The Fairchild family has lived in an array of places over the generations. In the 1800s, they ran the London Institute; Granville was the first known Fairchild to lead the Institute, and, later, his daughter, Charlotte took over the post, before she ultimately went on to become the first female Consul.
“…They seemed to have been hand-wrought, their lines curving in to the circle around the symbol of the Council—four Cs in a square, standing for Council, Covenant, Clave, and Consul. The curvature of each C held a symbol of one of the branches of Downworlders. A crescent moon for the wolves, a spell book for the warlocks, an elf arrow for the Fair Folk, and for the vampires, a star”
The Morgenstern family is an old Shadowhunter family. Valentine Morgenstern is the most well-known bearer of the Morgenstern name. The family is said to be Swiss, and their ancestors in 1878 spoke German fluently. Morgenstern’ means ‘morning star.’ It’s a German name, but the family was Swiss.
“There are a hundred trillion cells in the human body, and every single one of the cells of my body loves you. We shed cells, and grow new ones, and my new cells love you more than the old ones, which is why I love you more every day than I did the day before” (x)
“Clary was born special. Simon here had specialness thrust upon him. He adapted. Because the world isn’t divided into the special and the ordinary. Everyone has the potential to be extraordinary. As long as you have a soul and free will, you can be anything, do anything, choose anything. Simon should get to choose”
The Lightwoods are a very old and very powerful family of Shadowhunters. They are members of the Clave, and the living family members currently all reside in the New York Institute. During the 1800s, they lived in London. They are known for their snobbish attitudes and disdain towards Downworlders and mundanes, though over time, they have become more tolerant of Downworlders. The members of the family often have Hebrew or biblical names.
Demons are malevolent, inter-dimensional beings that travel between worlds, destroying everything in their path. They return to their home dimension, the Void, when they die. Religiously, they are defined as Hell’s denizens and the servants of Satan.
Demons come in a large variety of species and forms, their numbers said to be infinite. (x)
The New York Institute is currently ran by the Lightwood family. It is where they provide protection to Shadowhunters, and, in some cases, mundanes and Downworlders, in need of their help. Hodge Starkweather; was exiled here because of his allegiance to the Circle, for surrendering without leaving first. The Institute is said to look like an old gothic cathedral. As it is covered by a glamour, mundanes see the church abandoned and almost in ruins because of it. The interior is enormous, with several corridors and hallways adorned with arches. The nave is well kept with witchlight and tapers in cadelabras as its main source of light.