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The Mortal Instruments
Transcript of The Mortal Instruments
Jace Herondale is a Shadowhunter living at the New York Institute with his adopted family. Jace's legal name changes throughout the series, from Jace Wayland (when his father is thought to be Michael Wayland), to Jonathan Morgenstern (Valentine son), to Jace Herondale (When his true father is revealed to be Stephen Herondale). His mother was the young Celiné, a member of Valentine's inner circle with Stephen Herondale.
The nickname "Jace" was given to him by Maryse Lightwood after his (fake) initials J.C (Jonathan Christopher, because no one but Valentine and Jocelyn knew Jace was not his real son). Jace was given the blood of an angel named Ithuriel by Valentine when Celiné was pregnant with him. This gave him enhanced abilities, even compared to regular Shadowhunters, such as the ability to jump from extreme heights and survive, run faster than any other Shadowhunter, and the ability to move with a stealth close to that of the Silent Brothers.
For most of the books Jace's sarcastic, cold remarks and behavior hides his tortured and angry soul. In City of Ashes his strong "bad-boy" personality makes Maryse Lightwood somewhat scared of him, worried that he is too much like Valentine, whom was believed to be his real father until the assumption was proven false in City of Glass. Jace and Clary fall in love in City of Bones, making Clary the only girl Jace has developed real genuine feelings for, but after they find out they are "siblings," they encounter rather awkward situations throughout the series, and each of them attempting to get over each other by dating other people. He tries to avoid Clary and act as a real brother should act, acting slightly more joking carefree to her to mask how he really feels. He cannot control his charade all the time and is naturally overprotective and caring for her, although Clary does not see this due to her internal suffering. At the end of the third novel, City of Glass, Jocelyn contradicts Valentine's avowal that Jace and Clary are siblings, telling Clary that Jace is actually the son of Celine and Stephen Herondale. The truth frees Jace and Clary from the torture of having seemingly incestuous feelings for each other, allowing them to accept their mutual feelings and become a "real" couple.
Clarissa "Clary" Adele Fray/Fairchild/Morgenstern
Simon Lewis is Clary Fray's best friend. A mundane when they were originally introduced to the Shadow World, Simon was once turned into a vampire, and later to a Daylighter. After a turn of events, Simon's immortality was taken away, along with his memories. To help him regain these memories, Simon Ascended and became a Shadowhunter himself.
Simon was born into a Jewish family in New York. He is the second and youngest child of Elaine Lewis and her late husband, after his sister Rebecca. When he was six, he met Clary Fray and the pair became inseparable best friends.
The Mortal Instruments
By: Cassandra Clare
Isabelle is a shadowhunter and lives in the New York Institue. She is rebellious and very beautiful. Her cooking is often made fun of by Jace and Alec. She is known to be dangerous and often carries weapons in her tall boots that are never less than seven inches.
Her signature weapon is a whip with which she is quite skilled. She dresses well, as shown when she gave Clary clothes that she picked out for Magnus's party. Despite this seemingly shallow and girlish side of her personality, she is shown to take responsibility for situations, shouldering the blame for her brother Max's death, despite having being struck unconscious at the time.
Isabelle's name means "My God is a vow" in Hebrew.
Shadowhunters, also known as Nephilim, are a secretive race of beings who are humans born with angelic blood. They are the appointed warriors on Earth of the Angel Raziel. They are appointed specifically to control and preside over the Shadow World, as well as over the demons and Downworlders who inhabit it. They have fought the demonic forces valiantly for well over the span of a thousand years, creating their own culture and civilization within human society. Their mandate is to keep the peace in the Shadow World and keep it hidden from the mundane world while protecting the inhabitants of both worlds.
Despite their ancestry, Shadowhunters are mortal and therefore vulnerable to old age and death; however, their angelic blood endows them with special abilities that allow them to achieve feats beyond humanly possible through the application of angelic runes.
Runes, also known as Marks, are symbols that grant beings various supernatural abilities, with both angelic and demonic runes known to exist. For Shadowhunters, runes are a complex runic language given to them by the Angel Raziel, which grants them powers beyond those of mundanes. Runes are burned into Shadowhunters' skin using steles, and are their most common tool in their fight against demons.
Magnus Bane is the high warlock of Brooklyn. Magnus's age is unclear but somewhere around 800 years old, although he appears to look nineteen. He is often described wearing glitter. He throws countless parties with Shadowhunters and Downworlders.
Alexander Gideon Lightwood
Alec is Isabelle’s older brother and a resident of the New York Institute. However, any similarity Alec and Isabelle share in appearance, they lack in personality. Alec is very serious and uncomfortable around outsiders, while Isabelle is more of an extrovert.
Luke Garroway/Lucian Graymark
Luke Garroway, born Lucian Graymark, is the husband of Jocelyn Fray and the stepfather of Clary. He is a werewolf and the leader of the New York Pack. Before he became a werewolf he was a Shadowhunter and a member of the Circle, but then was betrayed by Valentine Morgenstern.
Jocelyn Fairchild is a Shadowhunter, a former member of the circle and the mother of Clary and Jonathan Christopher Morgenstern. She used to be married to Valentine but following the birth of their first child, Jonathan, she learned that he had mixed demon blood into her food thus making a monster out of Jonathan. Later Valentine mixed angel blood into Jocelyn's food unaware that she was pregnant with Clary.
After he faked his and Jonathan's deaths, Jocelyn left Idris and moved to Brooklyn where she had Clary. Every two years Jocelyn would have Magnus Bane cast a block on Clary's Sight or "inner eye" to protect her from the Shadow world.
In City of Bones she puts herself into a coma so Valentine can't try to force her to reveal the whereabouts of the Mortal Cup but she was reawakened in City of Glass.
She is currently engaged to her childhood friend Luke Garroway. Her last name, Fray is revealed to have been a portmanteau of her initial last name, Fairchild, and that of Tessa Gray, a warlock who is seen in "City Of Heavenly Fire" and the prequel series, "The Infernal Devices".
Clarissa "Clary" Fray is the Shadowhunter daughter of Jocelyn Fray and notorious Circle leader Valentine Morgenstern. For years, Clary lived a mundane life with Jocelyn, until the return of her father and her brother, Jonathan, threatened her new world, throwing their lives out of balance as Clary finds herself in a journey with fellow Shadowhunters to stop them.
Subject to her father's experiments, Clary was unwittingly given extra angel blood and, through this, the ability to recall powerful, ancient runes not written in the Gray Book.
Clary Fray is a fiery-natured, red-headed young artist who lives with her mother Jocelyn in Brooklyn. Clary has lived most of her life as an ordinary girl, unaware of her family’s past or her mother’s Shadowhunter nature. Until she meets Jace Herondale.
In short, demon hunter.
Several thousand years ago, demons found a way to exploit the thin veil between our world and theirs. In attempt to save humanity, a warlock called forth an angel, Raziel of the Nephilim, who spilled his blood and the blood from humans into the Mortal Cup, from which fierce warriors drank. These warriors became the world's original Shadowhunters.
“Heroes aren't always the ones who win. They're the ones who lose, sometimes. But they keep fighting, they keep coming back. They don't give up. That's what makes them heroes.”
Personality and Traits
Jace had always been independent and somehow self-possessed, having been taught not to betray himself to emotions as a child.
Jace has a sharp, defensive wit, an acidic temperament, and a very sarcastic attitude when he chooses. Giving the impression of holding most people in disdain, Jace is seen as extremely arrogant, self-centered, and overconfident, believing himself to be "the best Shadowhunter to ever live" and above others. True enough, Jace is superior in battle, something Jace has been training for since he was young and had grown to love over the years. He even exhibits sadistic tendencies, which he got on account of being raised by Valentine.
Despite this, Jace in fact has a strong moral core. He is dutiful and just, willing to make the right decisions, and sacrifices if it comes down to it. Though he can be, at times, vindictive, he is cruel only to protect those he loves.
Aware of his own beauty, Jace was also once quite chivalrous, and even promiscuous, towards women before he met Clary. His charisma, good looks, and charm have made him quite the ladies' man. However, taught that "to love is to destroy" at an early age, Jace kept everyone, except the Lightwoods, at arm's length, never forming emotional attachments for more than a brief amount of time, if at all. His personality drastically changed after he met Clary, with Isabelle even stating that Jace was apathetic about everyone else beforehand, not caring about anyone other than the Lightwoods until he met Clary, whose presence shook Jace, who was revealed to be a very passionate individual, loving Clary on a very deep and passionate level when he fell in love with her and does everything in his power to protect her from harm, the extent of his love for Clary even surprising those close to him.
Personality and Traits
Clary is incredibly stubborn and sarcastic, traits born out of her mother's over-protectiveness. She is also a very caring and compassionate person. For her friends and family, Clary is willing to go to extreme lengths, often recklessly, putting herself in danger, thus usually leaving the people who care for her extremely worried and exasperated. Jace has even stated that her stubbornness matches his, which he figures was the reason they could not stand each other when they had first met.
She is also an artist like her mother, Jocelyn. She keeps a notepad of paper where she often draws out her emotions and feelings through pictures, her version of a diary, just using pictures instead of words.
"Magnus tells me I was a hero. And I see on your face when you're looking at me that you're searching for that guy. The guy you knew was a hero, who did great things. I don't remember doing those things. I don't know if that makes me not a hero anymore. But I'd like to try to be that guy again."
“So you interrupted my date to make fun of me for still living with my parents. Couldn’t you have done that on a night I didn’t have a date? That’s most nights, in case you’re curious.”
“Yes, but they’re going to expect you to. That’s why girls have boyfriends. So you have someone to take you to boring functions.”
Oh, you know. Wander the earth, causing death and destruction to innocent people. Maybe drink some blood. Live forever but never have any fun. The usual
“Clearly, there is something going on that I don’t know about” -Luke
“Sometimes I think that’s the motto of my life.” -Simon
“Break a leg up there,”
“And I’ll be down here, hopefully breaking someone else’s”
"You see, cuckoos are parasites. They lay their eggs in other birds' nests. When the egg hatches, the baby cuckoo pushes the other baby birds out of the nest. The poor parent birds work themselves to death trying to find enough food to feed the enormous cuckoo child who has murdered their babies and taken their places."
"Enormous?" said Jace. "Did you just call me fat?"
"It was an analogy."
"I am not fat."
"If you ever meet the man who could take advantage of Isabelle, you'll have to let me know. I'd like to shake his hand. Or run away from him very fast, I'm not sure which.”
"Magnus, standing by the door, snapped his fingers impatiently. "Move it along, teenagers. The only person who gets to canoodle in my bedroom is my magnificent self."
"Canoodle?" repeated Clary, never having heard the word before.
"Magnificent?" repeated Jace, who was just being nasty. Magnus growled. The growl sounded like "Get out."
“Is this the part where you say if I hurt her, you'll kill me?"
"No" Simon said, "If you hurt Clary she's quite capable of killing you herself. Possibly with a variety of weapons.”
"Everyone thinks it's so great to live forever. It's not. You bury everyone you love."