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Raziel
Biographical Information
Age: Ageless
Status: Immortal
Affiliation
Species: Angel
Occupation: Archangel
Patron of the Shadowhunters
Title: Angel of Mysteries
Keeper of Secrets
Residence: Heaven
Relationships
Physical Description
Gender: Male
Hair color: Silver and gold
Eye color: Gold
Be not afraid. I am an angel of the Lord come onto you, Jonathan. You have called me and I have come.

–Raziel to Jonathan Shadowhunter, The Shadowhunter's Codex

Raziel is the patron angel of the Shadowhunters.

Raziel is believed to hold the rank of archangel within the heavenly hierarchy. In Jewish mystical traditions, he is often called the Keeper of Secrets and the Angel of Mysteries. Within Shadowhunter society, Raziel holds a special, almost god-like role as their patron and creator.[1]

History Edit

Creating the Nephilim Edit

What is known of Raziel's interaction with Jonathan Shadowhunter and the world's first Nephilim were based on translations of accounts supposedly written by David the Silent.

Shortly after 1000 AD, the Angel Raziel was called upon by a mortal named Jonathan, though many believe that Raziel was summoned by a warlock named Elphas. Jonathan, desperate to help save mankind (including himself and his companions, his sister Abigail and his friend David) from the scourge of demons traveling to the world and destroying the Earth during the Incursion, prayed to Raziel to save humanity. Hearing Jonathan's prayer, Raziel rose from Lake Lyn, and upon seeing that Jonathan's wish and vision for his world was pure and true, Raziel granted his prayer. He gave Jonathan the Mortal Instruments, and mixed his blood with Jonathan's blood in the Mortal Cup to use for the creation of a new race of demon-fighters. Raziel encouraged Jonathan to drink from the Cup, and upon doing so, he became the first of the Nephilim; because of this ritual, all Nephilim have Raziel's blood running through their veins, which is why they're often called "Raziel's Children." Raziel gave Jonathan the name Shadowhunter, and allowed him to use the Mortal Cup to create more Nephilim, all of whom, with the help of the Mortal Instruments, would be dedicated to the irradication of demons on Earth.

Summoned by Valentine Edit

Late in 2007, a summoning ritual was arranged and planned by Valentine Morgenstern in order to summon and compel Raziel into granting his wish: a new race of Shadowhunters to replace those Valentine believed to be corrupt, who would be dedicated to the destruction of both demons and Downworlders. However, unbeknownst to Valentine, Clary Fray had secretly modified one of the runes in the protection circle in order to change Valentine's name to hers. As a result, Valentine no longer had the power to compel Raziel to fulfill his wish and was given no protection from Raziel's wrath for being summoned to Earth.

During the course of their conversation, Raziel made it clear that he did not agree with Valentine's ideals, because he could see that Valentine cared only of his own glory, and had no genuine interest in protecting the world. So appalled at what Valentine had done in the name of his cause, including experimenting on his own children, killing his adopted son, and torturing Raziel's angelic brother Ithuriel for years, Raziel furiously shot Valentine with a flaming arrow through his chest, killing him instantly. Because of the conditions of the summoning, Raziel was obliged to carry out a wish for Clary, so she asked Raziel to resurrect Jace Herondale, who had just been killed by Valentine as a blood sacrifice to complete the summoning; a request which Raziel granted.[2]

Summoned by Simon Edit

Only months after being summoned by Valentine, Raziel was again summoned to Earth; this time, by Simon Lewis, with the help of Magnus Bane, as part of their quest to find a way to sever the demonic parabatai bond between Jace and Sebastian Morgenstern. Magnus was initially skeptical about summoning Raziel, given angels' impatience and the possibility that Raziel would kill the summoner if he was not summoned with all of the Mortal Instruments as protection against them. However, since Simon's Mark of Cain granted him invulnerability, Simon opted to be the one to summon the angel.

Raziel was furious for being summoned, as expected-- even by Simon, who carried the blood of his descendants, the Maccabees-- and he had intended to kill Simon the moment he arrived. When he realized that Simon had the Mark of Cain on him, he was even more outraged, because the Mark was meant to be placed upon man by God, and he believed it was blasphemous that anyone else had done it. However, they ultimately agreed upon a compromise, due to the extreme circumstances: Raziel would strip the Mark from Simon's body, only on the condition that he would not kill Simon after he had done it, and in exchange, Raziel would loan Simon Glorious, the sword of St. Michael.[3]

Physical description Edit

Raziel is human-like in figure, but apparently frightening, and so large that he can cradle three grown men in his palms. He has long hair of silver and gold and his white skin is covered in golden angelic Marks, both those familiar and those not found in the Gray Book, all of which move across his skin. His eyes are also gold, and have no whites or pupils. As an angel, he has large golden wings, each feather of which contains a single golden staring eye. His face was described as both beautiful and inhuman.

Abilities Edit

  • Archery - Raziel uses a bow with flaming arrows.
  • Flight - Raziel is independent of gravity.
  • Supernatural Strength - Raziel displayed inhuman strength when he flung a group of demons into space.[1]
  • Telepathy - Raziel possesses the ability to look into the mind and heart of the one who summoned him, as he was able to quickly deduce Valentine's true desires as a corrupt Shadowhunter and see what he had done.
  • Wish Granting - Any Shadowhunter that summons Raziel can place their name in a rune. By doing so, they can compel Raziel to grant one wish. The name in the rune may be changed and by doing so, it changes to whom Raziel grants the wish.

References Edit

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  2. City of Glass
  3. City of Lost Souls

Start a Discussion Discussions about Raziel

  • Portrayal of Raziel

    5 messages
    • According to Wikpedia the City of Ashes movie got a different director, but they will continue filming.
    • Oh ok then...it's surprising tho considering that the first one didn't do very well...
  • Writer of the Runes

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    • In the series, were the Runes and the angelic language itself written by God, Raziel, or the angels?
    • I believe it is said angel raziel gave them the runes.

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