herondales-and-winchesters said: Hi Cassie! First of all I’d like to say that CoHF was a perfect ending to a perfect series. I have a question about …
COHF SPOILERS BELOW.
the series of short stories about Simon. Will we be finding out what happened after CoHF in those stories? How the lives of all the main characters went on; if Simon ascended, if he and Izzy ended up together, the journeys Magnus and Alec went on, Jace and Clary’s wedding? P.S. your books are flawless and they’ve done so much for me, I can’t wait for TDA, TLH & TWP :-)
You said here that Shadowhunters can’t marry non-Shadowhunters, but I thought I also remembered you saying Magnus and Alec will get married. And wasn’t Andrew Blackthorn married to his faerie wife when he had Mark and Helen?
*sigh* Sometimes my brain doesn’t catch up with my typing fingers. Here’s the page from the Codex about Shadowhunter/Downworlder marriages:
Shadowhunters are permitted to marry other Shadowhunters and, in most cases, Downworlders. (Since the Clave’s primary con- cern is the ability to birth more Shadowhunters, it is somewhat frowned upon to marry a warlock or a vampire, since they will have no children, but it is allowed.) Shadowhunters are not permitted to marry mundanes. They are, however, allowed to petition the Clave and ask that the mundane they wish to marry be allowed to become a Shadowhunter, in a process known as Ascension…..
The Shadowhunter who wishes to marry a mundane applies for Ascension on behalf of his partner. For three months the Clave considers the petition, examining the history of the Shadowhunter who has applied, and his family, in addition to the background and nature of the possible Ascender. Of necessity this is all done without the knowledge of the Ascender; prior to the Clave’s decision in the affirmative, it remains illegal to tell the mundane applicant any details of the ways of the Nephilim. Once the Clave has granted the petition, the Ascender is told about her situation, and she embarks on three months’ study of Shadowhunter Law and culture. At the end of these three months, the Ascender is given to drink from the Mortal Cup and made a Nephilim; provided she survives this process, she is rendered a full Shadowhunter, with all the protections and rights of the Law that any Shadowhunter would have.”
The thing is that the Clave doesn’t allow Shadowhunter marriages between Shadowhunters and Downworlders, because runes are part of those. But they can allow other kinds of marriage: church weddings, handfasting, faerie ceremonies (in the case of Andrew Blackthorn and Helen and Mark’s mother) etc. Tessa’s marriage to Will got fudged a bit because runes put on her skin disappear. Alec wouldn’t be able to rune Magnus because it would hurt/endanger him. Jem and Tessa don’t bother with them at all because Jem no longer wants to be a Shadowhunter.
As always, the magic in these books is ever-evolving towards changes. What is the Law at one time may not always be the Law. We know Magnus and Alec get married and have a child/children despite being a Shadowhunter and a Downworlder. (We have no idea about any other couples; I’m not promising anything about marriage and babies for anyone but Malec at this time.) I do promise that we will be checking in on major developments in the TMI cast’s lives as the serieses go forward. We will find out if Jace and Clary get married, if Simon and Isabelle make it work, if he Ascends — but I do want there to be some element of uncertainty about it!