- The Heart of Kandrakar is not a completely positive force. Overuse can lead to madness, and it did for Nerissa.
- The Heart of Kandrakar is the prison of an Eldritch Abomination. The guardians exist not only to ensure a balance, but also to use the Heart and drain the abomination of energy regularly.
- Jossed. The comics and cartoon clearly state it's the Nymph Xin Jing combined with the spirits of the four dragons, but since she's an all-powerful nymph I guess she's an Eldritch being. We also see the Heart has the power to absorb magical items and gain their powers like when it absorbed the Seal of Phobos so presumably it can be used as a prison for human beings,but highly unlikely as Kandrakar has the Tower of Mists for that.
- The Heart of Kandrakar is The Dark Tower. It's the reservoir of mystical energy for the world at the centre of Infinity.
- The Heart of Kandrakar is a deposit of Zfylud Crystals. See below.
- The Heart is a fragment of a supercomputer Lost Logia that was used to create Kandrakar by its founders.
- The Heart of Kandrakar is a corrupted copy of the Ginzuishou.
- Candracar exists in a pocket dimension within the Heart itself! Every time the girls go to the fortress they're Folding into the Heart while still carrying the Heart... it's a Mind Screw, granted, but one of the comic specials showed the girls traveling in the Heart itself as test while still believing they were in Candracar.
- The Heart of Kandrakar was created by Urza or a similarly powerful planeswalker as another (successful) attempt to create a device that allows non-planeswalkers to travel between planes.
- Which then makes Matt an alternate Itsuki, who is driven to keep her from changing reality on a regular basis. By relation => ESPer boys = Regents.
- Like Ephes, the members of Kandrakar's council are essentially immortal, which means they are cut off from the Ide.
- Both possess crystals of allegedly unlimited power, the Heart and the Zfylud. Worship of the Zfylud requires several priestesses - one senior one (Keeper of the Heart), and lower-ranking ones who are regularly killed. It is possible that Cassidy's death was planned for as one of these "sacrifices" at the hands of Nerissa.
- Both conscript prepubescent girls into service of doing battle, with the Guardians and Levi Tolar/Mai Kobayashi. In both cases, the girls are artificially aged.
- Both support an antiquated, arguably feudal system of ruling.
- She would naturally want to omit the way her first set of friends in her original town turned on her like rabid dogs. Plus, she gets her guy!
- There has never been confirmation that Guardians must be female, and there are implied cases of possible male ones.
- Actually there are two. The first is the special 5: in it it's showed that Kandrakar has a wall with the portraits of all sets of Guardians, and while we don't see it all the Guardians seen are all females, a fact reinforced by the dialogue of the original Italian edition implying they were all females (the Italian language uses the male version of a term for mixed-gender groups, but the Guardians are always referred with the female version). Later the Trials of the Oracle arc has potential Guardian candidates, and they are all females.
- Alternatively, Basiliade IS the Avatar world and Aang changed his name to Himerish(Or Himerish is his son)
- Will's power is technically the power over "Pure Energy" (The TV Series names it "Quintessence", which is actually something different, and Will herself calls it "The Power to Unite", which is just Will sort of making it clear that she's the leader. That, an Will probably watched too much Magical Girl Anime as a kid). This explains Energybending.
- Perhaps Kandrakar is the spirit world? Since Yan Lin ends up there after dying. And in The Legend of Korra, Aang is shown to have the ability to make people able to bend, which would explain the Oracle giving the Guardians their powers.
- I don't think it's likely Cassidy would be Irma's birth mother. Cassidy died pretty young, probably around her early twenties, judging from how she looked. Also, the timelines wouldn't add up, since If Cassidy was Irma's mother, Irma's would have to be an adult by now. I get that aka dramam is outside of time, but Cassidy would most likely have to have been on earth in order to give birth without giving away the secret to Irma's Dad. Fitting in with this theory, perhaps Cassidy is a great aunt, like you said with Halinor and Cornelia.
- The timeline in W.i.t.c.h. is confusing at best, downright impossible at worst: Yan Lin looks to be in her 60's(at least) while her comrades Halinor and Kadma look middle aged at worst, and it's canon that they were expelled from Kandrakar way before than Yan Lin(If anything, she should look younger). But yeah, Cassidy as a great aunt work too.
- Which would explain why they broke up permanently in the comics: the relationship was largely subconscious mind control on Cornelia's part. The visions the Oracle showed them in the Caleb/Cornelia special were to help them work through their issues without revealing too much of their false affection. Still... ouch.
- Alternately, Alchemy was a potential Guardian candidate, maybe the Earth Guardian instead of Corny. It's suggested in Season 2 by Luba that Cornelia has her position largely due to her status as the sister of the Heart of Earth and this may have knocked Alchemy out of the running.
- Wait, when did the Euro thing happen? Ireland is one of the few possible locations (the other being England, United Kingdom), true. But Euro would seal the deal.
- Forget it, everyone is driving on the wrong side of the road... Next country!
- UK is part of the European Union, not of the Eurozone.
No one knows where Heatherfield is, sometimes they use euros and in the next issue they're using dollars, they live next to the sea... Heatherfield is in Atlantis! Why? Rule of Cool.
Instead of being in the Strait of Gibraltar, Atlantis is in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean in this universe and they have decided to use both euros and dollars because of trade-related reasons. Same goes for the language.
- Alternatively Heatherfield is in the neighbouring Republic of Benglait, right on the border. The reason they called the Interpol was because Benglait had recently barely avoided a civil war and still had an hell of a terrorist problem (Diabolik still hadn't got the chance to settle his score with them), and the people in the country police who would normally deal with a possible Diabolik heist were too busy with the terrorists.
- Different alternative: they live in the Clerville of the Alternate Continuity of the cartoon. They suspected Diabolik, but didn't send Ginko because there wasn't enough evidence yet.
- Another different alternative: they live in the Clerville of the other Alternate Continuity, the one that is similar to the US as seen by the Europeans (just like Heaterfield) and where Diabolik (here called DK) is still a metropolitan legend. Given the mysterious cases of almost impossible heists where every possible witness has been killed, someone in Heaterfield's police department believed that the mysterious Shadow of the Night had come there and called whoever he could, with the Interpol sending their people because they were the only ones to believe them (as the Diabolik of that continuity is believed by most to be a hoax from a terrorist group, with only Ginko and said terrorists knowing he actually exists).
Around the time of the New Powers arc when the girls get their upgraded transformations, Will's element/power begins to be referred to as the "power to unite." In the YGO manga, Shadi's first appearance leads to him challenging the Pharaoh to a shadow game to test the unknown power of the Millennium Puzzle. At the end of the 3rd round, the pharaoh boldly declares that the puzzle's power is the "power of unity.note " This means that Will's magic is the same power as the Millennium Items. Or at least the same as the puzzle.
The girls' powers are tied to their friendship. When they are united they are strong, and when they are divided their powers weaken. They even manifested the incarnation of their "victory" to defeat Dark Mother. The 4Kids dub makes it impossible to forget that the YGO series relies heavily on The Power of Friendship, and this theme is in the manga too (though thankfully not as blatantly obvious or annoying).
For a place that's supposed to be located in the middle of infinity, Kandrakar is a rather easy place to get to if one has the means. In the YGO universe, anyone with the necessary magic could get into the Shadow Realm from any location. In the W.I.T.C.H. comics, anyone with the proper magic or access to a portal can get to Kandrakar from any location. Kandrakar is the Shadow Realm in A Form You Are Comfortable With. The founders of Kandrakar decided to exploit the accessibility of the Shadow Realm so they could keep watch over all worlds. While they were at it, they changed the Shadow Realm from a dark place that used to be a Fate Worse than Deathnote into the cloud-filled sanctuary of peace and order that the W.I.T.C.H. girls know it as. This would mean that Kandrakar was founded sometime after the events of YGO, since Yugi and co. had to deal with the full blown horrors that lurked in the Shadow Realm.
Atem might even have direct connections to Kandrakar. The way Kandrakar records its history with pictures on its walls (it's not clear if these images are painted or carvings) is kind of reminiscent of the scenes that ancient Egyptians would portray inside temples and tombs. If Atem helped in founding Kandracar or was even its first Oracle, his Egyptian heritage could have left its influence on the way certain things are done in Kandrakar. Kandrakar is also an afterlife of sorts, since Yan Lin ended up there after she passed on. The other founders could have used magic to specifically bring Atem's spirit to them since he had experience with the Shadow Realm. It could also explain how Will's power to unite is so similar to the power of the Millennium Puzzle, since that was the Millennium Item that Atem was the most familiar with.
- Jossed by Core of Kandrakar. Kandrakar was created by the Five Nymphs and N'ghala, the Nymph of the Stars, was the first Oracle. However, we don't know how long ago Kandrakar was created from Earth's point of view (time is not the same in all dimensions) and it's possible that Atem was brought to Kandrakar after his death at some point, so he might have been part of the first group of "wise beings" to arrive at Kandrakar.
When Nerissa led her march into Kandrakar, she pointed out the tower to Shagon and stated that despite the name, the place was actually the prison of Kandrakar. Later in the arc where Phobos had swapped bodies with Endarno, it was revealed that the prison cells inside the Tower of Mists change themselves to suit a particular person, much like a penalty game can be different for each person it's inflicted on. The Tower of Mists is filled with the remains of the Shadow Realm's dark power, and each prisoner gets his or her own penalty game inside their cell. There also could be other signs of Kandrakar's once dark nature that haven't been shown yet, as Nerissa also stated there were many more secrets hidden within Kandrakar.
- oh my god, That's Awesome! Fanfic Time!
W.I.T.C.H. is Disney, and Kandrakar happens to be the center to all worlds. The Runics are against Kandrakar because the Oracle didn't intervene when their worlds were destroyed; the Oracle can see the future, so he/she knew that everything would get fixed without the Guardians.
- The Hearts of worlds mentioned in the W.I.T.C.H. show are the same kind that are in Kingdom Hearts, only they're avatars of the world's power instead of being sealed behind a door. The back stories for The 'Verse are even similar in that all the dimensions were one world until Darkness destroyed it, which then became many worlds. The Guardians were formed after the Keyblade Wars with the reasoning that one small group of protectors was better than a larger organization of conflicting individuals with too much power.
- About the powers of the Oracle: he can communicate telepathically, feel people's emotions and feelings, erase memories and see what is happening in that very moment if he pays attention to it (the more attention he pays to something, the more detailed he can see it, but if he doesn't pay any attention to something then he'll miss it) and possible futures, with no guarantee those futures will come to happen (he stated it himself such after temporary Oracle Phobos Mind Raped Will with visions of a bad future). What the Oracle can see is actually a plot point in many occasions, as many enemies advanced their plots thanks to the Oracle not paying sufficient attention to their hiding places until it was too late, Luba (one of the most important members of the Congregation) thought she could hide her actions from the Oracle only to have a memorable Oh, Crap! moment when he told her to stop lying, and the new Oracle Yan Lin stated she had no way to see what the Runics were doing as long as they remained in their hideout (but once they left it she found out their plans instantly) and no knowledge or way to look at the Fast World.
- According to the comics, imprisonment seems to be the usual punishment. Cedrid and Phobos (between others) were trapped, without magic, in the Tower of Mist.
- Jossed. They don't have powers and it's just a sitcom like issue.
- A big hubbub was made about Cassidy's love for water, though. I thought that was a rather clear implication.
- Will has a great love for water and is a capable swimmer too.
- That could explain why she was taken with Cedric in the first place, it's much safer to crush on an older man than admit you have those kind of feeling for another girl.
- Jossed by the end of the comic.
- Alternatively, Carmen is Will's grandmother, and chose both of their names as Stealth Puns: Susan because it derives from the Egyptian name for the lotus flower, a symbol of non-attachment (as Carmen, being first an international cop and later a wanted criminal, couldn't stay with her enough for Susan to grow attached), and Wilhelmina (meaning protector) because she had somehow recognized her as a future Guardian of Kandrakar.
- Why not both? It would explain how Carmen recognized Will's fate.
- This parentage would explain why Thomas Vandom was so desperate for money in his appearances in the comic book: he had sold Carmen Sandiego's house. When Carmen arrived to make him pay, Thomas, not knowing that Susan's mother was the royally pissed wanted international thief before him (and assuming he had just messed with her organization by chance), begged to be allowed to pay her back, and was given a time limit. We can imagine Thomas got what he deserved because Susan in the end decided that the gloves were off and contacted her mother, who wouldn't have appreciated...
- Not necessarily in a conscious way. Just like Xing Jing gift healed Taranee's eyes to the point of no needing glasses anymore, Hay Lin might have been healed by the same thing.
- Maybe at the start. But she gave it away at the end of the Arkhanta saga.
- Yes, but the only time they experienced the lack of the gift was in the same issue and never else, so it's pretty safe to assume that the gift is not something they can just give away, and replenishes on its own.
- Maybe at the start. But she gave it away at the end of the Arkhanta saga.
- Also flying: in the comic version only the Guardian of Air can fly, at least before the New Power arc, yet Nerissa managed to fly without even transforming. Interactive Forces may explain it with gravity manipulation, with Will's inability to do it being because she still has to figure how to manipulate gravity.
- First possible future:
- Will surrendered to Phobos, but the others managed to save the day anyway, opening a rift that, with time, increased. and Matt's memories of Kandrakar were never awakened, with the end result being the glimpse we saw.
- Second possible future:
- During the New Power Saga Will never asked Matt if he still loved her, and they didn't get back together. After that adventure Matt returned to Kandrakar, and, when Oracle Yan Lin asked them to choose between taking the tasks or quitting being Guardians, Will was for quitting too, and convinced the others.
- The alternative past given to us by Himerish, where Will didn't immediately take the Heart of Kandrakar. With time things snowballed in the future we've seen.
- When Will and Matt broke up again there wasn't the old couple that told Matt to tell Will how he really felt, and they didn't get back together. With that, Will decided to quit when the tasks were offered.
- Third possible future:
- Will never moved to Heatherfield but stayed in Fadden Hill and didn't become a Guardian. As result the Guardians had another leader (possibly Orube), while Will, with little friends, threw herself into study and work, becoming a person who has "no time for a coffee, much less for love".
Firstly, Cornelia Hale is exactly like Cordelia Chase. Both the Rich Bitch / Alpha Bitch, as well as both being The Lancer, the Butt-Monkey and they both even have similar names! In one episode of the cartoon series, a character even accidently calls Cornelia Cordelia!
Secondly, Will Vandom looks a lot like Willow Rosenberg, don't you think? They're also both dorky, shy and good with computers/electronics. The only difference is that instead of being The Chick, Will is The Leader. They both also take slow but seriously major levels in badass (Willow become a seriously powerful witch/Will gaining the power of Shock and Awe in season 2). Again, Will's name is Willow without the 'ow'.
Caleb in the cartoon at least appears to have at least been mildly influenced by both Angel and Spike. He has the broodiness and loner archetype that made Angel so popular, for example. You could also compare his persona to that of Spike's if he wasn't evil. A Bad Ass Longcoat? Check. A young wild man into rebellion and impulse? Check. A man living a completely different life to the protagonists forced to join them before discovering he doesn't really fit in with the human world (but staying anyway for that special blonde someone)? Check.
- Think about it. Phobos took over Meridian 13 years ago, but he seems pretty young. Also, if Meridianites are anything like Earthlings, they would be on the same technology level that we're on. They seem to act closer to people from the 15th or 16th century. According to the comics, Phobos and Elyon's human ancestors arrived on Metamoor around the time of King Arthur, in the late 5th or early 6th century. If time was slower on Meridian, that would mean that it is more than half of ours. So, 13 years here, maybe 6 or 7 there.
- The technological level isn't an indicator: our own technology has passed through a few cycles of having little to no improvement for centuries before the right combination of economic and political factors, refinements on already existing technologies, random discoveries or importation of inventions and one or more people combining them all of this into something new spurned a new temporary cycle of technological evolution... At the end of which there would be another cycle of relative stasis. Given Meridian's apparent feudal government and economy, it's likely they're stuck into one such cycles of relative stasis, cycle that Elyon's rule (who grew up in a more economically advanced society with a more innovation-friendly political clymate) may or may not be about to interrupt-certainly she has shown inclination to change the political situation (if nothing else because she is the whole government, with next to no bureaucracy), and that could be enough to spark a cycle of technological innovation.
Then Discord came, and, in an adventure she never told her daughters, Megan and her siblings joined forces with Celestia, Luna and a third unknown pony to find the Elements of Harmony and stop Discord, the fragment of the Rainbow leading the way to the Tree of Harmony acting on Kandrakar's indications (Discord mostly kept himself to what would later become Equestria, so the Congregation of the time did not see reason to intervene directly). In the process Molly, Danny and the unknown pony died, and Megan sacrificed herself to slow down Discord and give Celestia and Luna time to retrieve the Elements, with her succeeding but getting sent a thousand years forward in time to appear at his feet in an Equestria he ruled for a thousand years and see her failure. Fast forward a thousand years, and she reappears before Discord's laughing statue, and gives him the middle finger.
She then returned to Earth and aquainted with the changed world with Kandrakar's help, choosing Heatherfield (the one area of the US where people are more like Europeans than the other Americans, as W.I.T.C.H.'s original creators tried to make an American setting but didn't make enough a good job of it) because America has more open spaces than modern England but people there spoke with an accent she could understand. Once in a while she returns to Equestria... And was there when the current Guardians were sent in their journey to visit all worlds under Kandrakar's protection.
- Confirmed: the first saga started being reprinted in April.