An unnamed demon overlooks the destruction caused during the Revolt.
Time of occurence
Demon subjugation of London (and eventually the world).
The Spirit Revolt was a revolt that occurred at an unknown time in 2005. Causing widespread destruction and death in London, as well as the complete decapitation of the British Government, the Revolt was perpetrated by several resentful spirits, mostly afrits and djinn.
The seeds of the revolt were in fact planted during the death of another failed rebellion (and by human hands), as the Lovelace Conspiracy failed and resulted in the imprisonment of the djinni Faquarl.
Somehow, Quentin Makepeace, a high-ranking magician in the British Government, discovered the imprisoned djinni. Believing it useful to his future plans—as he fully intended to attempt another rebellion—the magician brought the djinni under his own service. Up to that point, planning on this next attempt presumably came to a standstill, even as Makepeace assisted power-hungry individuals like Henry Duvall in their own plans.
A disastrous raid on William Gladstone's crypt by the Resistance, however, changed all this. During the aftermath of the catastrophe, an afrit encased in the former Prime Minister's bones wreaked havoc throughout London.
Faquarl seized the opportunity, leading Makepeace to consider the idea of imprisoning a demon in a living human rather than mere bones. Through this, he told Makepeace, one could gain augmented power and knowledge courtesy of the trapped demon—all without risk. However, this last statement was a lie.
Makepeace was initially distrustful of the djinni's suggestion but was willing to test the concept on the scholar Clem Hopkins, a fellow conspirator. Hopkins agreed to the test (presumably between 2002 and 2005) and summoned Faquarl into himself.
The attempt was somewhat successful. Hopkins gained the power to channel Faquarl's power through himself; however, his mind was quickly destroyed by the powerful djinni. This was kept hidden from Makepeace, who believed that he had found an unbeatable plan for success.
Six other conspirators were gathered by Makepeace. Together, they planned to usurp the heads of government and then summon demons into themselves, an act that they imagined would give unimaginable power.
The Revolt Edit
After successfully usurping the heads of government, Quentin Makepeace and his fellow conspirators began their plan to summon demons within themselves. Makepeace began by summoning the spirit Nouda into himself, as the others followed suit with similarly powerful demons.
The demons immediately took possession of the foolish magicians. Cackling with the power they had achieved, the demons set out to destroy London, though not before using the captured Government to create more possessed shells.
The magician John Mandrake, together with Kitty Jones and Bartimaeus, obtained Gladstone's Staff and activated it. With the aid of Bartimaeus, whom he had summoned into himself as well, Mandrake set out to destroy the revolting demons.
Because Bartimaeus, unlike the other demons, had not destroyed Mandrake's mind, the pair were extremely powerful and efficient. Quickly, they destroyed almost all the rampaging demons, save a few within the Glass Palace. These demons (among them Faquarl) were quicky destroyed.
Only Nouda remained, though his power was such that he simply absorbed most attacks from the Staff. In a last-ditch effort, Mandrake sacrificed himself by destroying the Staff and creating a magical explosion, which, combined with the iron frame of the palace, succeeded in killing Nouda.
With most of the government gone for good, surviving commoners and magicians quickly set up the New Interim Council. This council provided a new platform for commoners and magicians to interact on a (somewhat) equal level, though it is unknown how long this peace will last.