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Charlotte Branwell
Charlotte IP, by CJ
Biographical Information
Full name: Charlotte Mary Branwell (née Fairchild)
Born: 1854/1855
Age: 23 (as of 1878)
Status: Alive
Nickname/s: Lottie
Species: Shadowhunter
Occupation: Consul
Head of the London Institute (former)
Residence: London Institute
Allegiance: Enclave
Family: Granville Fairchild † (father)
Henry Branwell (husband)
Charles Fairchild (son)
Matthew Fairchild (son)
Unnamed daughters[1]
Buford Branwell (father-in-law)
Callida Fairchild (aunt)
Fairchild family
Branwell family
Physical Description
Gender: Female
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Brown

Charlotte Branwell (neé Fairchild) is the former head of the London Institute and the wife of Henry Branwell. In 1878, Charlotte became the first female Consul.

Biography Edit

Early Life Edit

Charlotte Fairchild was born to Granville Fairchild and his wife in the 1850s. She was their only child and Granville was always disappointed that he didn't have a son. Therefore, he put all of his efforts into training his daughter to be the best she could be. Part of this training was teaching Charlotte to become a leader, preparing her to take over the Institute. Thus, Charlotte was raised to be dutiful and responsible. As early as two years old, Charlotte already knew the role she was set to take on in the future.[2] Despite this upbringing, Charlotte grew to be a kind and gentle woman.

Charlotte had always loved Henry Branwell. He reminded her of a puppy and she couldn't help but care for him. However, she never believed that he loved her. When she was roughly sixteen, her father told her that Henry had asked for her hand in marriage, implying heavily that he did it to resolve a debt between their fathers. Charlotte agreed to it simply because she thought that he might grow to love her with time.

In 1873, Will Herondale came to live at the Institute with Charlotte and her father. Though he turned down her every attempt at kindness, Charlotte and Henry worked to help him. When James Carstairs came to the Institute, Charlotte was delighted to see that he helped soften Will's tough exterior.

Sometime later Granville Fairchild died. As his last request, Consul Josiah Wayland named Charlotte, and her husband Henry, heads of the London Institute and Enclave.

Mystery of the Magister Edit

Tessa Gray wakes up to the face of Brother Enoch and screams, however, Charlotte consoles her and tells her that the Silent Brothers will not harm her.

She, along with Henry, visit Axel Mortmain to question him about his dealings with Downworlders, Pandemonium Club and his employment of Nathaniel Gray, Tessa's brother who has been kidnapped.

She agrees to let Tessa visit one of de Quincey's parties, disguised as Camille Belcourt. She is present among the Shadowhunters when they break into the party and try to kill the vampires and other Downworlders, who have broken the Accords.

Charlotte follows the advice of Mortmain, when he visits the London Institute to warn them that de Quincey is hiding in one of his London townhouses with hundreds of vampires and his Clockwork army, preparing to attack the Institute. Charlotte, along with other Shadowhunters, goes off to deal with de Quincey, leaving the underage Shadowhunters, Tessa, and the other servants in the Institue.

They ambush de Quincey in his London townhouse, but are surprised to find him in hiding with only a few vampires. De Quincey laughs at them when they question him about being the Magister, and is killed by a seraph blade through the heart. Charlotte realizes that they have been tricked by Mortmain and all the Shadowhunters rush back to the London Institute.

Looking for Mortmain Edit

Charlotte attends her hearing before the Clave, where she is questioned under the Mortal Sword, about her failure to deal with the Magister. Consul Wayland decrees that all those living in the London Institute must undergo training to protect themselves from hostile forces. He gives her two weeks to find Mortmain, or she will be replaced by Benedict Lightwood as head of the London Institute.

Wayland and Charlotte converse after the meeting ends, him telling her that finding Mortmain is her job anyway and now it would simply be examined within two weeks. Charlotte kicks a wall when she hears that because she doesn't believe that she can find him on a time limit, though she and Henry resolve to try.

The residents of the London Institute, spearheaded by Charlotte, research dozens of files and papers about Mortmain to see what they could find about him. This leads to nothing so Charlotte speaks with the Silent Brothers to see if they had anything. As luck would have it, they did have records of Reparations filed by Mortmain with the full details being kept at the York Institute. Charlotte wrote to the head of the Institute, Aloysius Starkweather, to ask for the files. On the grounds that he hated all Fairchilds, Charlotte's family, he refused to send the papers. Therefore Charlotte agreed to let Will Herondale, Jem Carstairs, and Tessa Gray go to Yorkshire to retrieve the files.

When Will tells her that Werewolves were buying yin fen on Mortmain's orders, Charlotte arranges a meeting with the head of the London Werewolf pack, Woolsey Scott. Charlotte was upset that Henry didn't realize that she wanted him to accompany her to the meeting, but she put her feelings aside to get her job done. Scott agrees to help Charlotte but informs her that he knows nothing of Mortmain's plans.

Charlotte contacted Ragnor Fell to watch over the Herondale family in Yorkshire, a job that she had previously hired him to do. Fell sent word to her later in the week that Mortmain was using the Herondales to prevent tracking and to give him control over Will if he ever needed it. This worried Charlotte as she knew that Will did deeply love his family and that he might do something rash to protect them.

When Jessamine is proved to be a spy, Charlotte was shocked and horrified. She oversaw Jessamine's trial and harshly questioned her for information about Mortmain's plans. When everything ended, she burst into tears. 

The residents of the London Institute needed to find Nathaniel Gray so they needed to contact him. However, Jessamine would never talk to Charlotte, so she deigned to let Tessa and Jem speak to her. Then, with the information that Jessamine gave them, Charlotte oversaw a plan to capture Nate.

When the plan came to fruition, Charlotte went searching through the warehouse with the rest of the Shadowhunters. She vomited at the sight of a dead werewolf, and ran out of the room. She is knocked unconscious by an old Automaton on the orders of Nathaniel Gray, and was helpless for the rest of the battle. She wasn't conscious to see her husband Henry charge down the clockwork monster attacking her to push it away.

When everything had ended, Charlotte felt that there was nothing she could do to keep her position as head of the Institute so she decided to keep her pride and resign. Henry interrupted her writing her resignation letter for the both of them and told her that she couldn't resign. They said that they loved one another and for the first time Charlotte knew that her husband did love her.

At that point Will came in and said that Charlotte could not resign as head of the Institute, saying that he was grateful for all that she had done for him and as repayment he wasn't going to let her make that mistake. Charlotte was flabbergasted by his behavior and contemplated it being a fake Will.

When Sophie revealed to Charlotte and the others that Benedict had demon pox, Will came up with the idea of blackmailing him. Charlotte went for it and immediately set off to meet with Benedict. While there, a heated argument ensued during which Gideon Lightwood sided with Charlotte and left with them, revealing that she had given him a note explaining what they had learned about his father, and he chose to believe it.

The Council meeting came and Benedict gave Charlotte his full support, weaving a tale of them discovering who Mortmain was and how that was a good thing. The Council voted to let Charlotte keep the Institute and she went with the others to celebrate.

While celebrating, Charlotte announced that she and Henry were going to have a child, a boy. Henry was overjoyed with the news and waltzed her around the room before becoming overprotective and worrying for the baby. He and Charlotte argued over him wanting to name the baby Buford, after his father, but she hated it. The book ended with them greeting Cecily Herondale when she came to the Institute to be trained as a Shadowhunter.

Battle with Automatons Edit

Charlotte is noticeably pregnant and excited over the wedding of Jem and Tessa. She is helping Tessa try on her wedding dress. When Gabriel Lightwood came to the Institute saying that his father, Benedict was turning into a demon due to demon pox, Charlotte immediately asks if he is injured because she sees all the blood on him.

It is revealed in letters that the Council is considering making Charlotte the new Consul because Josiah Wayland's term is ending. However the Consul does not approve of their decision as he realized that Charlotte was not a weak woman who could easily be controlled. He blackmails Gabriel and Gideon Lightwood into spying on her correspondence to try and reveal a way to get her dismissed from her post.

After Will Herondale travels to Wales to rescue Tessa, Charlotte realizes that they will not catch up with him and so they must try and find a cure for the dying Jem. She orders all of them to search the library for possible cures and orders Magnus Bane to help them too, as she blames him for letting Will run after Tessa. Charlotte visits Jem and he asks her to stop looking for a cure, and to call the Silent Brothers instead. She does this and asks the members of the Institute to say goodbye to Jem, however Gabriel and Cecily cannot face it.

Charlotte broadcasts a message to all Shadowhunters asking for their assistance in helping them rescue Tessa and Will, contrary to the orders of Consul Wayland. However, no other Shadowhunters arrive to assist them, apart from three Silent Brothers who reveal that Consul Wayland called a Clave meeting that is compulsory to attend. The Shadowhunters use a Portal that Henry invented with the help of Magnus' magic and runes.

Henry fiddles with an automaton which makes it come alive, it grabs Henry and breaks his spine. Charlotte becomes hysterical and defends Henry's body from the attacking automatons. Sophie tries to make Charlotte get up and leave Henry but she sees that he has a faint pulse.

Later life Edit

Charlotte became pregnant with her first child with Henry, whom they later named Charles Fairchild. Seven years later, they had a second son, Matthew. The couple also eventually had daughters.[1]

Charlotte, along with her now grown-up children, was present on the day of Will's death.

Personality Edit

Charlotte is a kind and loving person who is generally easy to adore, often seen as motherly and trusting. It is because of this traits that Charlotte effortlessly gains and earns faith and loyalty.

Because of her small physique, Charlotte is often underestimated and thought to be weak or easily manipulated. However, despite her size, Charlotte is actually a powerful authority figure, very capable of leading and impressing her power over others. She is highly responsible, able to run the entire Institute with an iron fist, even though she was just out of her teenage years.

Physical description Edit

Charlotte is described as a very small woman, almost child-size, with thick, dark brown hair, a neat face, and dark brown eyes. Charlotte also never had to wear a corset because of her frame.

Possessions Edit

  • Electrum whip: Charlotte is known to fight with an electrum-laced whip.

Appearances Edit

Trivia Edit

References Edit

Start a Discussion Discussions about Charlotte Branwell

  • When did Charlotte and Henry get married?

    5 messages
    • in between the events of Tessa arriving and Jem coming to the Institute 1873 - 1878
    • They were engaged and married in 1873.
  • Daughters

    13 messages
    • wrote:has anyone else noticed that it says "like if owen herondale had a sister, she might not show up"? Could this be a clue to ...
    • It could be an example or it could be something more :) But would she give away something so spoilery??

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