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Hodge Starkweather
Portrayed by Jared Harris
Hodge IP, by CJ
Biographical Information
Age: Middle Aged
Status: Deceased
Death: September 2007
Manner of death: Stabbed by Sebastian
Also known as: Samuel Blackburn
Species: Shadowhunter
Residence: New York Institute
Allegiance: The Circle
Family: Starkweather family
Physical Description
Gender: Male
Hair color: Gray
Eye color: Gray
Can't you see, Clary, that in my own way I'm trying to be a good man?

–Hodge, City of Bones

Hodge Starkweather was a tutor at the New York Institute, cursed so that he could never leave the area for being a member of Valentine Morgenstern's notorious Circle up until the Uprising.

History Edit

Early life Edit

Hodge Starkweather was born to a poor family in Idris. He studied at the Shadowhunter Academy and was a loner during his time there. When Valentine came to him, offering to train and befriend him, Hodge eagerly accepted and joined the Circle. As one of the founding members, Hodge helped write the Circle's loyalty oath.

At one point, Hodge took the child Valentine has been experimenting on from the womb of Céline Herondale, who had just committed suicide. His loyalty unwavering at the time, Hodge remained quiet about the whole thing and even agreed to look after the boy for a few days until Valentine could get things settled with him.

For years, Hodge was one of the many Shadowhunters whom Valentine had wrapped around his fingers. Hodge remained dedicated to him and, like all the other members, was told that he was his most trusted follower and closest lieutenant. However, Hodge claimed to have eventually realized how far Valentine had gone. Fearing Valentine's retribution, he did not leave.

Hodge took part in the Uprising, where he sustained a wound to one of his shoulders that was still sensitive sixteen years later. When the battle ended, Hodge was among those who stayed and surrendered to the Clave. As punishment, Hodge was exiled to New York, cursed to never be able to leave the grounds of the local Institute.

In exile Edit

Forced to live out the rest of his life in the Institute, Hodge became the mentor, particularly their professor of history, of the Lightwoods children, whose parents were also banished from Idris, in the New York Institute. When Jace arrived at the New York Institute, Hodge received a letter from Valentine through Hugin the raven, telling Hodge that 'Jonathan' was his son. However, Hodge was unsure of his true identity, of whether he did not know if Jace was Valentine's biological or adopted son.

While Hodge did grow to love the children he tutored, namely Alec, Isabelle, and Jace, Hodge still felt the weight of his punishment. He never truly felt at home at the Institute, and while the children trusted him, others did not. Still, Hodge bid his time and contemplated his options in his life. Regretfully, he knew that Valentine would one day return, and that if Valentine offered him his freedom, he would take it and would even consider rejoining him, if only to once again become a Shadowhunter.[1]

He was proven true when, at one point, Hodge learned of Valentine's return and presence in New York. No longer able to help himself, he sent Valentine a message and negotiated for his freedom.[2]

Betrayal Edit

Though slightly skeptical, he ultimately betrayed them by giving Valentine the Mortal Cup and was subsequently freed from his binding curse. Hodge fled the Institute, and Clary pursued. After a quick chase, Clary managed to corner Hodge, but to no avail. Hodge attempted to kill Clary with his weapon of choice - the chakrams - and was stopped by Luke, before he could hurt her. After taking a blow from Luke (who appeared as a wolf at the time), Luke thought that he may have nicked a rib and when he came back for Hodge's body, he was gone. They assumed that he was strong enough to drag himself away.[2]

Blackburn Edit

Hodge hoped to be accepted back by Valentine, to at least feel that he has a purpose. Instead, Valentine simply dismissed him after giving Hodge his promised freedom, leaving the old man without anywhere to turn to. This then became the impetus that convinced Hodge to attempt to inform the Clave of Valentine's plans.

He went to Alicante at one point to try to warn the Clave about Valentine. They did not believe him and he was imprisoned at the Gard. There, he introduces himself as Samuel Blackburn to Simon, who is imprisoned by Inquisitor Aldertree in the next cell, telling him a slightly fabricated story about his allegiance to Valentine. However he is forced to reveal himself to Jace and the others, when they arrive to rescue Simon. They are shocked when they realize who he is, but he tells them about Valentine's plans with the Mortal Instruments and that the Mortal Mirror is Lake Lyn. Sebastian overhears this and kills him afterwards. He tries to tell Jace that he wasn't Valentine's son, but died before he could.[1]

Personality Edit

Hodge is a man of intellect. He spends much of his time reading and learning. He is also a determined individual. When he was cursed, he spent sixteen years looking for a way to free himself, despite knowing what it might cost him. He was shaped by those around him. He had known Valentine, his only friend, and his influence rubbed off on Hodge. It made him much more manipulative and secretive because he didn't have any positive influences to learn from.

Exiled and banned from Idris, cursed never to leave the New York Institute, Hodge grew bitter about the fact that his former fellow Circle members Robert and Maryse Lightwood were not punished the same way, leading him to again help aid Valentine by retrieving the Mortal Cup for him in exchange for his freedom.

Despite Hodge's many negative traits, he did care for the Lightwoods and Jace, all of whom he had spent years with. Even as he betrayed the Clave, Hodge did everything in his power to save Alec's life. He was also never sure if Jace really was Valentine's or Céline's son, so he just did his best to raise into as good a person he could make him. In the end, he went to Idris to warn the Clave of the attack that Valentine planned, yet they imprisoned him and ignored his warnings.

Physical description Edit

He has a thick scar up the right side of his face, possibly obtained during the Uprising. Clary Fray describes Hodge as a "thin man with grey-streaked hair and a long beaky nose". When she met him, he was wearing a neat, grey, tweed suit.

Abilities Edit

  • Nephilim Physiology: Being Nephilim, Hodge possessed a variety of enhanced physical and mental abilities granted to him by the angel blood of Raziel in his veins and also by the angelic Marks of the Gray Book. This included enhanced strength, agility, stamina, and coordination, which only improved over time and practice.
  • Use of heavenly weapons: As a Nephilim, Hodge was also able to handle heavenly weapons, particularly those made of adamas and forged by Iron Sisters, such as seraph blades, with effect, since this would normally not work for other species.
  • Runic magic: Due to the Angel Raziel's blood in their veins. All Shadowhunters are all able to apply runes on their skin without any real danger. These Marks, in turn, give varied effects that serve to benefit the wearer.

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