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Quint essence, the fifth element. The ancient sages described it exactly like electricity. They believed it could be found in lightning. But they also called it the stuff of life, like bio-electricity. Quintessence has the power to make things come alive.

Taranee explaining the nature about Quintessence to her fellow Guardians, K is for Knowledge

Quintessence in the TV series and energy or pure life energy in the comics, is the fifth element controlled by one of the Guardians.

Fifth element

Symbol of Quintessence

Quintessence is the fifth element that binds the four classical elements: water, fire, earth, and air together. It is the strongest and most powerful element in the series, apart from the element of pure Light, which is bestowed upon Elyon, and one of the most diverse, regarding its effects.[citation needed]

Quintessence allows the Guardian who possesses it a wide range of mystical abilities and talents. For instance, she can open and close portals in time and space, unite the four elements of nature, and bestow life just as easily as she can take it away with its destructive force.

The user is also granted an assortment of powerful psychic abilities and greatly strengthened physical attributes. Such great power and strength placed in the wrong hands could lead to total disaster, as shown with Nerissa, a Guardian who became drunk with the immense power that the Heart of Kandrakar granted her as the leader of the Guardians.[citation needed]

Quintessence in the TV series

Quintessence is controlled and manipulated by Will Vandom, one of the new Guardians. Nerissa, the previous Keeper of the Heart, was also endowed with this element and is far much more experienced in using it to its full and maximum potential. Unlike the comics where their powers are coloured pink/fucia, in the TV series, the abilities of the Heart of Kandrakar are restricted to this colour whilst the abilities gained from quintessence are blue.

  • Reality-warping
    • Reveal the true form of another magical being
    • Conjuration of objects
    • Object duplication
    • Environmental manipulation
    • Astral Drop creation
    • Creating portals to other worlds
  • Superhuman abilities
    • Superhuman strength
    • Superhuman speed
    • Superhuman agility
    • Regenerative healing factor
  • Electrical energy creation and manipulation. In the TV series, it is colored blue-white.
    • Manipulate and control all types of electrical energy
    • Energy blasts
    • Energy rays
    • Energy bursts
    • Force fields
    • Energy waves/pulses
    • Lightning control
    • Patch into radio signals
    • Electrical charge/discharge
    • Create shields and force-fields of electrical energy
  • Quintessence manipulation and control
    • Aetherkinesis
      • Aether generation
      • Life-energy manipulation: Manipulate the many forms of pure life-force energy to an extreme level.
  • Life-based abilities:
    • Healing abilities
    • Life-force manipulation
      • Animation and reanimation
      • Life infusion
      • Life-force attacks
      • Life-force aura
      • Life-force constructs
      • Life-force conversion
      • Life-force empowerment
      • Life-force generation
      • Life-force merging
      • Life-force transferral
      • Astral projection
      • Regenerative capabilities
      • Detect the presence of spirits and supernatural beings
  • Extrasensory Perception
    • Guardian tracking via the Aurameres
    • Telepathy
    • Truth/lie detection
    • Telepathy/empathy with animals
    • Illusion immunity

Besides control over Quintessence, a Guardian leader's standard abilities are:

  • Winged flight (TV series)
  • Glamouring (shapeshifting and transformational magic)
  • Teleportation over long distances (called "teletransporting")

Customarily, the Guardian of Quintessence is selected as the keeper of the Heart of Kandrakar (unless they become corrupt, like Nerissa), thus enhancing or adding to their elemental abilities, such as:

  • Releasing a blinding pink light from the Heart
  • Channeling the magic of the Aurameres into the Heart and enter the Guardians, initiating their transformation
  • Creating Astral Drops
  • Revealing the true form of another
  • Opening and close holes in the Veil
  • Opening whitish-blue oval-shaped folds in time and space
  • Uniting the Guardians with the command: "Guardians Unite!"
  • Reverting the Guardians to their human form using the command "Change Back!"

Users

  • Nerissa - a previous Guardian leader who has possessed this fifth elemental ability since her youth.
  • Will Vandom - the current Guardian to possess the power over lightning, electricity and life itself. For some reason, in the TV series, it did not develop until the eventual lowering of the ancient Veil.

Trivia

  • In the comics and chapter books, Will had the power of energy; not just whitish-blue lightning/electricity infused with life-force energy. Her magic was colored pink/fuchsia.
  • The symbol is similar to the "Yin-Yang" symbol, which, when the two halves are combined, represents the entire Universe.
  • Outside of W.I.T.C.H., this element can also be called aether.
    • Aether is the very source and lifeblood essence of pure life energy, light, magic, and life itself. Its opposing element is nether, the sixth element that represents pure darkness, shadows, evil and death itself.
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