|“||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.||”|
Daylighters are a rare kind of vampire capable of walking in the sunlight.
One of the first known Daylighters in history was Cain, who became a Daylighter soon after he fed from his first victim: his own brother, Abel, who had heavenly blood due to his heritage. At one point, it became a legend among old vampires that a Daylighter would one day become their great leader.
In 2016, Simon Lewis became the first Daylighter in a long time, earning the awe, respect, and envy of other vampires around him. A vampire is made into a Daylighter when they drink angelic blood; In Simon's case, he became one when he drank blood from Nephilim Jace Herondale, who exceptionally has more angel blood than ordinary Shadowhunters.
- able to expose themselves to sunlight without burning;
- immune to the fatal effects of the Soul-Sword on Downworlders;
- able to survive the ceremony that bestows the Mark of Cain.