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Simon Lewis, a vampire, seeking refuge in the sun.

For centuries, we've heard the legend of how one day a great leader would come. A vampire who can walk in the daylight. We always thought it was a myth... folklore.

Quinn, Those of Demon Blood

Daylighters are a rare kind of vampire capable of walking in the sunlight.


Apparently, many old vampires have heard legends about a Daylighter who would one day become their great leader.[1]

In 2016, Simon Lewis became the first Daylighter in a long time, earning the awe, respect, and envy of other vampires around him.[2][3][1] While it is not known how Daylighters are made, in Simon's case, he became one after drinking the blood of the Nephilim Jace Herondale, who exceptionally has more angel blood than ordinary Shadowhunters.[4]

The rarity and power of Daylighters are impressive, to the point where even the Seelie Queen held exceptional interest in Simon.[5][6]


Daylighters are:

  • able to expose themselves to sunlight without burning;
  • immune to the fatal effects of the Soul-Sword on Downworlders;[4]
  • able to survive the ceremony that bestows the Mark of Cain.[7]