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Outside Magnus's apartment, Clary and crew check out some hot vampire rides—weird organic motorcycles, which Clary describes as looking like "bio-creatures in a Giger painting" (12.20).
Jace seems to be up to something fishy, but Clary's not sure what.
They press the buzzer marked BANE near the apartment door until someone answers.
Magnus Bane doesn't look like we would picture the Head Warlock of Brooklyn to look. He's thin, black hair, jeans, blue lipstick, and a glittery party mask. We were expecting someone a bit more… imposing.
Clary and friends follow Magnus up the stairs to his loft, where the party is raging.
So many strange multi-colored (and multi-limbed) people are gyrating around inside, it feels like they've walked into the Mos Eisley Cantina.
Before Clary can even get herself situated, she sees Simon and Isabelle doing some dirty dancing on the dance floor and starts fuming with silent jealousy.
Jace tries to strike up a conversation with Magnus about the block on Clary's brain, but he's interrupted by a vampire who's having a fit about his bio-bike being melted with holy water.
Ah, the old sugar in the gas tank ruse. Except, you know, with holy water.
Thankfully, the angry vamp gets magically ejected from the apartment by Magnus before he can cause any trouble.
Magnus decides to talk to Jace only after Jace threatens him with a visit from the Silent City.
He reveals that yes, he did put a block on Clary's mind, but only at the request of—wait for it—her mother.