Hey Cassie! I actually have another question. From what we know of TDA Emma has feelings for Jules, and clearly as you’ve hinted at before there’s probably going to be a lot going on in TDA (I hope) between Emma and Jules, yet since they’re parabati they can’t be together. So I was curious as to why parabati can’t fall in love/be with each other in the first place? I mean like it’s not hurting anyone is it? So why would the Clave make that a law? — tmitidtdatlh
Sorry I’ve been gone for ages I’m working v. v. hard on trying to finish book 1 of TDA and also work on Magisterium and map out Shadowhunter Academy.
I decided I would pop back to answer questions about Dark Artifices. So this question I think has been asked/answered before. I think it is generally confusing because people tend to assume the prohibition against marrying or falling in love with your parabatai is just a practical one, like how awkward it would be if you broke up/got divorced and were still stuck with a magical bond that meant you had to be around each other, but while that’s a concern, it is not actually the Clave’s concern.
Once upon a time there was a pair of parabatai. And they fell in love. And a terrible thing happened. Like genuinely actually could-destroy-the-Shadowhunters terrible. And because of that the Clave has laid down this prohibition, to keep this thing from happening again. This has not yet been explained to readers because in fact, it isn’t a thing most Shadowhunters know. But the Silent Brothers do. (Like for instance, a certain Zachariah.)
The Clave makes a lot of dumb laws, laws influenced by bigotry, etcetera. This may not be the most brilliant solution/law of all time but it is basically practical.
Can parabatai decide to break their bond? Can their bond be broken by means other than the death of one member or the other?
Death, exile, either of them becoming a mundane or an Iron Sister or Silent Brother. They cannot choose to break it themselves and remain Shadowhunters.