- "This was another chapter of our history that will always be remembered, though there were very few witnesses left to speak of what it was like."
The Southern vampire wars started around the early 1800s and engulfed most of the southern part of North America, including Texas and Mexico. They began when a vampire named Benito created the first newborn army to conquer other covens that controlled New Mexico and Texas. Jasper Hale became involved in the later half of the 19th century.
The war (started around the 1820s) centered around Puebla, Mexico City, where Benito had amassed his army. His tactic was so successful that most covens in the area created their own newborns to defend against him and other covens that were reacting. These wars spread widely and caused such death toll and fear to the local humans that the Volturi were sent to stop the rampage, fearing the exposure this might lead to and executed Benito and all other covens that experimented on newborns, effectively ending the war within one year of clearing in the 1830s.
The Volturi eventually returned to Italy and the southern lands were peaceful for a time. Around the 1840s, the survivors in the South quickly laid claim to the land. It did not take long before new covens were formed and the war resumed. However, because the last war caused entire armies and everyone involved to be slaughtered, the new covens fought in more carefully managed conditions to avoid a new intervention by the Volturi. At times, some covens would slip and let the death rate grow out of proportions again, and then the Volturi would return to wipe them out. However, they allowed the more careful covens to continue.
Using Benito's idea, Maria, along with her newfound companions, Lucy and Nettie, started her own army, turning Jasper, Peter, Charlotte and many others into vampires along the way to win back the territories they'd lost. Maria quickly made Jasper her second-in-command when she noticed his useful skills in battle and his gift of pathokinesis.
- Other guards
- Many unnamed deceased newborns