Silas is a member and distant relative of The Salvatore Family.
Over 2,000 years ago, Silas was an extremely powerful warlock who wanted to create a spellfor immortality. He asked his best friend Qetsiyah, who was also an extremely powerful witch, to assist him in creating the spell. She agreed, expecting Silas to make her immortal as well, as she was in love with him and hoped they could be together forever. However, Silas intended to give the gift of immortality to another woman. Qetsiyah was enraged when she discovered Silas did not plan to spend eternity with her. Out of revenge, Qetsiyah murdered Silas' lover, created a Cure forimmortality, and imprisoned him with the cure on a desolate Island deep in an underground cave. Qetsiyah had hoped that Silas would take the cure, die and join her on The Other Side, a purgatory for supernatural beings that she created in order to spend eternity with him. Silas knew this was her intention and chose to dessicate instead. For two millennia, Silas had lain buried, awaiting the day when someone would free him.
Centuries later, a group of miners created a well above Silas' tomb. This allowed them to experience a mysterious "magic" that came from below (the magic being Silas) that allowed them to see their lost loved ones. However, it required them to sacrifice blood. They were all found bled out (this means they may have sacrificed too much blood to maintain their reunions with their loved ones and died).
A group of college kids had come to the island for spring break. A few weeks later, they were all found dead and drained of their blood (they were more than likely sacrificed by someone to feed Silas).
In 2009, Atticus Shane ventured to the island to locate the well. Shane spilled his blood in order to see his wife Caitlin again. He was then told what is needed in order to raise Silas, who could in turn revive her and his son, Sam.
The Vampire Diaries
In We All Go A Little Mad Sometimes, Professor Shane tells his students the story of the first immortal, Silas, and his tragic fate, as well as a legend that mentions his return. His tombstone is donated to Whitmore College, but it is unknown who donated it. It is thought to be the world's first tombstone.
In O Come, All Ye Faithful, Professor Shane tells Damon and Elenathat he has already found the location of Silas' tomb. He repeats the story of Silas and Qetsiyah to Elena, and shows her Silas' Headstone. He also lies by telling her that Silas had created a Curefor immortality before he was imprisoned by Qetsiyah, and that he took the Cure with him; The Cure was actually created by Qetsiyah. To get the Cure, they must complete the map of the Hunter's Mark, which will also reveal a spell to enter Silas' tomb, where Silas and the Cure were hidden.
In After School Special, Silas is mentioned by Shane when he is being interrogated by Kol and Rebekah, the latter of whom is in search of The Cure. He explains, "Silas will revive those who are sacrificed to bring him back." Kol is shocked at the mention of Silas' name, which indicates that he knows about Silas. Kol is struck with fear and starts rambling to Rebekah on how Silas will kill them all and states that Silas would bring hell on earth. Kol then decides to kill Shane to make sure Silas cannot be unearthed, unaware that Bonnie cast a spell to protect Shane.
In A View To A Kill, Elena requests a meeting with Kol to arrange a truce and discuss what Kol knows about Silas. He reveals he has traveled with many witches in his lifetime. The witches he met and traveled with in the 14th and 17th century knew about Silas. The witches he knew in 1900'sNew Orleans also did. All of them told him about the destruction Silas will bring if freed. This leads to Kol shooting down Elena's attempts to refute Silas' existence or power. This fear also leads to Kol betraying their truce by attempting to chop off Jeremy's arms so that the map on the Hunter's Mark will never be completed; which leads to his death at Jeremy's hands, with Elena's assistance.
In Into the Wild, Silas is mentioned when Bonnie is looking atJeremy's tattoos. She states that according to Shane, Silas askedQetsiyah for help in a spell for immortality. When she found out Silas' plan to give immortality to another woman, she buried him, knowing that she couldn't kill him. Silas refused to give Qetsiyah the satisfaction of winning, so he stayed buried, not taking theCure. The Five were created to kill vampires and find Silas. Once the members of The Five were to find Silas, they were to wake him, force him to take the Cure, and kill him. At the end of the episode, Shane had everything he needed and was on his way to freeing Silas.
In Down the Rabbit Hole, Bonnie, Jeremy, and Shane go down to the bottom of the tomb to raise him. Bonnie cuts herself on the way down, and her blood drips down the hole onto Silas. When Bonnie does the spell, the floor partially caves in, pinning down Shane, which breaks his leg, and opening the tomb. Bonnie goes in with a plan to get the Cure, and leave Silas where he is, but he creates an illusion of Grams using a connection from the blood she dripped on him. Grams tries to convince her to free Silas.
Jeremy tells Bonnie that if her Grams were there he would be able to see her, and that Silas is messing with her mind. Bonnie realizes this is how Silas was able to control Shane with visions of his dead wife, Caitlin Shane. Bonnie and Jeremy reach Silas, and quickly realize he is fossilized with the Cure in his hands. Bonnie tells Jeremy that in order to get the Cure, they must feed him blood. They are attacked by Vaughn, who stabs Bonnie, and tries to force Jeremy to feed Silas. Katherine (pretending to be Elena) comes to his rescue and knocks Vaughn out, but instead of helping Bonnie, Katherine uses Jeremy to feed Silas. When Silas begins to move his arms, he grabs Jeremy's neck, taking his hands off of the box with the Cure, which allows Katherine to grab it and get away. Bonnie lays motionless on the ground, watching Jeremy be fed on when Silas snaps his neck.
In Stand By Me, Silas had removed his mask, and using some unknown abilities, took the form of Shane as he left his tomb. He also took Bonnie with him, healing her while creating an illusion that makes him appear to be Shane. He explained that everyone Shane had sacrificed would be brought back, but when Bonnie still didn't want to go along with his plan, Silas told her that Jeremy was drained of blood and killed. Bonnie, emotionally shattered by the news, started to lose control of her magic and Silas used this moment of vulnerability to tell her that she can bring Jeremy back. He explained that she needed to help Silas because when Silas became an immortal (a vampire), he lost his ability to do magic.
He continued to say that the only reason Shane had been teachingBonnie expression was so she could do Silas' work for him, since he was no longer a witch. He explained how Shane had completed the first two points of the Expression Triangle by orchestrating the death of 12 Town Council member's at Pastor Young's farm and the death of 12 hybrids in the underground tunnels below the old Lockwood Estate, and explained that there was still one more massacre left to complete the triangle. He justified the massacres by assuring her that the humans used would find peace and that the supernatural creatures used would be brought back. Bonnie still refused to help him, but Silas used her grief over Jeremy and her Grams against her, creating a vision of Jeremyasking for help. This gave Silas the power he needed over her to do his bidding.
Silas, sent Bonnie to Damon so she could be taken back home, where Bonnie told her friends of what "Shane" told her. She explained to her grief-stricken friends that to get Jeremy back she will have to complete the Expression Triangle, which had already begun to form thanks to Shane's earlier orchestrated massacres. Bonnie had learned from Silas that Qetsiyah had created The Other Side so if he did take the Cure and die of old age while buried, he would be trapped in that supernatural purgatory. This is what caused him to create his plan to be awoken; he wanted Bonnie (a descendant of Qetsiyah) to use the power of the Expression Triangle to destroy the veil separating the living world from the Other Side, which would bring back every dead supernatural being, and make the Other Side nonexistent. Then, he wanted to take the Cure and die so that he could be reunited with the woman he loved. Bonnie, who wanted to bring back Jeremy and Grams, tried to convince her friends to get on board by telling them that their dead supernatural friends and family could come back too, and that they just had to finish the triangle by killing 12 more people. The group was shocked that Bonnie was willing to kill 12 people to bring back their loved ones, which would also bring back all of their dead enemies who were vampires, witches, werewolves, and hybrids.
Silas, still posing as Shane, appeared when Bonnie returned home and asked her if she told her friends. When she told him of their unwillingness to help, he told her that they were just afraid. Meanwhile, on the island,Rebekah came across the real Shane, who she believed to be dead until he grabbed her and frantically muttered one word: "Silas."
In Bring It On, it was discovered that Silas had been taking entire blood bank stocks of blood from several hospitals in order to sate his hunger, having been dessicated and deprived of blood for 2,000 years. It is this discovery that causes Stefan to realize that Silas followed them back from the Island where they found him, and that he is in the Mystic Falls area.
In Because the Night, Silas continued to try and harness Bonnie'sexpression. He had revealed to her that he was not really Shane, and she questioned why he wouldn't reveal his true form. Wanting to continue the charade of being Shane, Silas used his guise to convince Bonnie's father that she must continue her lessons with him in order to help her control her magic. He explained to Bonnie that the final part of the Expression Triangle they were forming required killing twelve witches. He told her that the witches would all link themselves together in an attempt to remove the expression from her being; he emphasized that she endure them until they were all linked, and once they did, she was to overpower them and kill them.
His plan didn't go perfectly, however, due to interference from Caroline Forbes, who saw that Aja, the witch who was cleansing Bonnie, was about to kill her after learning of her involvement with Silas, and Caroline quickly stabs her, causing all twelve witches to die in succession. With the Expression Triangle completed, Silas had everything he needed to destroy The Other Side.
After the triangle was completed, Silas confronted Klaus, now only needing The Cure to complete his plans. Klaus refused to give up its location (the Cure was in Katherine's possession; her plan was to use it to buy her freedom from Klaus,) and Silas threatened thehybrid, telling him to bring him the Cure. When Klaus refused, Silas revealed that he had gained possession of the White Oak Stakefrom an unknowing Rebekah. Klaus tried to attack him but Silas caught him off guard, stabbing the stake into his back, just below his heart. Silas snapped the tip of the stake off, leaving it imbedded in Klaus' back before reminding him to bring him the cure and leaving the scene.
In American Gothic, Silas briefly appeared in the form of Caroline to taunt Klaus and get him to find the Cure. Later, it was revealed that Silas had not actually staked Klaus, but it was in fact an illusion in his mind that was so powerful it took Klaus' focusing solely on his anger and frustration toward Caroline in order to overcome it.
In Pictures of You, Silas appeared in Stefan's, Damon's, Jeremy's and in Rebekah's form, all in a ploy to get Bonnie on his side and get to maneuver his obstacles out of the way as he tries to secure the Cure from Elijah. He succeeds, in getting the cure, but fails to get Bonnie on his side. Silas tries to convince her that they should work together, But Bonnie gets angry and makes him get out of her head. Silas is then later confronted by an empowered Bonnie, who has embraced her magical powers and become confident in her abilities. At the end, a part of his face can be seen, looking scarred and disfigured. He explains that it is a punishment from Qetsiyah, which he referred to as "Qetsiyah's revenge"--if she couldn't have him, she didn't want anyone to be able to love him either.
In She's Come Undone, Silas appears as Klaus to tormentCaroline in order to find Bonnie, who is hiding from him while trying to come up with her own plan. When Caroline confesses she doesn't know where she is, Silas (still as Klaus) plants an illusion in her mind that he staked her in the heart. Then when Caroline wakes up, he appears as Matt and Klaus and then his monstrous form in the mirror of her car, while threatening to kill her mother if she doesn't help him find Bonnie. When Bonnie arrives at Caroline's house, she sees Silas posing as Sheriff Forbes and then returns to his disfigured form. Caroline runs to find her mother injured by Silas, and he warns Bonnie not to break her promise to destroy The Other Side. He tells her that her promise is binding and she must answer to him if she breaks it. He then tells her not to hide from him again.
In The Walking Dead, Silas realizes what Bonnie is planning to do, and causes Caroline to hallucinate that she must cut herself over and over. He takes Caroline's form in order to find her, pretending to be Caroline to Stefan as well until he can get Bonnie alone. When he does, he taunts her by revealing that she never gained the ability to force him out of her head. He's been manipulating her the whole time, including making her believe that he was a deformed monster. He tells her that Qetsiyah will never come to help her put him down, and that she either has the choice of destroying the veil, and allowing the supernatural dead to walk the earth, or have Silas walking the earth. He then causes Bonnie to believe that she was suffocating from lack of oxygen, before going to Damon in the form of Alaric in order to get Damon to convince her to help. However, Damon's knowledge of the tunnel routes allows him to realize it was Silas. He attacks Silas, and holds him in chains, with Bonnie coming to attack him before he could react.Bonnie then used Expression to petrify him. Stefan and Damon then planned to dump his body in the ocean, and Alaric helps Damon put Silas' body into the trunk of his car and hands Damon the Cure from Silas' pocket.
In Graduation, it's revealed that Silas was freed from his stone encasement when Bonnie died, after she closed the veil along with her ghost. Silas tells Stefan that nature needed a loophole for him to be an immortal who could never truly die: a shadow self - adoppelgänger - who turns out to be Stefan. Silas shows his true form, which is exactly the same as Stefan's. Silas stabs Stefan and asks him if he knows what it feels like to be starved for 2,000 years before locking Stefan in a safe and dumping him at the bottom of the quarry.
InI Know What You Did Last Summer, Stefan had been trapped in the safe for three months while Silas continued to grow stronger. Over the course of the summer, Silas drank vast amounts of blood, drinking from the people of Mystic Falls casually before wiping their memories that he was ever even there. Later, he continued moving around freely in his true form, tricking Damon into believing he was Stefan and reading Damon's thoughts to find the location of Katherine Pierce until he touched Jeremy, whose remnants of the Hunter's Mark could sense that it was Silas. He left, going to the Salvatore house where a now cured Katherine was taking a bath. He initially pretended to be Stefan until he left slip who he was. She fled, getting Jeremy and Damon to help her escape. Silas spoke with Damon, bringing up the fact that Stefan was missing and telling him that he'd only bring him to Stefan's location if he got Jeremy to bring Katherine back. Damon called Jeremy, deciding to comply with Silas' demands but Katherine escaped Jeremy, much to Silas' annoyance. He then went to the gathering in the town square where Rudy Hopkins was giving a speech. At that moment, Silas decided to reveal himself, explaining to the town that he had gained a lot of strength through his blood-letting in the summer and though he was once limited to only getting into one person's head at a time, he could now control a whole town square. He psychically commanded them all to stay where they were as he viciously slit Mayor Hopkins' throat in front of the town before ordering them all to find Katherine for him.
Not much, or nothing is known of the original personality of Silas. During and after exposure of the story of the first immortal (Silas), Atticus Shane describes part of the true nature of Silas. Shane says "Maybe we should be afraid". Shane describes Silas in three ways:
- At first, he found his true love, and was very happy.
- After the death of his loved one, he becomes very dangerous and malicious.
This is evident by Kol's fear at the mention of his name. He describes Silas' return to the world as "Hell on Earth".
Silas is shown to be very manipulative, as during his time in dessication he placed illusions in people's minds in order to get them to help free him from his prison. He later uses illusions once again in order to manipulate Klausinto believing that he had a piece of the White Oak Stake in his chest in order to try to get him to help Silas get the Cure. He later tormentsCaroline to find Bonnie who was hiding from him, even going as far as threatening Sheriff Forbes life, and going on a killing spree.
Like many vampires, especially the ancient ones, Silas is ruthless when it comes to getting what he wants. He breaks Jeremy's neck moments after feeding from him, and showed no remorse for the lives lost in order to complete the Expression Triangle, (although he did hint at it during the witch massacre). Likewise, he did not care about mentally torturing Klaus in order to get him to do what he wants.
However, Silas has shown to be willing to negotiate with people. He also appears to be very clever when speaking with others. His arguments were able to help him gain Bonnie's trust, despite killing her friend. He also attempts to get Klaus to help him through a deal, before resorting to more extreme measures after Klaus' refusal.
What seems to be one of Silas' most defining traits is his apparent death wish. By his own admission, Silas wishes to take the Cure, so that he can die and be reunited with his human lover. Silas uses as a justification the fact that every man should want to know peace, for the humans sacrificed in his name.
Silas is not above killing innocent people to achieve his goals. Although he had previously stolen blood from several blood banks to re-energize, he more recently drained 5 hospital patients of blood, due to the hospital no longer keeping a blood bag supply, in anticipation of Bonnie casting the spell to drop the veil to The Other Side.
When Bonnie and Jeremy found him he seemed to be in such a dessicatedstate that he was fossilized. His skin appeared to be very dark/black, apparently from all the dirt accumulated on him as well as being mummy-like because he has had no blood. His face was covered with a fossilized iron mask and most of his body was covered with intertwining vines and roots. Also, his eyes appeared to be white from the blood consumption.
In Graduation (Episode) he reveals his true form, which is identical to Stefan. Silas has a handsome appearance with a pale complexion, a broad forehead, strong bone structure (angular jawline), deep-set, forest green eyes, a straight nose and a well-formed mouth. Silas is about the same height as Stefan and he has a lean physique similar to that of his doppelganger.
When it takes the form of someone else imitates the style of clothing and hairstyle. In his scarred form, Silas was wearing a long black robe with hood, designed to hide his deformity, while in its true form, Silas has adopted the clothing and hairstyle Stefan. Probably, thanks to his powers of illusion, Silas pretend to possess Stefan tattoo and Lapis lazuli.
- Like his descendants Stefan and Damon Salvatore, Silas was in a love triangle. The only difference being that two women were in love with Silas while Stefan and Damon loved the same woman.
- Ironically, Silas tells Bonnie in The Walking Dead, that she has no idea who he really is while transforming into Stefan, which is his true face.
- According to what Shane says, Silas can be considered to be the oldest character in the TV series, and Silas will raise the dead and bring back every lost soul who died on his behalf.
- Silas says that he has always been in Bonnie's head yet he threatened Caroline to tell him where she was, implying that he was just intimidating her, or he was out of range to read Bonnie's mind when she decided to hide from him as he would have had nowhere to focus his powers at.
- The Hunter's Mark is related to Silas.
- Silas is present in the Hunter's Mark. The image before the five swords at the end of the mark, a creature appears (demon/vampire) between rocks and roots.
- Silas is the third character that has a chapter named after them.
- For a time it was thought that Silas' headstone is one of the keys required to free him.
- This was later deemed to be false as Shane gave the headstone to the witch Massak, who helped him as a trade.
- It must be important for some other reason, because Katherine stole it with The Cure, or she stole it for possible leverage somewhere down the road.
- In She's Come Undone, it is revealed to be a power source by Bonnie, as it contains Qetsiyah's blood within it.
- According to Rebekah, Silas is a fairy tale character to scare children if they do not want to obey their parents.
- This refers to the Boogeyman, an ancient evil being, which has no specific physical form, and often causes great terror among children. Sometimes, Boogeyman can be classified as a serial killer, or the devil itself.
- Silas, his unnamed lover and Qetsiyah are the oldest characters in the TV series so far.
- Unlike the TV Series, in the novels there are a lot of characters over 2000 years old.
- Silas has had his own cult over the centuries that worshiped him therefore hinting that his power must have been incredible, as cults are normally reserved for gods or other higher beings.
- Silas face is covered by what is presumably an iron mask which could be a reference to the 1998 film The Man in the Iron Mask where King Louis XIV of France twin brother is forced to wear a iron mask to conceal his resemblance to the king.
- The mask that covered Silas' face seems to have changed in design between Down the Rabbit Holeand Stand By Me. In it's first appearance it had a long rectangular shape running down from the middle of the mask's forehead to the nose. However when Rebekah looks at it in the next episode that feature is gone. This may be because of a second part to the mask such as the back, and the missing piece connects the two.
- He has been desiccated longer than anyone in the series; in fact dessicated for longer than the existence of the Originals.
- Silas seems to possess abilities that other vampires including The Originals don't have.
- It appears as if Silas can walk in the day. If that is the case he would be the only vampire who can do that, possibly because he did not draw on power from the sun while performing his version of the immortality spell like Esther did. Another possibility is if Silas used Expression Magic over Spirit Magic.
- Silas' first kill in the series was Jeremy Gilbert.
- Silas is the main antagonist of Season Four, similar to Esther in Season Three.
- Silas is similar to Finn, as both are vampires created by the immortality spell, both are deeply in love with their respective lovers, and both have a death wish so strong, they are willing to take many other beings down with them.
- He is the first character to take a shape of somebody with different sex than him, although using illusions.
- Silas can be considered the true Old One of the TV series.
- A glimpse of his real face is shown in Pictures of You, She's Come Undone, and The Walking Dead.
- He will be present in Season Five. 
- He is invulnerable to any weapon, aside from The Cure.
- Silas' novel counterpart could be Solomon.
- Ironically, Silas appears in the TV series before Solomon appeared in the Salvation Series. Perhaps Solomon is based off Silas.
- In The Walking Dead, Silas tells Bonnie that he "defeated the Hunter's Curse in minutes", implying that he was affected by it, but he was able to easily overcome it.
- He was the first antagonist to be defeated by Bonnie in a direct confrontation, however it should be noted that he was caught by surprise.
- Silas is the first in the series to have all the powers possessed by the characters from the Novelspossessing the powers of telepathy, mind control without eye contact, psychiatric powers and psychicillusions.
- Silas is the first supernatural character in the series whose mind control abilities aren't hindered by vervain.
- Stefan is Silas' dopplegänger, made to be a version of Silas that could die since Silas had cheated death by becoming immortal. Silas has not yet stated if Stefan could be a weakness to him.
- Unbeknownst to everyone, he assumed his true form in Pictures of You and in The Walking Dead.
- Silas is currently the only character whose name both starts and ends with the same letter, "S".
- Silas is the most powerful immortal introduced in the series so far, his power dwarfing that of Alaric's who is an Enhanced Original.
- It's possible that Silas and Stefan are connected as Silas has been starving for two thousand years which could be why Stefan is crazy for blood.
- Silas is the Original Immortal.
- Silas will be posing as Stefan in the beginning of the Season Five.
- Silas is still trying to fulfill his goal.
- There will be flashbacks over 2000 years ago to show how Silas became the way he is according to Julie.
- Nadia delivers an omnious message to him about the Originals as he is posing as Stefan.
- Silas may have no fangs when feeding as his eyes never went red when feeding on Jeremy, and he cut the wrists of the hospital patients he fed on.
- In a Season Four deleted scene, Silas, as a male nurse, used a razor to cut Stefan's neck before feeding which can back this up further.
- Silas can be considered the most dangerous and most powerful of the immortal beings.
Silas is a former warlock who became the first immortal being in the world. According to him, he was responsible for creating and casting the first Immortality Spell on himself. However in Original Sin it was proven that he and Qetsiyah were responsible for creating the immortality spell, as both have claimed creating it. Silas is the most dangerous immortal and supernatural being in the series universe (however, it is unclear whether he was more powerful than Qetsiyah as a warlock). He is the main or major villain of Seasons Four and Five.
Silas was born during 1st century B.C. Over 2,000 years ago in Ancient Greece, Silas was a young and extremely powerful warlock who was a part of a group of gifted people called The Travellers. Silas desired immortality and wanted to create a spell for immortality. Silas was engaged to a beautiful young lady named Qetsiyah, who was also an extremely powerful witch. Silas told Qetsiyah that he loved her and wanted to spend an eternity with her. Qetsiyah ended up creating the spell of immortality out of love for Silas and also believing that Silas will grant the gift of immortality to her as well. However, this was not Silas true intention. Although Qetsiyah was deeply in love Silas, Silas did not reciprocate her affections. Silas was strongly and passionately in love with another woman; a beautiful young woman named Amara. Silas and Amara's love was rather forbidden as Amara was the handmaiden to Qetsiyah and Silas was engaged to be married to Qetsiyah. Therefore, their love was kept secret between the two of them. Silas' love for Amara was so powerful and strong, that it inspired Silas to want to create the very first immortality spell. Silas wanted to make himself and Amara immortal so that they could spend an eternity together. Unfortunately for Silas, he was trapped in a situation with Qestiyah, whom he was engaged to be married to. The immortality spell (elixir) in which Qetsiyah had created was to be consumed by both Silas and Qetsiyah on their wedding night. As Qeetsiyah was waiting for Silas to join her at the altar, everything around Qetsiyah started to die, which indicated that Silas had betrayed Qetsiyah and that he was drinking the immortality elixir somewhere else. It was at this time that Silas and Amara had consumed the immortality elixir and had become the world's very first immortal beings. But this wasn't the worst of Silas' betrayal for Qetsiyah. Qetsiyah then tracked Silas down and discovered Silas and Amara, her own handmaiden together. Qetsiyah was strongly enraged when she discovered that Silas had loved Amara and not her and wanted to spend an eternity with Amara instead of her. Out of revenge, Qetsiyah created two doses of a Cure for immortality, found Amara, forced Amara to take the cure which cured her of her immortality and killed her by slitting her throat and cutting out her heart. Silas discovered what Qetsiyah had done and was completely devastated, changing the life and the fate of the young warlock forever. Qetsiyah then imprisoned Silas with the cure for immortality on a desolate Island deep in an underground cave. Silas had two choices: take the cure, die a mortal death and be with Qetsiyah for eternity on The Other Side or rot, starve and dessicate as an immortal in darkness for eternity. Qetsiyah had hoped that Silas would take the cure, die and join her on The Other Side, a purgatory for supernatural beings that she created in order to spend eternity with him. However, Silas knew that this was her intention and therefore, he chose to desiccate and starve instead. For two millennia, Silas had lain buried, awaiting the day when someone would free him. Recent History Centuries later, a group of miners created a well above Silas' tomb. This allowed them to experience a mysterious "magic" that came from below (the magic being Silas) that allowed them to see their lost loved ones. However, it required them to sacrifice blood. They were all found bled out (this means they may have sacrificed too much blood to maintain their reunions with their loved ones and died). A group of college kids had come to the island for spring break. A few weeks later, they were all found dead and drained of their blood (they were more than likely sacrificed by someone to feed Silas). In 2009, Atticus Shane ventured to the island to locate the well. Shane spilled his blood in order to see his wife Caitlin again. He was then told what is needed in order to raise Silas, who could in turn revive her and his son, Sam.
"That's what I wanted you to think. I can make you see whatever I want. Am I a disfigured monster? Of course not. The monster is what I wanted you to see. That's the beauty of all this: you have no idea who I am. Or what I look like. Or how deep I am inside of your head. You thought that you were more powerful than me? I'm stronger than you can imagine. I defeated the Hunter's Curse in minutes. You thought that you could betray me? You can't. I will always be one step ahead. "
Silas is shown to be very manipulative, as during his time in which he was desiccated, he placed illusions in people's minds in order to get them to help free him from his prison. He later uses illusions once again in order to manipulate Klaus into believing that he had a piece of the White Oak Stake in his chest in order to try to get him to help Silas get the Cure. He later torments Caroline to find Bonnie who was hiding from him, even going as far as threatening Sheriff Forbes' life, and going on a killing spree. Like many vampires, especially the ancient ones, Silas is ruthless when it comes to getting what he wants. He breaks Jeremy's neck moments after feeding from him, and showed no remorse for the lives lost in order to complete the Expression Triangle, (although he did hint at it during the witch massacre). Likewise, he did not care about mentally torturing Klaus in order to get him to do what he wants. However, Silas has shown to be willing to negotiate with people. He also appears to be very clever when speaking with others. His arguments were able to help him gain Bonnie's trust, despite killing her friend. He also attempts to get Klaus to help him through a deal, before resorting to more extreme measures after Klaus' refusal. What seems to be one of Silas' most defining traits is his apparent death wish. By his own admission, Silas wishes to take the Cure, so that he can die and be reunited with his human lover. Silas uses as a justification the fact that every man should want to know peace, for the humans sacrificed in his name. Silas is not above killing innocent people to achieve his goals. Although he had previously stolen blood from several blood banks to re-energize, he more recently drained 5 hospital patients of blood, due to the hospital no longer keeping a blood bag supply, in anticipation of Bonnie casting the spell to drop the veil to The Other Side.
Powers and Abilities
Silas possesses superhuman physical as well as psychic abilities which make him a formidable force. Being a primitive form of vampire, these powers are strengthened when he consumes human blood and may also be augmented by his 2,000 years of age.
Immortality - The act of not aging, or succumbing to any human illnesses. Unlike other vampires, including the Original Vampires, Silas is truly immortal and can't be killed by any weapon. Super Strength - As a consequence of unconditional immortality, Silas has greater than average human strength. He broke Jeremy Gilbert's neck with one hand and he was also capable of breaking Matt's neck with one hand effortlessly. His strength is not on par with that of a vampire but is enhanced to being about equal to a member of The Five's, being able to fight Jeremy one on one. Super Durability - He can withstand a great amount of damage. Advanced Immunity - Being an immortal, Silas is immune to all known weaknesses of vampires. He's immune to wood, sunlight, vervain and is able to walk freely in a home without being invited first. It is unknown if decapitation or heart extraction would have had any affect on him, though unlikely as his body is indestructible. Healing Factor - As an unconditional immortal, Silas heals despite any level of attempt on his material body. He can fully recover from gunshots, stab wounds, and torso impalement as long as he gets blood.
Former Powers and Abilities
Channeling - The act of invoking or summoning extra forms of energy by focusing on external sources of power. Precognition - The act of foretelling future events based off extrasensory perception. Elemental Control - The act of controlling and manipulating the elements of air, earth, fire, and water. Spell Casting - The act of changing and/or controlling events through the use of charms, hexes, rituals, etc. Telekinesis - The act of controlling and manipulating the movement of objects through mental influence. Potion Making - The act of brewing potions and elixirs with magical properties. Special Gifts - Some witches like Sophie Deveraux have powers that are unique to them only. Conjuration - The act of calling, commanding, or summoning an element, object, person, or spirit already in existence. Mind Control - The act of controlling and manipulating the minds of humans. (Similar to Compulsion) Potion Making - The act of brewing and concocting supernatural elixirs and potions that contain mystical properties. Mind Stunning - The act of bemusing and rendering someone unconscious. Pain Infliction - The act of creating and inflicting excruciating pain upon another person, especially vampires. As a result of Qetsiyah's spell, Silas also lost some of his immortal abilities as well. Telepathy - Silas had stated and proven multiple times that he could in fact read minds and access memories. However, there seems to be a limit to how fast he can fully read someone's mind, since he failed to realize that Damon was on to him until it was too late. Illusions - Possibly his most threatening ability. Silas had the power to create powerful illusions. He was able to use these illusions on anyone he desires. They could of been used on multiple people in multiple locations simultaneously. These illusions are convincing enough to actually make an Original like Klaus believe that he's on the verge of death after Silas made him perceive himself getting stabbed in the back with the indestructible White Oak Stake, and it wasn't until he experienced great emotional upheaval with Caroline that Klaus was able to break himself free from it. He was able to make Caroline imagine entire locations when he was harassing her. His ability to cause illusions also allows him a form of shape-shifting, since he can cause beings to believe that they are seeing him in the form of another. He can project his illusions at any place or time. Voice Mimicry - When Silas uses his illusions to appear as someone else, he can also use their voice in addition to their appearance. Psychic Pain Infliction - With his illusions and telepathic powers, Silas is able to inflict psychic pain on his victims as shown when he attacked Klaus and Caroline. By extension of this power, Silas made Bonnie think she was suffocating to death, as a psychic illusion to her body. Mind Compulsion - Being an Immortal, Silas could compel both humans and vampires, even while they are on vervain and without eye contact. He was even able to control entire crowds and from a distance with relative ease.
Despite being immortal, Silas has some weaknesses: The Cure - If the Cure is used on him he will lose his immortality and he will become a warlock again. But now that the Cure is gone, he can't be killed. Qetsiyah created the Cure, but as Silas created the Immortality Spell, he may know how to make another dose. Desiccation - Without blood, Silas would desiccate to the point of fossilization. Magic - Qetsiyah was able to trap Silas in a cave on an island, and left him to desiccate for 2,000 years after her revival, she was also able to take away his telepathic abilities. Bonnie was able to turn him to stone for a short time until her death. Both were some of the most powerful witches to exist.  Hunter's Curse - Silas was a victim of the Hunter's Curse, though he was able to overcome it in minutes.
Disbelief - The act of denying or disbelieving in ones magical potential could cause a witch to inadvertently suppress their paranormal power. Fear - A distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the condition or feeling of being afraid could cause a witch to temporarily lose their powers. Mortality - Based off the fact that witches are still human, they share many of the same weaknesses as non-supernatural beings (e.g. age, decapitation, disease, heart-failure, suffocation, etc.) Overuse of Magic - The excessive use of magic could lead a witch to death from overexertion.