|“||Lily—she's one of the smartest of the vampire clan. Knows everything. She and Raphael were always thick as thieves.||”|
Lily Chen is the current leader of the New York vampire clan.
Lily was once a mundane who was somehow killed and Turned in the 20s. Eventually, she joined the New York vampire clan and became a well-trusted member over the years. Before that, however, Lily was among those who fed on humans leisurely and was even present during Louis Karnstein's visit and kidnapping spree. When she met the newly-Turned Raphael Santiago, whose wits and sense of responsibility were contagious to those he lectured and easily influenced, Lily herself became more sensible and even developed a deep sense of admiration and respect for Raphael.
After Camille Belcourt momentarily left the clan in 2006, Raphael, who had already become the second-in-command, became the interim leader, and Lily became quite loyal to him.
Some time after the confrontation at the hotel, Lily, Raphael and Elliott all went to Taki's Diner and found one of the New York Shadowhunters, Alec Lightwood, on a date with the High Warlock of Brooklyn, Magnus Bane. The three vampires interrupted the date and, while Elliott taunted Alec about what his parents would think about him dating a warlock and was later challenged by Magnus, Lily simply watched in silence. They promptly left the diner when Raphael promised Magnus that they won't tell anyone, though Raphael himself later told Ragnor Fell.
During Maureen's loose leadership of the clan, Lily was among those who did not appreciate her irresponsibility. She acknowledged not only that Maureen seemed "crazy", but also the risks of feeding too freely on mundanes. Contacted by Maia Roberts, Lily hinted that the head of the New York werewolf pack might have some sway over the clan.
After Maia became the new, albeit temporary, pack alpha, they plotted Maureen's death and had her inject her veins with holy water. When Maureen died afterwards, Lily revealed herself to her comrades as the mastermind and took over as the clan leader.
With the emergent threats of Sebastian Morgenstern against the Downworlders, Lily and Maia, and their respective groups, formed an alliance. Both showed support for the Nephilim, helping them reinforce their connections with warlocks as well. Lily saw and proved to everyone that even though the Nephilim can sometimes be strict and severe with their Laws and the Accords, they were still necessary in the world's fight and defense against demons.
Upon Raphael's death, Lily not only took over as the leader of the clan, but she also became Anselm Nightshade's stand-in representative on the Council during the December Clave meetings after the Dark War and Sebastian's defeat.
Five months after the war, Lily and the rest of the clan attended the wedding of the werewolf Luke and the Shadowhunter Jocelyn in an attempt to further ease the relationships of the New York vampires and werewolves. She played the piano until she got tired of it and Jace stepped in for her.
Shortly after the fallout of the war, Lily began an alliance with Maia and, an even unlikelier one, with the Shadowhunter Alec.
The partnership went on for years, to the point where Lily became a trusted associate of the local Conclave, especially when Jace and Clary took over. She was even granted access to the Institute through spells cast by Magnus that allowed her into the hallowed ground—something that has never been done for any other vampire. Together, the group often met at a strategy room at the Institute. Most of the issues they settled involved spats resulting from the fallout of the Cold Peace, such as battles over territories taken from the faeries.
Lily is brave and smart, given her age as a vampire. Like Raphael, she did not agree with Maureen Brown's leadership and plotted with Maia Roberts, substitute leader of the New York werewolf pack, to take Maureen down. This suggests that Lily is wise enough to see the impending damage the clan's reckless killings were sure to bring if they continued.
- Saving Raphael Santiago
- City of Bones (first appearance)
- What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything
- City of Glass
- The Voicemail of Magnus Bane
- City of Heavenly Fire
- Born to Endless Night
- Lord of Shadows (mentioned only)
- Lily plays the piano.
- She is also a smoker.
- Her room in the Hotel Dumort is meticulously decorated with a varnished wood floor and silk curtains. She sometimes tries out new decorating ideas in other rooms of the hotel, which some of the clan members appreciate.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 A Long Conversation, a Lady Midnight extra
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Saving Raphael Santiago
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 City of Bones
- ↑ What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything
- ↑ City of Glass
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 City of Heavenly Fire
- ↑ Born to Endless Night
- ↑ A History of Notable Shadowhunters & Denizens of the Downworld