The Eye is one of The Entities. It is the manifestation of the fear of being watched, exposed, followed, of having secrets known, but also the drive to know and understand, even if your discoveries might destroy you.
The Eye is one of the main entities of the series, being the power behind the Magnus Institute, influencing its members and granting some powers.
It is the entity that grants the Archivist, a position currently held by Jonathan Sims, the ability to ask a question and compel the listener to answer. Being in the presence of an Archivist also allows statement givers to speak coherently about their supernatural experiences.
Technically every episode deals with the Eye as its influence is felt throughout the Institute and its employees, so this list should be limited to when the contents of the statement itself concern the Eye. Episodes that only mention or take place in the archives or the institute do not belong on this list, and episodes related to powers of avatars of The Eye (Such as Jon's compulsion or Elias's memory insertion) are listed under 'other appearances'.
- MAG 12: First Aid (Gerard Keay)
- MAG 23: Schwartzwald (Albrecht von Closen)
- MAG 53: Crusader (Serapeum of Alexandria)
- MAG 60: Observer Effect (Hand mirror)
- MAG 92: Nothing Beside Remains (Jonah Magnus)
- MAG 120: Eye Contact (The Archivist, Elias Bouchard)
- MAG 127: Remains to be Seen (Albrecht von Closen)
- MAG 138: The Architecture of Fear (Jonah Magnus)
- MAG 142: Scrutiny (The Archivist)
- MAG 148: Extended Surveillance (Instruction manual)
- MAG 154: Bloody Mary (Mary Keay, Eric Delano)
- MAG 158: Panopticon (The Panopticon, The Archivist, Jonah Magnus)
- MAG 160: The Eye Opens (The Archivist, Jonah Magnus)
Other Appearances Edit
- MAG 4: Page Turner (Mary Keay)
- MAG 39: Infestation (Jonathan Sims)
- MAG 40: Human Remains (Gertrude Robinson)
- MAG 41: Too Deep (Jonathan Sims)
- MAG 62: First Edition (Mary Keay)
- MAG 79: Hide and Seek (Jonathan Sims)
- MAG 80: The Librarian (Elias Bouchard)
- MAG 82: The Eyewitnesses (Elias Bouchard)
- MAG 89: Twice as Bright (Jonathan Sims, Compulsion)
- MAG 102: Nesting Instinct (Elias Bouchard)
- MAG 105: Total War (Pu Songling Research Centre)
- MAG 106: A Matter Of Perspective (Elias Bouchard, Memory Insertion)
- MAG 111: Family Business (Gerard Keay)
- MAG 117: Testament (Jonathan Sims)
- MAG 119: Stranger and Stranger (Jonathan Sims)
- MAG 121: Far Away (Jonathan Sims/The Archivist)
- MAG 122: Zombie (The Archivist, feeding)
- MAG 125: Civilian Casualties (The Archivist)
- MAG 128: Heavy Goods (The Archivist, Compulsion)
- MAG 129: Submerged
- MAG 161: Dwelling
- The Archivist: An avatar of the Eye that has the power to take statements, compel people to answer their questions, and sometimes randomly 'know' things they otherwise would not have known.
- Jonah Magnus, founder of the Magnus Institute and an avatar of the Eye with the ability to view any events or thoughts at will, as well as the ability to place information into other peoples' minds. By placing his eyes into the head of someone else, he takes control of their body, ensuring that he is always the 'heart of the institute'.
- Archival assistants, who do not seem to receive powers but are bound to the Institute and would supposedly die if the Head did. Anyone who signs an employment contract is bound to the institute and cannot leave, until the death of the Archivist they are working for.
- Gerard Keay: Son of Mary Keay and Eric Delano, he was an assistant to Gertrude Robinson, though it is unknown whether he was actually an employee of the archives. He painted a mural of an eye, eye tattoos that seem to provide some protection against the effects of other powers, and occasionally seems to demonstrate knowledge he should not naturally have in a way similar to that of the Archivist.
- Mary Keay: She states that she could never be loyal to just one entity, however, she grew up connected to The Magnus Institute through her mother and still appears to enjoy eye symbology (MAG 4). Her family has historically funded the institute, and her constant search for books, knowledge and power is reminiscent of The Eye's drive for knowledge.
- Albrecht von Closen: Ancestor of Mary Keay and friend of Jonah Magnus, owned a manor and library in the Schwartzwald.
- A hand mirror that, when looked at, shows a creature right behind the holder. Even after dropping the mirror and breaking its glass, the presence of that creature can still be felt.
- An instruction manual for a security camera that had images of its readers within it. After reading it extensively, the reader becomes part of the security system, every camera feeling like an eye of the reader looking back at them.
- The Magnus Institute, London, UK
- The Panopticon of Millbank Prison
- The Usher Foundation, Washington D.C., US
- Pu Songling Research Centre, Beijing, China
- The Serapeum of Alexandria
- The tomb of Johann von Württemberg, near Schramberg, Germany
The Eye's ritual is called "The Watcher's Crown." Using the Panopticon in Millbank Prison, Jonah Magnus attempted the ritual at some point during the 19th century. The ritual ultimately failed but granted him semi-omniscience in the process.
Connections to other entities Edit
Other characters and avatars in the world, such as Jude Perry, have criticised the Eye, seeing it as an entity of great power that does very little and seems content only with feeding its thirst for knowledge. Perry even states it cannot stop the Desolation from winning and will leave it a burned out blind eye by the end.
- Gertrude Robinson, the previous archivist, had a streak of stopping the other entities' rituals. She was known and even sometimes feared by the entities and their followers, putting a lot of negative attention on the institute. Many other entities dislike The Eye for this reason, with agents of The Corruption, Dark, Flesh and Web all been noted to be watching the archives, with some even making direct assaults upon it.
- The Eye is somewhat allied with the Lonely, with Elias Bouchard and Peter Lukas being close friends. Elias later leaves the position of 'head of the institute' to Peter.
- ↑ MAG 4: Page Turner
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 MAG 12: First Aid
- ↑ MAG 48: Lost in the Crowd
- ↑ MAG 62: First Edition
- ↑ MAG 39: Infestation
- ↑ MAG 125: Civilian Casualties
- ↑ MAG 131: Flesh
- ↑ MAG 147: Weaver
- ↑ MAG 130: Meat
- ↑ MAG 97: We All Ignore the Pit
- ↑ MAG 129: Submerged
- ↑ MAG 101: Another Twist
- ↑ MAG 159: The Last
- ↑ MAG 139: Chosen
- ↑ MAG 145: Infectious Doubts