City of Bones Setting & Symbolism

Cassandra Clare
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Shadowhunters

Shadowhunters are the people from a magical land who hunt demons and protect humanity from evil Downworlders.

Forsaken

Forsaken used to be normal people. When a normal human receives shadowhunter marks, it can kill them. When someone subjects a human to many shadowhunter marks, that human may become a Forsaken instead. The Forsaken do not rest, and are insane and strong. They will ruthlessly carry out the orders of their maker or die trying.

The Clave

The Clave is the ruling body of shadowhunters.

The Circle

The Circle is a group of shadowhunters who feel that all downworlders should be destroyed, protecting the "purity" of humanity.

Idris

Idris is the magical country from which the shadowhunters come. It is between Germany and France, and is protected by a strong glamour. Anytime a mundane crosses the border into Idris, they are magically transported to the opposite border without...

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