|Also Known As:|| Angel's Cup|
|Owner/s:|| Raziel (Originally)|
Apparently, the Cup mostly works on children. An adult would either be unaffected by the process entirely or killed outright. Also, only selected humans are chosen to be turned into Nephilim since most never survive the transition. It takes special strength and resilience and they must be extensively tested, which Valentine Morgenstern apparently wouldn't bother about when trying to create a new race of Shadowhunters.
In the Bible, the Nephilim, or Shadowhunters, were the offspring of humans and angels, created more than a thousand years ago when humans were being overrun by demon invasions from other worlds. A warlock summoned the Angel Raziel, who mixed some of his own blood with the blood of men in a cup, and gave it to those men to drink. Those who drank the Angel's blood became Shadowhunters, as did their children and their children's children. The cup was used to create more Shadowhunters through the years, when Shadowhunter ranks were depleted. It can also be used to turn Shadowhunters demonic.
The Infernal DevicesEdit
Sophie drinks from the cup and becomes a Shadowhunter.
The Mortal InstrumentsEdit
City of BonesEdit
After the Uprising, it was assumed that the Mortal Cup was burned along with Valentine and his family in their home after he had stolen it from the Clave. But his wife, Jocelyn, stole the Mortal Cup and ran away with it and their daughter. To safekeep it, she used a rune on her drawing of the cup on a card and placed the actual cup in it. She gave the card to Madame Dorothea as a gift, in the guise of a deck of tarot cards for her fortune-telling. It was called 'The Ace of Cups', the love card in the deck. The cup was held up by a hand in front of a rayed sun painted with gilt. The cup was made of gold, engraved with a pattern of smaller suns and studded with rubies.
After Clary did the same thing with her sketchbook-diary and a coffee mug, she realized what her mother had done. She retrieved the card from Madame Dorothea, the hand in the card handed her the cup after she drew the rune on it. Madame Dorothea was later revealed to have been killed and taken over by the Greater Demon, Abbadon, who tried to take the Cup for itself. They eventually defeated it, succeeding in bringing the cup home with them to the Institute, only to be taken later by Hodge Starkweather to surrender it to Valentine in exchange for his release from his curse. Valentine later hid it in Idris.