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Aline Penhallow is a Shadowhunter and the cousin of Sebastian Verlac.

Biography

Early life

Aline became friends with the Lightwood children when they were young, and though they did not see each other often, they were fairly close. At times, her mother would drag her and Isabelle to the Accords Hall for Clave assemblies.

Summer in Alicante

One summer, Aline was secretly seeing a girl, Carolyn. Because others were not aware that she was dating someone, they simply assumed that she "hadn't found the right boy." Her cousin Sebastian, who was visiting for the summer, became aware and promised to not tell anyone.

Sebastian in New York

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Aline greeting Sebastian.

In 2016, Aline and the rest of their family became worried when Sebastian disappeared so suddenly. Unbeknownst to them, Sebastian was abducted, and his identity assumed, by Valentine's son, Jonathan. Six months after he first went missing, she was unable to help herself and went to the New York Institute when she heard that Sebastian was there and came unannounced so as not to spook her cousin away. Almost immediately, Aline noticed something different about her cousin. Jonathan had Sebastian, who was kept tied up in his closet, tell him everything about her.

Jonathan then told Aline that he wanted to stay in New York, and he was able to trick her into believing his lies, through intimate details and memories only Sebastian would know. Jonathan asked that she look after his Aunt Elodie for a few days, and she agreed, even suggesting to leave for London that evening. Jonathan kept up his facade by inviting her to an Indian restaurant before she left.

Aline returned to the Institute shortly after; she'd hoped to say goodbye to Sebastian but missed him. She then bid Isabelle farewell, and the latter commented that she would be visiting them in Alicante soon. As the pair hugged, the real Sebastian tried to approach them but was stabbed and killed by Jonathan.[1]

Aline soon learned of Sebastian's fate and was deeply angered by what Jonathan did to him, so when she found out weeks later that Jonathan was alive, she returned to New York to join the hunt for him. In preparation, she read reports regarding the hunt for Jonathan. Upon her arrival at the Institute, she was greeted by her friend Jace.

Going straight to business, Aline asked Jace about the most recent encounter with Sebastian, being the one from the night before, and about how he managed to escape. Though Aline was aware of the rune that bound the life of Jonathan to Jace's girlfriend, Clary, she questioned how Clary's life could be worth the lives Jonathan's continued freedom could cost, and Jace pointed out that Clary had saved her mother.

Did that hurt? Good. I want Jonathan to feel it.

–Aline while sparring with Clary, To the Night Children

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Aline found Clary training later that day and offered to spar with her. The fight quickly escalated, their jabs becoming personal, as Aline went from probing Clary about Jonathan's goals to taunting Clary about letting him go and implying that she was more involved with Jonathan than she was letting on. After Aline made a comment about wanting Jonathan to feel the pain she was dealing Clary, Clary lost control and, after pinning her down, beat her up before Jace arrived to pull her off. Aline saw that something was off but Jace was able to talk her out of immediately reporting Clary to the Clave; Aline promised to hold off on saying anything as long as she doesn't see anything weird from her again.[2]

Appearances

Season Two (2B) appearances: 1/20
Mea Maxima Culpa:
Absent
You Are Not Your Own:
Absent
Those of Demon Blood:
Absent
The Fair Folk:
Absent
A Problem of Memory:
Appears
Day of Atonement:
Absent
A Dark Reflection:
Absent
Awake, Arise, or...:
Absent
Hail and Farewell:
Mentioned only
Beside Still Water:
Absent
Season Three appearances: 4/22
On Infernal Ground:
Mentioned only
The Powers That Be:
Absent
What Lies Beneath:
Absent
Thy Soul Instructed:
Absent
Stronger Than Heaven:
Absent
A Window Into an...:
Absent
Salt in the Wound:
Absent
A Heart of Darkness:
Mentioned only
Familia Ante Omnia:
Absent
Erchomai:
Absent
Lost Souls:
Absent
Original Sin:
Absent
Beati Bellicosi:
Absent
A Kiss From a Rose:
Absent
To the Night Children:
Appears
Stay With Me:
Mentioned only
Heavenly Fire:
Appears
The Beast Within:
Absent
Aku Cinta Kamu:
Absent
City of Glass:
Appears
Alliance:
Absent
All Good Things...:
Appears

Trivia

  • Aline likes Indian food.[1]

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Eileen as Aline.

  • She is portrayed by Eileen Li in Season 2, but she was unable to return for Season 3 due to a scheduling conflict.[3] The role was recast for 3B and Li was replaced by Jacky Lai.
  • In 3A, Aline was said to be at the Athens Institute on Clave business,[4] though this wasn't stated onscreen.

References

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