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Title: Mist and stone  
     
Creatures: Scar (Stratorius), darklighter
He is tall with a jagged scar that run from the bridge of his nose across a gaunt, left cheek to just below the left earlobe.
He is able to make himself invisible

Scar is an example of how mortals can become darklighters.
Just as truly selfless people become whitelighters after they die, those with hardenend hearts and no tolerance for mercy become darklighters.

He was born as Stratorius in the first century A.D.
Captured and enslaved at age twelve he was trained as gladiator and fought his first fight at the age of 17 and after he had survived five years in the games he had earned his freedom. Knowing nothing else to do he stayed as gladiator.
When he ignored the emperors command for mercy and slaughtered the ruler's primed gladiator, he had been condemmed to die the ignoble death of a slave - in the jaws of wild cats.

When he awoke in the underworld, he accepted his new fate as darklighter and took the name Scar.
With the help of the mortal Ray Marino who runs Bay Haven, a privately funded institution that deals specifically with kids who seemed beyond saving, he plans to recruit an army of loyal darklighters from the troubled boys.
Scars plan changed and he tried to lure Todd Corman to kill Paige. Then he would have killed Todd, making him a darklighter.

Scar was vanquished by the Charmed Ones



The Mist and Stone effect
This is an indicator that events in a vision are in flux and subject to change. The amount of mist or fog in a progression of multiple visions dissipates in direct proportion to the point at which the depicted events become immutable - or set in stone.
This means that in a series of visions of the same event, which each successive vision there is less fog hiding events because the event is becoming more cemented.

In other words the amount of fog in mist-and-stone visions, is a measure of whether and how much things can be changed.
 
     
Spells: to resolve a paper jam problem in copiers:

Tweak the gizmoks, gears, and plates
so this machine will duplicate

to vanquish Scar:

Dark enemy of white light
in a mist, where death is written not in time or stone
but in the fire cast by demon fist;
burn Darklight shadow, scar and blood and bone
 
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Background info: Gladiator  
     
Summary: Paige Matthews is accustomed to the requirements of her job as a social worker, and she's willing to endure substandard pay, long hours, and emotional drain. After all, she wants to make a difference - sometimes in a non-Charmed capacity. But she is unprepared for the anger and rage she encounters in Todd Corman, a young boy who has been bounced from caregiver to caregiver for so long that he doesn't trust authority. Still, Paige is sympathetic and determined to break through.
But when Phoebe stops by the agency for a quick hello, she is rocked by a vision that involves Todd. Strangely, the vision is shrouded in fog. After some investigation, Leo explains that this particular mist has nothing to do with the weather, but rather suggests that Todd's fate may not be set in stone. Todd has been targeted, and if the Charmed Ones are going to reverse destiny, they're going to have to race against the clock!

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Author/s: Diane G. GallagherDiane G. Gallagher
She lives in Florida. Before becoming a full time writer she made her living in a variety of occupations, including folk musician and fantasy artist.
Her first sci-fi novel was published in 1990. Since then she has written many novels in several series for all age groups, including Star Trek, Sabrina the teenage witch, Buffy and Charmed.
 
Published: Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster UK Ltd.)  
ISBN: 0-689-85789-6  
     
Timeline: between 4x08 Black as Cole and 4x13 Charmed and dangerous.  
     
Main characters: Paige, Phoebe, Piper
Leo, Cole
 
Trivia: Todd was finally adopted by his father Brian Jamieson who had known about his existence before.  
     
Bloopers: -  
Random quote: Piper shook her head. "No, except for putting the Piper whammy on various inanimate objects around the house, everything's fine. That's the problem. Nothing awful is happening, and my nerves are shot."
"The scary part is that I understood the logic behind that." Leo pulled out a chair and sat down.
 
     
Rating: humor: 1 out of 3 possible
tension: 3 out of 3 possible
story: 2 out of 3 possible
style: 2 out of 3 possible
 
Summary: 8 out of 12  
  For a change the villain seems to be smarter than usual. The story is well written, driving and tension is kept till the end.
The story focuses on the boy, Todd, who's pushed and pulled to the dark side.
 
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