|Also Known As:||The Night Children|
|Notable Members:|| Fledglings |
|“||The Night Children are a wise and careful people. Any scheme that draws their ire draws my suspicions.||”|
The vampire clan once led by Raphael Santiago resides in the Hotel Dumont, renamed Hotel Dumort (Hotel of the Dead) by the vampires who reside there. Clary Fray and Jace Wayland break in in an attempt to rescue Simon Lewis, who was brought there by one of the vampires after he was turned into a rat at one of Magnus Bane's parties. This clan has motorcycles that fly run by demon energy.
There is also a coven in London led by Alexei de Quincey as of 1878; it is unknown if they still exist, but as Camille Belcourt mentions residing in London for a while it is likely they do. De Quincey was a notable member of the Pandemonium Club.
Blood is the main component of a vampire's diet; all vampires need to drink some kind of blood for their survival. Whether it is the blood of humans or animals is up to the vampire. Mundane food, on the other hand, can make a vampire sick since they cannot digest it, although some have learned to eat food in some unexplained way.
Human subjugates, sometimes also referred to as darklings, are mundanes kept around by vampires to feed on when they’re short on blood – like walking snack machines, as Isabelle Lightwood put it.
Instead of becoming weak from blood loss all the time, the healing properties of vampire saliva helps them live longer—increasing their red blood cell count, making them stronger and healthier. It was once not against the Law for a vampire to feed on a human, as it doesn't really hurt them, but eventually, it became illegal. This does still make them seem skinnier and paler.
Human subjugates do not eat food. They live on a mixture of vampire and animal blood, keeping them in a state of suspended animation. They’re not immortal, but they age very slowly.
When a vampire decides it wants more than a snack and wants a subjugate, the vampire will start feeding its bitten human small amounts of vampire blood to keep it docile and connected to its master. Subjugates worship their masters, and love serving them. All they want is to be near them. They follow their every command and finds offense when others speak badly of their masters. Most darklings continue serving their master in hopes of becoming vampires themselves once they die.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
Due to the enhanced predatorial nature of vampires, their abilites tend to be the same as humans but multiplied. Allegedly, their strengths increase and grow stronger as they grow older. They have the ability to sheath and unsheath their fangs on command (though with younger vampires this is harder to master).
Vampires can also shapeshift into bats, rats and dust.
The Night Children have the power to mesmerize and essentially control their prey – mundanes. Simon unwittingly uses this when he convinces his mother that he never told her he was a vampire.
Notably, the vampires of the Downworld aren't vulnerable to garlic and can see themselves in the mirror. They are still, however, vulnerable to daylight and holy symbols (of whatever their religion was before Turning). They are also somewhat vulnerable to fire, as they catch it easily.
Although, in the City of Ashes, Simon Lewis feeds on Jace Wayland's blood, and because of the angel blood running through Jace's veins, Simon becomes invulnerable to sunlight, earning him the title "Daylighter".
Also, Camille Belcourt, Raphael Santiago and Simon Lewis have been able to say "God" out loud at several occasions. In City of Glass, Raphael attributed this to age, practice, and faith or the loss of it. Camille, in City of Fallen Angels, says that she does not believe in God. While Simon, in City of Lost Souls, was able to say Deus because, according to Clary's belief, it has something to do with what the person believes about himself—that he was only unable to say it before because he was starting to believe that he was damned, and that if he believes he is not, then he isn't.
For a human to be turned into a vampire, one must drink Vampire blood, be bitten by other vampires, die, buried, and then be reborn and brought back from the dead, then fed blood.
When a human consumes vampire blood, they become darklings. They begin feeling that they are turning into vampires themselves, mainly because this is how vampires pass their powers to others - through blood. Anxiety in the sun and when seeing vampires, even in movies, are some signs. Although the effect fade eventually, most Darklings are still drawn to the place where they received the blood, or the vampire from whom they ingested the blood. This urge also goes away when they become vampires.
Then, the darkling must be bitten or drained of blood by a vampire to continue the process. Vampire saliva is said to have healing and transformative properties. Once bitten, the human may die. If the human is not completely drained to death, he will only be close to dying and will be at the verge of transformation. The process is said to be like being drugged, painless and pleasant, as if merely going to sleep. Since they have consumed vampire blood, the vampire properties have slightly been transferred to the human, they may rise again as a vampire.
Once 'dead', the fledgling – not-yet or newly born vampires – human must die within 24 hours after consuming blood in any manner where the body is preserved. Upon mortal death, the undead body will awaken in a state of transition. They must then be buried and must dig themselves out of their grave and will then be 'truly born'. If no one is there to help them dig out of their grave or if they are unable to, they stay like that, trapped like rats under the earth, starving underground. But if they are not buried, they will stay in the state of transition, dead but not quite dead; never waking.
Immediately, the newly born vampire is in a frenzy for blood and will kill anything or anyone close to them just to drink the blood. In order to complete the transition, within the next 24 hours, the new-born, transitioning vampire must consume an exceptional amount of blood, or else they will fade and die.