Two very powerful witches, Qetsiyah and Silas, create and successfully cast the very first spell of immortality.
Silas and Amara become the very first immortal beings in the world, created by the use of magic. Qetsiyah and SIlas were originally intended to drink the immortality elixir that Qetsiyah had created, but Silas ended up stealing it and drinking it with Amara instead so that he could spend eternity with his one true love/soulmate.
A very angered, vengeful, and jealous Qetsiyah desiccated Amara and used her as the mystical anchor to the Other Side, a kind of purgatory for supernatural beings. She then magically sealed Silas in a tomb in a cave on an island off of what is now Nova Scotia. Qetsiyah created a cure for immortality, and buried it along with Silas. Qetsiyah's plan was that Silas would eventually take the cure and die, so he would end up on the Other Side with her for eternity.
Silas: Silas was a very powerful witch who became one of the two first truly immortal creatures in all of history. According to Atticus Shane, Silas, along with the help of Qetsiyah, his best friend, created and cast the very first immortality spell on himself. In reality, the spell was created in the form of an elixir, which he drank with his true love, Amara.
Amara: Amara was Silas' true love, and was also Qetsiyah's handmaiden. Though Silas was engaged to Qetsiyah, he was truly in love with Amara, and she loved him just as much, so they shared the immortality elixir that Qetsiyah originally intended for herself and Silas.
Qetsiyah: Qetsiyah was a very powerful witch, who along with Silas, a powerful warlock and her best friend, created the very first spell of immortality.
The Salvatore Doppelgänger bloodline and the Petrova doppelgänger bloodline was created as a result of Silas, a very powerful witch, and Amara, a mortal, ingesting the immortality elixir, which caused an imbalance of nature. Nature found a balance by creating shadow-selves, or doppelgängers, as a form of the immortal that could actually die.
The Original vampires were created in the Middle Ages, using an altered form of the immortality spell that Qetsiyah created.
The first Werewolf-Vampire Hybrid was accidentally created as a result of the creation of Original vampires. This hybrid's many strengths also caused an imbalance of power in nature, forcing the Original Witch to create the hybrid curse to suppress the werewolf aspect and restore the balance. Coincidentally, the Original Witch used a Petrova doppelgänger to seal the hybrid curse, as well as the spell that made the Original vampires in the first place.
Descendants of Qetsiyah created The Brotherhood of the Five as a way to kill vampires, and ultimately, to find Silas, force him to take the cure, and kill him, so that he would end up on The Other Side with Qetsiyah for eternity, as she intended.
Many humans were transformed into vampires by the Original Vampires and their progeny.
Middle Ages (ca. 1000-1520)
Elijah and Klaus
Esther and Mikael had a son in Europe, but he died after contracting a form of the plague.
The witch Ayana, Esther's friend and mentor, tells Esther about a far away place where "everybody is healthy and blessed with the gifts of speed and strength". That place was in the New World, and the people she was describing were werewolves.
Esther, Mikael, Ayana (and apparently several others) migrated to the place that would eventually become known as Mystic Falls, Virginia. Their village was close to a village of werewolves. During the full moon, the colonists would hide inside the extensive cave system under the village to protect themselves from the werewolves.
They lived in peace with the natives for 20 years. During this time, Mikael and Esther had 5 more children: Elijah, Finn, Kol, Rebekah and Henrik. Esther also had a werewolf child (Niklaus) with an unknown werewolf, unbeknownst to Mikael.
Alexander (a member of The Five) begins a relationship with Rebekah, who is living in Italy with her brothers. However, he betrays her and daggers her, while the other members of the Five daggered her siblings. Klaus (who is not affected by the daggers) kills all the members of The Five as retribution, and is haunted by the Hunter's Curse for the next half century as a result.
Elijah and Klaus forge several documents about the "Curse of the Sun and the Moon" and plant them across the continents in an effort to motivate vampires and werewolves to search for the ingredients he needs to break the Hybrid Curse; the moonstone and a Petrova doppelganger. Elijah believes that the Aztec drawings are Klaus' masterpiece.
Katerina Petrova gives birth to a baby girl, who Katerina's father gives away. The baby was kept secret, and Katerina was then disowned by her family and banished from Bulgaria by her parents for the shame she caused her family by having a child out of wedlock.
Katerina learns Klaus was planning to sacrifice her to break the curse, and flees with help from Trevor, who leads the Mikaelson brothers astray before instructing Katerina to run east to a cottage.When she finally arrived there, she is greeted by an old woman, who lives with Rose. When she heard Katerina mention Trevor, she allows her to come in. Katerina explains that she stole the moonstone from Klaus as proof that she is who she says she is, and Rose becomes frightened and refuses to help, telling Katerina that she will be taken back to Klaus when the sun set. Rose wanted to turn Katherine back over to Klaus, but Trevor loved her, and wanted to protect her. Katerina tricked Rose into turning her into a vampire by stabbing herself with a knife, and then hangs herself while Rose and Trevor argued. As a vampire, Katerina's blood will not work for the sacrifice.
Rose, Katerina and Trevor go on the run from Klaus (Katerina leaves alone, but Rose and Trevor stay together), and will elude their capture for over 500 years.
Katerina returned to her home in Bulgaria several years later, to find everyone that she ever met and everyone that she ever loved killed by Niklaus as punishment for ruining his plans.
Katerina returns to Bulgaria and searches through every Village and every Cottage for her Daughter, later revealed to be Nadia Petrova.
Nadia was in Northern Europe looking for Katherine.
Early Modern and Modern Period (ca. 1692-2010)
Early Modern and Modern Period
The area of Mystic Falls is settled by townsfolk from Salem.
Klaus and his family help to build the city New Orleans.
The violence of their deaths marked the spot on the earth with mystical energy that can be channeled by a witch who casts a spell to harness it, although it is a large amount of power that is very difficult to maintain.
Katherine begins a romantic relationship with both Salvatore brothers, and is responsible for turning them both into vampires.
27 vampires were gathered, weakened with vervain, and brought inside the basement of Fell's Church to be burned. They were all presumed to be dead.
Giuseppe Salvatore shoots Stefan and Damon while they attempt to free Katherine, killing them. The brothers awaken at Steven's Quarry, wearing new lapis lazuli daylight rings, courtesy of Emily Bennett, Bonnie Bennett's ancestor, as well as Katherine's handmaiden and friend, who was a witch. The boys decide not to transition, as they believed Katherine to be dead.
Stefan accidentally kills his father Giuseppe Salvatore after a heated argument, where Stefan learns that his father shot him. He is unable to resist feeding on his father after wounding him, and is overwhelmed by the euphoria from becoming so powerful. Excited at the fact that he can now turn off his guilt, grief and humanity, he returns to the quarry and forces his brother Damon to complete the transition as well so he doesn't have to be alone. Weeks later, Stefan meets Lexi, who helps him reconnect with his humanity and fight his "ripper" instincts. Meanwhile, Damon leaves town, furious at his brother for forcing him to turn and disgusted by Stefan's behavior.
Samantha Gilbert becomes mentally unstable, presumably from dying too many times and being revived by her Gilbert Ring , and kills several Founding Family members.
Damon and Stefan see each other at the funeral of their nephew Zachariah, the first time they've met since Damon left town in 1865, and Damon still feels resentful towards Stefan. Stefan reaches out to his brother and invites him for a drink, and tries to convince him to begin feeding on animals, like Stefan has learned to do.
Damon meets a female vampire named Sage, who was making a living by boxing men for money. She teaches Damon to enjoy the pleasures of seduction and hunting his prey. Damon begins to finally enjoy being a vampire.
Damon tries to share his new "discovery" with Stefan, but Stefan, who turned to animal blood because of his addiction to human blood, is unable to feed without killing his victim. He and Damon have another fight and Stefan leaves, relapsing back into "Ripper" mode.("1912")
Stefan, on a feeding frenzy, wipes out an entire migrant village, and vampires begin to call him "The Ripper of Monterrey".
Mikael found out Niklaus was in New Orleans. Klaus ran away and Mikael left a trail of dead vampires in his wake. Marcel survived.
Samantha Gilbert goes insane, and eventually confesses to the 1912 murders of Founder's Council members. She was put under suicide watch, which involved removing most of her personal belongings from her room, but still managed to kill two people. She finally commited suicide by using a knitting needle to give herself a lobotomy.
Stefan meets Klaus and Rebekah at Gloria's speakeasy in Chicago. They spent a lot time together in this bar where Gloria, a witch and the owner, would sing jazz.
Damon was also in Chicago at the time, "indulging in his own Daisy Buchannans" as was Katherine, although neither Salvatore realized she had been tracking them through the years; believing she was dead.
When Mikael, who is now a vampire hunter, appears with the Chicago Police, who are using wooden bullets, Klaus and Rebekah flee. However, when Rebekah tells Klaus that she would rather stay behind with Stefan, if Klaus won't allow him to come with them, Klaus daggers her. Klaus compels Stefan to forget he ever knew them until he tells him otherwise. ("The End of The Affair").
Lexi finds Stefan in Chicago and makes him go through what she calls the "Ripper Detox" pain routine. There are conflicting reports: it is said that it took Lexi 30 years to "detox" Stefan, but it is also said that he was "back in circulation" around 1935, which seems to indicate he was still fighting his cravings, but able to still live his life semi-normally.
Stefan's cravings are controlled and Lexi is focused on something else - trying to make him laugh.
Stefan looks Damon up and tries to make peace with him.
Stefan joins the Army to fight in World War II and is stationed in Egypt. Damon signs up as well so he can fight in the war with his brother, but ultimately doesn't, at Lexi's request.
Damon turns Charlotte, a girl he was dating, into a vampire after she asks him to turn her. He realizes that she is sire-bound to him and seeks magical help to break the bond before leaving New Orleans, which requires him to kill twelve humans. He does so and tells Charlotte to count the bricks in the buildings until he returns before leaving for good.
4 people are found dead in Mystic Falls, from violent animal attacks that left them drained of blood. One of these people is Joseph Salvatore.
Around this time Stefan drank human blood for the last time before 2009.
Damon is taken by Augustine to be experimented on.
5 people are found dead in Mystic Falls from violent animal attacks, drained of their blood.
Sheila Bennett leads an anti-war sit-in. Stefan notes that the people were mesmerized by her speech.
Stefan attends Harvard.
Stefan goes on a double date with Hugh Hefner and twin Playboy Playmates. His date was Miss June. He might be joking because there is no record that Debbie Davies had a twin.("There Goes the Neighborhood")
3 people are found dead in Mystic Falls from violent animal attacks, drained of their blood.
Slater is turned into a vampire. Deciding to spend his eternity learning, he begins his academic career and goes on to collect 18 Bachelor's degrees, 3 Master's degrees and 4 Ph.Ds before he dies in 2010.
Damon is living in New York. He has a deal with Will, a bar owner who also sells fake identities. He kills people who match the description of people who want to buy fake ids, and Will lets him feed in the bar. Damon did not know at the time, but Katherine was one of Will's clients and he provided several fake ids to her.
Stefan is in detox in Mystic Falls, but he hears about Damon's blood trail in NY and sends Lexi to help him. Lexi tries to awake emotions in him evoking Katherine. After 6 months, Damon gets pissed, pretends he is in love with her, but traps her for a whole day at the rooftop of the bar, where she is unable to leave because she doesn't have a daylight ring. ("Because the Night")
This is the last time Damon and Stefan see each other before meeting in Mystic Falls in September 2009.
The Vampire Hunter Mikael appears in Mystic Falls, looking for the doppelgänger, Elena. Nobody could kill him, so to protect Elena and help her best friend Miranda, Abby Bennett Wilson uses a dark spell to desiccate Mikael and imprison him in a crypt in Charlotte, North Carolina. ("The Ties That Bind") The spell almost kills her and she becomes too weak to do magic. She leaves her husband and her daughter Bonnie and moves to North Carolina. Anna may have been involved.
Atticus Shane's son dies in an accident. His wife, the witch Caitlin uses Expression to try and and bring him back to life. However, she is consumed by Expression and dies as well, about 6 months after her son.
Mason Lockwood meets Katherine. He triggers the werewolf curse after he accidently kills his friend Jimmy in Emerald Coast, Florida.
On May 29, Elena Gilbert skips family night with her parents and her aunt Jenna to go to Bonfire Night with Bonnie and her boyfriend Matt Donovan. At the party, Elena gets into a fight with Matt and calls her parents to pick her up.
While Elena waits for her parents to pick her up, she runs into Damon who is doing his trademark move by laying in the middle of the road, waiting for someone to feed on. He thinks she is Katherine at first, but when he realizes she isn't, he talks to her. He tells her that he wants her to get everything she wants in life, but compels her to forget that she met him to avoid anyone knowing he's back in town.
On the way home from the Bonfire Night, Elena and her parents get into a car accident and drive off of the Wickery Bridge into the river. When Elena wakes up, the car is quickly filling up with water and her mother is unconscious. Stefan hears the wreck and dives into the river to rescue them; Grayson signals to save Elena first and Stefan, taken aback at her resemblance to Katherine, is able to get her out alive, but he was too late to save her parents. Elena wakes up at the hospital where no one has any idea how she was able to get out of the car and get help, not knowing that Stefan rescued her.
When classes start on September, Elena formally meets Stefan for what she believes to be the first time. Several days later, she has the same formal introduction to Damon. She begins dating Stefan, but gets the feeling that he is hiding something from her, a feeling that Damon is encouraging to get between them. She eventually realizes that Stefan and Damon are both vampires and becomes very fearful of both, although she promises to keep their secret.
Several days before the Halloween Party, Damon turns Vicki Donovan into a vampire. At the party, she nearly kills Jeremy and Elena, forcing Stefan to kill her. The same night, Bonnie begins her magical education with the help of her Grams.
During the month of November, Elena and Stefan come to a truce with Damon, Bonnie starts using her magic, Jeremy meets Anna and Alaric Saltzman moves to Mystic Falls and takes a job as the new history teacher with a secret agenda to kill vampires, including Damon.
Bonnie is possessed by her ancestor Emily Bennett who uses her body to destroy her talisman, preventing Damon from opening the tomb that he believes contains Katherine. Damon attacks Bonnie, but Stefan saves her with his blood. Elena confesses the existence of vampires to Bonnie.
Anna turns several people into vampires, including Ben McKittrick, Noah and Logan Fell to help fulfill her plan to release her mother from the tomb. She uses Ben to get close to Bonnie to get her to do the spell and Logan to get to his ancestor's journals to find out what to do to open the tomb. When the Fell journals don't give her the answers she needs, she gets close to Jeremy to get the Gilbert Journals. At first, she's just using him, but eventually grows to love him and the two begin a relationship.
The tomb vampires are released and slowly begin to adapt to the modern age and blend into the community before John Gilbert uses the Gilbert Device to kill all of the tomb vampires on Founder's Day. Stefan and Damon barely escape being killed themselves. Tyler and his father are both affected by the device as well, but are not affected by vervain, leading the Salvatores to believe that the Lockwood Family are werewolves. The sound causes Tyler to wreck his car and Caroline is almost killed as a result. Damon feeds Caroline vampire blood to heal her and Katherine, who has unexpectedly come to town, kills Caroline in the hospital, causing her to become a vampire.
Katherine's arrival stirs up trouble for Stefan and Damon, who are fighting their feelings for Katherine while trying to keep Elena safe.
Elena learns that she is adopted and that John Gilbert and Isobel Flemming are her real parents.
Stefan reveals his dark past, while Damon begins to shows his more human side.
Tyler accidentally kills Sarah, who was compelled by Katherine to attack him at the Masquerade Ball, causing him to trigger his werewolf gene and become a werewolf. Katherine was eventually cursed by her friend Lucy and the Salvatores and Bonnie seal Katherine into the tomb.
Stefan, Damon and Elena learn that Katherine has spent the majority of her life running from Klaus, the former Original Vampire. Klaus needs the moonstone, the blood of the doppelgänger, a werewolf, a vampire, and a witch to break the Sun and the Moon curse.
Elijah, Klaus' older brother comes to town to make a deal with Elena to kill Klaus because he believes that Klaus has killed his family. But Klaus has not and promises to reunite Elijah with the rest of the family if he lives.
Following the ritual, Klaus becomes a Werewolf Vampire Hybrid. He daggers Elijah, thus keeping his promise of family reunion. (Klaus has all his siblings daggered and stored in coffins that he carries around with him in his travels)
Damon is bitten by a werewolf and is about to die. Elena kisses him farewell but Stefan makes a deal with Klaus to save Damon's life.
While trying to make more hybrids, Klaus awakens the Ripper inside Stefan. We learn they were pals in the 1920s and Stefan was dating Klaus' sister, Rebekah.
While Stefan is away on his murdering streak, Elena warms to Damon. They kiss.
Klaus attempts to make hybrids are unsuccessful, so Klaus goes back to Mystic Falls and bites Tyler, forcing the MF Gang to figure out what was wrong. Tyler becomes the first successfull Werewolf Vampire Hybrid after Klaus.
Jeremy has been seeing ghosts of dead vampires since he died, especially those of his dead girlfriends.
Just as we meet all the Original Vampire Family, the Original Witch manages to come back from "The Other Side". Esther's plan is to destroy all vampires in the world by killing her children. Her plan fails.
Because he died too many times, Alaric goes crazy and starts to murder council members.
Esther's plan B is to turn Alaric into an Original Vampire Vampire Hunter and give him an indestructible stake that can actually kill the Originals.
The MF Gang manages to kill Finn and desiccate Klaus.
Elena chooses Stefan over Damon.
Alaric kills Klaus and Rebekah decides to kill Alaric by killing Elena.
Elena had vampire blood in her system, so she turns into a vampire.
Alaric tells the Founder's Council that Mayor Lockwood has a hybrid for a son and that Sheriff Forbes has a vampire for a daughter. After that, the Council is no longer the Founder's council, but is called the Town Council. A little after that Pastor Young blows up the entire council in his house.
A new vampire hunter, Connor Jordan, arrives in Mystic Falls. It is revealed that he's one of The Five although Klaus killed them 900 years ago after they daggered the Originals.
After he threatens Jeremy, Elena kills Connor. Jeremy is activated as the next hunter.
Professor Shane teaches Bonnie a new kind of magic, called Expression. Although he says it's not "dark" magic, a witch in New Orleans says it's darker than dark and will bring the end of time.
To reveal Jeremy's tattoo, Stefan makes him stake a vampire (that awakens a vampire killing compulsion).
Stefan breaks up with Elena. She moves in with Damon. They discover that Elena is sired to Damon.
With the help of Hayley, Tyler helps the hybrids break the sire bond, and leads them on a revolt against Klaus.
Shane reveals that the oldest Immortal, Silas, has been trapped in stone for 2000 years and that he is buried with a cure for vampirism.
Bonnie's father, Rudy Hopkins, assumes as Mayor of Mystic Falls and lays down the law.
MF Gang decide they need to find the cure to give it to Elena, who didn't want to be a vampire and to cure her from the sire bond to Damon.
Klaus tries to speed up the revelation of Jeremy's tattoo by turning a bar full of people into vampires, but Jeremy refuses to kill them.
Kol kills all of them. He claims that raising Silas will bring the end of time. He can't kill Jeremy or he will suffer the hunter's curse, so he compels Damon to kill Jeremy for him.
Elena has the bright idea that killing Kol will release Damon from the compulsion AND at the same time reveal Jeremy's tattoo in one go, by massacring the whole sire line of Kol's descendants.
Jeremy kills Kol with the White Oak Stake. The revelation of the Hunter's Mark is painful and destroys his shirt to reveal his muscles decorated with fine ink. Now everybody can see the tattoo.
Bonnie traps Klaus inside the Gilbert's living room. Klaus bites Caroline to hurt Tyler, but eventually saves her before she dies.
Led by Shane the Gang travels to a faraway island.They need the hunter, a witch, Silas' headstone and blood to raise Silas and find the cure.
They meet another hunter, Galen Vaughn. He reveals that The Five were created to raise Silas, force him to take the cure, making him mortal and then kill him for good. Vaughn also reveals that there is only one dose of the cure.
Silas is raised by Katherine with Jeremy's blood. Silas kills him afterwards by snapping his neck.
Katherine disappears with the cure and Silas' Headstone.
Elena at first denies her brother's death, hoping he will be revived by the Gilbert Ring. She is so grief-stricken when reality hits her that she is breaking apart. Damon tells her to turn off her humanity.
She burns down her home, as a fiery funeral for Jeremy and as a cover-up story for his death.
Later Klaus has an one-night stand with Hayley, the werewolf who helped Tyler and the other hybrids to break their sire bonds to Klaus.
When Klaus later goes to New Orleans, where he was told witches are plotting against him, he finds out that Hayley is pregnant with his baby.
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