|“||Love is nothing but a trap. The one truth you speak, the one thing that I agree with entirely-- only the love of family is unbreakable. It is the only love worth fighting for. And my beloved brother, Tristan, suffers in a box, drowning over and over again, unable to die. So I will end his suffering by ending you -- his sire. And the look on Niklaus' face as a white oak bullet pierces your heart and takes your life... Will be the salve for my own broken heart.||”|
Aurora de Martel is a major recurring character and the secoondary antagonist in the third season of The Originals. She is the younger sister of Tristan de Martel and daughter of Count de Martel. She is the first vampire ever turned by Rebekah Mikaelson, one of the Trinity.
Aurora is a member of the De Martel Family.
Not much is known about Aurora's childhood other that her mother died while giving birth to her and as a result she didn't celebrate her birthday at all. She was Lucien's friend long before he became the Count's servant.
Southern France, 1002
She and her brother witnessed the Mikaelson siblings enter their home while the five Original Vampires were pretending to be the children of the Count de Guise. Both Lucien and Klaus appeared to have taken a liking to her, however she fell in love with Klaus. On the night of her birthday, she was found by Klaus crying alone. Upon being asked, she revealed that her mother died in childbirth, a fact Aurora blamed herself for. In response Klaus revealed his greatest sin: he murdered his mother in a fit of rage and framed his father for it, dooming his old family to a life on the run. Aurora, seeing a new kinship with Klaus, proposed that they shoulder each other's pain, and never speak of it again.
Their passionate affair was eventually discovered by Lucien, who was heartbroken, having loved Aurora since childhood and believing Klaus was trying to help him win her heart. As Tristan's guards arrived, Aurora had Klaus flee while she was discovered with Lucien. Tristan, incorrectly believing Aurora was having an affair with Lucien, took the servant to the dungeons to be tortured for the scandal. After mutilating Lucien, Tristan spoke to Aurora in the hallway, but they were met by a miraculously healed Lucien. Lucien, believing he had become a vampire like Klaus, tried to kill Tristan but was instead killed by one of the de Martel's guards. Aurora watched as her childhood friend was killed. However, the following night, she found that Lucien had completed his transition into the first ever sired vampire, and he and Klaus had fed on innocent women in the local chapel. Horrified by what she saw, Aurora fled in terror.
Soon thereafter, Tristan refused to let her be with Klaus. Aurora, suffering from profound grief and from the 'demons' in her mind, slit her wrists. Rebekah found her and gave her some of her blood, telling her to cherish her human life. She was healed by the vampire blood in her system. However moments later, hoping to be reunited with Klaus, she committed suicide by throwing herself out a window in an attempt to become a vampire just as Lucien had. Her suicide with Rebekah's blood in her system led to her transforming into the first vampire of Rebekah's sireline. She revealed her transformation to Klaus, and the pair's lust for each other just grew more intense.
Shortly thereafter, word of the carnage the siblings were wreaking reached far enough to ensure Mikael's coming. Aurora, learning of this from Elijah, asked to come with them, however Elijah refused, stating it was his family's burden. Aurora stated that Elijah was too obsessed with family, and that he didn't even know his siblings as well as he thought. Elijah, curious, asked her what she meant, unwittingly compelling her. Upon hearing of this, Elijah became maddened with rage and compelled Aurora to view Klaus as a vile monster not worthy of love, only to then seal this act deep within his mind, away from his conscious memory and thought. Aurora then echoed these thoughts to Klaus, breaking his heart.
However, Aurora's troubles did not end there. Fearing Mikael's approach, Elijah compelled Aurora, Lucien and Tristan whom he turned, to believe themselves to be Rebekah, Niklaus, and Elijah respectively, and to garner Mikael's attention and run in their place. Believing themselves to be the Mikaelsons, the trio ran, and would run for a century.
Thanks to the Brotherhood of the Five briefly putting Elijah down with the daggers, the trio were freed, and swore vengeance against the Original Vampires that had taken a century from them with their compulsion. The after-effects of the compulsion only damaged her already fragile mind further. She would fall into long bouts of unpredictable episodes much to her brother's fear.
At some point she and Lucien were together and traveled with each other before supposedly parting ways after many centuries of life.
Aurora admitted that she hasn't felt pain since the 1700's.
Paris, France, 1903
Aurora and Lucien had spent time together during the La Belle Epoque period.
During unknown centuries, when Aurora would suffer from her heightened episodes, Tristan would have Aurora committed for many of her predispositions; often leading to crude attempts at helping her such as being plunged into ice baths, bled for melancholia, and exorcised for demons six times.
Throughout The Originals Series
When she was still human, despite being born into a noble family, she was nothing like her father, brother, or other noblewomen. Aurora was kind, caring, selfless, compassionate, sympathetic and moral. However, despite being kind and caring, Aurora was very obsessive about becoming a vampire to be with Klaus. One night, after being declined once again, Aurora tried to take her own life by slitting her wrists. She also suffered from bipolar disorder, which caused her to have manic episodes of depression, happiness, anger, etc.
Aurora is described as a beautiful and enigmatic vampire who is, at times, sexy, seductive, witty and free-spirited. But due to her bipolar disorder, which is heightened as a vampire, she can also be malevolent, dangerous and extremely violent in an instant. Her disorder caused her to have episodes that were extremely manic and dangerous. In her lightest moments, she’s the flame that draws men to her like moths; in her darkest, she’ll kill those same men without a second thought. She has a childlike air to her and appears to have a close relationship with her brother Tristan, despite him keeping her captive in a monastery as a result of her disorder.
Aurora is also manipulative and calculating. She uses her cunning mind to work around any situation to meet her own ends. Aurora has very low self-esteem, and leans on those around for that boost of esteem. This can be shown when Klaus mentions Camille and she becomes jealous and believes that Cami is in the way of her and Klaus' relationship, and takes matters into her own hands. She can be very cruel and cold-hearted towards those that she thinks have wronged her, as shown when she compelled Cami to kill herself in front of a sleeping Klaus. Even after this, she justified her actions as an act of love for Klaus. She then justified her later actions as revenge towards Klaus for rejecting her. She seems to have no regard for human life, finding it a means to an end.
Despite her flawed personality, Aurora loves passionately and with her whole heart and soul. She is also extremely loyal to her family, lover, and sire. Despite everything that Tristan did to her, she still stayed by his side and even fought for him against the Mikaelsons. She tried to save her brother by killing Elijah, as this would end her brother's torment of drowning repeatedly, and was heartbroken when she failed to save him. She stole Rebekah's body to ensure that Rebekah - and herself remained safe, as Aurora's life is tied to Rebekah's.
Aurora has green eyes and straight red hair with thin eyebrows and a wide smile that is quite endearing. She looks quite youthful, with her slim features and bone structure. Lucien has also described her as having eyes a person could get lost in just from one look. Also, Klaus called her "exquisite" when he first laid his eyes on her. She is seen wearing stylish, dark-colored clothing that is very expensive and modern. She enjoys accessories and wears them often, along with heavy make-up.
As a human, she is seen with her hair very long and often in tiny braids. She either wore it up or down, but often paired with a light-colored dress and minimal make-up.
Powers and Abilities
Aurora possesses all the standard powers and abilities of a non-Original vampire. But being over a thousand years old, she was one of the strongest vampires in existence, second only to the Original Vampires. Aurora was the second member of the Trinity to be turned after Lucien, making her the second strongest of the group until Lucien became the Beast.
She had a very high resistance to aneurysm spells due to her time at a Buddhist monastery for an unknown amount of time. Her resistance to pain infliction spells is impressive considering that she found Freya's attempt to hurt her amusing. Aurora seemed to be a skilled operator of mind compulsion. This power is one of the things she enjoys the most about being a vampire. Aurora has been seen to be skilled in sword fighting, able to defend herself and also attack. However, it is shown that her skills were inferior to that of her brother Tristan de Martel. Her fighting skills were more than a match with Hayley; an non-original werewolf-vampire hybrid. Her reflexes are fast enough that allowed her to shoot both Klaus and Elijah in a blink of an eye, without them being able to react.
Through unknown means, she claimed that she, Lucien and Tristan could not be compelled anymore.
She has shown great strength by snapping Hayley's neck and throwing her a considerable distance across the room. Her physical strength was also more than a match for the newly-turned Camille.
Aurora has the typical weaknesses of a non-Original vampire.
- Aurora and Tristan (Siblings/Former Allies)
- Klaus and Aurora (Enemies/Ex-Lovers)
- Aurora and Lucien (Old Friends/Former Allies)
- Rebekah and Aurora (Former Friends/Enemies/Rebekah's first sired vampire)
- Aurora and Elijah (Enemies/Former Allies)
- Camille and Aurora (Enemies/Rivals)
- Freya and Aurora (Enemies)
- Hayley and Aurora (Enemies)
- Moonlight on the Bayou (Indirectly Mentioned)
- Aurora is a feminine name of Latin origin. The name means "the Dawn." It stems from Roman mythology, Aurora the goddess of dawn.
- Martel is one of Britain and France's most famous and historic surnames. It derives from the French word "martel" meaning "hammer".
- She is the oldest vampire of Rebekah's sireline.
- She was previously held captive by monks in a monastery by her brother, Tristan, who ordered them to drug her (presumably vervain). It is currently unknown as to why, though it is entirely possible that Aurora is mentally or emotionally unstable given her behavior during their most recent reunion.
- According to her brother Tristan, Aurora has a tendency to fall into her dark periods and that her most recent one occurred long ago and has yet to lift. Hence the reason she was held in the monastery.
- Aurora displayed signs of mental instability as a human.
- She is the second sired vampire in history.
- This makes her the first female vampire sired in history while Lucien is the first male vampire sired in history.
- She is the first vampire to be compelled by an Original Vampire.
- She was compelled by Elijah to see Klaus as the wretched, deceitful monster that he truly is. Later she was also compelled to believe that she was Rebekah. He then told her to run in the fear of Mikael along with Lucien and Tristan who believed they were Niklaus and Elijah respectively.
- Aurora, Tristan and Lucien swore vengeance against the Mikaelson family and spend centuries looking for weapons that would kill them until the truth about the sirelines were revealed, thus forcing them to incapacitate the Originals instead so they wouldn't die themselves.
- She, like both Lucien and her brother, are immune to vervain.
- She is very resistant to pain infliction spells. Though she seems to displays some enjoyment towards it.
- She is strong enough to hold on her own facing a powerful witch (Freya) and a hybrid (Hayley) in combat.
- Aurora is jealous of Klaus' affection for Camille O'Connell.
- She is the first vampire in history of TVD/TO universe revealed to be bipolar.
- Aurora plays the piano.
- She is the only member of the Trinity to appear in all of the first 10 episodes of season 3.
- She claims she hasn't felt pain since the 1700's, and to her it tickled when Freya did a pain infliction spell on her.
- Since Aurora drank the serum to become an upgraded Original but hasn't died yet, it is unknown if it will get out of her system, or how it will affect her.
- After Vincent extracted the serum from her body, Aurora is once again an ordinary vampire.
- With her brother and Lucien dead, she is now the only remaining member of the Trinity.