Poor boy. This reminds me of a conversation I had with my editor in which she was like: “Jace has so many names. Surely we can dispense with some.”
And I was like, “Not yet, because what other people call him says something about them and their relationship to him. Sebastian will call him Jace Morgenstern, because that’s who he wants him to be. Brother Zachariah will call him Jace Herondale because the fact that Jace is a Herondale is of interets to him. Clary will call him Jace Lightwood because that’s who she knows he wants to be.”
Her: So can we get rid of Jace Wayland?
Me: No one calls him that but people will always remember it because it’s how he was introduced.
Me: If it’s any consolation, that’s how you know in genre fiction that someone is important. They have a lot of names. Look at Aragorn. He was born Estel, but his real name was Aragorn, but he called himself Strider in Bree, Eomer calls him Wingfoot, his name when he’s king is Elessar Telcontar, and then he called himself Thorongil for a while —
Her: No more Lord of the Rings nerdery, please.
Me: I’m just saying it could be worse.