Idris is the Shadowhunter home country, a sanctuary hidden from mundanes, given to them by the Angel Raziel. Its capital, and only city, is Alicante. The country is said to be surrounded by mountains with passes which can only be traversed through during high summer.
Most Shadowhunters come from Idris, and many grow up and train there. Hodge Starkweather, who was cursed to never leave the New York Institute for his punishment, was banned and exiled particularly from Idris, seeing it as a heavy punishment as most Shadowhunters who grew up here long to be in their home country.
Idris is located in Central Europe, between Germany, France, and Switzerland. Because of the wardings placed around the country and all of its borders, mundanes who come close to crossing it are instantly transported through to the other side of the barrier; therefore few mundanes know about it. A counterpart to mundane globes can be found in Institutes' libraries, which includes other lands that are part of the Shadow Realms.
- Main article: Alicante
Alicante is the capital, and only, city of Idris. The Gard, the main meeting place of the Clave, and the Accords Hall are both found here. It is said that all roads in Alicante lead to the Accords Hall. The Clave buildings and the demon towers, which control the city's wards, are made of the demon repelling material called adamas.
- Main article: Brocelind Plain
Brocelind Plain is a flat terrain of high grasses that lead to the Brocelind Forest, which in turn encompasses a large portion of Idris and leads to Alicante. The forest is known to house several Downworlder clans from werewolves to vampires. The forest is thick and nearly impossible to navigate alone. Some manor houses are also scattered amongst the trees.
- Main article: Mortal Mirror
Lake Lyn is a remote lake that isn't used because the water is poisonous to Shadowhunters. Unbeknownst to many, the lake is in fact the legendary Mortal Mirror, the third of the Mortal Instruments, and is the lake where Raziel rose from and first appeared to Jonathan Shadowhunter.
There are a variety of manor houses in the countryside of Idris owned by Shadowhunter families. They all also have secret tunnels interconnected, in case of any sort of danger. Manor houses known to be found in Idris include:
- Blackthorn manor
- Fairchild manor
- Herondale manor
- Morgenstern manor
- Pangborn manor
- Penhallow manor
- Silverhood manor
- Wayland manor
Behind the scenes
- Scenes for the Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments episode Of Men and Angels set in Idris were shot at the Parkwood Estate in Oshawa, Ontario.
- There is a cemetery/necropolis and ossuary in Idris where certain Shadowhunter families own spots for their dead, if they choose not to have their remains kept in the Silent City.
- The drinking age in Idris is fifteen.
- People who live in Idris have a bit of an accent.
- Idris is partly based on Amsterdam and San Gimignano, Italy.
- Idris shares its name with a river from The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander, a series which Clary mentions she has read in City of Bones. It also partly shares its name with a place in Wales, Cadair Idris, featured in Clockwork Princess where Axel Mortmain hid his clockwork army.