Rachab, Bright Lilim of Trade

By Moe Lane


Corporeal Forces: 6
Strength: 12
Agility: 12

Ethereal Forces: 6
Intelligence: 12
Precision: 12

Celestial Forces: 6
Will: 12
Perception: 12

Skills: Detect Lies/3, Dodge/3, Fighting/1, Knowledge (Economics/6, Everything Heaven Knows About Lilith/6, Intelligence Analysis/6, Marc's Organization/6, Research/3), Savoir-Faire/6

Songs: Motion (All/4), Shields (All/4)

Attunements: Bright Lilim of Trade

Rachab's existence isn't precisely secret, just ... downplayed a bit.

It's fairly well known that Marc has Bright Lilim working for him. Many Archangels do: admittedly, none have very many, but Trade has always provided a congenial working environment for a Gifter. It's somewhat less known that some Bright Lilim rise high in Marc's service. This raises no eyebrows, either, for essentially the same reason as above. A few individuals even remember seeing a Gifter serving as Marc's personal secretary, now and again. What of it?

What almost nobody realizes is that said secretary sits in on everything Marc does, from his strategic economic planning to his oversight of Heaven's intelligence service. She sits, watches and takes copious notes. Every so often, she asks a question, which is always answered. Rachab has access to everything Trade owns or knows ... and her credit account has no upper limit.

None of this is widely known because ... well, once you hit the level of Friend in Trade's organization, you don't get to leave with your memories intact anyway. Your chances of successfully Falling officially become nil, too: the Order of the Eternal Sword is routinely delegated to resolve the status of Trade's high-ranking defectors. As a result, it's not impossible to keep a secret restricted to Marc's immediate subordinates and Racheb's privileged status as a student and protege is very much on a need-to-know basis.

It's difficult to understand why, of course: the Gifter has no Word, no Distinctions, no extra Attunements or even a regular vessel ... but she still has access to Marc's ear, should she need it. She usually doesn't: those who know her mostly come away with the impression of a very sweet, very bright and very rushed person franticly attempting to digest large chunks of information as quickly as possible. Rachab is the sort of entity that gives the impression that she wears glasses and sensible shoes, even when she actually isn't.

Only two entities know the precise details of Rachab's creation, and neither one is Lilith. This concerned her, of course, but the Princess of Freedom has managed to confirm to her own satisfaction that the Gifter ultimately came from Freedom, just like all the others. Lilith suspects that Rachab was probably reconstructed from a Remnant Bright Lilim (the usual explanation for anomalies of this type): at this point, the Princess frankly lost interest. Rachab never leaves Heaven, anyway - indeed, she almost never leaves the Bazaar - so sitting her down and explaining alternate options (for a small fee, of course) was currently impossible. Lilith has more important things to worry about - and Rachab barely tracks on the rest of Hell's mental radar.

Still, the lack of hard evidence about Rachab's previous existence is odd. Unfortunately, the Archangelic expert on the s u b ject of Remnant and soul-killed Bright Lilim is Marc himself, and he has always been tight-lipped of what his personal investigations in this s u b ject have revealed. It's been suggested that he restored Rachab to help him in this research: it is known that a Bright Lilim accompanied Marc on some of his early field research of places where Gifters have been soul-killed. She hasn't done that in a while, however. Those (extremely few) in a position to judge the situation mostly shrug and assume that Rachab is nowadays simply one of the fairer ornaments in Trade's collection. That explains a lot about any incongruities, really.

After all, Marc has always been quite the collector.


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