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Ithuriel is an angel who has a blood connection with Clary Fairchild and Jace Herondale.

History

Somehow, the Shadowhunter Valentine Morgenstern was able to capture Ithuriel and kept him bound using chains enchanted by magic that made it virtually indestructible. He took blood from Ithuriel and gave it to the pregnant Jocelyn Fairchild and Céline Herondale through their food, giving their unborn children doses of pure angel blood.

Almost two decades after he was first held captive, Ithuriel began reaching out to Clary Fairchild—Valentine and Jocelyn's daughter.[1][2] He sent her visions of runes, the first of which was the Sunlight rune. After Valentine stole the Soul-Sword, intending to use it, Ithuriel's heavenly energy, and the oncoming storm to decimate Downworlders, Ithuriel began to communicate with Clary, letting her hear his cries for help.

While on their way to the lighthouse, Clary once again heard Ithuriel's cries. Cleophas used a Hearing rune and held Clary, allowing her to hear what she was hearing. Realizing that Valentine was holding an angel captive, they proceeded to the lighthouse, intent on freeing Ithuriel. Clary and Jace went straight to the rooftop. Though initially unable to break the chains with sheer force, Clary was able to weaken the chains through another vision of a rune Ithuriel sent her.

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Upon being released, Ithuriel's opened his wings. He held Clary and Jace's hands and showed them a vision of a star in the sky,[1] and the Soul-Sword and a demon both disintegrating upon contact, symbolizing that the Sword can be destroyed by a demonic Morgenstern.[3] Ithuriel then flew up towards the sky, leaving Jace and Clary dumbfounded.[1]

Free at last, Ithuriel returned to Heaven to recuperate and recover from his ordeal at the hands of Valentine, during which he continued to send Clary visions of runes that could help her. In time, his strength was restored.

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When Clary and Jace Portaled, with a rune he showed Clary, to Idris to search for Valentine, Ithuriel appeared in full armored form before an astonished Clary, who did not immediately recognize his restored youthful visage and physique. Ithuriel warned her cryptically of the return of her demon-blooded brother Jonathan, which Clary initially assumed was about Jace, but could not tell her more due to the strict laws of non-interference of angels with humans. With that, Ithuriel spread his wings and took off again, vanishing into the sky.[4]

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"Stronger than heaven..."

Clary called for Ithuriel shortly after, this time with an actual summoning ritual used by Iron Sisters. Knowing that she was concerned about Jace, he informed her that resurrection carried dangerous risks and that Jace was now vulnerable. Clary assumed he was referring to the Owl but Ithuriel warned her that the Owl was merely a servant of a much greater evil. Before he could name the master however, Lilith—in the form of a huge, winged demon—appeared behind him, drove her fist through his chest and ripped out his heart. This killed Ithuriel, causing him to explode in a burst of golden light.[5]

Appearances

Season Two appearances: 2/20
This Guilty Blood:
Absent
A Door Into the Dark:
Absent
Parabatai Lost:
Absent
Day of Wrath:
Absent
Dust and Shadows:
Absent
Iron Sisters:
Absent
How Are Thou Fallen:
Appears
Love is a Devil:
Mentioned only
Bound By Blood:
Absent
By the Light of Dawn:
Mentioned only
Mea Maxima Culpa:
Absent
You Are Not Your Own:
Absent
Those of Demon Blood:
Absent
The Fair Folk:
Absent
A Problem of Memory:
Absent
Day of Atonement:
Appears
A Dark Reflection:
Absent
Awake, Arise, or...:
Mentioned only
Hail and Farewell:
Mentioned only
Beside Still Water:
Absent
Season Three (3A) appearances: 1/22
On Infernal Ground:
Absent
The Powers That Be:
Absent
What Lies Beneath:
Absent
Thy Soul Instructed:
Absent
Stronger Than Heaven:
Appears
A Window Into an...:
Mentioned only
Salt in the Wound:
Mentioned only
A Heart of Darkness:
Absent
Familia Ante Omnia:
Absent
Erchomai:
Absent

Trivia

  • Ithuriel has so far been portrayed by two actors, namely Alec Stockwell (in the episode How Are Thou Fallen) and Benjamin Sutherland (for the younger form of the angel).
  • For some reason, Ithuriel's blood gifted the two Shadowhunters Jace and Clary with rune-related abilities: Clary's being the ability to use old runes she receives in visions, and Jace's being the ability to activate runes remotely, even without a stele.

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