DATA + APPEARANCES
-Name: The Master
-Monster Category: Vampire
-Key Relationships: Son of Lilith, Sire of Yuki Makimura, Leader of Eidu "Congregation"
-Unique Attributes: So powerful that he could move his essence to the Astral Plane just moments before his final death, until it could be placed into a new vessel.
-Most Monstrous Moment: The Master is the only vampire to have actually killed Buffy Summers. (She got better.)
-First Appearance (Pin-Up in Comics): Buffy the Vampire Slayer Annual 1999 (August 25, 1999)
-First Appearance (Comics): Buffy the Vampire Slayer #35: "False Memories" Part 1 of 4 (Jul 25, 2001)
-Other Appearances (Comics): Buffy the Vampire Slayer #38: "False Memories", Buffy the Vampire Slayer #43: "Death of Buffy", Buffy the Vampire Slayer #50: "Hellmouth to Mouth" (flashback), Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds (cameo), Angel: Auld Lang Syne #1, 4 (cameo)
-Current Status: His astral essence was killed by Dawn.
The Master was the most powerful of all vampires, and has been the only being to ever successfully kill Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Trapped in a sort of dimensional prison, the Master was unable to enter our world, and could only act through his minions. The Master lured Buffy to his lair and drank from her blood, which allowed him to escape his magical prison. Leaving Buffy to drown in a small pool of water, the Master did not count on her being revived a minute or so later by Xander via CPR, and was killed shortly after. Buffy attempted to prevent him from ever being revived by destroying his bones.
Moments before his final death, the Master was able to move his essence to the astral plane, where he would remain until he could return into a new body. An attempt to bring him back to the land of the living by his congregation, the Eidu was nearly successful. Using the Eidu Amulet, which is a bridge to the spirit world, the Eidu kidnapped Xanderand planned to use his body as the vessel for the Master's astral essence to inhabit. Before the Master could enter the body, Willow and Tara cast a spell to temporarily keep the Master's spirit from possessing Xander. During the ritual, the Master's essence was destroyed after he was struck with a vapour blade by Buffy's sister, Dawn.
POWERS + WEAKNESSES
The Master possessed the common abilities of a vampire, but also had the unique ability to move his essence to the astral plane moments before death.
As a vampire, he shared all the normal vampire handicaps. In astral form, his essence could be destroyed by a vapour blade