Long ago, before any of the Land of Stories characters, there where Demons and Angels. The Angels were very beautiful, and the demons hated that. So they made magic mirrors which warped a creatures reflection until they looked hideous. The Demons tried taking them to the Angels, but they crumbled to dust. This dust fell to the earth. The dust has the power to change people completely. The people who inhale it become meaner and more Evil just be inhaling a dust mote. [The Enchantress] inhaled one of these. Alex inhaled multiple at the end of [An Author's Odyssey]. It is unknown what happened to her as a result.