|“||You're outnumbered and outdone, Bastian! And you only have one wish left. So use what's left of your brain and wish to go home. That's where you belong.||„|
|~ Xayide to Bastian Bux in the climax of The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter.|
|“||Now that was wishful thinking.||„|
|~ Xayide in Tales from the Neverending Story.|
Xayide, the Mistress of The Emptiness, is an incredibly powerful evil witch who serves as a major antagonist in the 1979 German novel Die unendliche Geschichte (The Neverending Story) and the 1990 fantasy film sequel The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter, in which her role is vastly expanded. She also serves as the primary villainess of two spinoffs: the cartoon The Neverending Story: The Animated Adventures of Bastian Balthazar Bux and the live-action television miniseries Tales From the Neverending Story.
She was portrayed by Clarissa Burt in the 1990 film sequel, and Victoria Sanchez in the miniseries. She was voiced by Janet-Laine Green in the animated series.
- 1 Appearance
- 2 Nature
- 3 Powers and Abilities
- 4 Personality
- 5 Role in the Novel
- 6 Role in the Film
- 7 Role in the Cartoon
- 8 Role in the Live-Action Series
- 9 Gallery
- 10 Trivia
Xayide appears as a stunningly beautiful woman clad in wondrous, elaborate robes, albeit one somehow disquieting, hinting her true, uncanny nature.
In the novel, she is depicted as tall, with long, flowing, curly red hair and very pale skin, clad in red robes and depicted wearing a red cape with armored, pointy shoulder pads. Her most striking physical feature are her heterochromatic red and green eyes.
The film shows Xayide very similar to her looks in the novel, though she first lacks a face and needs to apply a magical ointment to make herself one. She has brown hair and her eyes are golden. While she is gorgeous, her rather rigid posture and features are reminders of her otherworldly nature.
She first wears an elaborate red gown, jewelry and a sophisticated hairdo, but later changes for robes covered in diamond motifs with large, pointed shoulder pads, that start emerald-green but progressively darkens as her plan unfolds, until being almost black in the climax.
In the cartoon, Xayide first appears sporting a featureless face showing what she sees like a screen, until she gives herself facial features with her magic, as a nod to the film.
She wears a forest green robe and hood reaching down her waist, and a lighter upper dress with pink trims on her shoulders and sleeves. She has fair skin and pink lipstick, but hides half her face under a black mask ending in a pink tiara shape, with yellow slits that can either be her eyes or cover them, narrowing and widening like real eyes and glowing depending her mood.
In the mini-series, Xayide is quite tall, fair-skinned and dark-haired, eerily twisting herself. She dons black robes and a cape, jewellery, claw-rings, and a silver or diamond tiara. In war, she dons a plated gown and a talon-shaped crown, and a black leather suits for flight.
In the Novel
Xayide only looks human, being an unearthly, seemingly ageless entity ruling the Emptiness: all that exists without substance, either physically, spiritually or even metaphorically. It threatens to engulf all, leaving them outwardly intact, yet hollow, voided of all essence and barely existing, unable to fulfil their purpose.
Just as the Nothing comes from humanity's cynicism, apathy, and excessive materialism, the Emptiness comes from lack of interest, boredom and loss of imagination. Being an outside force opposed to the dreams and creativity that construct the magical world of Fantasia, made from everything ever imagined by humans, it must be dealt with by a human full of those qualities.
Xayide rules her domain and armies from a creepy castle shaped like a hand, called Horok, which is also known as the Seeing Hand, because of its multitude of windows appearing like countless eyes. In the novel, Xayide controls Emptiness and seems to be its source, but what she is remains ambiguous. As the narration repeatedly states: "But that is another story and shall be told another time."
In the Film
The film explicitly describes Xayide as the personification of Emptiness, which is elevated as a threat to all of Fantasia, in the same way as the Nothing, and might be a remnant of its destruction undone by Bastian's wishes. The face she gives herself to mask her shallow nature could be seen as a symbol to the apparent normalcy of the unnatural, and the danger looking innocuous at first glance.
In the series, Xayide is tall, fair-skinned and with dark-brown hair, eerily twisting herself. She wears black robes and cape, jewellery, claw-rings, and a silver or diamond tiara. She dons a plated battle-gown and a talon-shaped crown in war, or a black leather in flight.
In the Cartoon
The cartoon makes little to no mention of the Emptiness, portraying Xayide as a rather standard evil witch, to the point of having herself and her servants addressing her as the Mistress of Evil.
In a way, this is truer to the novel, that emphasized her being a witch over Emptiness. Still, she must give herself a face again, and while mortal, when seemingly destroyed she manifests as a gigantic green cloud with her face, hinting that she is more than it appears.
In the Live-Action Series
In the mini-series, Xayide is the sister of the Childlike Empress, who used to rule Fantasia with her, but coveted total power and was exiled by a mysterious Wizard. She rules the Dark City, having a Praetorian Guard of Dark Knights instead of Giants. She contains the Nothing in a chest and uses it to void people, enabling her to turn them into brainwashed Drones. She plans to spread it over Fantasia to void it of beauty, spirit and creativity.
Powers and Abilities
Xayide is described as the greatest witch in Fantasia. And she is even more powerful in the adaptations, being doubtlessly the mightiest being in Fantasia outside of the Ivory Tower. She might even be equal to the Childlike Empress herself, as in the film she could keep her under home arrest, and spread the Emptiness over Fantasia, gradually turning it into a lifeless, desolate land.
Her primary power is her complete control over what is empty, ranging from her powerful Giants (empty suits of armor in the novel, hollow giant monsters with pincers and retractable buzzsaws or drills in the film), to people who lost their mind and purpose. In the film, she drains substance from everyone and everything, leaving them as good as nonexistent and spreading destruction all over.
Xayide's sorcery is unrivalled. In the novel, her waning magic can void subjects and objects, or control empty things of all shapes for her to animate, among many others.
In the film, she can travel through the center of the world and reappear everywhere she wishes at the speed of darkness, stated to be faster than light. She can see and casts spells even where she is not physically present, keeping tabs on the fleeing hero Bastian miles away and hurling a hand-shaped energy blast to seize him. She also owns several magical artefacts. However, she needs a machine built by her servant Tri-Face to steal Bastian’s memories, while it was happening on its own in the novel. (She knew about the process but had no power over it, though she could control the result.)
In the cartoon, she can perform telepathy and telekinesis, conjure what she wants, control the elements and the weather, summon magic beings, among others. She can make potions or artefacts, bewitch objects and cast all manners of spells or curses. Worse, she uses deadly attack and defence magic.
In the mini-series, she can monitor the real world and influence it to some extent, sending her servants there. She can shape-shift and transform people, and build all manners of magic-powered technology.
In the Novel
Being empty, Xayide is totally emotionless, cold, distant and creepily expressionless. Though she can understand and imitate feelings flawlessly. She is poised, dignified and always courteous, even when intimidating foes, but not averse to sarcasm and to disguise insults as praises. But to her core she is cruel, uncaring, and heartless in every sense of the word. She is consumed by her hunger for power, ironically as if to fill a void, but she never loses control, even when furious or threatening.
Moreover, Xayide is immensely intelligent, calculating, devious and perceptive. Knowing that she cannot subdue Bastian by force, she pretends to surrender to deal with him indirectly. She leads him where she wants and subtly sets the pace of the story until the very end. Much worse, she is a perfect manipulator, who knows perfectly how to feign concern and even friendship to gain his trust, playing on his doubts, fears and desires to lead his own adventure to manipulate him. She proves able to erode Bastian's trust in his friends and to corrupt him, bringing about his ambition and worst traits with words alone.
In the Adaptations
In the film, she wants to control each and every story ever written, voiding them of all the fantasy they were created from and gives them meaning. She claims to merely want to bring "order" in "the chaos of dreams" and boldly asks how it could be wrong, but there is little mystery that what she really want is to dictate her law and make everything there strictly functional, soulless and almost mechanical.
In the cartoon she is more cartoonishly evil, fitting villains in children-oriented media of the time. While as poised, polite, scheming and clever as in the novel, she is more arrogant and temperamental, often losing patience or getting angry, though she remains in control no matter what happens. She revels in her vileness, delights in gloating, taunting foes and lording over people, but loathes opposition.
In the mini-series, she bitterly loathes the Childlike Empress, finding her hands-off ruling unworthy. She remains regal and scheming, still claiming to bring "discipline", but hides seething scorn behind her creepily exaggerated congenial facade. She likes to taunt and gloat, but is vain, irritable and unhinged.
Role in the Novel
Xayide appears in the second half of the story, after the hero Bastian Balthazar Bux, a pudgy, insecure, misunderstood, ten-year-old dreamer who lost his mother, enters Fantasia, after giving a new name to the Childlike Empress and dispelling the Nothing. The Empress gives him her symbol, the wish-granting AURYN talisman, tasking him to remake Fantasia with it, as it was obliterated by the Nothing.
With each wish, Bastian forgets one memory of the real world. Having always dreamt of being a hero, like the Greenskin Atreyu whose quest he read before entering Fantasia, he wishes to become beautiful, brave and skilled, at the risk of losing himself in petty wish-fulfilment. He gains the Light Blade Sikanda and befriends Atreyu and the Luck Dragon Falkor (Fuchur in the original German).
While well-meaning if careless at first, Bastian's wishes have unforeseen consequences. And because deep down he craves recognition, his growing success and waning memories make him increasingly selfish, which Xayide notices. After making up many adventures for both himself and others, Bastian confronts the wicked witch in Horok Castle, who fails to subdue him and pretends to surrender.
Feigning fealty to gain Bastian's trust, while ordering his friends around when his back is turned, Xayide starts playing on his worst traits. She gives him the Invisibility Belt Ghemmal, knowing he will spy on his friends, and drive him away from them. Under her influence, Bastian rejects his friends and invades the Ivory Tower to dethrone the Childlike Empress and crown himself the new Emperor of Fantasia. Atreyu is forced to rise against Bastian and interrupt the ceremony, but is nearly killed in the resulting battle.
Chasing after Atreyu, Bastian ends up in the City of Lost Emperors, haunted by the former saviours of Fantasia who lost themselves, mindless and broken. Horrified, he vows to atone, giving up memories of his widowed father for the truly selfless wish to be capable of love, relinquishing AURYN to Atreyu. Having lost her puppet-king, Xayide does not even resist when her Giants trample her to death, resisting her vanishing power. Having found his true calling, Bastian is restored to normal by the Waters of Life. He returns home and cures his grieving father with the Waters, healing both worlds with his stories.
Role in the Film
In this sequel to the first film, which ends after the victory over the Nothing, Bastian has returned to the real world, likely for a few years. His life has improved, but he is still grieving for his mother and unable to connect with his loving albeit distant father.
After fear got the better of him in school, Bastian returns to Mr. Correander's bookstore where the Book leading to Fantasia is kept. He finds that books are voided of words and hears the Childlike Empress calling for his help, prompting him to return to Fantasia. There, he arrives at the wondrous Silver City of Amarganth and is bestowed AURYN.
The Childlike Empress tells him that she is kept prisoner by an eldritch force spreading over Fantasia and eating away its essence, destroying all around the Ivory Tower. A force that he must name. This is all the doing of Xayide, who is keeping tabs on both Bastian and the Empress. Her servant Tri-Face has built a magic Memory Machine stealing one memory for each wish he makes, and she sends her other servant, the bird-man Nimbly to the Silver City, to gain his trust and push him to make wishes.
After Xayide sent her powerful Giants to the Silver City, Bastian reunites with Atreyu and Falkor, who lead him to Horok Castle. It is protected by powerful energy beams disintegrating everything that comes close. Bastian is caught in one, but Atreyu uses AURYN to deflect it back and destroy them all.
Atreyu makes a diversion but is captured, while Bastian uses AURYN to sneak into Horok, saving his friend from a bottomless pit. They discover that the Giants are empty and Bastian names the threat the Emptiness. They confront the wicked witch, who feigns surrender after some token resistance. She states to need to be at the Ivory Tower to free the Empress, so they order her to follow them there.
Outside of Horok, Falkor refuses to carry Xayide, who offers to travel in her luxurious Xobile coach, followed by a wary Atreyu on his steed Artax.
Playing the motherly figure that Bastian misses, Xayide gifts him the Invisibility Belt Ghemmal "in gratitude for sparing her". She pushes him to waste his wishes and to distrust his friends. Bastian refuses to heed Atreyu's proof that the Xobile is running in circles, then overhears Atreyu's and Falkor's concerns, mistaking it for a desire to take AURYN.
Atreyu later witnesses Nimbly watching a stolen memory of Bastian's mother's death. He tries to warn Bastian who refuses to listen and fights him, causing him to die in a fall, carried away by Falkor. Horrified, Bastian rushes back, sees the machine and escapes on Artax’s back, while his father has found the Book and is reading of his trials.
Knowing that he has only two wishes left, Xayide casts a spell to throw him down a river. Guided by Nimbly who had a change of heart, he returns to the Silver City, deserted and in ruins, and trades his mother's memory to resurrect Atreyu.
Knowing that Bastian misses his father, Xayide appears and tell him to wish back home. Bastian feigns to comply, but having overcome his fears, he wishes to give her a heart. No longer empty, Xayide sheds a tear of possible remorse and dies.
With Fantasia and Bastian's memories restored, the Childlike Empress appears to congratulate Bastian for saving her world again. Bastian next bids farewell to his friends and reunites with his father at last.
Role in the Cartoon
In this cartoon mixing aspects from the films and the novel, Xayide is constantly plotting to usurp the Childlike Empress, but Bastian keeps foiling her as he travels to Fantasia, being protected from her sorcery by AURYN. She is the greatest threat there is, with the possible exception of Gmork (here one with the Nothing), who appears much less often.
The Tears of Sadness
Xayide poisons the Fountains of Life and water in Fantasia with tears of the perpetually despairing Acharis, to petrify anyone who drinks water or merely looks at it. Bastian and the tree-man Bark Troll go to the gnome scientist Engywook and his wife the witch Urgl, who give them a potion. They confront Xayide, but drop the potion in the fountain as she hurls an explosive beam. This transforms the Acharis into the ever-laughing Schlamoofs and dispels the curse. (This also happens in the novel, albeit differently.) Pestered by the Schlamoofs, Xayide is forced to retreat.
The Purple Buffalo
Investigating the disappearance of the purple buffalos that his people need, Atreyu finds a giant flying ship owned by Xayide. She trapped them all in a crystal, planning to turn them into giant locusts that will devour all life in Fantasia.
She telekinetically knocks him out, then subdues Bastian with gusts of wind, as he sneaks into the ship with a magic powder given by the Buffalo Spirit, unable to free the buffalos. She send the two with other enslaved Fantasians forced to power her flying ship, but they escape and sabotage it.
Knowing they cannot free the buffalo, Bastian lets Xayide free and transform them, only now using the powder to turn them back to normal. The buffalos trample the ship and Xayide, but her spirit swears revenge.
Xayide is enslaving the Snow Sprites to unearth the memories of the Childlike Empress from the Picture Mine where every Fantasians' memories are stored, for breaking them makes their subject vanish for real. Helped by the blind miner Yor, Bastian barges in as Xayide is about to blast the memories with fire, but she threatens to break the Empress' memories of him.
Faking a random attack, Bastian breaks all the memories of Xayide and her servants, vanishing them. But in the end, the Empress explains that sharing memories keeps them alive, restoring all of her memories and their subjects, Xayide included.
The ever-growing Night Forest Perilin is kept at bay at day by the fire lion Grograman, who scorches everything around into Goab, the Desert of Colours. But it is starting spreading, destroying everything on its wake. Having befriended Grograman due to the protection of AURYN, Bastian starts looking for him, and discovers that Xayide has trapped him in a block of ice inside Horok Castle.
Bastian and Bark Troll storm Horok, but Xayide threatens to levitates the tree-man in the fire if they do not give her AURYN. Fortunately, Bastian's calls awoke Grograman who barges in, forcing the witch to protect herself in an energy sphere. Grograman destroys the forest, revealing that just like in the novel, he dies every night to let Perilin grow and resurrects every morning to keep balance intact.
A Friendship That Flames
Bastian and Bark Troll meet a blue ferret-man called Axin, helping him find the present that his people tasked him to bring to the Childlike Empress after he lost it. Axin leads them to Fire Mountain to find it. On their way, Axin starts getting on Bark Troll's nerves, who leaves in anger. In fact, it was a trap devised by Xayide to lead Bastian on a nest of fire-breathing snakes to be devoured. The boy only owes his life to Bark Troll, who defeats Axin with rotten eggs, leaving Xayide trapped by a rock avalanche.
The Three Feeling Stones
Xayide is seeking to unearth the three Feeling Stones, that regulate the emotions of every Fantasian. Despite Bastian's best efforts, she seals the Joy Stone, the Love Stone and the Hope Stone inside a bewitched casket, leaving all Fantasians unfeeling, unable to care when she takes over the Ivory Tower. As Xayide orders the Imperial Court to tear down the tower, Bastian arrives feigning surrender and offering a toast for the new Empress, laced with Urgl's love potion. Bewitched, Xayide retreats and offers the Feeling Stones to Bastian, who leaves them in the Ivory Tower, under the Childlike Empress' watch.
The Belt of Invisibility
The greedy Shadow Goblin finds the Belt of Invisibility Ghemmal, using it to steal valuables everywhere. Learning this, Bastian goes to Horok and demands a solution to Xayide, who tries in vain to steal AURYN before conjuring a feast for his visit, which he refuses. She offers him a second belt, for only the invisible can see the invisible, knowing that no-one will see or hear him and hoping to blackmail him with it. As she can still hear him, he drives her crazy with chatter and songs, forcing her to release him.
End of Times
Watching over the Silver City of Amarganth, Xayide sees a storm sinking the magic Silver Clock into the acidic Lake of Tears, which starts eroding it. Horrified, she realizes that time will stop in Fantasia. She surrounds herself with a protective aura, but it uses all her power, preventing her from magically restoring the clock. Protected by AURYN and advised by the Three Great Thinkers to work with an enemy, Bastian finds an exhausted Xayide clinging for dear life over a chasm and saves her.
Xayide grudgingly follows Bastian to the Silver City, where he provokes her into refusing to give up. She grants him a protective aura for him to dive in the acid and rewind the clock. As time restarts, she uses her last strength to levitate him to safety with the clock, and he saves him in turn from the storm. Puzzled by how he saved his archenemy, Xayide teleports away, warning him that the truce ends here.
The Everlasting Night
Xayide steals Urgl's grimoire, but accidentally creates the sentient Night Breath, who covers Fantasia with an everlasting night and plunges her in an unbreakable trance. As Bastian and Falkor are trying in vain to stop the Night Breath, even calling the Four Wind Giants, Urgl goes to Horok Castle, where Tri-Head and Nimbly try in vain to awake the witch. Urgl awakes Xayide, who refuses to dispel the Night Breath, but Urgl expected it and bewitched her with purple rabbit ears, forcing her to comply.
As Bastian is having fun in a cave full of deforming mirrors, he stumbles on a magical one devised by Xayide to bring an evil reflection of himself to life. The evil Bastian steals AURYN, enabling Xayide to trap the real one in the reflections of a mirror. Fortunately, Xayide's mirror accidentally created a good reflexion of her, who can only use good magic and manages to free him.
Xayide persuades the evil Bastien to put the Childlike Empress to slumber with a cursed gift. Shunned by all, Bastian and the good Xayide enter Horok Castle, tricking Xayide into vanishing his double. Her good double dispels her energy ball to save Bastian, deflects her sphere of destruction, and destroys her summoned elementals with rain and breeze. Xayide blasts her double with thunderbolts and Bastian with a shockwave before he retakes AURYN, but her double tricks her into breaking the mirror with a death ray. She vanishes thanking Bastian, who escapes with AURYN and uses it to wake the Empress.
The Dreaming Fields
Xayide plants a Nightmare Weed in the flowery Dreaming Fields, the source of Fantasians' every dream, covering them in purple thorns. Bastian finds that every dream came true, changing them all apparently for the best. Even Xayide has been reduced to three, powerless servant maids by Tri-Head who dreamt to be king. Alas, the realized dreams go overboard to the point of nightmarish consequences. Falkor guides Bastian to the Glass Tower to get Star Light, using it to destroy the Nightmare Thorns and return everyone to normal, including a very angry Xayide who refuses to let Tri-Head sleep.
Role in the Live-Action Series
Xayide takes from Gaya, the Princess of Darkness of Spook City from the novel. She is the Dark Princess of the gloomy, steampunk Dark City, populated and expanded by Drones whom she playfully treats as her adoring subjects. Her spell is here the cause of the Childlike Empress’ illness and Gmork, who exists in both worlds as in the novel, is her right-hand.
Bastian befriends Mr. Correander way easier than in the novel and gets the Neverending Story Book after visiting his dying mother, who knows of Fantasia, in the hospital. As in the novel, he reads of Atreyu's quest to save Fantasia after being gifted AURYN. Xayide sends Gmork, both to track down Atreyu in Fantasia in his wolf form, and to steal the Book from Bastian in the real world, as his substitute homeroom teacher Mr. Blank. Atreyu shoots him down, but he keeps harassing and unfairly punishing Bastian.
Xayide invades Atreyu's village and turns his tribe of Woodlander into Drones, including his best friend Tartus. Xayide spots Atreyu taking his friend with him, but AURYN teleports them away and frees Tartus. They meet with the Tatterdemalions clan of refugees, but Xayide shape-shifts as a little girl to attack them.
Fleeing, Atreyu befriends Quana, the Fly Girl piloting a Luck Dragon aircraft. They set out to rename every location lost to the Nothing to restore them, using maps from her family. Meanwhile, Bastian and his friends erase all mention of Mr. Blank, vanishing him from the real world. Furious that he lost to a mere boy, Xayide forces him to become a Drone.
Getting a job at Mr. Correander's bookshop, Bastian reads about Atreyu and Fly Girl, learning from the turtle Morla the Ancient One that the Childlike Empress needs a new name. As he and Bastian see each other at the Southern Oracle and the bookshop, Xayide storms the Ivory Tower. The Empress is too weak to fight her off, but she encases herself in a crystal cocoon, prompting a furious Xayide to leave.
Atreyu finds himself with the Wizard, none other than Mr. Correander who exists in both worlds, learning to read stories. Bastian later names the Empress Moonchild, rebirthing her and Fantasia, and helps his father let go of his grief, as he was about to sell their house to April Jones, in fact a servant of Xayide sent to the real world as a real estate agent to steal the Neverending Story Book.
Xayide releases a captive to reveal that she has Falkor in chains to lure in Fly Girl and Atreyu, the former rushing into the trap in spite of the latter's warnings. Xayide blackmails Fly Girl to give up her maps, threatening to burn them to force Atreyu to give AURYN, but he defeats a restored Gmork and subdues Xayide with a staff given by the Empress. Unable to rescue Falkor, they escape, swearing to return.
Badge of Courage
Before Atreyu and Fly Girl escaped, Xayide ordered the Luck Dragon aircraft reverse engineered and sabotaged. As such, they are forced to jump by parachute as it sinks in a river. They are rescued by the Tatterdemalions now led by Tartus, who build a new one from scratch with the old one's core.
Xayide lets Gmork return to the real world as Mr. Blank, employing Bastian's father as his lawyer to get at him. However, Bastian proves his harassment and he is dismissed, being made a slave by Xayide. As Morla tells Xayide that another boy can influence Fantasia and will decide her fate in the next battle, Bastian confronts his bully Connor: said other boy. In detention, Bastian makes the essay they must write about Fantasia, stirring his taste in stories as they write the Woodlanders' battle against Xayide.
The Childlike Empress in person demands Xayide to stop her campaign of destruction, warning her that she has sown the seed of her own, but in vain. The Empress gives Atreyu the Light Blade Sikanda to protect his village, and he rallies his comrades after unlocking its power. Xayide takes profit of Sikanda’s theft by the so-called heroes Hynreck, Hykrion and Hisbald to corner them, but Fly Girl drops Sikanda replicas from her aircraft, enabling them to send the Dark Knight fleeing after Atreyu destroys one.
The crooked merchant Rip Rowdy restores the Luck-Dragon aircraft, stupidly selling it to Xayide, who throws him to jail. Atreyu and Fly Girl followed him in the Dark City, sneaking in unnoticed. Yet, Xayide knew they would return for Falkor and sent him to the Chasm of Deepest Fears. There, they overcome illusions of their fears, free Falkor and fly away, but barely escape Xayide who is piloting the first aircraft.
Xayide sends April and her tomboy daughter Gemma to the real world. April seduces Bastian’s father and asks a wary Bastian, who knows who they are, to show Gemma to school. Gemma frames Bastian for bullying and steals the Book, but April sacrifices herself to save her from being turned to a Drone. Meanwhile, Bastian is nearly killed by Gmork, and Atreyu, who was sent to the real world by the Wizard, kills the wolf monster with his bow. But far from the key to supreme power, the Book ages denizens of Fantasia who read it. Xayide cannot help but read until she crumbles to dust, breaking all her magic.
The Empress send April and Gemma to settle in the real world. Before Mr Correander puts the retrieved Book away for safekeeping, he and Bastian read that Fallon, Bastian's classmate who developed an unhealthy obsession with the Book, went to Fantasia to resurrected Xayide. But Mr. Correander is not worried, implying that other dreamer kids will take care of it, as "that is another story, for another time."
- Xayide's name is meant to be pronounced "Zai-Yē-Dē", as it is done in the live action mini-series, but it is pronounced as "Zai-Yē-Da" in both the live action film and the animated series.