Analysis Of The Family Tree Part II
Alastair Carstairs, Thomas Lightwood and a short note about a possibly bigoted future Consul
As we can see in the family tree, there is not much mentioned about the two of them. In fact, we can see that most of the records about the Carstairs ancestry seems to be lost or missing. Thomas's descendents are supposedly mentioned in an unseen extended Lightwood family tree.
If we look at both Thomas and Alastair, we see that they are two gay men in the early 1900s who have no intention of getting married to the opposite gender. While Thomas is still in the closet, he is self-aware and not exactly ashamed of his orientation. The same could be said about Alastair as well. So it is obvious that they won't marry women. So how does Alastair continue the Carstairs bloodline?
He doesn't. At least, not directly.
In one of her many answers and tweets, Cassie mentioned "a surprise baby" will need adoption. The only baby we know of so far, is the unborn baby brother/sister of Cordelia and Alastair. Now, if we were to calculate Sona's age in the early 1900s, she is in her mid-fiftys. Women usually reach their menopause at that point and it's rare for them to survive pregnancy and childbirth at that age. Thus, Sona may die during labour and the baby will be adopted by Alastair, who will raise him as his own son.
As far as Thomas Lightwood is concerned, we can see that his descendants are apparently mentioned in an unseen extended Lightwood family tree. Here, the information about "secret marraiges or relationships" comes into play. Thomas and Alastair may get back together and get secretly married. They will raise baby Carstairs together and live as either neighbours or roommates. Any existing records might refer to them as "extremely good friends who never got married, but lived together". I can just see this happening. It is also possible that Alastair and Thomas could move to the United States at some point. If that happens, then a comprehensive theory by @lucie-herondale-blackthorn, will become extremely plausible. According to her theory, Thomas Lightwood could be an ancestor of Cristina Rosales. For more information, I will ask you to check out her blog!
Because of homosexuality being absolutely frowned upon in Edwardian and Shadowhunter society, most of the records of the Carstairs family had to be destroyed so as to not cause any trouble.
There is also something else I would like to add, which has got nothing much to do with the family tree. In the beginning of TMI, we see that homosexuality among shadowhunters was considered a kind of taboo. When we read TLH, we see openly queer Shadowhunters like Anna Lightwood and Matthew Fairchild. While people do frown at them, they don't seem to live at risk of being stripped of their runes. Also, in TID and TLH, we see women as warriors too, inspite of Isabelle mentioning the women of Maryse Lightwood's generation to be the first generation of active fighters. There could be a reason behind it. The reason might exist in a quote by Lily Chen in GOTSM,
This clearly implies, that whoever succeeded Charlotte Fairchild as Consul, was clearly a man of extremely conservative views (I suspect Charles Fairchild). It was because of laws enacted by said individual, that homosexuality became a crime and women were shoved off the battlefield. For this theory to come into existence, I would like to credit @bcarstairs for an extremely useful comment she had posted a while back under my post about possible plot holes.
Part I, which is essentially an introduction, is here!
Part III will deal with the topic of why Sona Carstairs was listed as Colette Verlac.
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