vice and virtue series

The newest installment in Cassandra Jean’s Virtues and Vices series!

The beautiful and talented Cassandra Jean and I were discussing the seven deadly sins (lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride) and the seven virtues (chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness, humility) and it sparked a new project: which TMI/TID/TDA/TLH characters embody which virtues and vices? And who to embody Wisdom better than Magnus Bane?

Previous installment: Sebastian being envious.

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Yep, there’s only one day left to go! The week will be from August 2nd to August 8th (11:59PM PST).

As a reminder, the prompts are as follows:

day one: optimism or realism (Akane or Kougami’s day)
day two: partners or adversaries
day three: poems or classical lit (inspiration from literature – either featured in the series or otherwise)
day four: virtues or vices (fluff or smut)
day five: memories or hopes (moments in the past or future)
day six: wishes or qualities (au or favorite aspect of shinkane)
day seven: anything goes (free day)

Please consult the rules before participating. If you have any questions, feel free to ask us anything!

- Your mods :)

The newest installment in Cassandra Jean’s Virtues and Vices series!

The beautiful and talented Cassandra Jean and I were discussing the seven deadly sins (lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride) and the seven virtues (chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness, humility) and it sparked a new project: which TMI/TID/TDA/TLH characters embody which virtues and vices? And who to embody envy than Sebastian Morgenstern, driven by jealousy of everyone he thought was loved?

Previous installment: Jem and Will being patient and kind.

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The newest installment in Cassandra Jean’s Virtues and Vices series!

The beautiful and talented Cassandra Jean and I were discussing the seven deadly sins (lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride) and the seven virtues (chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness, humility) and it sparked a new project: which TMI/TID/TDA/TLH characters embody which virtues and vices? And who to embody kindness than Will, surprisingly selfless Herondale?

Previous installment: Jem looking foxy and patient.

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Another in Cassandra Jean’s virtues and vices series! Julian, representing charity, gives every piece of himself. Emma, representing diligence, works hard to find her parents’ killer and to protect her friends.

Is there ANY way mark and emma will develop any feelings for each other either how couples act or like Bff or something like that I totally ship Emma and Mark — shadow01demigod

Anything’s possible. I think Mark and Emma have an interesting relationship, certainly.

Does Emma play the violin? — fandomingwastedmysociallife

She doesn’t. :)

Super quick but essential question: Is it necessary/beneficial to have read The Shadowhunter Academy stories before reading Lady Midnight!? — kbrady5168

I would say beneficial but absolutely not necessary.

Hello cassie! I thank you soo much for answering this it means a lot to me. I’ve been wondering, sing lady midnight is coming out in 2016 and there’s gonna be 3 books, does that mean that the last hoyrs are gonna come out till 2019? Thank you! I love you! And your characters soo much!! -irela — nephilim-not-a-mundane

Nope - we’re not waiting for Dark Artifices to be done before the Last Hours starts coming out. It won’t be 2019 unless I get run over by a bus or something.

Hi! I love all your books and they have immensely impacted my life, and I truly appreciate the diversity they have. I just finished reading Born to Endless Night( by the way it was so amazing, I can’t even describe how perfect it was)and it mentioned that the Seelie Queen was missing and there are a lot of dark rumors as to what happened to her. I was wondering if this is a clue to what is going to happen in The Dark Artifices. I can’t wait for Lady Midnight!!!
lucieherondalethefirst

Absolutely, clever you! The Dark Artifices are much more about faeries and the world of Faerie than any previous Shadowhunter books, partly because of the connection through Helen and Mark. It’s been an opportunity for me to explore places we’ve never been — the Unseelie Court, the world of Faerie — and play with very old magic and myths _ ley lines, the Wild Hunt, the magic of faerie love and faerie promises.

It’s been fun and I can’t wait to share it with you! 

The newest installment in Cassandra Jean’s Virtues and Vices series!

The beautiful and talented Cassandra Jean and I were discussing the seven deadly sins (lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride) and the seven virtues (chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness, humility) and it sparked a new project: which TMI/TID/TDA/TLH characters embody which virtues and vices? And who to embody pride better than “I Will Not Serve” Valentine Morgenstern?

Previous installment: Jem looking foxy and patient.

Another in Cassandra Jean’s virtues and vices series! Tessa, representing temperance - temperance being moderation and restraint. I’ve always thought of Tessa as one of the more restrained heroines I’ve written, sometimes even to her detriment.

And a Tessa question:

I have a question that’s been kind of nagging me, and I don’t know if this topic will be touched in future books: Do you think that Tessa will have a harder time adjusting to life after Jem dies? When Will died, I feel like she had something to look forward to, like her yearly meeting with Jem. Now that that’s gone, do you think she’ll be okay? Do you think she’ll still be strong even though both her loves are gone? Hope all is well with you, xoxo! — theinfernaldevicestrilogy


Tessa’s future is unknown. She’s here with us, in our present timeline. Jem is not dead. Jem is nowhere near dead. Tessa rarely thinks about Jem dying, because she’s alight with the joy that they get to have this time together at all— time they never thought they’d have.

Tessa’s yearly meeting with Jem was one thing she had to look forward to, but it wasn’t the only thing. She had Magnus and Ragnor and Catarina. She had other friends. She saw glorious sights and made her own life. I do think that Tessa is a strong, resilient person who can handle anything that is thrown at her. But keep in mind that immortality is not a guarantee of survival. Jem is mortal, but Tessa could still be killed. We don’t know for sure that Tessa will outlive Jem. We have no way of knowing who will die and when.

What I’ve discovered while writing these characters— and Alec and Magnus too — is that part of leading a healthy life as an immortal is learning to embrace the moment and live fully in it. Obviously this is a good practice for us mortals, too! We each get the time that we get. We have no way of predicting how much time that will be. That’s the nature of death.

Tessa and Jem have chosen not to let their lives be defined by mortality or immortality. Like Magnus and Alec, they’ve chosen to live each moment together as fully as they can. I’m not interested in speculating about what Tessa would do if/when Jem dies before her, a scenario that might not even happen, because I feel that doing so does a disservice to Tessa and Jem and the choices they’ve made and are making. I think it’s important to live in their uncertainty with them.

The newest installment in Cassandra Jean’s Virtues and Vices series!

The beautiful and talented Cassandra Jean and I were discussing the seven deadly sins (lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride) and the seven virtues (chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness, humility) and it sparked a new project: which TMI/TID/TDA/TLH characters embody which virtues and vices? Here Meliorn the traitor faerie embodies sloth: not laziness of body but simply the laziness which allows people to passively do evil because it is easier.

Previous installment: Magnus symbolizing Wisdom. Wisdom has long been considered a part of Chastity. Cassandra Jean and I decided not to go with Chastity as a virtue as neither of us felt comfortable supporting it as one, and while this was inspired by a discussion of the seven Christian virtues and vices, it is not bound to them — it is an exploration of which character embody which virtues and vices generally, as we interpret vice and virtue.

Another in Cassandra Jean’s lovely virtues and vices series! Maureen, representing gluttony - feasting on human blood in this case, as Maureen, being a rogue vampire, stuffed herself on human blood in CoLS and CoHF.  According to Thomas Aquinas, gluttony was inordinate desire that left the state of reason.

Question about Maureen:

I’ve gotten a few messages lately questioning how Maureen was able to kill Camille, because Maureen was a young vampire and Camille was an old and “powerful” one. I’m guessing because everyone’s seen Maureen as she’s cast in the TV show and she’s much older than book Maureen, so people are confused - usually when I get a lot of questions about the same thing at once it’s because someone’s discussing it somewhere.

I think part of the confusion is also that vampires in the world of TMI differ from vampires in other popular books and movies. The vampires of the Shadowhunter world grow more wily with age, but their physical strength doesn’t continually increase as they “live” longer as vampires. It increases dramatically right when they get Turned, but it stays level after that. When we talk about an old, powerful vampire, we aren’t talking about their ability to use brute force. We’re talking about vampires who have honed their manipulative powers, become great strategic thinkers, acquired wealth and connections.

Camille got by on her wits for most of her life. She was a skilled manipulator, as we saw from her involvement with Alec, but she was thrown off her game by the time of the events of City of Lost Souls. She lost her support system in the previous book, and she was hiding alone in the subway tunnels. Camille was de-powered, struggling to get by. She wanted Alec to kill Raphael so that she’d have someplace else to go, a clan to belong to again. She was in rough shape by the time Maureen killed her.

I was talking this over with Cassandra Jean when she drew this picture of Maureen and she was surprised when I told her it was something people didn’t believe could happen. She said, “Crazy beats big, right? It’s a saying.” (Apparently yes, as I got 50 million hits on Googling it.) And while the phrase itself is not something I would say, I understand the general import: Maureen wasn’t a regular young vampire when she killed Camille. She was unhinged, out of her mind, feral, and completely detached from reality, and therefore had nothing to lose: Camille was undone by her own disbelief and surprise at being attacked and by her lack of preparation, and perhaps even by her expectations.

Getting older in TMI world doesn’t make vampires stronger, but drinking human blood does. Most vampires, because of the Accords, get their blood from blood banks or feed briefly on humans without harming them. Maureen, on the other hand, was tearing her way through the city, murdering dozens of humans and drinking their blood. Before she took down Camille, she murdered an adult Praetor Lupus werewolf — Jordan’s roommate. There’s quite a lot of buildup in City of Lost Souls regarding just how feral and murderous Maureen is.

1) “This is not about him,” said Raphael. “It is about the rogue vampire, Maureen Brown.”

“Maureen?” Maia exclaimed. “But she’s only, what, thirteen?”

“A rogue vampire is a rogue vampire,” said Raphael. “And Maureen has been cutting quite a swath for herself through TriBeCa and the Lower East Side. Multiple injured and at least six kills. We’ve managed to cover them up, but …”

“She’s Nick’s assignment,” said Praetor Scott with a frown. “But he hasn’t been able to find a trace of her. We may need to send in someone with more experience.”

2) “If she were with Camille, she would not be killing at the rate she is,” said Raphael. “Camille would prevent her. She is bloodthirsty but she knows the Conclave, and the Law. She would keep Maureen and her activities out of their line of sight. No, Maureen’s behavior has all the hallmarks of a vampire gone feral.”

3) Jordan was now standing in the middle of the living room, white-faced, with his phone forgotten in his hand. Maia could hear a tinny, distant voice coming from it, saying his name.

Maia dropped the menu and hurried across the room to him. She took the phone out of his hand, disconnected the call, and set it on the counter. “Jordan? What happened?”

“My roommate—Nick—you remember?” he said, disbelief in his hazel eyes. “You never met him but—”

“I saw the photos of him,” she said. “Has something happened?”

“He’s dead.”

“How?”

“Throat torn out, all his blood gone. They think he tracked his assignment down and she killed him.”

“Maureen?” Maia was shocked. “But she was just a little girl.”

“She’s a vampire now.”  

Maureen may have been small, but she was a ferocious vampire. People focus on the fact that she was physically little, but when there is magic present, that often doesn’t matter. Most vampires are not like Maureen, because most were not Turned like Maureen was Turned. When Simon was killed, Raphael took over what happened: Simon was buried in dirt, not a coffin, and Raphael was there to feed him and teach him when he rose.

Maureen was murdered by Camille and left to be buried. She woke up in a closed coffin that she had to claw her way out of. She had no idea she was dead. She woke up starving and not knowing why, terrified and out of her mind. She became completely insane in a way that has no exact correlate in human experience. And this was Camille’s fault. She could have properly cared for Maureen if she wanted her to become a vampire, but she didn’t. There’s a reason Maureen hunted Camille down. Camille made her what she was. Camille’s death was her own fault and her own guilt, coming home to roost.

From a storytelling perspective, the whole idea of Maureen as a character was to upset the balance of power. I didn’t want to write a story about a head-to-head vampire duel for political power in CoLS because it seemed the predictable thing to do (and I always knew Raphael was going to be kidnapped in City of Heavenly Fire, so really, what would have been the point). Maureen existed to disrupt that trope, to shift the power into the hands of someone who, when the events of City of Heavenly Fire came to pass, might conceivably side with Sebastian, who wouldn’t just run away (so not Camille) and who Maia would be willing to kill (so not Raphael.)

Also, there’s something just compelling about the idea of giving so much power to a child — Maureen is young enough that she tips toward much of what we find essentially fascinating about the dark side of childhood: the self-absorption, the amorality. But that’s a whole other post. In the meantime, enjoy Cassandra Jean’s lovely art!

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Hello shippers! With the Psycho Pass movie just around the corner, we thought it was about time for us to announce the first Shinkane Week, which will be officially occurring from August 2nd to August 8th

Any fanwork of these two is accepted so long as it is your own work. Though we highly encourage that you follow the given prompts, doing so is not required and you are free to do with the days as you wish. However, if you want to take a gander, the prompts are as follows:

day one: optimism or realism
day two: partners or adversaries
day three: poems or classical lit (inspiration from literature – either featured in the series or otherwise)
day four: virtues or vices (fluff or smut)
day five: memories or hopes (moments in the past or future)
day six: wishes or qualities (au or favorite aspect of shinkane)
day seven: anything goes (free day)

Please read the full rules before participating. If you have any questions or need more clarification, feel free to ask us anything else we haven’t covered.

We can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!

(Special thanks to xnightdx for help with the prompts!)

Love,
Your humble mods :)

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Only three more days left! The week will take place from August 2nd to August 8th (11:59PM PST).

As a reminder, the prompts are as follows:

day one: optimism or realism
day two: partners or adversaries
day three: poems or classical lit (inspiration from literature – either featured in the series or otherwise)
day four: virtues or vices (fluff or smut)
day five: memories or hopes (moments in the past or future)
day six: wishes or qualities (au or favorite aspect of shinkane)
day seven: anything goes (free day)

Please consult the rules before participating. If you have any questions, feel free to ask us anything!

Your humble mods :)