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Biographical Information
Age: Ageless
Status: Immortal
Species: Angel
Occupation: Archangel
Patron of the Shadowhunters
Title: Angel of Mysteries
Keeper of Secrets
Residence: Heaven
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 angel who mixed his blood with that of Jonathan Shadowhunters's to create the race of half-angels called Shadowhunters who would fight to rid the world of demons.

Raziel is believed to be of 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 godlike role as their patron and creator.[1]

He granted Jonathan's wish because he saw that his vision was pure and true; however, he did not agree with Valentine Morgenstern's idea when he summoned Raziel from Lake Lyn, because he could see that he wanted only his own glory, rather than to protect the world.[2]

History Edit

Creating the Nephilim Edit

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

Around or before 1234, the Angel Raziel was called upon by Jonathan, though many believed that he was summoned by a warlock. Jonathan then asked him to create a new race of demon-fighters. Raziel rose from Lake Lyn, and, upon learning of Jonathan's vision, gave him the Mortal Instruments and mixed his blood with Jonathan's in the Mortal Cup in order to create the new race of Shadowhunters. Because of this ritual, all Shadowhunters have Raziel's blood running through their veins.[1]

Summoned by Valentine Edit

Late in 2007, a summoning ritual was set up by Valentine Morgenstern to summon Raziel. However, Clary Fray secretly modified one of the runes and changed Valentine's name with 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.

Raziel, appalled at what Valentine had done in the name of his cause, shot Valentine with a flaming arrow through his chest. Because of the conditions of the summoning, Raziel was obliged to carry out a wish for her; she asked for Jace Lightwood, who had been killed by Valentine minutes before, to be brought back to life, which he granted.[2]

Summoned by Simon Edit

Only months after being summoned by Valentine, Raziel was again summoned; this time, by Simon Lewis, with the help of Magnus Bane, during their quest to find a way to sever the demonic parabatai bond between Jace and Jonathan Christopher 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 the Mortal Instruments to protect them. However, because of the invincibility the Mark of Cain granted Simon, he opted to be the one to summon the angel.

Raziel was furious for being summoned, even by someone who carried the blood of one of his descendants, the Maccabees, and had intended to kill Simon. When he realized that Simon had the Mark of Cain on him, he was outraged, saying that the Mark was meant to be placed upon man by God. They then agreed upon a compromise: Raziel would take the Mark from him, promising not to kill him once he has, and he would give 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 familiar and ones 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 has 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 who Raziel grants the wish to. Raziel also appears to be able to refuse a person's wishes if the wisher is corrupt.

References Edit

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  • 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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