|“||They’re still rising, the spell calls to them, but it takes time to work across distance. Our ancestors in New Orleans heard the call first, but it’s still working its way outward. There are mentions of your mother in here. Esther, right? Grandmother used one of her spells. It was something about contacting her ancestors. Not to bring them back, but just to create a link between this world and the Other Side. The spell made the barrier permeable and located them behind it. Mother built on that, using the vulnerability that Esther’s spell created to send her own magic through. There’s a beacon. The call is being sent out by something, and that same something provides the power that keeps the dead witches on their feet. It controls them and animates them, and if you destroy the signal the entire spell will end.||”|
Having had it with vampires and the Mikaelsons ruling cruelly over the City of New Orleans, Lily Leroux, the daughter of the coven's fallen witch leader decided to take matters into her own hands and seize control over the witches, casting a spell that would open a door from the Other Side and the Ancestral Plane allowing thousands of witches to come back through to the land of the living as extremely physically strong beings under her control. Lily's spell was strong enough to ripple throughout most of the New World, resurrecting any dead witch in its path to do her bidding.
Les Morts Vivants were members of the New Orleans Coven and were the only other undead creatures known to have been more powerful than the Original Family.
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They are skeletons hidden underneath dark cloaks.
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