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Aud, a simple housewife living in a small Scandinavian village in 880 A.D., attracted the attention of the demon D'Hoffryn when she casted a vengeance spell on her unfaithful lover, and was offered the chance to ascend into a patron saint for scorned women. Aud was renamed Anyanka and was given a silver necklace with the power to grant scorned women their fondest wishes.
For a thousand years, she wielded the power of the wish. She brought ruin upon the heads of unfaithful men, offering destruction and chaos for the pleasure of the lower beings, while being feared and worshipped across the mortal globe. For a short while, she also worked alongside with a lovelorn demon named Veeya, and handled the vengeance while Veeya dealt out grief and sadness to their victims.
(flashback in BtVS:
Lost & Found)
Eventually, the two demons went their separate ways and in 1999, Anyanka met her downfall. She was drawn to Sunnydale to grant a wish but was defeated by the Scooby Gang and lost her powers and was forced to live the rest of her life as the human Anya Christina Emmanuella Jenkins.
Having to learn how to deal with being human again, Anya became distracted and disturbed by the relationship between females and males. Anya found herself drawn to Xander, and quickly became involved with him. Though her age and experience as a demon give her a very strange perspective on almost everything -- and her former demon status sometimes complicated their relationship -- the odd couple became boyfriend and girlfriend. (BtVS:
Blood of Carthage)
Anya became accepted as a full-fledged member of the Scooby gang, but Willow, Xander's lifelong best friend, never adjusted to Anya dating Xander. For almost two years, Willow kept her feelings against Anya to herself until demon manifestations of jealousy were released, which caused everyone's true feelings to come out. By this time, Anya was a cashier at The Magic Box, the meeting place for the Scooby Gang. Anya also held bitter feelings against Willow that she kept bottled up. Anytime Willow wanted a magical talisman or potion from the store to practice spells with, she took it without paying because Giles, the owner of the store, did not mind if it helped Willow further increase her magical abilities. Anya, on the other hand, minded a great deal and felt that Willow was stealing from the shop. During a heated argument between Anya and Willow regarding Willow's ‘stealing’ and Anya's relationship with Xander, the bottles containing the demon manifestations of jealousy were accidentally shattered by Willow. Once released, the demons took over the minds of Willow and Anya, and manipulated their anger, so that they would try and kill each other. Buffy managed to save the day and removed the Avendschrook’s influence, allowing Anya and Willow to bury the hatchet.
After Buffy died in an apocalyptic battle, the remaining Scoobies grew closer and 187 days later Willow used her powers to resurrect Buffy. Shortly before Buffy had died, Xander finally proposed to Anya, who happily accepted, but when Buffy died, Xander declined to mention their engagement to everyone else. (BtVS:
Death of Buffy)
The couple finally announced their wedding plans after Buffy was brought back, but on their wedding day, disaster struck. Xander got cold feet and left Anya at the alter. Hurt and angry, Anya became a vengeance demon again. She later reconciled with Xander when the demon Scourge took over Sunnydale, but Anya decided that she had been too dependent on others and resolved to find a purpose in life without Xander. During a final battle to close the Hellmouth, Anya was brutally slain.
Note from the
Book Guide to Buffy
of the Slayers