Six years in Mystic Falls have gone by, and they have lost someone that they all loved. Elena Gilbert lies sleeping, kept safe as the cure still runs through her veins. Damon misses Elena terribly, turning back to his roots. Finding ways to cope without having to feel the loss of Elena. With Elena gone the Heretic's led by Lily Salvatore have took over the town of Mystic Falls. Never faced before with a coven of vampires able to use magic, the Sheriff's Department evacuated the town and Mystic Falls became a ghost town. People not allowed to enter. Only the Salvatore Brothers, Caroline, Bonnie and Matt remain to try and keep order and hope to eventually find a way to take their town back for good and reopen the town to the families.
Its a loosing battle. The town crumbling away slowly at the hands of the Heretic's. The Brothers working tirelessly to get the upper hand on the Heretics. Alaric trying to find a way to bring back Josette from the the dead with the help of a fiery red stone: the Phoenix Stone. Though it was not researched correctly. This stone acts as a prison a means of torture for the vampire souls trapped within. Lily using her family to search for her long lost love's body, Julian and the Phoenix Stone. In fear a Heretic Valerie sides with the brothers to keep Julian from being resurrected. Failing, Valerie was outcasted and Julian a near six hundred year old tyrant back from the dead.
Each time the brothers try to gain the upper hand they are pushed back, until they are left at square one again and again. In the end Lily had killed herself thinking that she was sacrificing herself for her children but Julian had not been tied to Lily as she had thought. In a fit of rage both the Salvatore brothers where stabbed and trapped in their own personal versions of hell in the hell stone. While Stefan submitted to the lesson he was taught Damon fought against it resulting in him being trapped for three months longer. When he'd returned he thought it was just another loop and he'd attempted to kill as his in hope of getting back to his mother.
Realizing his terrible mistake he fed his blood to Matt and Bonnie when Caroline awoke putting him down. When he came back too he realized that though he was out his trails where not over as he remained haunted by Henry. Meanwhile Julian has taken over the town of Mystic Falls infesting it with vampires while calling the people who'd been evacuated back into the town. With a town infested with vampires who will protect the people who have come pouring back into this small town? And what will the brother's do when the owner of that phoenix stone sword comes looking for it.....
Far away in New Orleans the Mikaelson Family are at odd's. Since Dahila's demise things have been tense in the Abattoir. Elijah and Niklaus hold such animosity for each other. Niklaus for his betrayal and Hayley trapped in her wolf form except come full moons. When she can take on her human form, the only night of the month she can be with and hold her daughter. In the mean time, Freya took over looking after Hope in Hayley's absence. Though trouble for the Original Family was just around the corner. The first three vampires of each of the sire line's returning. Lucien the first, here to warn the Original family about an impending prophecy that they would all fall within the year. As such would kill each and every vampire ever created wiping out an entire species.
Having had the Prophecy confirmed by Freya that within the year each of her siblings would fall. One by Friend, Another by foe and the last by family. To try and avert the Prophecy Niklaus and Elijah were forced to set aside their disdain for each other to ensure that they wouldn't die by the hands of this prophecy. Try as they may they seemed to be walking straight into what the seer Alexis foretold. Images burned into their minds that came to pass. More vampires from their past returning. The De Martels returned to Mystic Falls. Tristan and his league called the Strix. An Organisation of powerful vampire's all created from Elijah's Sire line, followed soon by Aurora De Martel. The first vampire from Rebekah's Sire line with some secrets of her own to tell. That drove a wedge between Elijah & Niklaus with her revelations.
With the Trinity in town wreaking havoc the Originals call for Rebekah to come home though from a distance Aurora, with the help of the Strix, acquired Rebekah's daggered body and dropped it deep into the ocean one point of the coordinates remembered by each De Martel sibling as leverage over the Mikaelsons. The dagger was not an ordinary dagger. This dagger, that may subdue an Original when removed also inflicts a curse. A dark curse that inflicts one with a powerful blood lust.
Davina Claire having taken over the Covens of New Orleans struggled with the leadership. She did a lot of good with her power as Regent. Freed the witches from the control of vampires, and released Hayley from the curse that afflicted her and her pack, reuniting her with her daughter. Tristan soon set his eyes on her in order to cast a spell to activate the relic called the Seratura. Marcel realizing this, fearful for Davina requested Vincent's help. Vincent came up with the plan and Davina revealed that she had another witch killed to secure her own power. As a result, the Regent was shunned by her people cut off from her ancestors power.
Tristan trying to remove the Originals power went after Freya Mikaelson poisoning her, Rebekah afflicted by the curse. Freya attempted a cure with magic though only temporarily managed it. Freya weakened this allowed the Strix to steal a source of her power. Her talisman holding her brother Finn Mikaelson was stolen by the Stix, to use as leverage against the new regent. Power now lies with the Strix as they possess the power to lock the Original family away for the rest of eternity so they can never be harmed.
With the power constantly shifting sides and war out rightly waged in New Orleans. It's difficult to know who to trust in the most dangerous times.