What is a Shadowhunter?
Good question. The short answer is that they are total bad asses that kill things. But it really is more of an exact science than that...
Also known as Nephilim, Shadowhunters are a race of humans that have the blood of angels. Their sole purpose is to protect all living creatures from demons and to protect innocent lives. They also maintain order in the Shadow World, which exists in our own "mundane" world, just pretty much behind the scenes where we can't see it.
"Wait. What is the difference between the Shadow World and the Mundane World?" you may ask...
It's pretty simple really: All the stories are true. All the mythical creatures like vampires and werewolves and warlocks and fairies/seelies are part of the Shadow World. Meanwhile, there is our run of the mill Earth with humans like us glued to our phones and websites. (Hi!) We're blind to the events of the Shadow World. We call this boring part the Mundane World, named after the generous nickname Shadowhunters have given us normal folk of "mundanes." (Or sometimes, well, often - "mundies.")
How does one go about becoming a Shadowhunter?
Pretty much you're born one. There really is only one way to become one, unless its already in your blood( i.e. from a parent). You COULD drink from the Mortal Cup, but very few mundanes who do that actually survive. So...y'know. Careful.
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We hope this has given you newbies some understanding of Shadowhunters. Stay tuned for lots of exciting insight into Cassandra Clare's universe to get you prepped for the upcoming TV series!