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Vathek was once one of Phobos' biggest supporters in Meridian. But, he started secretly working for Caleb and the resistance as a spy in Phobos' ranks.

Personality

Vathek is kind and loving, but can act mean when needed using his powers of intimidation to his advantage. Vathek is also extremely loyal (especially in the TV series) to Caleb risking his own life and freedom to pass on the message that his father is still alive.

Plot

TV series

Season 1

Initially, he was acting as a double agent for the rebellion and assisted in Caleb's escape from Phobos' prison by hiding the key to his shackles in a loaf of bread and throwing it down to him.[1]

To cover for this trick, Caleb was supposed to leave the key is a specific hiding place so Vathek could recover it. But thanks to the thieving Passling Blunk, the key wasn't there and Vathek fell into suspicion as a spy by the guard Raythor. The Guardians and Caleb managed to sneak back into the castle and after framing Raythor with the key, Vathek returned to his post.[1]

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He passed along the news to Caleb that the Seal of Phobos had been found, not knowing that he was falling into the trap set by Phobos and Cedric. With this, Cedric began to narrow down the suspects of who the spy could be.[2]

He learned the identity of Phobos's sister and attempted to quietly leave the castle to travel with Blunk to warn Caleb. However, he was discovered by Cedric and made it to Earth with the snake on his tail. He was almost attacked by the Guardians, but Blunk reminded them that he is a friend and all were shocked by his news, especially Cornelia. When the group went to tail Elyon on her date with a suspicious new boy, he stayed behind with Blunk to avoid frightening people. Wanting to help, they snuck into the carnival haunting attraction where they came face-to-face with Cedric's newest monster, a Larvek. They were rescued by Caleb and the Guardians, and Vathek was taken to the Infinite City to await further battles, officially a rebel.[3]

He acted as the officiator for the Leadership battle between Caleb and the brainwashed Aldarn. He seemed against this procedure and expressed concern when they reached the combat segment, driving each other closer to falling off the ledge. When they appeared to have changed their minds on combat, he smiled happily.[4]

Vathek acted as the guard for one of the entrances to the Infinite City. When Cedric discovered the entrance, Vathek sealed it up and was taken captive by Cedric while the rest of the rebellion was put in a dangerous position. Later, a hundred other captured rebels, along with Aldarn and Julian joined him in the dungeons.[5]

The rebels were starving in the dungeon to the point that Vathek fought with another over an insect he captured. When the squabble was broken up by the current leader, Aldarn, Vathek allowed the other man to have the bug. The guards on duty gave them a sack of bread which the rebels greedily took. Later, they were released from their prison by Taranee and guided by Caleb and Tynar to freedom. The Guardians sent them all to Earth where they marvelled at the beauty of Heatherfield. They all cheered as Hay Lin offered to treat them to a good meal before sending them back to the Infinite City.[6]

The rebellion finally prepared to make their move on the castle and followed the plans of Caleb and the Guardians to pass through Portals and into the castle undetected. Earlier than expected, however, Caleb told them they had to move on the castle fast due to the strong premonition of Cornelia that Elyon was in deep trouble. Vathek asked the boy if he was allowing his feelings for the earth Guardian to cloud his judgment, but after being given a dirty look, pressed on with the attack. As he passed through the portal tunnels, Caleb offered him his words of luck. Once they reached their entry of the castle, they were faced with a wall of guards, with the Lieutenant at the helm. Vathek prepared to engage him in battle, but Tynar appeared and explained that the guards wished to assist their side.[7]

With these reinforcements, the rebels began their storm of the castle, freeing the servants and fighting off Lurdens and guards that didn't trade sides. Vathek was amongst those who stormed the great Hall and when Phobos made his grand appearance, ended up frozen alongside Aldarn. After the Guardians, with help from Elyon defeated Phobos, Vathek was released from his frozen state and Meridian returnsed to the beautiful city is once was. Everyone rejoiced.[7]

Season 2

Vathek arrived in the dungeon of the Infinite City alongside Aldarn, Tynar, and Drake to replace the guards on shift guarding Phobos. While distracted by Phobos, they were attacked by a magical old woman who defeated them and released Miranda from her prison. Vathek broke free of his bondage to go after them, but Miranda trapped him with her webbing and the two escaped.[8] Presumably, they were found soon after by the Mage and returned to guarding the remainder of the prisoners.

Tynar was attacked by the Knights of Vengeance for joining the rebellion. Vathek predicted that he would be the next taken, due to Raythor's personal grudge against him, and wished to fight Raythor alone. He went along with the Guardians' plan to act as bait to draw out the Knights, but due to the sudden uncontrollable powers of Cornelia, he was captured for real. Caleb and the Guardians used Blunk to track the Knights back to their hideout and freed Vathek and Tynar. After the battle, he and the others watched Caleb and Cornelia's argument before the Guardians made a quick exit.[9]

Meridian is being plagued by attacks from a monstrous group of creatures called Annihilators. No matter how hard they tried, the guards were unable to stop the monsters with their own strength, yet they immediately disappeared whenever Elyon returned to the planet, which lead everyone to believe they feared the young queen. It was eventually discovered that the beasts don't exists when the queen is around and by keeping Elyon on earth temporarily, the Guardians can engage the Annihilators and destroyed them for good.[10]

Vathek was present when the Meridian army fought against the Knights of Vengeance within the canyon. The fight seemed to be in the Knights favor as the soldiers couldn't hold up to the villains’ might, despite their superior numbers. When the fight between Gargoyle and Aldarn's catapults triggered an avalanche, both sides retreated from the field while Caleb and Blunk escaped to Earth.[11]

During the Knights of Vengeance attack, Vathek and several guards tried to fight them off as they stormed Phobos's prison. Out of all of them, Vathek put up the best fight, evading the crushing blows of Gargoyle and facing off against Raythor with his swords. As this went on, Miranda and The Tracker released Phobos and the Lurdens. Seeing no way to stop them, Vathek pretended to engage Raythor in battle, but used his sword to activate the security system, locking the gate to the only exit and causing the Horn of Warning to alert the city of the escape. Trapped by Phobos, Vathek declared that they could never breach the gate, but Sandpit slipped through the bars of the gate and opened it, releasing Phobos' army into Meridian for their march of the castle. After Phobos was defeated by the efforts of the Guardians and Elyon, he was returned to the prison along with his Lurdens and the Knights. Vathek and his men, now free, gazed at this development in surprise and joy.[12]

After the Mage was exposed as being Nerissa, Vathek joined in Caleb's attack against her when she arrived at the prison. However, thanks to her possession of the Heart of Meridian she easily overpowered them and suspended them harmlessly in mid-air. After delivering a coded message to Julian, she dropped them and escaped.[13]

The Guardians developed a plan to join forces with Phobos to defeat Nerissa. As the head of the guard, Vathek escorted and Caleb and Will into the prison while expressing his doubts of this plan. He listened to their negotiations with the prince for his release and scowled at Raythor who told him not to bargain with traitors. The prince ultimately accepted the deal and was released from his cell before being taken to Earth.[14]

Vathek yelled out in disbelief that the Guardians wished to release more of his prisoners. Caleb explained that they needed more mystical help to defend Phobos against the more powerful Nerissa. Phobos released Cedric and Miranda, while Vathek once again said this was a bad idea. Phobos told him to stop grumbling and reminded him that the fate of the universe was now up to him.[15]

When Phobos officially claimed the Seal of Nerissa, he lead an army of Lurdens to attack the palace, implying that he had already attacked the prison and released them all with Vathek somehow escaping capture. Later, Vathek, Caleb and Shagon-Matt, blocked the pass between a canyon to hold off Phobos' army. Frost charged at them and Vathek and Caleb used their shields to hold him off while Matt assisted in sending the soldier back down the slope. Drake finally arrived with his reinforcements coming up the mountain on foot, but Phobos tele-transported into the battle, prepared to take them out. Caleb tricked Gargoyle into starting a rock slide down onto Phobos, but his magic deflected it from his own army and sent an even bigger one down on the guards. Thanks to Matt, all four of them escaped the crushing blow, but they had to retreat from the battle, allowing Phobos to press on with his attack. They fell back to their newest base in the Infinite City but thanks to Jeek the passling, were uncovered and attacked by Phobos. Vathek, Aldarn, and Aketon faced off against Gargoyle who knocked them off their feet. Aketon's arrows had no effect but a blast from Matt knocked the monster down; unfortunately, Cedric joined the fight and single-handedly defeated all three men after Matt was taken out.[16]

The battle continued back and forth until Phobos made his appearance and caused the entire ceiling to cave in on the rebels as his army safely escaped. Thanks to the quick work of Will and Blunk, the rebels were safely folded to Kandrakar but Caleb and Blunk were lost in the confusion, captured by Cedric. Drake blamed the Guardians for this, saying that they were the ones who released Phobos and started this danger. Vathek and Aldarn defended the girls, saying that they couldn't have stopped Phobos from doing this, but Will disagreed and admitted that they let Phobos win.[16]

The rebels demanded to know why the Guardians yielded to Phobos. The girls explained that it was part of their true plan to have Phobos attack Kandrakar and have his powers ripped from him in the process. The rebels, while understanding this plot, were displeased at being kept in the dark while their world was threatened and deeply worried for the fates of their now captive friends. Later, Caleb and Blunk were rescued and returned to Kandrakar to await the final attack. Phobos launched his strike on Kandrakar but allowed his troops to defeat the rebels before he entered. The rebels were made aware of Raythor's loyalty to their side and proceeded to mock fight with the army, pretending to have lost very swiftly. They waited anxiously for the prince to pass the gate into Kandrakar which would be his defeat and were greatly alarmed when he was suddenly swallowed up by the now massive Cedric.[17]

After Phobos's consumption, Cedric gloated over having stolen the prince's powers. He was approached by Miranda and revealed their secret love-affair (to Irma and Hay Lin's disgust) and partnership to overthrow Phobos. They recruited the Lurdens, Frost, and the Tracker to their side, but Raythor, Gargoyle, and Sandpit opposed them to allow the Guardians and Matt's escape to Earth with Cedric following close after them.[18]

Miranda quickly went to destroy the aurameres, with Sandpit hot on her tail. Vathek and the others took control of the fight, allowing Caleb, Blunk, and Luba to try to stop the giant spider. After they left, Meridian managed to turn the tide of the fight to their advantage. In the final face off, it was Vathek, Tynar, and Drake against the Tracker who was beaten and destroyed by Drake. As Gargoyle easily hefted Frost's rhinoceros into the air, the Lurdens surrendered. Meridian won the battle.[18]

Eventually, Cedric, Phobos, and Nerissa were all defeated and Elyon was freed from her prison. Meridian was restored to its beautiful state and Vathek was once again in the dungeons with Tynar, keeping watch over the recaptured villains, not including those who had turned to the Guardian's side (Raythor, Sandpit, Gargoyle), been trapped (Nerissa), or been destroyed (The Tracker).[18]

Comics

In the comics, Vathek began as Cedric's henchman and companion, spying on Will and Susan as they moved into their new apartment building and infiltrating the school Halloween party. While Cedric approached Elyon, Vathek tried to capture Will but was foiled by repeated accidents. He was about to take out his frustrations on Martin when he was chosen as winner of the costume competition as the staff thought his face was a mask and the party was brought to an abrupt end courtesy of Uriah's Gang's fireworks.[19]

Vathek continued to act as Cedric's right-hand man, infiltrating a group of rebels and leading them in an invasion of Earth to try to bring down the Veil so that they could escape Phobos. When Cedric's plan went awry, Vathek saw Will save his master's life from the wrath of the rebels and was inspired by her words. Turning against Cedric, he lead the rebels back to Metamoor[20] and became a true leader among the rebels, now following Caleb's leadership.[21]

In this role, he guided Cornelia to Metamoor so that she could try to reform her friendship with Elyon[21] and seems to have made an impression on the princess, since she later went to him for help in rescuing her adoptive parents from Phobos' prison. Vathek, deeply impressed by the Guardians, in turn sought help from Will (accidentally causing more problems between her and her mother) and took Elyon's parents to join the rebels.[22]

Following the debacle of Elyon's coronation, with Caleb out of action, Vathek took charge of the rebels: leading them to hiding places and convincing Elyon to fight for her throne. Cornelia entrusted Vathek with the flower Caleb had been turned into and he promised to care for his fallen leader until she returns.[23] This doesn't stop him from participating in the fighting: he took the lead in ambushing Frost and a party while they were searching for Elyon. As Irma had asked, he was at the front of the crowd celebrating the victory over Phobos.[24]

Vathek

Powers and abilities

Vathek posses superstrength and is trained in sword fighting and limited hand-to-hand combat.[citation needed]

In the comics, he shows himself to be a charismatic leader.[citation needed] He's also sufficiently familiar with Earth to go there and occasionally dons concealing clothes to move amongst humans.[21] At the beginning of the comics, when he was a villain at the side of Cedric, he shot an energy beam from his eyes at Will, but Will used her Super speed to dodge his attack.[19]

Trivia

  • Unlike the TV series, Vathek is originally an evil, true henchman of Prince Phobos and Lord Cedric in the comics, but then changed to a good rebel.

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