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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.  

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This article contains information from later episodes of The Magnus Archives and may contain major spoilers for the setting and plot. Continue at your own risk.


Episodes[]

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 John's compulsion or Elias's memory insertion) are listed under 'other appearances'.

Other Appearances[]

Characters[]

  • The Archivist: An avatar of the Eye that has the power to take statements, compel people to answer their questions, and sometimes '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'.
    • Richard Mendelson, previous body of Jonah Magnus
    • James Wright, previous body of Jonah Magnus
    • Elias Bouchard, final body of Jonah Magnus
  • 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, freelance coworker to Gertrude Robinson. He created a painting of an eye,[1] had eye tattoos that seemed to provide some protection against the effects of other powers,[2] and occasionally seemed to demonstrate knowledge he should not naturally have[3] in a way similar to that of the Archivist.
  • Mary Keay: She stated that she could never be loyal to just one entity,[4] however, she grew up connected to The Magnus Institute through her mother and her son seemed connected to The Eye. 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.
  • Rosie Zampano: Due to her curious nature and working under Elias for so long, Rosie became connected to The Eye and served as the receptionist for Elias in the Panopticon.
  • Sparksfly.com (possibly): While never explicitly confirmed to be connected to the Eye, this dating site is actively designed around the violation of privacy, and at least implied to have unexplained knowledge of its customers. A similar but unnamed Eye-Aligned dating site appears in MAG-194.

Artefacts[]

  • 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.[5]
  • 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.[6]
  • Rock Eye: An eye carved out of rock that interferes with video cameras unless kept in its black velvet bag.[7]

Locations[]

Ritual[]

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.

Later, in 2018, Jonah Magnus attempts a new ritual to bring through every aspect of fear after theorising that it was impossible to bring a single Entity into existence on its own. The Archivist, marked by encounters with every fear, is tricked by Jonah into completing the ritual, bringing about the Change.

Connections to other entities[]

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.[8]

  • 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,[9] The Dark,[10] The Flesh[11] and The Web[12] 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 acquaintances. Elias later leaves the position of 'head of the institute' to Peter.

References[]

  1. MAG 4: Page Turner
  2. MAG 12: First Aid
    Lesere Saraki: "Small, tattooed eyes on every one of his joints: his knees, his elbows and even his knuckles, as well as just over his heart. I would have expected the burns to have almost destroyed tattoos that small, but instead they were unblemished, and the skin about a centimetre around each one also didn’t seem to have been affected."
  3. MAG 12: First Aid
    Lesere Saraki: "...he seemed to know the code to the door immediately and strode right in..."
    MAG 48: Lost in the Crowd
    Andrea Nunis: "...he thought he should at least let me know that I was marked. He didn’t know what by, but that it was close."
  4. MAG 62: First Edition
  5. MAG 60: Observer Effect
  6. MAG 148: Extended Surveillance
  7. MAG 51: High Pressure
  8. MAG 89: Twice as Bright
  9. MAG 39: Infestation
  10. MAG 125: Civilian Casualties
    Jonathan Sims: "Basira was right about the Institute being watched, though. In the last week I’ve seen two different people wearing symbols for the People’s Church of the Divine Host..."
  11. MAG 131: Flesh
    Jared Hopworth: "The letters started comin’ in about two years ago . . . Then I got one about your lot, your Archives. Told me to go there and kill you. They even sent a picture. So I did."
  12. MAG 147: Weaver
    Jonathan Sims: "Statement of Annabelle Cane. Regarding her history and her observations of the Magnus Institute, London."
  13. MAG 130: Meat
  14. MAG 129: Submerged
    Jonathan Sims: "...how Gertrude stopped the Buried, and their ritual . . . she calculated, correctly, that casting a Void-touched body down the pit at the right time would be enough to disrupt it. Something she found, in Jan Kilbride."
  15. MAG 126: Sculptor's Tool
    Jonathan Sims: "A Great Twisting, that Gertrude stopped at the cost of a single life."
  16. MAG 159: The Last
    Peter Lukas: "Then – of course – Gertrude Robinson happened. Do you know how she did it? What devastating weapon she used to derail my plan? The newspaper. She tipped off someone in The Guardian."
  17. MAG 139: Chosen
  18. MAG 145: Infectious Doubts
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