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Qetsiyah (Ancient Greek: Kετσία), known in current times as Tessa, was a witch of the Traveler subculture, known for creating the first immortality spell as well as the only cure for it. Qetsiyah was engaged to another witch named Silas, whom she was madly in love with. At his request, Qetsiyah concocted an immortality elixir that she had planned to share with him as a part of their wedding ceremony. However, after Silas betrayed Qetsiyah by taking the potion with his mistress, Amara, Qetsiyah retaliated by kidnapping Amara, and using her to create The Other Side. Deceived into believing that Amara was dead, Silas was later imprisoned deep within a remote cave, along with a cure to his immortality. With the belief that Silas would eventually take the cure and die as a mortal, thus joining her on the Other Side, Qetsiyah would spend the next two millenia alone in her own purgatory.
Shortly after Silas was entombed, the Travelers killed Qetsiyah, most likely because of her role in the creation of the immortality spell. According to Qetsiyah herself, the Travelers hated immortality. After her death, the Travelers took Amara's body and made sure to move it constantly so that no one would ever find it.
Centuries later, when realizing that Silas would never take the cure, one of Qetsiyah's descendants created The Brotherhood of the Five to find Silas, force it down his throat, and kill him. However, when this failed, Qetsiyah came back from the Other Side to kill Silas herself.
Qetsiyah was a distant ancestor of the Bennett Family.
HistoryThe Travelers. Also a part of the Travelers was a handsome and powerful young witch named Silas whom she fell madly in love with. The two eventually became engaged to be married and when Silas told her he wanted to be with her forever, Qetsiyah created a spell that would make them both immortal. Qetsiyah successfully made an immortality elixir, which they would consume on their wedding night. Qetsiyah created a whole garden for their wedding and prepared for Silas to join her so that they could commence their eternity together. As she waited for him at the altar, however, everything around her started to die and Qetsiyah realized that Silas was drinking the elixir from another location.
Knowing that Silas was up to no good, she tracked Silas down to a tent in the woods, where she had discovered that Silas' betrayal was even worse than what she had believed. Not only had Silas given the immortality elixir to another woman, but that woman was her handmaiden, Amara. Enraged, Qetsiyah found a way to reverse the spell, creating a cure for immortality before going to get her revenge. She waited until Silas had left before confronting Amara. She desiccated Amara, then faked her death in order to make Silas believe she was dead. Silas attempt to attack her for killing his love, however Qetsiyah used her magic to neutralize Silas, and entombed him in a cave on a remote island. She buried him with the cure and with a choice: take the cure, become mortal and die, or rot as an immortal being for eternity. Silas chose to rot as an immortal being in darkness just to spite Qetsiyah.
Still, after entombing Silas, Qetsiyah wasn't satisfied. She knew that should Silas die a mortal death, his spirit or his soul would go to the peaceful afterlife. Determined to not allow that to happen, she created a supernatural purgatory, which eventually came to be known as the "Other Side," where all supernatural creatures would go when they died. She bound the Other Side to Amara, needing something eternal and indestructible to bind it to so that it would never fall. This ensured that, if Silas was ever freed and succeeded in his plan to die, he would not be reunited with Amara, even if the Other Side did happen to fall.
At some point, Qetsiyah was killed by The Travelers, leaving behind a child, which would continue the Bennett bloodline. From the Other Side, she was forced to watch as Silas refused to take the cure. To add insult to injury, when Silas and Amara became immortals, they violated the natural law that all things must die, so Nature found a balance by creating what they call "shadow-selves," or doppelgängers, who could die. While on the Other Side, she was forced to watch Silas and Amara's shadow-selves find each other and fall in love over the span of over two thousand years.
Roughly a thousand years later, an altered version of Qetsiyah's immortality spell was used by the witch Esther to turn her children and husband into immortals, but because of the alteration in the spell, she created the first vampires. A hundred years after that, Qetsiyah's descendants created the Brotherhood of the Five Hunters, with one mission: find Silas' tomb, force feed him the cure, and kill him. However, the first five hunters were killed by the Original Vampires. Due to this circumstance, their mission found itself sidetracked, and the spell that bound the five hunters was forced to adapt to new hunters who did not have the benefit of the full map to the cure.
Throughout The Vampire Diaries
In the episode We All Go A Little Mad Sometimes, Professor Shane tells his students the story of the first immortal and his tragic fate: Qetsiyah had helped Silas to create a spell for immortality. However, upon discovering that Silas had planned to live forever with another woman, she killed Silas' lover and used her powers to imprison Silas.
In O Come, All Ye Faithful, Shane mentions the story again, referencing that Qetsiyah had been the best friend of Silas.
In Into the Wild, Shane elaborates on the story behind the creation of the cure: Qetsiyah, as part of her punishment, created the cure and buried it with Silas. Qetsiyah hoped that Silas would take the cure, die and be on The Other Side with her for all eternity, but he refused. Centuries later, her descendants created The Brotherhood of the Five to find, cure and kill Silas. Later, Shane also reveals that Bonnie and the Bennett Line are descended from Qetsiyah.
In Down the Rabbit Hole, Shane reveals that the core of Silas' Headstone contains Qetsiyah's calcified blood. According to him, it is more valuable than the Hope Diamond in some witch circles. It was never a requirement for the ritual to free Silas, but merely payment to enlist the help of Massak, an island local. After Massak is killed by Katherine, the headstone is presumably in her possession. Back at the Gilbert House, where Caroline and Tyler are trying to decode the Hunter's Mark, as well as the cryptex in the Hunter's Sword, Klaus reveals that the text is written in Aramaic, which he supposes could be Qetsiyah's native tongue.
In Because the Night, Silas himself tells Bonnie that Qetsiyah was "one of the most powerful witches of all time", a testament to her incredible power. It also suggests that Qetsiyah was either as or more powerful than Silas as a witch.
In Pictures of You, Silas reveals to Bonnie that Qetsiyah had also cast a spell to disfigure him so that no woman could love him.
In She's Come Undone, Bonnie makes a deal with Katherine. If Katherine gives over Silas' Headstone which contained Qetsiyah's blood, she will convince Qetsiyah to tell her how to make Katherine truly immortal like Silas once the veil to the Other Side is dropped.
In The Walking Dead, Bonnie reveals to Katherine that the reason she wants to drop the veil is to ask Qetsiyah how to stop Silas. After Bonnie drops the veil she attempts to summon Qetsiyah only to be stopped by Silas. Silas reveals that Qetsiyah did not disfigure him and that he made Bonnie believe she had driven him out of her mind, creating a false sense of security. He also discouraged Bonnie, telling her Qetsiyah would not come anyway as she wants him to die and be with her.
In Graduation, Vaughn reveals that he starved to death in the cave and passed on to the Other Side, but was found by Qetsiyah. She reminded him of his destiny of curing and killing Silas. So when the veil was dropped she sent him, Connor, and Alexander to complete their supernatural destiny. Silas also reveals that it was him and not Qetsiyah who created the Immortality Spell, which later is revealed to be another lie told by Silas.
In Original Sin, Qetsiyah (under the guise of Tessa) saves Stefan from burning to death in the sun (without his daylight ring) and takes him to an unknown and secluded cabin. When he wakes up, she quickly reveals her true identity as Qetsiyah. She explains that when Bonnie dropped the veil, she took the opportunity to send her Hunters (The Five) to cure and kill Silas.
However, when it became apparent that they would fail, she decided to take matters into her own hands and revived herself before Bonnie put the veil back up.
She then revealed more details behind what happened between her and Silas 2,000 years ago, which led to the revelation that Silas' true love, Amara, had also taken the immortality elixir, which created the bloodline of doppelgängers that spawned the Petrovas (Tatia, Katherine, Elena), just as Silas had his own line of doppelgängers that were created after he became immortal. Qetsiyah explained that while she was on the Other Side, she has watched the universe push the doppelgängers of Silas and Amara together, which demonstrates why Stefan and Katherine as well as Stefan and Elena have been romantically involved over the years.
When talking to Damon, Qetsiyah suggested that Stefan and Elena's relationship was predestined, but it could also be inferred that the relationships between the doppelgängers didn't always work out, as evidenced by the fact that Stefan's relationships with both girls had ended as of this conversation.
Shortly after this revelation, Qetsiyah used her magic to take Stefan down and bind him to Silas in order to cast a spell to suppress Silas' mental powers. However, Damon interrupts her when he finds Stefan, and tells her he wants to take him and leave. However, when Stefan learns of the plan to disable Silas, he persuades Damon to let her finish her spell, so they can finally defeat him. Once Qetsiyah is finished, she also reveals Stefan and Elena's destiny to Damon, much to his shock, and offers to let him run off with Elena, while she stays with Stefan and keeps him safe. However, Damon loves Stefan too much to do this to him and attacks her, but she easily disarms him by inflicting him with an aneurysm and leaves. Elena arrives soon after and helps them all escape. Later, Qetsiyah is seen performing another ritual in a room full of candles that involved her blood, which hints that there is much more to her agenda than we currently know.
In Monster's Ball, Qetsiyah tries to flirt with Stefan and reveals to Silas that The Travelers had killed her 2,000 years ago. She comes to the historical ball in order to get her amulet, which she uses to locate the anchor holding the Other Side intact. Silas, pretending to be Stefan, reads her mind to get the information, thanks to Damon breaking Stefan's neck, and rendering the block on his abilities dormant. However, Stefan escapes Damon and goes to tell Qetsiyah that it is Silas, not Stefan. Upon realizing this, an enraged Qetsiyah uses her magic to force her hand into his chest, grasp his heart and desiccates him.
In Handle with Care, Qetsiyah is looking after Stefan. After some mild flirting, she reveals that Silas took the cure and that she plans on finally killing him. As she prepares to go to the location of the anchor, she finds herself unable to leave the cabin, enraging her as she was the one who taught Silas how to do the spell trapping her and Stefan. Later, while Stefan is the shower, Elena calls Stefan's phone, which Qetsiyah answers. She implies that she and Stefan slept together, luring Elena into the cabin. Once there, she uses Stefan's phone to call Damon and threatens to kill Elena if he doesn't kill Silas. Later, Damon contacts her and asks why the Travelers would want the being they despise so much to stay alive. She responds that the cure is in Silas' blood and that the Travelers aren't a fan of immortality, implying that there's an immortal they want cured. She then fill in certain details about what the anchor had to be: eternal and indestructible, leading to the reveal that the anchor is in fact Amara herself. Later, Stefan, still having some affection for Elena, attacks Qetsiyah to give her the chance to escape. Later, she shows up, noting that history is repeating itself, someone with Silas' face appearing to care for her, only for him to betray her for a person looking like Amara. In vengeance, she states that she regrets erasing Stefan's pain and painfully restores his memories and reminds him that the only thing he could hold on to during his time underwater was that Elena or Damon would come free him and they didn't, but she did.
In Death and the Maiden, Qetsiyah needs something powerful to bind the anchor transfer to, so, since there are no natural recurrences (i.e., full moons, comets, etc) to use, she decides that doppelgängers would do the trick. Damon offers up one of the dozen or so he always has on hand.
Damon takes Qetsiyah to see Amara. Qetsiyah is given the best gift of all: Amara hand delivered in mortal form. Qetsiyah comments, "well if it isn't the face that launched a thousand doppelgangers", further implying that the storyline was inspired by the story of Paris and Helene of Troy as the saying goes "was this the face that launched a thousand ships?"  She promises to kill her and re-do the other side spell making Bonnie the anchor, yet sadly for Amara and Silas, Qetsiyah will make sure they spend eternity apart.
With all three doppelgängers present, Qetsiyah begins her work. Using a little blood from each doppelgänger on Bonnie’s grimoire, acting as a Talisman, Qetsiyah begins turning Bonnie into Anchor to the Other Side, but Silas shows up in the middle and disrupts the spell. The power goes out and when everyone looks around, Qetsiyah and Amara have vanished. Silas and Qetsiyah have a showdown in the Salvatore library, during which Stefan calls to say that he stole Amara and will keep her alive indefinitely if Silas doesn't come find him in 10 minutes.
Qetsiyah begins the spell again, and as she does so, Bonnie and Jeremy tell each other that they love each other, and as he touches her face, he realizes he can feel her. The spell has worked and Bonnie is officially the new anchor to the Other Side. Qetsiyah refuses to help Katherine, who asked her to help keep her from aging. Qetsiyah kills herself as Katherine watches and she appears to Bonnie, breaking the news that every supernatural that dies has to pass through her and she will feel the pain of every supernatural death. She then passes through her to successfully join Silas on the other side leaving Bonnie on her knees shrieking in pain.
Qetsiyah was mentioned by Stefan in While You Were Sleeping.
Qetsiyah was mentioned by Markos in Resident Evil in which it is revealed that the Travelers started a war with the witches after Qetsiyah created Immortality on Earth. Markos goes on to say that the doppelgängers aren't drawn together by the Universe, but that he cast a spell that drew them to each other and that True Love isn't the reason of their connection, the Witches then cursed the Travelers so they would never have unity, but Markos countered it with a spell 1,500 years ago that bound the doppelgängers and he wants to use their blood. To use their blood to undo the witch's curse.
In Home, the Other Side collapses, leaving Qetsiyah's final fate unknown. When Bonnie contacted Silas for help, and he agreed only if they bring him back, Qetsiyah is no where to be found, making it possible that she probably got sucked away into the darkness prior to the Other Side's full destruction or she possibly found peace.
- "I have trust issues, I'm controlling, paranoid and a little crazy, and that's working out just fine."
At first, all that could be known about Qetsiyah's personality is through inferences based on Shane/Silas' version of the legend. If she was willing to help Silas cast the spell of immortality, she must have been a very loyal friend as well as a very powerful witch. However, her decision to imprison Silas and Amara in darkness for all eternity indicates an extremely jealous, hateful and vindictive personality as well. Further, her decision to create The Other Side as a way to torment Silas and keep him from his soulmate for all eternity suggests a highly unstable or vengeful personality, since creating the Other Side resulted in hundreds, if not thousands of supernatural beings being tormented for all eternity. She also had no qualms in lying having lied to Silas about having killed Amara, and then later telling that same lies to his doppelgänger, Stefan. Qetsiyah also openly lied about preparing a new Daylight ring for Stefan, when in fact, she was readying a spell to link both Stefan and Silas. Her actions have elicited different reactions. Elena expressed shock after hearing what Qetsiyah did from Professor Shane while Damon went as far as to refer to her as a "crazy ass witch". Bonnie, her descendant, seemed to find her actions very cool, telling Shane "Qetsiyah sounds like a badass", however, this was said out of ignorance, as Bonnie did not know that her ancestor was evil. Since her first appearance, Qetsiyah had proven to be quite crazy, unstable, and possessive. She admits her own issues including paranoia and vindictiveness.
Qetsiyah appears to be a young and extremely beautiful woman in her late 20's to early 30's. She had long dark, curly hair similar in color to that of her descendant Bonnie. She appears to be of Mediterranean descent. During her life in ancient times, she was fond of wearing long, flowing dresses and sandals, a habit she brought with her to her time in the 21st century. In modern times, she was almost always seen wearing long dresses in different shades of dark violet. She also, upon locating her talisman, wore it constantly around her neck.
Powers and AbilitiesQetsiyah was arguably the most powerful witch in the entire series. Her noteworthy feats include creating the Immortality Spell, the Cure, and the Other Side, and desiccating both Silas and Amara, entombing the former and binding the latter to the Other Side as its Anchor.
Her power is described as so great that her own calcified blood can be channeled by a witch to draw on it for massive amounts of power. The very fact that she only had to walk through the opened Veil to the Other Side to bring herself back from the dead was a testament to her immense power, while the Travelers had to sacrifice several of their own people to overwhelm the Anchor just to bring back Markos from the supernatural limbo. Though her ease at doing so could be more due to the fact that the Anchor at the time, Amara, was both immortal and immobile, and therefore did not need to be overwhelmed; or being the creator of the Other Side, Qetsiyah had her own private "escape hatch" that she built into the limbo that she could use for her own benefit.
During her relatively brief time in the present, she displayed her impressive skills by suppressing Silas's mental powers (wiping out Stefan's memory in the process), desiccating Silas a second time, locating Amara, restoring Stefan's memory, and transferring the Anchor to Bonnie, bringing her back to the mortal plane.
Qetsiyah had the typical weaknesses of a human/witch.
- Main article: Silas and Qetsiyah
Over 2000 years ago, Silas and Qetsiyah were the most powerful witches in a group of very "gifted" people called The Travelers. The two eventually became engaged to be married and, telling her that he wanted to be with her forever, he used her for creating a spell which would make him and his one true love Amara the first immortals in the world. Qetsiyah successfully made the Immortality elixir, which they would consume on their wedding night. Qetsiyah created a whole garden for their wedding and prepared for Silas to join her so that they could commence their eternity together.At that moment however, everything around her started dying. Qetsiyah realized that Silas was drinking the elixir from another location. Qetsiyah realized he did intend to be immortal but not with her, when she learned that Silas given the immortality elixir to another woman but that woman was her handmaiden, Amara. Enraged, Qetsiyah found a way to reverse the spell, creating a cure for Immortality], she forced Amara to drink the cure and killed her, first slitting her throat before ripping out her heart, which made Silas get angry, she later entombed him in a cave on a deserted island. She buried him with the cure and with a choice: take the cure and die a human, or rot as an Immortal forever. Qetsiyah created The Other Side, which is a supernatural purgatory for supernatural creatures after they die, so that when or if Silas dies, he would wind up there and be with her forever instead of with his human true love.
Amara was Qetsiyah's handmaiden as a human. Unbeknownst to her, Amara was actually in a secret relationship with Silas, Qetsiyah's fiance. On the night of her supposed wedding, as the garden around her began to die, she knew Silas had already ingested the immortality elixir with another. Qetsiyah tracked him down and discovered he has given the immortality to Amara. This began her hatred, and consequent mission to separate the two. Qetsiyah caught Amara alone in the woods one night turning her to stone and imprisoned her for 2,000 years, making her "the Anchor" to The Other Side. In the present, Qetsiyah and Amara meet again after Silas releases her. Qetsiyah taunts the former immortal, and Amara finally apologizes and pleads with Qetsiyah to kill her, to end her suffering. With Amara and Silas' death after transferring the Anchor onto Bonnie, Qetsiyah finally managed to extract her revenge on Amara by keeping her and Silas apart for eternity.
- Qetsiyah and Stefan (Enemies)
- (קְצִיעָה) is feminine name of Hebrew origin. The name means "cassia," which is a bark similar to cinnamon.
- Qetsiyah is a variant of Keziah, the name of the second daughter of Job born after his trial.
- Tessa is a feminine name of Greek origin. The name means "to reap", "reaper" or "to harvest". It is a variation or short form of Theresa.
- Qetsiyah, Bonnie Bennett, and Abby Bennett Wilson have several similarities:
- Qetsiyah also possesses several similarities with Esther.
- Both have been stated to be among the most powerful witches in history.
- Both cast the immortality spell out of love for those who were being turned (Silas, and Esther's family respectively).
- Both were punished for this deed.
- Both have spent the entirety of their time in death plotting to kill those they made immortal.
- Both have resurrected themselves.
- Qetsiyah is featured in the Hunter's Mark as a hooded figure.
- It was confirmed in Down the Rabbit Hole that she's related to Bonnie.
- She is the oldest known ancestor to the Bennett line.
- After Qetsiyah asked to be called Tessa in Original Sin, only Elena still called her Qetsiyah and pronounced her name right.
- Qetsiyah is the oldest known ancestor of the Bennett women (i.e. Ayana, Emily, Abby, Bonnie, etc.)
- Qetsiyah's name is of Hebrew descent and her name is not of Greek origin like Silas and Amara.
- It is not certain whether or not Qetsiyah is of Greek origin. It can be assumed that she is actually of Mediterranean (i.e. Syrian, Assyrian, Israeli, etc) descent. Qetsiyah's native tongue is Aramaic, which is a language that originated in the Middle East.
- In order for the Bennett bloodline to continue, it is assumed that Qetsiyah had a child or children before The Travelers killed her.
- Either Qetsiyah had a child or Qetsiyah had siblings which continued the Bennett bloodline.
- According to Julie Plec she had a brother who was set to appear in Original Sin flashbacks, but was cut.
- Like Silas and Amara, it is not certain whether or not Qetsiyah was born some time between 5th century B.C. and 1st century B.C. Canon has established that the events that happened occurred over 2,000 years ago, meaning that this makes Qetsiyah over 2,000 years old but younger than 2,500 years old.
- Qetsiyah spoke Aramaic, a language whose script is ancestral to both the Hebrew and Arabic alphabets. It is thought to be the primary language Jesus spoke, and was used to write large parts of the biblical books of Daniel and Ezra, as well as much of the Talmud.
- She created The Other Side in order to reunite with Silas, if he took the cure and died as a mortal.
- She is one of the oldest witches mentioned in the series.
- Silas described her as one of the most powerful witches of all time.
- Bonnie referred to her as one of the most powerful witches in the world.
- Qetsiyah, Silas, and Amara are the oldest characters in the series.
- Qetsiyah's character has similarities to Inari's character in the novels.
- Both characters are very old and powerful supernatural beings.
- Both characters are related to the first vampires. Qetsiyah, who along with Silas created and cast the first spell of immortality on Silas, the same spell used in Mikaelson Children. Inari used Klaus, Katherine von Swartzschild and Tyler Smallwood to attack Fell's Church and humans on Earth.
- Qetsiyah's power is so great that even some of her blood can be used as a magical power source, similar to using a full moon, or a comet. A witch can draw on it for a large source of power; Bonnie Bennett used it to help lower the veil to the Other Side.
- Just as Silas was worshiped by his own cult, Qetsiyah was worshiped by many witches, such as Massak who treasured Silas' headstone, which contained her calcified blood.
- Qetsiyah was an antagonist alongside Silas in Season 5.
- Qetsiyah prefers to be called Tessa in the current times. She says that the former name of Qetsiyah sounds "ancient timey" and is hard to pronounce by some.
- Qetsiyah had a fascination for what has changed in the physical plane since she died. She compared the differences between an open bar then and now, was intrigued by how modern man managed to cure pork fat into bacon and comparing it to the lamb meat that was rather popular in her time, and delighted in the thought of tasting pineapple on pizza.
- Janina Gavankar, the actress who plays Tessa, played the role of Luna Garza in HBO's True Blood. Incidentally, she also played McKenna Hall in Arrow, where Stephen Amell, who portrayed Brady in The Vampire Diaries, stars.
- Qetsiyah is one of the few witches who has proven to be powerful enough to resurrect themselves. Her descendant Bonnie, as well as the witch Esther have also shown to be capable of this feat.
- Qetsiyah is the first person to cross over to the Other Side through Bonnie.
- Qetsiyah is one of the most important characters in the series.
- It is discovered that Qetsiyah and Silas were the reason why the Travelers were cursed after they created and cast The Immortality Spell, as well as becoming the Travelers in the first place. Her sin of casting the Immortality Spell is what frightened all those witches who served nature, so they turned against Qetsiyah's people by cutting them off from Natural Magic, so that such an act like Qetsiyah's would never be repeated again.
- Qetsiyah has had a part to play in the creation of two breeds of Immortal creatures.
- Qetsiyah and Silas created the Immortality Spell which made Silas and Amara immortal.
- Qetsiyah created The Other Side. By creating The Other Side, Qetsiyah allowed supernatural spirits to be trapped there for eternity, making the Ghosts there immortal.
- It should be stated that Ghosts have become extinct since the destruction of The Other Side. The only remaining spirits are the Ancestral Spirits
- Qetsiyah is single-handedly responsible for creating the largest set of supernatural creatures, directly or indirectly, in the series thus far.
- Her fate since the collapse of the Other Side is unknown, however, given her obsession with Silas, it's highly likely that she chose to pass on, as she had no more interest in the physical world.
- In The Day I Tried To Live, Bonnie (trapped in the Prison World) heads to Nova Scotia in order to find Silas' tombstone and harness Qetsiyah's magic from her calcified blood in order to break out of the prison world.
- ↑ Possible connection between the show's doppelgangers and Greek Mythology's Paris and Helene
- ↑ Faustus's play, further evidence to the saying's connection
- ↑ http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/359800.html
- ↑ [http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/troyilium/f/FaceLaunched.htm Question: Where does the expression "The Face That Launched a Thousand Ships" come from? Answer: The face that launched a thousand ships is a figure of speech that stands for Helen of Troy.]