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The Dark War was a great battle against Sebastian Morgenstern and his army of demons and Endarkened Shadowhunters. The war was at its height during the battles fought in December 2007: one in Alicante, and another in Edom.

Preparation

Sebastian, with the help of Lilith, was revived after being killed by Jace Herondale during the Mortal War.[1] Upon his resurrection, Sebastian was also able to bind himself with Jace through a demonic twinning spell, with Sebastian as the superior of the pair. With Jace and a deceptive Clary at his side, Sebastian began his plans in Prague. With Sister Magdalena, Sebastian had the Infernal Cup made, an idea Jace had given him. He also worked with demons and, eventually, resurrected his "mother" Lilith,[2] after Simon Lewis momentarily destroyed her and scattered her essence in the Void.[1]

Infusing the Cup with his and Lilith's blood, Sebastian made the remaining loyal followers of Valentine Morgenstern, and those unhappy with the Clave, as well as the kidnapped Amatis Herondale, into Dark Shadowhunters with a ceremony at the Seventh Sacred Site in the Burren. With this, Sebastian had around forty to fifty men in his army, all of them blindingly loyal to him. However, Sebastian lost both Jace and Clary before he could turn either of them into Endarkened after he was confronted by a group of Shadowhunters and Downworlders who came to rescue them. Shocked at the sudden severance of his bond with Jace, and the defeat of most of his Endarkened army, he retreated.[2]

Recruitment

Sebastian made an alliance with the Seelie Queen, a partnership that few were aware of, enabling the faeries to get information from the Nephilim without suspicion. The queen allowed him to use her faeries to help him in his endeavors. Sebastian began making his army grow by launching a series of onslaughts on several Institutes around the world, forcibly turning the Nephilim they capture into Endarkened. They struck the Institutes in Bangkok, Buenos Aires, Oslo, Berlin, Moscow, and, Los Angeles in quick succession, before the attacks could be reported and warnings could be passed around. Every Conclave in these cities had its Shadowhunters captured and Turned, while the ones who would be unable to fight were killed.

The attack on Los Angeles was the first to yield the first survivors of the attacks. The Institutes around the world were immediately alerted and ordered to evacuate to Alicante. Sebastian then attempted to attack the London Institute, though a force protecting it thwarted his attack.[3]

Ultimatum

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Invasions

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Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Alec, and Simon traveled to Edom, where they infiltrated Sebastian's fortress and faced against his forces of demons and Endarkened, while those at Alicante—who were prepared for the arrival of the faeries because of a tip from Mark Blackthorn—fought against the forces of the faeries and the Endarkened, while they hid their children and the old in the Accords Hall.

Deaths

Aftermath

After the war was over, the Shadowhunters became desperate to make their enemies pay for their sins. The faeries were subsequently forced to accept their severe terms, else be thrust into a war against the Shadowhunters. The terms included the disbanding of their armies and a weapon ban among their kind, a huge blow to the Fair Folk who are known to be warriors and needed weapons to defend themselves. There were other terms, still being straightened out by the end of 2007, but the faeries were also made to take responsibility and pay for the losses and damages done to the Nephilim and the Downworlders, such as the rebuilding of the wards and Alicante, as well as the reestablishment of the Praetor Lupus. In addition to this, half-faeries Mark and Helen Blackthorn were both punished; Mark was left at the mercy of the Wild Hunt, while Helen was exiled to Wrangel Island. This treaty between the Shadowhunters and the fey would become known as the Cold Peace.

References

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