ferguson <wmgfrgsn@newsguy.com>)

OK, not that short this time. For a more complete faq, see: http://alcor.concordia.ca/~ra_forti/angelfaq For more complete information about the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, consult several other online FAQs. This FAQ reflects the newsgroup through May of 2004, and the tv series through the 21th episode of the 5th season. The character information at the bottom of this faq is updated to reflect the various characters' status as of the end of episode 21 of season 5, and thus may constitute spoilers if you haven't seen that far. The Newsgroup alt.tv.angel (ata) was created to discuss the television show Angel (about a year before Angel first aired, actually). Any discussion of Angel, the show, the storylines, the cast, the characters, the behind the scenes people, or pretty much anything else related to Angel (including franchise products like books and comics) is on topic. Discussion of the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, its stories, cast, etc. is on topic when that discussion directly relates to the show Angel (as it occasionally will, since Angel is a spinoff of Buffy, and there have been crossovers). Discussion of Buffy that isn't directly related to the show Angel should go on the appropriate Buffy group (most commonly alt.tv.buffy-v-slayer, but there are also specific Buffy newsgroups for other parts of the world). Like virtually all discussion newsgroups, binaries are off topic. If you want to post cool Angel-related binaries to a newsgroup, post them to alt.binaries.multimedia.buffy-v-slayer, where they will be very welcome. It hasn't been a problem yet, but fanfic is also off topic. Angel fanfic is currently welcome on alt.tv.buffy-v-slayer.creative There are different views on spoiler space, and ata's consensus view is hardly set in stone, but inserting spoiler space is never wrong. The group does seem to be veering toward more spoiler space usage rather than less. The show: The tv show Angel is about an LA private detective named Angel who is a vampire. He primarily takes cases involving helping innocents (and not so innocents) who are being preyed on by supernatural beings (mostly vampires and demons). The world the tv show Angel takes place in is often referred to as the Buffyverse because Angel is a spinoff of Buffy.the Vampire Slayer. It is sometimes called the Angelverse when highlighting differences between the two shows. The characters: AI: Angel Investigations the detective agency founded by Angel Angel: a vampire cursed with a soul, atoning for the evil he did Liam: Angel's original human name, typically used when differentiating the human from the vampire Angelus: the original, latinate, form of his name that Angel adopted when he bacame a vampire, typically used to differentiate unsouled Angel from souled Angel Wesley: Wesley Wyndham-Price, an ex-Watcher, now a Rogue Demon Slayer, good at research Gunn: Charles Gunn, former leader of a street-level anti-vampire militia who currently works with Angel Investigations, as of season 5, has been mystically turned into a super-lawyer by Wolfram & Hart The Host: Krevlorneswath (Lorne) a demon from the dimension of Pylea, who can read auras through music Fred: Winifred Burkle, a library worker/physics student who spent five years trapped in the demon dimension of Pylea. Was infected with the essence of Illyria and destroyed Illyria: An ancient demon goddess currently inhabiting Fred's body. Fred's mortal form is unable to maintain her full power, but she is still very powerful Spike: William the Bloody, 'child' of Drusilla. Spike, Drusilla, Darla, and Angel made a horribly dysfunctional, and devastatingly destructive, vampire family unit from his vamping in the 1870s to Angel's being cursed with a soul in the 1890s, Spike is currently in possession of a soul Harmony: Harmony Kendall, Cordelia's high school friend, currently a vamp Others that may come up in discussions ME: Mutant Enemy, the production company that makes Angel The PTB: The Powers That Be, generally referring to powers (presumably good) who oppose the demons and other evils TPTSY: Fred's take on the PTB, The Powers That Screw You W&H: Wolfram & Hart, a law firm that defends demons and other evil things. The Senior Partners are demonic, and they may be linked to the oppposite number of the PTB. For some reason, they seem to have a liking for lawyers with the initials 'L.M.' As of the end of season 4, they've turned their LA office over to Angel Investigations (Important Note: W&H employees, at least at the level of partner and possibly others, have 'perpetuity' clauses in their contracts which are binding after death, at least two dead partners so far, Holland Manners and Lilah Morgan have returned to serve W&H after dying) Lilah: Lilah Morgan, a W&H lawyer; associate in Season 1, junior partner in season 2 and 3, partner in season 4, currently dead Lindsey: Lindsey McDonald, a former W&H lawyer; associate in season 1, junior partner in season 2, currently separated from W&H. Lindsey returned to attempt to destroy Angel and damage W&H, but failed, is currently working (against his will) with Angel Holland: Holland Manners, a W&H lawyer/partner, currently dead Cordelia: Cordelia Chase, office-person, would-be actress, as of midway through season 1 received Doyle's vision power, which started slowly killing her, as of midway through season 3 became half-demon to avoid dying from vision power, ascended as a higher being at end of season 3, returned to Earth in season 4, where she was controlled by a rogue higher being (Jasmine), went into coma giving birth to Jasmine's physical body, and remained in coma at the end of season 4. Appeared to recover midway through season 5, but ultimately died from effects of her vision powers. Her spirit moved on, working with the PTB. Connor: The son of two vampires, Angel and Darla. Which is defined in the Buffyverse as impossible. As of the end of season 4, Connor's past has been changed so that he is now the normal son of a normal family, and all memory of his being Angel's son was removed from everyone, except Angel. The reality altering spell was locally counteracted in season 5, leading to Connor killing Sahjan as prophecied. As a result, Wesley and Connor now have both sets of memories, and the real and the fake, and Illyria has both sets of Fred's memories Darla: Angel's sire (the vamp that made him a vamp), impossible mother of Connor, currently destroyed Drusilla: One of Angel's 'children' (Angel made her a vamp) she has visions, and is insane, sire of Spike Eve: The intermediary between the W&H Senior Partners and Angel, she turned out to be conspiring against both with Lindsey Hamilton: Marcus Hamilton, the new intermediary who replaced Eve once the Senior Partners found out about her double-cross Nina: Nina Ash, a werewolf who is being helped by the Angel team, romantically interested in Angel Anne: Anne Strong, formerly known as Lily, Chanterelle, Sister Sunshine, and other names, original name unrevealed. A member of Billy Fordham's vampire loving group, she (as Chanterelle) was rescued, along with other members of the all you can eat vampire buffet, by Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Later, when Buffy ran into her while running away from home, she was going by Lilly. Buffy rescued her again, this time from a dimension of demons that fed on despair and hopelessness, and she asked permission to take Buffy's middle name (Anne) as hers. She later showed up on Angel, apparently having gotten her life together inspired by Buffy, and was operating a shelter for street kids. She had apparently become acquainted with Gunn through running the shelter while he was working with his anti-vampire street gang. For episode titles, (and synopses/guides if you wish) see http://www.tvtome.com/servlets/EpisodeGuideServlet/showid-12/ http://www.geos.tv/index.php/index/ang and a variety of other sites, fairly easily located. -- You've reached the Tittles. We can't come to the phone right now If you want to leave a message for Christine, Press 1 For Bentley, Press 2 Or to speak to, or worship, Master Tarfall, Underlord of Pain, Press 3