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Blood is stronger than will, stronger than desire, even stronger than love.

–Camille, Major Arcana

Camille Belcourt is an ancient, powerful vampire and the former leader of the Brooklyn vampire clan.

History

Hunt for the Cup

Camille was in a relationship with Magnus in the mid-1800s, during which Camille apparently did not take the relationship too seriously. She received a ruby necklace from him—one which eventually came into the possession of the New York Institute.[2] After a dalliance with a mundane Russian, the couple parted ways.[3]

As head of the clan, Camille and her vampires traded antiques, mostly with beings of the Shadow World. Among their regular customers were Dorothea RollinsJocelyn Fray's assistant. Through Dot, Jocelyn traded with the vampires and sold some of the items at her own store.[3]

In 2016, Camille had Raphael kidnap the mundane friend of Clary Fray, Simon Lewis,[4] in hopes of getting the Mortal Cup from her, despite knowing that this act would break the Accords. Camille met Simon at the Hotel Dumort shortly after and played with him, using the encanto on him to get information out of him. She bit him and even let him bite her during their trance but was frustrated to learn that Clary's memories have been taken by a warlock, which Camille immediately suspected was Magnus's doing.

They were interrupted when Camille smelled the presence of Shadowhunters in her building, and she ordered her minions to dispose of them, but her vampires failed to push them back. Simon attempted to escape, and Camille was just about to kill him in frustration when Raphael arrived to stop her, telling her to escape before the Shadowhunters arrived, promising to kill the mundane himself.[5]

Overthrown

When Simon returned to the hotel some time after, Camille proceeded to kill Simon.[6] Raphael decided to help his friends resurrect Simon as a vampire to help his case against Camille. Because killing Simon was an act that broke the Accords, and because Simon was friends with Nephilim, they helped Raphael oust Camille, along with the members of the clan who immediately sided with Raphael.[7]

Camille was then imprisoned in a coffin in a heavily-guarded room at the hotel. When Clary and the others needed Camille for information, she promised to lead them to her apartment at the Upper East Side—where Dot hid the Book of the White without Camille's knowledge—in exchange for her freedom and a Writ of Transmutation with Simon, a document signed in blood between Camille and Simon that claims that Simon had asked her to Turn him into a vampire, thus protecting her from potential retribution from the Clave.[3] Camille took off then and went into hiding.

Capture

A while after, her illegal activities—specifically her vampire mundane-feeding dens—were discovered by the New York Institute's new head, Victor Aldertree. Desperate to prove his detachment from the Accords violations, Raphael and other vampires allied to him, including Simon, hunted her down. Magnus accompanied Simon to Agra, India, where one of her many homes was located. There, Simon found a box, heavily-guarded by the fire-breathing cobra she received from Magnus years prior,[1] that contained her grave dirt.

The box was opened with Simon's blood—which has a touch of her blood, being his sire. Magnus sent them away and summoned her on his own; he set up a trap for her so he could confront her without risking her escape. She tried to convince him to free her, but Magnus stood his ground and sent her through a Portal to the Clave.[8]

Appearances

Season One appearances: 6/13
The Mortal Cup:
Absent
The Descent Into Hell Isn't Easy:
Absent
Dead Man's Party:
Appears
Raising Hell:
Appears
Moo Shu to Go:
Absent
Of Men and Angels:
Mentioned only
Major Arcana:
Appears
Bad Blood:
Appears
Rise Up:
Mentioned only
This World Inverted:
Absent
Blood Calls To Blood:
Mentioned only
Malec:
Image and mentioned only
Morning Star:
Appears
Season Two appearances: 1/20
This Guilty Blood:
Absent
A Door Into the Dark:
Mentioned only
Parabatai Lost:
Mentioned only
Day of Wrath:
Appears
Dust and Shadows:
Mentioned only
Iron Sisters:
Absent
How Are Thou Fallen:
Absent
Love is a Devil:
Absent
Bound By Blood:
Mentioned only
By the Light of Dawn:
Absent
Mea Maxima Culpa:
Absent
You Are Not Your Own:
Absent
Those of Demon Blood:
Mentioned only
The Fair Folk:
Absent
A Problem of Memory:
Absent
Day of Atonement:
Absent
A Dark Reflection:
Absent
Awake, Arise, or...:
Absent
Hail and Farewell:
Absent
Beside Still Water:
Absent

Trivia

  • According to Raphael, Camille is around 300–400 years older than him.[5]
  • After Camille's capture in Day of Wrath, Raphael mentioned that she overheard a conversation between her and a Seelie Knight in Those of Demon Blood, implying that she was out and about by then; whether she had been released, managed to escape, or if this is a continuity error is unknown.

References