|Gwyn ap Nudd|
Gwyn the Hunter
Leader of Wild Hunt
|Eye color:||Black and blue|
|“||You have your Laws and we have ours. The difference is only that we do not pretend ours are not cruel.||”|
Gwyn ap Nudd is the leader of the Wild Hunt and a Welsh mythological figure.
Gwyn has led the Wild Hunt for centuries. As leader of the Hunt, it was his blood that new recruits were forced to drink as part of their initiation.
After the capture of the half-Shadowhunter, half-faerie Mark Blackthorn, he was surrendered to Gwyn. He then claimed the boy and made him a Hunter. Seen as a gift from the Queen of the Seelie Court and Sebastian Morgenstern, Gwyn ap Nudd met with the Queen to quickly return the favor.
When asked about the gathering of the dead from a recent battle on Adamant Citadel, Gwyn told her that they did not wish to involve themselves with the battle of the Nephilim and the Endarkened, the angels and demons, much to the Queen's disappointment. When the Queen asked for his advice and aid in the battle as compensation for the boy, apparently rare and could instill fear among demons, Gwyn insisted that he did not need the boy to cause fear and that the boy was not worth such trouble as risking involvement with war. So instead, the Queen just asked him to have the Hunters gather the dead after the battle in Alicante, to which Gwyn hesitantly agreed to. They were interrupted by the Queen's knight Meliorn, and he left.
When faeries began to get murdered by a then unidentified group, the murders connected to a series of mundane deaths, the Unseelie Court launched an investigation into it. Iarlath was able to convince someone of power to let Gwyn relinquish one of his hunters, Mark Blackthorn, back to his family to make the Shadowhunters secretly investigate for them, despite the Cold Peace.
During a conversation with Cristina Rosales, Mark casually mentioned Gwyn's weakness—his cloak—a secret that Mark, as a member of the Hunt, was not allowed to ever divulge to anyone. His faerie lover Kieran overheard this and, in an attempt to get him back, told Iarlath. Gwyn, Iarlath, and Kieran came to the Institute shortly after for his punishment: twenty lashes. Gwyn expressed his regret for the nature of his visit but explained that it was necessary because Mark broke one of their oldest laws.
Throughout, Gwyn remained patient as the Shadowhunters continued to object to the whippings and when Julian volunteered in Mark's place. When Julian's parabatai Emma felt the pain he was experiencing, Gwyn understood and silenced Iarlath when he complained about Emma's screaming. Gwyn ordered Iarlath to stop and allowed Emma to heal Julian, and was visibly saddened when Emma, after knocking Jules out with a rune, insisted on taking the whipping herself.
Unlike many of his kind, Gwyn appears honorable and compassionate, though capable of ruthlessness at the same time, especially to his Hunters. Gwyn is also slightly distant from his warriors and has mysterious intentions.
As is typical with members of the Wild Hunt, Gwyn ap Nudd has heterochromia iridum; one of his eyes is black, and the other is a very pale blue. He is also described as a big, broad man with a beard, wide eyes, broad cheekbones, and wicked eyebrows.
- Cloak: Gwyn possesses a cloak that, if stolen, could force him to yield authority to whomever steals it.
- Hunting horn: Gwyn sounds his horn to announce their arrival.
- City of Heavenly Fire (first appearance)
- Bitter of Tongue (mentioned only)
- A History of Notable Shadowhunters & Denizens of the Downworld
- Lady Midnight
- The character is based on a Celtic mythological figure, Gwyn ap Nudd, who is a psychopomp and ruler of the Otherworld, or the Welsh Underworld. He is often associated to the Wild Hunt and is listed as one of its many leaders, particularly in Wales.