Bright Lilim of Destiny
By Manny Nepumecino
|Corporeal Forces: 3
|Ethereal Forces: 3
|Celestial Forces: 3
Skills: Fighting (Jujitsu)/3, Small Weapon (Pistol)/2, Knowledge (American
History/3, Egyptian History/1), Languages (English/4), Move Silently/2,
Detect Lies/2, Tactics/3
Songs: Tongues (Celestial/2)
Attunements: Bright Lilim of Knowledge*, Bright Lilim of Destiny
Extra Rites: None
Vessels: Human female/2 (Middle-aged Caucasian woman)
Roles: "Sylvia Lane" (History professor)/2, Status 3
* Bright Lilim of Knowledge: Ephesus can receives a bonus equal to her
Ethereal Forces when using her resonance to determine what knowledge or
information a person Needs.
At one point, it seemed as though there would be no end to the pain; no end
at all. Through eyes dimmed with tears, he glared - or tried to glare - at
the tall, well-dressed woman smoking quietly in the poorly lit room. He was
conscious of the cold metal collar around his neck, aware that it must be
the artifact keeping him bound to the chair beneath him. The smell of his
own blood was thick in the air; he almost gagged when he thought he smelled
something else - this wasn t part of the plan, not part of the plan at all.
The woman smiled at him. "Too bad you weren't born a Calabite, Merchiel, or
you'd have that collar off in no time. In the meantime, why don't we have a
chat before the Malakim arrive...for old times' sake. It s been ages." She
blew a smoke ring in his direction.
Merchiel blanched. "Ephesus?" he choked.
"That's right, Merchiel. And it s time to settle old scores." Her eyes
gleamed wickedly as she reached for the knife on the table.
Ephesus began life as a Lilim of Secrets - bound to Gebbeleth at her
creation and given only the briefest of introductions before she was shamed,
hurt and broken at the hands of Merchiel, a Habbalite who would be her
teacher and master for the next century. She worked hard to please Merchiel
and Gebbeleth, and after years of back-breaking toil, she found herself on
Earth, in a vessel, with none but the most fragile of Geases to keep her
bound to Hell.
She did the only thing she could think of doing, once she'd slipped past
Merchiel's watchful eye - run to the nearest angelic Tether and request
asylum. She felt the light of Heaven burning her as she stepped into the
Tether's grounds, but the fear of being caught and the terror at returning
to Hell as Merchiel's plaything kept her from turning back.
To her surprise, the Archangel Raphael herself was at the Tether when she
came calling - prompted, she later learned, by the mysterious Yves,
Archangel of Destiny. Raphael listened to her request with deep compassion,
but in the end flatly refused Ephesus. There were too many unknown
variables - Heaven had never redeemed a Lilim, she was still Geased to
Gebbeleth, and clearly Ephesus was not seeking Heaven for selfless reasons.
The Daughter was not turned away, however...two Cherubim and a Malakite were
assigned to protect her while she learned to become selfless.
A decade later, Ephesus became the first Lilim to be redeemed by an
Archangel. As the first Bright Lilim, she set the standard against which
all other Brights would be measured. While her Discord weighed heavily on
her soul, she served the Archangel of Knowledge with all her
strength...fearing only that her former Superior would one day call in the
Geases she still owed him. Fortunately for her, the Prince of Secrets
seemed uninterested in invoking her Geases, and left her alone. Merchiel,
on the other hand, was said to be searching high and low for the Tempter who
had betrayed him. Ephesus stayed in Heaven, educating fresh relievers about
life in Hell and providing valuable insights into the mind of a Lilim for
The death of Raphael was a wake-up call for Ephesus. There was a War being
fought and while she was finally on the right side, she was not on its front
lines. Quietly, she spoke to some Malakim of the Sword, who agreed to train
her in the martial arts. She spent the next few years learning how to fight
and adjusting to life under her new Superior, Yves. She still mourned
Raphael, however, and swore revenge on Lucifer and his minions for her
Ephesus currently spends much of her time on Earth, slaying demonkind
wherever she finds it. She has a Role as a slightly batty history
professor-cum-archeologist, which allows her some eccentricities and gives
her enough leeway to hunt demons and to guide mortals to their destinies.
While she serves a traditionally non-warrior Archangel, she has earned the
respect of a great many Servitors of War and the Sword. Yves, for his part,
understands her Need to kill demons, and even instructs his Malakim to work
closely with her. After all, she knows the enemy better than they do.
Recently, in what she considers a prime example of divine intervention,
Ephesus's most heartfelt prayers were answered. The first Bright felt her
Geases to Gebbeleth vanish... and rejoiced, weeping, as she understood what
it meant to be truly Free.
(Ephesus is identified in the IPG as the first Lilim to be redeemed. Her attunement from Knowledge is conjectural and is calculated at 5 CP for point-balancing purposes. If the GM allows the Knowledge attunement, Ephesus can be considered a balanced starting character.)
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