|“||Stefan: Mystic Falls. I was born here. This is my home.
Damon: And mine.
— Description of Mystic Falls
Mystic Falls is a picturesque town located in central Virginia with a then population of 6,923 people, currently unknown since after its closing and eventual restart. Aside from the town's foundation in 1860 by the Founding Families, the town also has a long history of vampires, witches and werewolves, causing Mystic Falls to be an uncanny village with a dark secret. Many famous historical occurrences have taken place in Mystic Falls.
Mystic Falls, which was once a hotbed of supernatural events, became one of the few places (if not the only one) in the world where non-traditional magic had no effect (although all magic, including Traditional Magic, was ineffective); therefore, the majority of supernatural species and magical artifacts had no effect in the town. As a consequence of the spell that the Travelers cast to undo non-traditional magic within the town borders, a vampire or a hybrid who entered Mystic Falls would have the magic that keeps them vampires slowly stripped away until they finally reverted to the stage in which they existed before being reawakened as a vampire—a dead body. They would then die the exact same way they died before reawakening in transition to become a vampire (e.g. drowning, snapped neck, a slit throat, etc.) and will stay dead due to the lack of magic reanimating their corpses.
The magical energy that empowered the Travelers' anti-magic barrier spell, was absorbed by Malachai Parker. As a result, magic can once again exist in Mystic Falls.
Over 1,000 years ago during the Viking era, the Mikaelson Family heard of a mystical land from which the inhabitants were blessed with the gift of speed and strength. Desperate to leave the place they currently lived due to the plague and death of a child, they moved to this land where they lived among the special people as equals. Until one day, when the family's youngest was killed as he snuck out to watch the beasts turn from human to werewolf. This prompted their mother to create a superior race. The remainder of the family fled the village not long after. The magical place was discovered some centuries later in 1860 by the Founding Families and named Mystic Falls.
In I Was Feeling Epic, Vicki Donovan returns to Mystic Falls for the first time since the collapse of the Other Side. Vicki planned to ring the Maxwell bell and reign hellfire upon Mystic Falls. Despite the attempts of both Damon and Matt to stop her, Matt eventually orders the evacuation of the town due to a "gas leak"; a regular occurrence in Mystic Falls. Vicki is successful in ringing the Maxwell bell and does bring hellfire, however, due to the efforts of Bonnie Bennett, Mystic Falls is not consumed by hellfire. However, the Clocktower is badly damaged, so too are the tunnels connecting Mystic Falls and the Armory.
Furthermore, it is shown that the Salvatore Boarding House is transformed into a school for the gifted young by Caroline and Alaric. The school is named "Salvatore Boarding School for the Young and Gifted".
Administration and institutions
- The town has a mayor, founder's council and the police department. The mayor position had been occupied by the Lockwood Family members for 150 years until Rudy Hopkins assumed the position in 2011. Some of the known mayors are:
- Jacob Lockwood - 1860 (the first mayor)
- Benjamin Lockwood - (fl. 1864)
- Unknown Lockwood people (1860s-late 20th/early 21st century)
- Richard Lockwood - (Unknown-February 2010) †
- Carol Lockwood - (February-December 2010) †
- Rudy Hopkins - (January-September 2011) †
- Unknown people - (from 2011 to 2028 or 2029)
- Matt Donovan - (2028 or 2029-present)
Some other institutions include:
- Mystic Falls High School
- Mystic Falls Hospital
- Mystic Falls Cemetery
- Mystic Falls Animal Control Unit
- Mystic Falls Historical Society
The Founder's Council
- Main article: Town Council
The Founders Council is an association of the Founding Families, townspeople who are descended from the original settlers of Mystic Falls, as well as various municipal officials. Such as Alaric Saltzman. Outwardly, it appears to be a civic organization dedicated to celebrating local history. Secretly, the council's mission is to protect the town from supernatural beings, especially vampires. Journals written by members of the Founding Families describing vampires and how to catch and kill them are passed down through subsequent generations.
As of Season Five, all supernatural beings cannot cross the border into Mystic Falls. But, later in Christmas Through Your Eyes, the Travelers' anti-magic barrier spell was absorbed by Kai, allowing all the supernatural beings to cross the Mystic Falls border again.
- Rudy Hopkins
- Carol Lockwood
- John Gilbert
- Richard Lockwood
- Brian Walters
- Bill Forbes
- Zach Salvatore
- Grayson Gilbert
- Miranda Gilbert
- Mason Lockwood
- Elizabeth Forbes
- Pastor Young
- Main article: Media in Mystic Falls
The Mystic Falls Daily is the local daily newspaper in Mystic Falls.
- WPKW9 is the major network television affiliate where Logan Fell worked as a field reporter for the newscast and Brady works in tech.
- Andie Star was also a local newscaster for WPKW9.
- Founders' Party and Heritage Display ("Family Ties")
- Founders' Day Fundraiser and Bachelor Raffle ("A Few Good Men")
- Founders' Day Kick-Off Party ("Under Control")
- Miss Mystic Falls Pageant ("Miss Mystic Falls"), ("My Brother's Keeper"), and ("Let's Just Finish the Dance")
- Founders' Day Celebration ("Founder's Day")
- Mystic Falls Historical Society Volunteer Day ("Kill or Be Killed")
- Due to legal conflict, the town was named "Mystic Falls", instead of "Fell's Church" like in the novels.
- This is because there's a Fall's Church, VA and the town names are similar.
- In Home, it's revealed the town's population is 6,923.
- Mystic Falls is located between Lynchburg, Virginia and Charlottesville, Virginia, according to the map on episode Rose.
- Amusingly, in the vicinity of where Mystic Falls is shown on the map, there is an unincorporated community named Damon.
- Mystic Falls is the place where Esther created the first vampires over a thousand years ago.
- Mystic Falls is the place where werewolves have resided for more than a thousand years.
- Mystic Falls is the birthplace of most of the Originals.
- Mystic Falls is the birthplace of two of Amara's doppelgängers, Tatia and Elena Gilbert.
- It is also the death place of Amara herself and the mortal deaths of all her known doppelgängers, Tatia, Katherine Pierce and Elena Gilbert.
- Mystic Falls marked the end of a 2,000-year long conflict between Amara, Silas, and Qetsiyah, where they all died there.
- Mystic Falls High School was built on a land that was once an Indian village.
- The Town Square is where the natives gathered to worship when the Originals were still humans.
- Mystic Falls was marked by an Expression Triangle through the deaths of twelve Town Council members, twelve of Klaus' hybrids, and twelve witches part of Aja's Coven.
- However, the Travelers' spell to purge Mystic Falls of "impure" magic may have disempowered the Expression Triangle, rendering it inaccessible to practitioners of Expression.
- As of Home, Mystic Falls is now the reverse of Storybrooke in Once Upon a Time, where magic only operates from within the town's borders.
- In I'll Remember, Caroline learns from her mother Liz that vampires have been lurking around the outside of the anti-magic "bubble" that surrounds Mystic Falls.
- It's shown in Welcome to Paradise that a vampire's compulsion is considered magic, and that a compelled human who enters the borders of the anti-magic spell will have their compulsion stripped away, as evidenced when a girl that Caroline compelled went into town, where the compulsion lifted, and she was able to decide not to do what she was told. This suggests that anyone living in Mystic Falls who has been compelled to forget that they were victim or witness to a vampire attack at some point in time will remember, which could threaten the vampires' identities.
- The anti-magic boundary spell created by the Travelers has been removed by Kai, allowing all magic to be present in Mystic Falls once more.
- We see Mystic Falls a flash-forward scene in season six finale, I'm Thinking Of You All The While. Telling us that the town becomes a ghost town when Matt as the new Sheriff drives around the ghostly town square.
- In Day One of Twenty-Two Thousand, Give or Take, Mystic Falls is evacuated under the false pretense of a gas leak.
- Any human found trespassing in Mystic Falls is food for the heretics.
- In I Would for You, Matt takes a stand against the vampires and blackmails Stefan into leaving town for good along with all other vampires.
- There is a continuity error in the date that the town was founded. In Pilot, the town's plaque shows the founding at 1792, however, in Family Ties it is revealed that the town was founded in 1860. The town's founding was changed again however, and in Today Will Be Different it is revealed that the Armory received a package from Mystic Falls June 21, 1790. The town's founding has been changed from circa 1790 to 1860 and then back again. In We Have History Together, it is further stated by Caroline that Mystic Falls officially became a town in 1860, however Sybil responded that the Founding Families merely took credit and there were other people living there long before the Founders signed the township charter.
- From the year the town was founded for 4 years maximum