Oh, the Count's children -- the Lord Tristan and his sister the Lady Aurora.
Lucien to Klaus about the de Martels in For the Next Millennium

The de Martel Family is an ancient family of nobles featured in Season Three of The Originals. They originally came from Southern France, who lived there since the early 11th Century/late 10th Century. The only known remaining direct descendants of the family in the 21st Century is Aurora de Martel.


Not much is known about the family history, but it can be assumed they are an ancient family, as they are nobles, and most of the noble families in the that era took their lands by conquering them, and settle there for many years.

At some point in history, one of the family sons, inherited his father's throne, married, and had two children: Tristan, and his younger sister, Aurora, whom during her birth, their mother died. Aurora also was childhood friends with one of their servants; Lucien Castle.

After some years, the de Martel family had the misfortune of crossing paths with the newly turned Original Vampires, who were from the Mikaelson Family. Tristan became friends with Elijah and Aurora with Rebekah. After Klaus had sired Lucien, Aurora, as they were in a relationship, asked Klaus to sire her but he refused. So Aurora cut herself in order to get Rebekah to give her some of her blood. After Rebekah had said no and left, Aurora jumped out of a window becoming the first vampire ever sired by Rebekah. Its unknown how Tristan became a vampire - only that he is the first vampire ever sired by Elijah.
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When the originals left Aurora tried to go with them but Elijah compelled her not to. It was said that Elijah compelled Aurora, Tristan and Lucien to think they were Rebekah, Elijah and Klaus. When the originals were daggered by Brotherhood of the Five the compulsion stopped working and Tristan, Aurora and Lucien made a promise to get their revenge for the one century they lost, spending the next 9 centuries planning it.

At some point in time, Tristan became the leader of a secret society called The Strix, which happened to be created by his sire, Elijah.

Present DayEdit

Tristan and Aurora came to New Orleans around the same time. Since they have arrived, they caused nothing but trouble. Because of some bad actions on the de Martel siblings side, the Original Vampires and others supernatural inhabitants of New Orleans are now against them.

In A Ghost Along the Mississippi, after a showdown between the Strix and the Mikaelson family, Tristan is sealed into a cargo container with the serratura, by Camille O'Connell. After the Strix — now under the control of Aya Al-Rashid — forsake Tristan, he is dumped into the ocean to endure a never-ending cycle of death. This leaves Aurora as the only Martel alive and free however she's under a sleeping curse now.

Family MembersEdit

  • Count de Martel: The former patriarch who welcomed the newly turned Mikealsons into his home. He died in a short time after both of his son and daughter turned into vampires.
  • Tristan de Martel: The known oldest surviving brother who became the first of Elijah's sireline.
  • Aurora de Martel: The youngest only known daughter. She was often associated with death before becoming a vampire as her mother died after labor with her. Aurora is bipolar, which leads to her be a wild card persona as an vampire.

Family TreeEdit

This is The de Martel Family Tree contains all known members of this family.

Countess de Martel †
Count de Martel
Tristan de Martel
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Aurora de Martel


Martel or Martell (Latin: martellus) is one of both Britain's and France's most famous and historic surnames. It derives from the French word Martel meaning "hammer", a spelling found in the earliest known records of the pre-8th century. The hammer in this case is one wielded by a warrior, and was originally described as martel de fer - "the iron hammer". The origin of the name isn't known, but what is certain is that name holders have always been associated with war and warlike deeds.



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