Core of Kandrakar is the title of the fourth special issue of W.I.T.C.H. The W.I.T.C.H. comic book is known to release a special issue every year that tells a unique story about the girls, such as a what if story, or a deeper look into their own lives.

Plot Synopsis

The story begins in the fortress of Kandrakar where the Oracle senses that the time has come for the Guardians to be tested once again. He enters the Hall of the Aurameres, five magical substances similar to five drops of water. One is purple and holds the power derived from the nymph Xin Jing (Will's power), another is orange and holds the power derived from the Red Dragon (Taranee's power), the third is blue and holds the power derived from the Pearl Dragon (Irma's power), the fourth is green and holds the power derived from the Yellow Dragon (Cornelia's power) and the last one is black and holds the power derived from the Black Dragon (Hay Lin's power). The Oracle knows that the Guardians will soon arrive and that he must ready himself.

Meanwhile, on Earth, the girls are spending the day at Irma's house. The Lair family is being visited by some relatives and are having a barbecue. Or at least they're trying to...

Mr. Lair is having problems lighting the fire and the guests aren't helping very much. The girls are watching from inside and Irma says that she could help her father if she had the power of fire like Taranee. Will jokingly points towards the barbecue and cries "Fire!"

To everybody's great surprise, it works! Will magically lights Mr. Lair's barbecue! The five girls then realize that it's possible to switch their powers. They decide to visit Kandrakar and ask the Oracle about it, planning to return before anybody notices that they ever left.

In Kandrakar the Oracle says that it is indeed possible to switch powers and gives them the opportunity to so. However, he explains that the girls must be tested after the transaction. He takes the girls into the Hall of the Aurameres where he blanks out the magical drops to make it possible for the girls to choose their new element (all except for Will's, because she is the Keeper of the Heart of Kandrakar and her destiny is sealed).

The Oracle then gives the Guardians a magical 3D map of Kandrakar and tells them that they must find the Passage of Memories. Eventually the girls find this place, where they speak with the fortress of Kandrakar itself. The fortress reveals the History of the Universe.

At the beginning there were five absolute beings called nymphs. Xin Jing was one of them. The nymphs observed the worlds and were never more than spectators until the day hatred was born. Then they created the fortress of Kandrakar in the center of infinity from where they wanted to supervise the universe. One of the nymphs named N'ghala became the first oracle. She gathered scientists and wise men, the best one from each planet, and formed the Congregation.

Then N'ghala created the Guardians to bring justice throughout the universe. At first there were only two. Then they were three and then four. At the end N'ghala understood that five was the perfect number. The incident with Nerissa didn't renounce what had been decided.

The fortress then gives the girls a chance to change their powers saying that no Guardians before them have dared to do this. The girls make their choice: Irma chooses Fire, Cornelia chooses Water, Taranee chooses Air and finally Hay Lin chooses Earth.

The test begins: Cornelia and Taranee are brought to the Tower of Ice and Irma and Hay Lin find themselves in The Park. But the challenge the four girls are taking, turns out to be a nightmare. Cornelia and Taranee have to withstand the cold, a heavy storm and razor-sharp ice crystals while Irma sees herself in the water with a tormented face. After that she gets trapped by a tree-like creature which already has Hay Lin in its grasp.

Will, who was supposed to watch the girls and their quests, can't stand what's happening and decides to intervene, beginning in The Park. There she releases Irma and Hay Lin by taking their powers back and returning them again as soon the creature releases them (the monster was only interested in capturing the Guardians not some ordinary girls). Then Hay Lin uses her new power over Earth to turn the creature into straw. Irma wants to use Fire to burn it but Will calms her down saying there's no point in destroying the now defenseless being.

The three girls then go to the Tower of Ice, where the situation becomes critical. Taranee and Cornelia are on top of the tower which is now collapsing. Also magical ice gargoyles are attacking them. Still not knowing how to fly, Taranee jumps off, taking Cornelia with her. When she wards off a gargoyle with a bolt of fire, all of them realize they still have their original powers. This makes it easier to defeat the gargoyles and to return safely to the Oracle.

The Oracle tells them they have passed the test and the girls decide to keep their original powers. When they return home, Mr. Lair is waiting for them, asking them to go to the barbecue.


The main characters of this comic book story are:

The five nymphs presented in this issue are absolute beings, existing since the beginning of time. Their names are:

  • Xin Jing, the nymph of the Elements
  • Oneide, the nymph of Life
  • Téa, the nymph of the Sun
  • Ebla, the nymph of the Moon
  • N'ghala, the nymph of the Stars


It says that Will cannot trade powers but she is the one that lights the fire; this is because she's the Keeper of the Heart, which connects her to all of the elements. This was the same reason as to how she was able to control the geyser of water that Irma and Cornelia had created back in Issue #3.

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W.I.T.C.H.: Will Vandom · Irma Lair · Taranee Cook · Cornelia Hale · Hay Lin · Orube
Special Characters: Ardehl · Leryn · Nymphs · Pumpkin Prince · Rascal · Shadiga · The Guard · The Fairy · Wali
Special Items: Blue Destiny · Pumpkin Heart · Shadiga's Necklace · Laughing Tree
Issues: The Year Before · Elyon: Return of the Queen · Cornelia and Caleb: A Love Not Meant to Be · Core of Kandrakar · Planet Boys · Orube Special · Two Hearts For a Ball (World Cup Special) · Christmas Special 2004 · Christmas Special 2005 · Christmas Special 2006 · W.I.T.C.H. Look Book · Caleb and Elyon - Two Destinies · Halloween Special 2007 · Olympic Games 2008 Special · W.I.T.C.H. on Stage!
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Arcs: Arc 1: The Twelve Portals · Arc 2: Nerissa's Revenge · Arc 3: A Crisis on Both Worlds · Arc 4: Trials of the Oracle · The Book of Elements · Arc 6: Ragorlang · Arc 7: New Power · Arc 8: Teach 2b Witch · 100% Witch · Ladies vs W.I.T.C.H. · Arc 11: Magical Sovereign

Volumes: Issue 001: Halloween · Issue 002: The Twelve Portals · Issue 003: The Dark Dimension · Issue 004: The Power of Fire · Issue 005: So Be It Forever · Issue 006: Illusions and Lies · Issue 007: One Day You'll Meet Him · Issue 008: The Black Roses of Meridian · Issue 009: The Four Dragons · Issue 010: A Bridge Between Two Worlds · Issue 011: The Crown of Light · Issue 012: The Challenge of Phobos · Issue 013: I Know Who You Are · Issue 014: The End of a Dream · Issue 015: The Courage to Choose · Issue 016: Nerissa's Seal · Issue 017: Don't Close Your Eyes · Issue 018: Remnants of Summer · Issue 019: The Other Side of the Story · Issue 020: A Gust of Hate · Issue 021: Shadows of Tomorrow · Issue 022: A Broken Heart · Issue 023: Goodbye! · Issue 024: Trust Me · Issue 025: Water Shadows · Issue 026: Blackmail · Issue 027: Divided · Issue 028: So Close, Yet So Far · Issue 029:The Lesser Evil · Issue 030: The Chamber of Tempests · Issue 031: The Voice of Silence · Issue 032: Behind the Mask · Issue 033: The Greatest Gift · Issue 034: The Scent of Freedom · Issue 035: Mirrored Lives · Issue 036: Rebel Souls · Issue 037: The Dispute · Issue 038: Desires of the Heart · Issue 039: On the Wings of Remembrance · Issue 040: The Ultimate Secret · Issue 041: The Whole Truth · Issue 042: Beyond All Hope · Issue 043: Tricks of Light · Issue 044: Never Alone, Ever Again · Issue 045: Double Deception · Issue 046: The Power of Courage · Issue 047: The Sands of Time · Issue 048: New Horizons · Issue 049: Between Dreams and Reality · Issue 050: Forever Magic · Issue 051: Out of Control · Issue 052: The Eye of the Book · Issue 053: A Whole New Song · Issue 054: One More Hug · Issue 055: The Day After · Issue 056: The Riddle · Issue 057: The Isle Of Enchantment · Issue 058: Illusions · Issue 059: The The Fire Within · Issue 060: Earth and Air · Issue 061: The World Inside The Book · Issue 062: The Final Chapter · Issue 063: Arrival and Departure · Issue 064: The Screaming Man · Issue 065: When Hope Blooms · Issue 066: Reflections · Issue 067: On Your Side · Issue 068: The Dark Side · Issue 069: New Frontiers · Issue 070: Stop the Presses · Issue 071: Glimmers of Fear · Issue 072: The Green Ray · Issue 073: The Dark Summons · Issue 074: Whisked Away · Issue 075: As You Were, You Are Now · Issue 076: Earth · Issue 077: Of All the Stars · Issue 078: Fire · Issue 079: Water · Issue 080: Emotions · Issue 081: Air · Issue 082: Energy · Issue 083: Return to Kandrakar · Issue 084: Unique Movements · Issue 085: I Am You · Issue 086: In the Heart · Issue 087: A Cold Magic · Issue 088: Which One of You? · Issue 089: The Key to Summer · Issue 090: A Beating Heart · Issue 091: So Much More · Issue 092: No Longer Alone · Issue 093: It Comes From Far Away · Issue 094: The Settlement · Issue 095: Endless Tears · Issue 096: Here On The Heart · Issue 097: The Magic of the World · Issue 098: Sweet After All · Issue 099: A Dive in the Air · Issue 100: 100% Witch · Issue 101: A Rising Star · Issue 102: The First Day · Issue 103: That Which You Aren't · Issue 104: Another World · Issue 105: One Letter From a Dream · Issue 106: Zodiac · Issue 107: It Was Fate · Issue 108: A Father's Heart · Issue 109: Green Truth · Issue 110: Magical Moms · Issue 111: Teamwork · Issue 112: Early Days · Issue 113: The Long Kiss · Issue 114: Return to School · Issue 115: A Special Voyage · Issue 116: The Right Distance · Issue 117: The Best Party · Issue 118: All In A Day · Issue 119: Music In The Air · Issue 120: Lady Giga · Issue 121: Ten Years Later · Issue 122: Mathematically Possible · Issue 123: Lady Crash · Issue 124: A Puppy for a Friend · Issue 125: The Other Part · Issue 126: Lady Kimikal · Issue 127: Embrace · Issue 128: A Single Word · Issue 129: Away From the Heart · Issue 130: A New Friend · Issue 131: The Magic of Emotion · Issue 132: Together Again · Issue 133: Little Magic · Issue 134: Tomorrow · Issue 135: Summer Time · Issue 136: Sportingly Stylish · Issue 137: I Love London! · Issue 138: A Different World · Issue 139: Forever in Our Hearts

Specials Core of Kandrakar · Cornelia and Caleb: A Love Not Meant to Be · Elyon: Return of the Queen · Planet Boys · The Year Before · Orube Special · Two Hearts for a Ball (World Cup Special) · Christmas Special 2004 · Christmas Special 2005 · Christmas Special 2006 · Caleb and Elyon - Two Destinies · Halloween Special 2007

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Season 1: It Begins · It Resumes · The Key · Happy Birthday Will · A Service to The Community · The Labyrinth · Divide and Conquer · Ambush At Torus Filney · Return of The Tracker · Framed · The Stone of Threbe · The Princess Revealed · Stop the Presses · Parent's Night · The Mudslugs · Walk This Way · Ghosts of Elyon · The Mogriffs · The Underwater Mines · The Seal of Phobos · Escape from Cavigor · Caleb's Challenge · The Battle of The Meridian Plains · The Rebel Rescue · The Stolen Heart · The Final Battle

Season 2: A is for Anonymous · B is for Betrayal · C is for Changes · D is for Dangerous · E is for Enemy · F is for Facades · G is for Garbage · H is for Hunted · I is for Illusion · J is for Jewel · K is for Knowledge · L is for Loser · M is for Mercy · N is for Narcissist · O is for Obedience · P is for Protectors · Q is for Quarry · R is for Relentless · S is for Self · T is for Trauma · U is for Undivided · V is for Victory · W is for Witch · X is for Xanadu · Y is for Yield · Z is for Zenith

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