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The Carstairs family is an old Shadowhunter family.

History

In the 1800s, Jonah Carstairs, his wife Ke Wen Yu, and their son James lived in and ran the Shanghai Institute. When his parents were killed by the Greater Demon Yanluo, Jem was sent to the London Institute.[1]

After Jem became a Silent Brother, his uncle, Elias Carstairs, carried on the family name and the sword, Cortana, was passed down his line of the family.[2]

In 2007, after the death of her parents John and Cordelia Carstairs, Emma became the new owner of Cortana. Shortly after, Jem became mortal again after coming into contact with Jace Herondale's heavenly fire. Jem and Emma both played their parts in the war against Sebastian Morgenstern. After the war, Emma moved into the Los Angeles Institute to live with the Blackthorns, and Jem married his past fiancée, Tessa Gray.[3]

In 2012, Emma played a very important role in the fight against the Guardian and the Cohort.[4]

Known members


Family tree

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Ke Wen Yu
   
   
Jonah C.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Elias C.
   
   
Sona T.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Unknown woman
   
   
Alastair C.
   
   
Cordelia C.
   
   
James H.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Jem C.
   
   
Tessa G.
   
   
Carstairs
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Herondales
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Mina C.
   
   
   
   
   
   
John C.
   
   
   
   
   
   
Cordelia T.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Emma C.

Symbol

CN Carstairs ring.jpg

The Carstairs family symbol, as shown on their family rings, are the crenellations of a castle tower.

References

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