|“||I guess always isn't forever after all.||”|
— Céleste Dubois to Elijah Mikaelson mocking the Mikaelson vow.
Céleste Marie Helene Dubois was a talented, very powerful dark witch, who was the romantic interest of Elijah Mikaelson during the nineteenth century, and later came up to be one of the main antagonists in the first season of The Originals. Although her physical body "died" centuries ago, she technically never stopped existing, as she has been possessing the bodies of witches from the witch community of New Orleans through an unknown spell from the time of her death in 1820 until early 2012. Her most recent host was Sabine Laurent, whom she had been possessing for over a year by the time she she revealed herself in Après Moi, Le Déluge.
New Orleans 1800s
In the 1800's Céleste was involved with Elijah Mikaelson. She attended parties thrown for Elijah and his siblings in the governor's mansion and was fully aware of the fact that the Mikaelsons were vampires. While Elijah and Céleste were making out, Céleste made a comment that his brother was out of control, then Rebekah and her boyfriend appeared in front of them. Céleste then witnesses as Klaus killed Rebekah's boyfriend.
Later in the year 1820, Elijah was shown visiting Céleste who is seen taking a bath and is looking at Elijah, he likes the view of hers as he's seeing it's perfection. Céleste then mentions that his brother is again up to no good. He's challenging the gentry to duels as though they have any chance of a fair fight.
Elijah then responds and says. "I do grow weary of sacrificing my joy to temper my brother's mischief. Surely, you can cast a spell to put him in his place."But Céleste mentions it would take about a 100 witches to put him in his place. Elijah then mentions that his brother certainly needs a little discipline and jokes that maybe a spanking of some kind is in order. And tells her that he thinks he shall need some rehearsal. They then both kiss before he leaves to meet his brother.
Elijah then is about to meet with his brother who is seen challenging a man in a duel in which Klaus is left standing and the other man is shot in the head. Elijah then becomes a little worried, and says. "Brother! Please, this is high folly." He then asks Klaus if it is not enough that he have slaughtered dozens in just these past several weeks? and explains a word of a city littered with bodies will surely travel the oceans. And asks his brother if he wants to bring their father upon them? Klaus tells Elijah to relax. And tells him he has sent rumor that the bodies are result of the witches seeking blood sacrifice for their rituals. Elijah then is a little shocked and says "You did what?" He asks Klaus if he has forgotten that Céleste is one of those that he recklessly point his finger at? Klaus then asks who Céleste is.
Elijah then gives Klaus a meaningful look. Klaus then remembers the witch Elijah has been knocking around with. Klaus then tells Elijah. "Well, fear not. Harlots are like rats in the quarter. You trip over one every step you take." Elijah then takes a revolver and shoots at Klaus, who groans in pain. Klaus sees that Elijah cares about Céleste and warns that they're rounding up the towns' witches as they speak. Elijah then began to look for Céleste and found her lying in the bathtub, dead. Elijah touches her, lays his forehead on hers. He screams and blames himself for her death.
At some point, Céleste managed to free herself from death by possessing a witch. For over a century she existed by jumping from one body to another.
In Clara Summerlin's body - 1900s
While possessing Clara Summerlin, she befriended Genevieve, and worked as a nurse during the influenza outbreak in 1919. She later befriended Rebekah Mikaelson. However, she was always wary of the Original, and her fears were proven true when she walked into a room to find Rebekah infecting Genevieve with the virus. Fearing what would happen if she told people, Rebekah infected Céleste as well, and then compelled the orderlies to put them both in isolation until they succumbed. Céleste went on to possess a new body, however, Genevieve was not so lucky.
In Brynne Deveraux's body-1990s
While Possessing Brynne Deveraux, Céleste grew close to Marcel, enough so that she was willing to do favors for him. During this time, she cast the curse upon the Crescent Wolf Pack, reversing the werewolf curse and trapping them in wolf form, only to assume human form for a few hours during the full moon. At some point she chose to abandon the body, killing Brynne by drowning her.
Throughout The Originals Series
Sabine first appears in Always and Forever, as a tour guide showing mortals around the French Quarter. Sabine knows that Elijah has been following her and asks if he's going to continue to do so. Elijah asks her if she knows who he is and she responds with. "Original vampire, always wears a suit. You and your family are famous among the witches, especially with your brother back in town". Elijah then tells Sabine that his brother was brought here because of a Witch conspiring against him, Jane-Anne Deveraux.Sabine tells him if his brother is looking for Jane-Anne then he's already too late. Elijah asks her if Jane-Anne is dead. Sabine then brings him to see Jane-Anne's dead body, but Marcel arrives and she begs him to hide because if Marcel sees him, he'll slaughter all the witches. Sabine is later seen with Sophie and Agnes and asks if she's really gonna kill herself. Elijah then comes with Jane-Anne's body. Elijah then requests more time, but Agnes tells him his time is up and Sabine tells her to "shut up." Sabine is later seen at Jane-Anne's memorial.
In Tangled Up In Blue, Sabine approaches Hayley and tells her that she is Sophie's friend, one of the Witches. She tells Hayley that the wolf is drawn to her because of her child, it's special. Hayley wants to find about the gender of the child, Sabine then offers to help her. Sabine and Hayley then goes somewhere to find about the gender of the child. Sabine tells Hayley an old wives tale to find out the gender of her baby by using a necklace. When the necklace spins clockwise the child is a boy, if it spins counter-clockwise it is a girl.
The necklace swung counter clockwise implying that the child is female. Sabine has a vision and says, 'Hoc est infantima malom, Nos omnia perditu el eam' which means "The child is evil, It will destroy us all", in Latin.
In Fruit of the Poisoned Tree, Sabine is first seen at Rousseau's chatting to Sophie. She tells her that the other witches still need time to come around and that they're scared. The reason why she is "the only one left who still likes her". As she moves to grab some celery, she is suddenly backhanded by a figure with a hood. They are men sent by Agnes, who proceed to knock her out and kidnap Sophie. When the Mikaelson Brothers appear, they are demanding information of Sophie's whereabouts, and she refuses to tell them where Agnes is since she's loyal to the coven and Agnes was the last elder remaining. She tells them Agnes is the only elder left and they are the ones who can do important spells like The Harvest.In Bloodletting, when the Mikaelson brothers appear in Marcel's house, they demand the return of Hayley, Marcel tells them he doesn't have her. But he offers them Sabine to help Klaus and Elijah find a missing Hayley. Sabine does a locator spell for them and tells them that Hayley is somewhere deep in The Bayou. She also reveals that there are stories of "exiled werewolves" in which Hayley could've gone to find.
In The Casket Girls, Sabine tells Sophie that Davina is on the loose. She and a group of witches go to the church to try to capture Davina but she kills them all. Sabine is later revived thanks to a protection spell she cast on herself before going after Davina. Marcel is waiting with Sabine when she comes back to life and gave her a choice; she would either die or perform the same spell on Davina to bring her back to life after Klaus poisoned her.
Sophie tells Hayley that she needs Céleste's remains since they were never recovered, to help complete the Harvest Ritual. Sophie plans to absorb Céleste's essence. Elijah buried her in a secret location at her request away from the mayhem of vampires and witches. Hayley finds out from Elijah's Journal that this secret location is between two oak saplings which are now fully grown. Sophie finds Céleste's grave and digs her up by the end of the episode. At the same time Elijah is piecing together pictures drawn by Davina which make up a larger picture of Céleste's face when they are put together. Marcel told Elijah when he inquired earlier about the drawings that Davina had said they were of something evil.Dance Back from the Grave, Céleste and Genevieve talk about how the cemetery hasn't changed and that she has been coming there for over a century "wearing one face or another" as eight other women's' faces flash before us as she kneels before the Chopin family headstone. Later, Céleste sends Papa Tunde to work having him attack the vampires, and taking their power. After losing access to Rebekah, Tunde kills all of the Garden vampires, and then goes to the cemetery, where he channels all of his power into his bone knife, proclaiming that it will bring worse than death, even to an Original. Céleste takes the knife as he offers it, and asks him if he is ready to make the final offering. Agreeing, proclaiming it for the glory of the witches, Tunde allows Céleste to slit his throat, killing him. Céleste then quietly thanks him, as his corpse falls to the ground.
In Crescent City, Céleste is giving a tour of the cemetery just as Monique Deveraux busts out of the family crypt. Sophie is called to pick up her niece. Céleste and Elijah meet and as they walk he tells her he knows that she is actually Céleste. After words and a kiss are exchanged between the two ex lovers Elijah becomes weakened from an enchantment Céleste has put on him. She tells him that Rebekah, Klaus, and Hayley will all be put in terrible situations and once he awakes he will only have time to "save just one" and "she can't wait to see which one." Céleste, Bastianna, and Genevieve set their plan of revenge in motion by starting Hayley's plantation on fire with her trapped inside via a spell cast at the cemetery, Rebekah's attacked by a pack of wolves, and Klaus is stabbed by Papa Tunde's blade by Sophie Deveraux and then taken away. After Monique kills her aunt, she joins Céleste and the other witches as they walk off into the night as Sophie lay dead in the street.
In Long Way Back From Hell, Céleste is in the Fleur de lis Sanitarium, where Genevieve is taking out her vengeance on Rebekah. She also tells Monique to give Elijah a clue to Rebekah and Klaus' whereabouts in the form of the names of the women Céleste had possessed. When Rebekah was running around the Sanitarium trying to find a way out, she came across Céleste, angrily saying she'd kill her, Céleste casually remarks that she already did, revealing that she was once Clara Summerlin. Noting that even after all the names she'd been called by, she still preferred her original one. She then goes on to state her plan. After Klaus learns of Rebekah's treachery, he will take revenge on her, which in turn will earn him Elijah's wrath, destroying the ancient bond between the Originals, and tearing the family apart. Later departing the sanitarium, and believing that she was safe, Céleste was knocked unconscious by Hayley, who had learned that Céleste, when living as Brynne Deveraux, had placed the curse upon her family.
In Le Grand Guignol, she is tied to a tree in the bayou being interrogated by Hayley, Eve and the werewolves. She is asked to make a conduit to the spell she did to the Crescent Clan so that they can no longer be bound to wolf forms until the full moon. Elijah confronts her and she says no matter what he's lost her. She later tells him that Rebekah and Marcel are at the cemetery getting Davina, while Klaus is probably on his way there to kill them. Elijah soon vamps out and bites her. She casts a boundary spell that the Originals can enter, but can't exit until the next moonrise. She admits she's not really helping the witches and later stabs her neck with a broken shard ready to jump into a different body. She later awakens into her original body which was laid out by Monique earlier. She is soon killed by Elijah by being stabbed with Papa Tunde's blade.
In You Hung the Moon, Céleste is contacted by Davina, the current Regent of the 9 New Orleans covens in order to break the Crescent Curse cast on Hayley's pack by Dahlia. At first, Céleste rejects Davina's pleas and causes her to start bleeding from her eyes, however, when Davina mentions that Hayley can be used to get to Klaus, Céleste finally responds to Davina's request, implying that she still seeks vengeance on her killer.
Given the qualities Elijah admires in a person, it can be inferred that Céleste was originally an intelligent, compassionate, loving woman. However, her drowning due to Klaus' machinations has altered her personality. She seems to care little for other people's lives, as evidenced by her repeated possession of other women's bodies, only to drown them once she was done with them. She was consumed by a need for revenge, which led her to manipulate multiple people into acting in a way she wanted, to bring about stealing the Harvest magic, and using it to resurrect allies who will fight (Genevieve, Papa Tunde and Bastianna Natale) with her. Through these acts, she demonstrates intelligence, and the ability to think multiple moves ahead, as well as a skill in manipulation and deception.
She was a very beautiful woman that had a lovely face, dark brown eyes and a mischievous smile that was sometimes seen on her face. She had black hair which was curly and in an updo.
Powers and AbilitiesCéleste was arguably one of the most powerful witches ever born in the French Quarter Coven. Her great power was demonstrated various times. Possibly her most significant way of using magic were the constant possessions of witches from her coven over the next 200 years after her death, therefore, she never knew true death, nor was she consecrated into the earth.
As a powerful, ancestral and dark witch, she had great knowledge of The Harvest and knew how to control it's energy through dark magic, demonstrated when she jacked the ritual itself and used it's energy to resurrect 3 witches of her choice instead of the sacrificed girls. Another notable feat of hers was the protection spell she cast on herself, to ensure that should she die in her confrontation with Davina (which she did), she would be brought back. This spell was only performed once before, by Bonnie who at the time had control over the power of a 100 witches. She knew how to cast spells without any incantations, demonstrated when she cast a spell to find Hayley and when she placed up a barrier around the cemetery in less than a second with no chants, again, something only Bonnie did before with no incantations, back when she practiced Expression. She also had some knowledge of sacrificial magic.
Her most powerful spell to date was the Crescent Curse, an extremely powerful spell cast by Céleste around 20 years ago, back when she was in possession of a Deveraux witch named Brynne, a relative of Sophie's. She placed the curse on a pack of powerful werewolves, which in turn weakened them significantly, allowing them to be in their human form only during the full moon. The rest of the month they spent as wolves. She reversed the curse shortly before dying for the last time.
In the end, Céleste remains known as one of the most powerful witches in the show, but also as one of the darkest in her coven, having taking lives of countless witches throughout the centuries due to her greed and thirst for vengeance.
Céleste had the typical weaknesses of a human/witch.
- Main article: Elijah and Celeste
Elijah and Céleste were involved in a somewhat secretive romantic relationship. They were lovers back in the 19th Century, but Klaus sent one of his minions/followers to kill her. Elijah was heartbroken by her death. In fact, he grew to love her, which is a rare thing for Elijah. Decades later, Céleste possesses a witch's body and decides to try and wreck the Mikaelson family, which turned their once-romance into a rivalry. When Céleste kills Sabine Laurent, the body she was possessing, she ended up being resurrected in her own body. Elijah killed her, in the end, in order to keep the rest of his family safe.
- Céleste is the French feminine and masculine form of the Latin word caelestis, meaning "heavenly" or "divine." It is pronounced: say-LEST.
- Marie is the French and Czech form of Maria. Maria is Latin form of the Greek Μαρια (Maria) and from Hebrew מִרְיָם (Mary). The meaning of the name is not known for certain, but there are several theories including "rebelliousness", "sea of bitterness", and "wished for child". However the name is most likely originally an Egyptian name, perhaps derived in part from mry "beloved" or mr "love". It is pronounced: ma-REE.
- Helene is the French form of "Helen," which in turn is a English form of the Greek name ‘ελενη (Helene) which means "torch" or "corposant", or possibly related to σεληνη (Selene) "moon". It is pronounced: ay-LEN.
- Dubois is a French surname, meaning "from the forest". It is pronounced: doo-BWAH or due-BWAH.
- Céleste was romantically involved with Elijah in the 1820's.
- Klaus was responsible for Céleste's death in the 1820's.
- She was the main antagonist of the entirety of season one as the effects of her plan to destroy the Mikaelson family bond stretched well beyond her death in Le Grand Guignol and served a larger purpose of disrupting the balance of power in the French Quarter. She was also indirectly the catalyst for the primary narrative.
- Sophie Deveraux planned to absorb Céleste's essence but she failed.
- Elijah buried Céleste in a secret location as per her request between two oak saplings, where Sophie later dug her up.
- Céleste has been possessing Sabine a year before the start of the series as revealed in Après Moi, Le Déluge.
- In Après Moi, Le Déluge, Céleste resurrected Bastianna, Genevieve and Papa Tunde.
- In Long Way Back From Hell, Clara Summerlin is possessed by Céleste.
- Céleste cast the Crescent Curse using the body of Brynne Deveraux. Brynne is member of the Deveraux Family.
- In Long Way Back From Hell, is it revealed that Céleste and Genevieve knew each other back in the early 1900s.
- She sacrificed Papa Tunde yet she was slain by his blade.
- She is killed in her original body by Elijah in Le Grand Guignol.
- In Long Way Back From Hell, Rebekah used infected rags to sicken Genevieve and Clara (possessed by Céleste).
- From the names that could be seen tattooed on Elijah, there were Sabine Laurent, Clara Summerlin, Philomena B., Isabella Joffrey, Rachel La Barre, Theresa, Clemence Mignes, Brynne Deveraux and Annie La Fleur.
- Céleste's last words were “ Non. Non c'est non. Tout est possible. Ce n'est pas fini. ” which translate to "No. No it is not. Anything is possible. Not "No. No it is not. Anything is possible. It is not finished. "
- All the power from the latest Harvest ritual was spread back to the earth upon Céleste's death.
- It is implied that her death is what brought back Davina, as in Après Moi, Le Déluge, when Davina died, "she absorbed her energy and completed the Harvest".
- She is now part of The Ancestors since her death.
- Céleste is the 2nd main villain Elijah falls in love with (after Katherine), which means Elijah's 2nd time falling in love with a good person who later becomes evil.
- Céleste is of Creole descent as she is seen speaking French. Creole includes people of French, Spanish, and African descent.
- She was seen kneeling down in front of a headstone with the name of Chopin; she could possibly be a part of the family.