Three Keys to Power

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The Three Keys to Power.

The Three Keys to Power were the Grimorum Arcanorum, the Eye of Odin, and the Phoenix Gate. When united, they can transform their bearer into an almost invincible sorcerer.


It is thought that the Roman Magus was the first to unite the Three Keys, using them to cast the Spell of Humility over every gargoyle in the world. [1][2]

By 971, the Archmage already had the Grimorum Arcanorum in his possession. In 975, it was clear he coveted all Three Keys (presumably inspired by the Roman Magus's use of them) when he sought to steal the Phoenix Gate as the next step to achieving this goal, though without success. ("The Reach", "Vows") [3]

Brother Valmont was also aware of the Three Keys to Power, and desired them as well. He took the first step towards this goal when he seized the Grimorum at the Battle of Rathveramoen, but was subsequently defeated by Brooklyn, losing the book to him in 997. ("Tyrants", "Phoenix")

By various paths, the Grimorum, the Eye, and the Phoenix Gate all found their way into Goliath's keeping by 1995. He stored them in the clock tower until Demona and Macbeth, under the geas of the Weird Sisters stole the Three Keys later that year. ("High Noon") They and the Sisters then delivered the Three Keys to the Archmage, who united them by donning the Eye of Odin upon his skullcap, devouring the Grimorum (in order to provide a loophole that would allow him to enter Avalon with it), and wore the Phoenix Gate upon his chest. With these three objects combined, the Archmage was transformed into so mighty a sorcerer that he could even use the Phoenix Gate's powers without having to speak the Latin incantation to command it, and proceeded to attack Avalon as his first step towards world conquest. ("Avalon" Part Two)

Goliath finally defeated the Archmage by tearing the Eye of Odin from his brow; once the Archmage lost the Eye (which had been compensating for the mixed magics), he was unable to control the Grimorum any further, which self-destructed, consuming him in the process. ("Avalon" Part Three) [4] Goliath took the remaining two Keys into his keeping again, eventually returning the Eye to Odin and throwing the Phoenix Gate into the time-stream after Puck tried to trick Goliath into giving the Gate to him (the Gate reappeared in New York City in 1997, only to disintegrate, freeing the Phoenix in the process). ("Eye of the Storm", "Future Tense", "The Gate")

With two of the Keys thus destroyed, and the Eye restored to Odin, it is extremely unlikely that anyone will ever unite the original Three Keys again. Nevertheless, in 1997, Demona believed there existed three other talismans that, if also united, could possess a comparable source for power. ("Everywhere")

References In Other Media

  • In the Young Justice episode, “Nomed Esir!”, the Grimorum Arcanorum, Eye of Odin, and the Phoenix Gate turn up in Jason Blood's reliquary.