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This is the Heart of Kandrakar which contains the elementary forces of nature. . . . One of the five binds the others. And with the Heart of Kandrakar unites them, summoning and magnifying their powers.

Yan Lin explaining to Will, Irma, Taranee, Cornelia and Hay Lin's sudden destines as the second generation of legendary Guardians of the Veil, It Begins

The Heart of Kandrakar (sometimes spelled Candracar) is a fictional magical pendant from the W.I.T.C.H. comics and the TV series. It is bestowed to the leader of the Guardians, and enables them to transform into their superhero alter egos by channelling the elemental energies of the Aurameres into them.

Plot

Xin Jing draws strength from the very essences of the Four Dragons' themselves as well as her own.

In Ancient China, there once was a mighty empire that was suffering from a prolonged drought. Feeling pity for the people of the kingdom, the Jade Emperor's Four Dragons came together to bring rain to the land.[1][2]

Angered that they had acted without his permission, the Emperor ordered that the dragons be confined in four mountains. However, Xin Jing realized that the dragons were right in helping the people. She argued with her father and when he refused to reverse his decision, she released the dragons herself by utilizing her own magic and combining her innermost self with those of the dragons.[1][2]

The dragons then spiritually became one with Xin Jing. All that remained of her was an orb-shaped crystal pendant, which was none other than the Heart of Kandrakar.[1] In the comics, the four dragons turned them into the four great rivers of China.[2]

Background

Although the Guardians have some power without the Heart, their strength is greatly increased by it. Without the Aurameres, the Guardians' powers would be drawn from their life force instead.[3][4]

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In the comics, the Heart is a unique magical jewel that merges with its keeper's own physical body and vital essence when it is not in use, and retains a shade/ghostly of them when it is passed on to the next holder.[5]

In the TV series, the Heart remains distinct from its owner, and each world had a Heart of its own, some of which are jewels like the Heart of Kandrakar, and others of which are people with tremendous magical power. Elyon is the Heart of Meridian, and Lilian Hale is the Heart of Earth. The holder of one Heart can merge it with another world's Heart, but only if that Heart is given willingly.[citation needed] Nerissa had to resort to trickery to acquire Elyon's increasingly strong magical powers instead of direct confrontation or stealing it from her.[6]

This means that the pink gem is literally the very mystical essence/core and "Heart" of Kandrakar, and possibly its central power source.

In the comics, the Heart is the very essence/spark, and core of Kandrakar itself, which explains the reason the Oracle's head is marked with its symbol.[citation needed] Even the Oracle does not have the power to demand the Keeper hand it over, and the Keeper must decide to return it, which is the reason why Endarno does not simply use his powers as the new Oracle to take the Heart from Will, which would enable him to succeed in his evil scheme and greatly weaken the Guardians.[7]

Powers

When it was first introduced, the Guardians were told that the Heart possessed two powers. The ability to channel the power of the Aurameres into them – enhancing their elemental abilities, transforming them back into their normal selves, and allowing them to transform into their alter egos – and the ability to close holes in the Veil.[8] However further powers are either revealed, or added to the Heart, as the series progresses.

The previous Guardian of Water, Cassidy, receives the Heart from the Oracle himself after Nerissa was forced to be forever separated from its vast power.

Early in Season 1, the Heart is shown to have an unusually strong and close telepathic bond with whomever it is bestowed upon, allowing the Heart to track the holder,[9] or the holder to track it,[citation needed] if they are separated from each other. The Heart can be used in conjunction with an enchanted section of the Map of portals, once part of a much larger map, located in Phobos's castle, to find portals in the Veil.[10][11] The Heart is also the key to go to the ethereal realm of Kandrakar itself.[2]

In the TV series, the Heart possesses the ability to display images of people and items at their present state and location, even though other realms such as Meridian, and the Guardians use this power a number of times.[citation needed]

In the episode "Ambush at Torus Filney", it is revealed that the Heart has the power to create Astral Drops; physical duplicates of the people who summon them, but with limited personalities.[1]

It is also revealed that the Heart can force a beast in disguise to reveal their true form upon contact with them.[12] Later, in the battle for the Aurameres and later for Zamballa, the Heart emitted a beam of light that revealed the true forms of Nerissa and her minions when it shone on them.[3][13]

According to Prince Phobos, with the Heart's power, his powers, abilities, and strength would be greatly heightened and amplified to innumerable levels.[citation needed]

The Heart was merged with the Seal of Phobos, a mystical rhombus-shaped gold-colored item that is said to be a universal key. This also proves that the Heart has the ability to absorb or merge with magical items. After the merging, the Heart gained the ability to open portals in the Veil, not only close them.[14] The Heart lost this power as the Veil was lowered.[15]

Will used the Heart's ability to create multiple copies of the crystal pendant to deceive others from the original one. However, these duplicates were completely ordinary and possessed no mystical or supernatural abilities whatsoever.[16] Afterwards, this rare ability was not used again in the TV series or comics.

Yan Lin, former Guardian of Air, is presented with the mystic Heart upon Cassidy's tragic and untimely demise.

In the comics, the Heart retains a shadow of the spirit of each of its former holders, allowing Will to ask it for advice.[citation needed] It also is capable of transporting its user to anywhere desired, even if its user does not know the precise location of the desired destination.[citation needed] It can also create an image of anyone the Keeper desires it to, like an Astral Drop, which can talk, feel and think.[17]

In both the comic book and the TV series, the Heart also shows a number of other, less specific abilities, including the ability to let of a flash of energy that can blind or disorient an enemy[citation needed] and free the user when they is imprisoned or trapped,[citation needed] and a limited ability to act on its own when the Guardians are in danger. The Heart has only acted on its own twice, and that was when Phobos sent a giant bug-like creature to kill Elyon's adopted parents. It shot a ray of light at the creature, shrinking it down to the size of a normal bug, revealing another one of its abilities.[17] The second time was when Cornelia sneaked into Elyon's palace to pay her a visit, as she believed there was still good within her, and stole the Heart from Will, for reasons unknown, though perhaps she believed it could somehow help her, even though she was not a Keeper of the Heart. Elyon, her mind still clouded by Cedric's lies at the time, imprisoned Cornelia in a bubble, but the bubble was shattered by the Heart, which suddenly activated without warning and freed Cornelia.[18]

The Heart is able to protect its Keeper from dark forces, like the time it shielded Will from the dark magic of Phobos's poisonous Black Roses.[19]

The Heart of Kandrakar was also used to break the deadly spell of Phobos on the Crown of Light, a crown of the rightful ruler of Meridian to help the rightful heir to achieve her full powers.[20]

The Mage used the Heart of Kandrakar to create the Star of Threbe to find the missing Weira.[21]

In the comics, Nerissa, armed with the Heart of Kandrakar, was able to penetrate the powerful magical defenses of Kandrakar, withstand the combined assaults of the Oracle and the Congregation, rival the Oracle's power, and would have conquered Kandrakar had the Guardians had not intervened, showing the Heart's great power.[22] Nerissa also caused the Heart to explode, thus creating some black goo that nearly consumed all of Kandrakar, the Oracle, the Congregation, the Guardians and Caleb.[23] Nerissa also claimed that possession of the Heart of Kandrakar would make her Queen of the Elements, and managed to even deflect the formidable elemental attacks the Congregation of Kandrakar bombarded her with.[citation needed]

Will used the Heart of Kandrakar to seal a binding oath Prince Phobos made for getting the Seal of Nerissa back to the Guardians and not using its immense power for himself in exchange for his freedom.[24]

Will screamed, "Save him!" when Matt fell from a roller-coaster when the two are under attack from Cedric, and the Heart of Kandrakar emitted a beam of light that formed a sphere that protected Matt. Matt also sacrifices himself to save Will from Cedric's deadly attack, which rekindled the Heart's magic, because love is the most powerful magic of all.[25]

The Heart of Kandrakar was given the power of regeneration by the nymph Xin Jing, which is the reason why Yan Lin managed to serve Kandrakar for so long, and the Guardians' continual transformations do not exhaust them, as the power of regeneration ensures a balance between the body and the mind. Every time one of the Guardians touch the Heart, they become stronger. The power of regeneration even cured Taranee's blurry eyesight.[26]

List of powers

These are the abilities that the Heart bestows upon all five Guardians:

  • Detect the presence of evil creatures via either chiming or show images in its glowing crystal orb
  • Projects a shield of bright pink mystical energy
  • Release blinding light from the heart
  • Produce destructive pulses, blasts, rays and beams of Energy
  • Channel the mystical energies of the Aurameres into the Heart, into the Guardians and greatly magnifying all of their abilities twenty times.
  • Reveal the true form of another
  • Open portals between Earth and Meridian (after absorbing the Seal of Phobos)
  • Open folds between Earth, Meridian and other worlds (after the Veil was lowered)

Link to the five elements

Water
  • Create water out of thin air
  • Manipulate water
  • Use water to grab hold of objects
  • Create force-fields through water
  • Create shapes that can manipulate at will
  • Freeze objects
  • Create water bubbles that can travel underwater
  • Create physical embodiment of herself
  • Evaporate beings at will
  • Mind control
  • Change the color of fabric
  • Create snowflakes and hail
Fire
  • Create balls of fire
  • Create large wild-fire
  • Produce blasts of heat energy (Heat Waves)
  • Extinguish fire
  • Breathe fire
  • Throw whirling discs of fire and heat
  • Absorb the heat of her opponents
  • Use pure thermal energy as a defensive barrier that vaporizes nearly all projectiles
  • Shoot pinpoint flames
  • Sense sources of heat
  • Manipulate temperature by thought
  • Melt objects by multiplying its heat
  • Contact the other Guardians through telepathy
  • Contact ex-Guardians through telepathy
  • Read, Project and Perceive thoughts of others
  • Create blazes
Earth
  • Control plants, trees, grass and their growth and structure
  • Throw bolts, blasts, and rays of green energy
  • Manipulate the earth and all related materials such as paper, wood, silt, minerals, crystal, gems, sand, mud, etc.
  • Create earthquakes
  • Create trenches in the ground
  • Form avalanches and mudslides
  • Levitate and throw rocks
  • Green-Speak with vegetation
  • Communicate the location of vegetation
  • Manipulate metal
  • Telekinesis
  • Hold telekinetic barriers
  • Manipulate aspects of said element
Air
  • Convert own breath into physical weapons (in Hay Lin and Taranee's case)
  • Move objects at will
  • Conjure clouds
  • Create soundproof rooms
  • Create windstorms and tornadoes
  • Control temperature of air
  • Freeze people and objects
  • Create air bubbles for travelling underwater
  • Super-Hearing abilities
  • Recall other peoples memories
  • Read the history of an object by touching it and closing her eyes
  • Become invisible
  • Use empathy (Also seen as Premonitions)
  • Create cyclones and hurricanes
Quintessence/Energy
Comics
  • Generate strong bursts of hot pink pure energy from her hands
  • Erect an invisible pink force-field around herself and others
  • Pure energy constructs into any shape or weapon
  • Pure Energy Mimicry
  • Pure Energy Empowerment
  • Detect pulses of pure mystic energy all around the world via the ley lines
TV series
  • Create lightning bolts to electrify her victims
  • Bring electrical appliances to life through Quintessence
  • Open and close holes in the veil
  • Open folds in time and space
  • Track down the other Guardians via the Aurameres
  • Superhuman Strength
  • Creation of Astral Drops
  • Patch into radio signals
  • Reveal the true form of another
  • Creation of powerless copies of the heart
  • Semi-invulnerability
  • Bring inanimate objects to life with their own distinct personalities
  • Create shields out of pure lightning

Keepers of the Heart

Nerissa, the previous Guardian of Quintessence and former leader, receiving the Heart of Kandrakar many decades ago.

Notable individuals that have been keepers of the Heart of Kandrakar are Nerissa, Cassidy, Yan Lin and Will.[27] In the comics, there have been many others before them. Previous Keepers are alluded to, given the revelation of multiple previous groups of Guardians.[28]

In the TV series, it is implied that the Mage may also have been a previous owner of the Heart; whether this was temporary or not is unclear.[21]

Quotes

Season One

The thingy. Use the crystal.

—Hay Lin, It Begins

So, the Crystal has passed to a new generation.

—Prince Phobos, It Resumes

Where is the Heart of Kandrakar?

—Prince Phobos, It Resumes

Um, we may not know. But this thing seems to have an idea.

—Hay Lin, It Resumes

Until she puts that on, we don't have any power. We're taking the word of what, some jewellery, to save a person we hardly know?

—Cornelia, It Resumes

In our world, the map is blank. Unless activated by the Heart of Kandrakar, currently held by our friend Will.

—Yan Lin, Happy Birthday Will

She said it was activated by the crystal.

—Hay Lin, Happy Birthday Will

Well, well. Four of the five Guardians, one of whom possesses the Heart of Kandrakar. If I can capture that crystal, my powers will double.

—Prince Phobos, Framed

Well, the Heart of Kandrakar pulled us in.

—Will, Framed

I know I'm not Will, but you gotta stop with the sound.

—Cornelia, The Mogriffs

She took the Heart of Kandrakar.

—Will, The Mogriffs

They don't have the Heart of Kandrakar. The other one, she has it!

—Prince Phobos, The Mogriffs

She has the Heart of Kandrakar! It was almost in my hands.

—Prince Phobos, The Mogriffs

Hay Lin:

Wow. The Heart of Kandrakar got turbocharged!

Yan Lin:

Ah! It appears that the Heart has absorbed the Seal's power to open portals.                

The Seal of Phobos

The Heart of Kandrakar got sort of an upgrade.

—Will, The Seal of Phobos

You have something better.

Could you come along with the Heart, in case I need to make a portal in a hurry?

Must find magic stone for Phobos.

Jeek, The Stolen Heart

Give me back the Heart!

—Will, The Stolen Heart

He popped up in front of me and grabbed the Heart.

—Will, The Stolen Heart

What, no stolen crystal jokes, Irma?

—Cornelia, The Stolen Heart

I cannot believe you stole the Heart of Kandrakar! You must return it immediately!

—Yan Lin, The Stolen Heart

Tell Prince Phobos, Jeek have Heart of Kandrakar.

—A Captoryx relaying Jeek's message, The Stolen Heart

Give me the Heart!

—Cedric, The Stolen Heart

Oh, you wanted the real one?

—Will, The Stolen Heart

You have something I need.

—Prince Phobos, The Final Battle

Season Two

The Aurameres transmit Kandrakar's mystic energy across the dimensions to the Heart and to the Guardians.

—Halinor, B is for Betrayal

Will, what I do with my mage ring, you will learn to do with the Heart.

Mage, B is for Betrayal

Nerissa led the Guardians as Keeper of the Heart of Kandrakar, as you do, Will. But I sensed the power of the Heart was corrupting Nerissa. To save her soul, I took the Heart away... and gave it Cassidy. But Nerissa became obsessed with her lost power. After begging and pleading, she demanded Cassidy return the Heart.

The Oracle, K is for Knowledge

Every world has a source of mystic energy, like the Heart of Kandrakar.

Which is equal to the Heart of Kandrakar!

Wait. The Heart's warm. Okay, it may not be transmitting from the Aurameres, but it's still a talisman.

—Will, N is for Narcissist

Will, raise the Heart of Kandrakar and shed some light on this.

Luba, N is for Narcissist

The Heart of Kandrakar can tell us.

Absorb the Heart of Meridian into the Heart of Kandrakar.

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