Friday, September 2, 2016

The Infernal Devices

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Okay, so currently I’m reading (obsessing over) the Infernal Devices. I just cannot get enough of these amazing people. Wait, no. Not people. Shadowhunters and amazingly unusual warlocks. Yes, I’m taking about Will, Jem and Tessa. Read my previous post on the ‘terms’ used in the books by Cassandra Clare to understand better.

Before discovering the institute, Tessa Gray had a hard time. Her parents dead, her brother living somewhere else and she lived with her aunt. After few incidents that follow, she gets to know… she isn’t a mundane. She isn’t a shadowhunter and she isn’t a warlock. Well, she is partially a warlock. An unfamiliar kind of warlock. She is scared. She doesn’t know the Shadow or Down world.

When Tessa starts to look for her brother, Nathaniel Grey, she is abducted by ‘The Dark Sisters’ who are a part of this secret organization called The Pandemonium Club. She then shape shifts into a 14 year girl, who was just killed, and realized she could shape shift afterwards. She is attacked by this people called Downworlders and realizes she is one of them.

William Herondale, a Shadowhunter, comes to rescue her, and takes her to the institute.

She is taken to the Institute and meets Charlotte Barnwell, Henry Barnwell, Sophie Collins and Jessasmine Lovelace. She then meets James ‘Jem’ Carstairs.
Jem and Will, both shadowhunters and are each other’s parabatai. They legit would die for each other. But Jem, has this illness. This illness where he would die without taking this drug called ‘yin fen.’

When Jem had gotten to the New York Institute from the Shanghai Institute, he told them that his parents were killed by a demon, and that he would only live by taking the drug, though his lifespan would be limited.

Will on the other hand is distant to everyone, but shows interest in Tessa. (You’ll get to know more about Will if you read the trilogy) This is where there is a triangle, like Jace, Simon and Clary but this isn’t the main plot. Why would I tell you the main plot? All I can say is, Tessa is being hunted down by someone who wants her abilities.


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Shadowhunter Glossary

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Shadowhunter Glossary

An agreement that ordains how Shadowhunters and Downworlders may interact, as well as each group’s rights, responsibilities, and restrictions.

The collective name for the political body made up of all active Nephilim. All Shadowhunters that recognize the authority of Idris make up the Clave. When Shadowhunters reach adulthood at age eighteen, they declare their allegiance and become full Clave members.

Smaller, more regional groups of Shadowhunters (ex: a specific country or sometimes a particularly large city) that coordinate their own local decision making and organizational structures as they see fit, although the Clave as a whole is responsible for placing Shadowhunters in charge of specific Institutes, and the Clave may intercede in cases where a Conclave/Enclave is organized in some way that is against the spirit of the Nephilim as a whole.

The highest appointed official in the Clave—the equivalent of a prime minister, rather than a king or president. They wield little executive power but rather serve to preside over the Council, to officially tally its votes, and to help interpret the Law.

The governing body of the Clave, which deals with matters of immediate importance that are not large enough for the entire Clave to become involved in. Local Enclaves/Conclaves choose representatives to sit on the Council.
Shadowhunters’ secret country, hidden in Central Europe. It’s capital, and only city, is Alicante, and is where the Council resides, and where Clave meetings are held.
The Sisters design and forge weapons for the Nephilim; they are the keepers of adamas, the holy metal given by Raziel to use. They reside in the Adamant Citadel, which is even more hidden than the Silent City.

The most common tools of the Shadowhunter, and the source of their ability to fight the demonic Incursion at all, are the Marks of Raziel, a complex runic language given by the Angel to grant powers beyond mundanes. Some Marks are applied to the bodies of Shadowhunters, and some are applied to physical objects. (See Runes Page)

Parabatai are Shadowhunters who have taken an oath in front of the Council to fight together as lifelong partners. A Shadowhunter may choose only one parabatai in their lifetime and cannot perform the ritual more than once. Like the marriage bond, the parabatai bond is broken only by the death of one of the members of the partnership.

The Brothers serve as the keepers of lore and knowledge. They are the librarians, researchers, and medics for the Nephilim. They reside in the Silent City, a place deep underground.


The device (and fundamental tool) used to inscribe Marks. Stele are wand like instruments made of pure adamas. They are inert when not in use but when taken up, glow and warm with the magic of the Marks.

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Downworlders and Shadowhunters

Downworlders or Shadowhunters

v  Shadowhunters - Shadowhunters (also known as Nephilim) are the appointed warriors on Earth of the Angel Raziel. They are appointed specifically to control and preside over the demons and supernatural creatures that reside in our world. A thousand years ago Raziel bestowed the tools to accomplish this task.
v  These tools are :

1.       The Mortal Instruments—used so Shadowhunters may know truth, speak with angels, and make more of their kind.
2.       The country of Idris—where Shadowhunters live away from demons and the mundane world.
3.       The Book of Raziel (or “Gray Book”)—used by Shadowhunters to access the magic of angels to protect and augment themselves.

v  Downworlders - Once demons began to trespass into the lives of humans, the waters of good and evil became muddied, and the muddied waters of humanity became Downworlders. Some Downworlders—warlocks and the fey—predate the Nephilim by untold years. But the youngest Downworlders, werewolves and vampires, are a relatively recent phenomenon.

1.       Werewolves - Lycanthropy transforms a human into a Werewolf. Werewolves in their lupine form are not merely wolves. They possess unnatural strength and speed, and their claws and fangs are able to slash through a chain-line fence or bite through a padlock.

2.       Vampires- Vampires are victims of another demonic infection, which turns them into drinkers of blood. They possess retractable razor-like fangs that are deployed when their bloodlust is roused. The act of drinking blood brings a rush of energy and vitality to the vampire.

3.       Fairies – Fairies are the least understood of all magical people. They are people—they have souls. They are found in countless varieties, sizes, and types, and in all environments. The magic of the fey is unique in the world.

4.       Warlocks- Warlocks are the offspring of demons and mundanes. All warlocks possess a “warlock mark” on their body that identifies them as not merely human. Warlocks possess the ability to perform magic – it is their magic that makes them the most powerful of Downworlders and the most closely tied to Shadowhunters, though, unlike Nephilim, warlocks inherently possess magic.

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