Lilith Marley EdenMy work
: Performer/Illusionist/Hustler.I can:
Though Lilith dislikes the term, They cannot deny that They are a hustler. They have a quick wit, and even quicker hands. With the help of Their animatronic spider Remy
, They could pick your pocket twice before you found the queen of hearts. Most often, though, They prefer to actually perform. They've become a very adept magician/illusionist over the years, graduating from pulling clockwork rabbits from top hats to making rain flow backwards. Many of Their illusions are dependent upon devices that Kriati has made, but the woman is usually more than happy to help. Most of Their skills lies in Their nimble fingers and Their ability to distract Their audience. They have been trying Their hand at hypnotism lately, but there is a lot of room for improvement.Age:
Lilith identifies as genderfluid and uses gender neutral (They/Them/Their) pronouns. Some days they present more masculine, other days more feminine. Either way, they are androgynous enough that they are often mistaken for both male and female in the same day.Sexuality :
5'5"/130 lbsMy colors:
Lilith has the left side of Their bottom lip pierced and a Monroe on the opposite side. They also have Their right eyebrow pierced and two cartilage piercings on the ear on the same side. When They were much younger, and much stupider, They got a jagged heart tattooed beneath Their right eye. They usually pretend that it's stage make-up for Their performances.Weapons:
Remy is equipped with hidden blades enough to ensure safety.Personality:
Though Lilith uses the word "eccentric," most people would call Them neurotic, possibly even psychotic. They believe that the government has implanted a chip in Their brain, mostly because of the inner voices that They've been hearing since Their father died. The device is malfunctioning, though, which is why Kriati insists that They never attend the bi-monthly brain scans. They continue holding onto this fallacy, despite having been told multiple times about the truth of the Inflicted. Along with this, They also speak compulsively in rhymes. Strange behaviours aside, Lilith is also a very friendly person, one who would give you the shirt of Their back with one hand, all while stealing your wallet with the other. The years They spent trying to make it on Their own taught Them that everything comes at a price. Whatever help was offered came with the expectation of reciprocation. There are those, of course, who Lilith truly trust, and with Their trust comes fierce loyalty.Likes:
-A quiet night after a long day
-Purple and greenDislikes:
-Concrete and metal
-The "Upper Class"
-Any government officials, including people They merely suspect to be government officials
-Both the colour orange and the fruit.Fears:
-Most figures of authorityHistory:
Lilith was born into a troupe of traveling street performers. For years the group traversed the country of Naave, going wherever the money was. They rented rooms, usually at weekly intervals, to house the family of fifteen while they worked the city they were in. Once the money ran out, they moved onto the next city. Though they consider each other family, the only members of the troupe that were actually related were Lilith and Their parents. Still, the group was close knit enough that their bond transcended blood.
The members of the troupe-- not including Lilith-- spanned in age from late teens to early fifties. Most of the younger members were apprentices that had been disowned by their blood relatives and taken in by the troupe. Others were looking for adventure when they joined, and some were simply die hard performers. A few, Lilith's parents included, were full blooded anarchists, and being a member of the group was part of their attempt to dismantle the status quo and avoid the government eye. Despite their differences, each member of the group did their part to ensure that everyone was happy and healthy.
As the years wore on, Lilith's family traded their weekly room rentals for cardboard sheets scattered across fenced off streets. The less gifted performers got more permanent jobs, while the most gifted turned every performance into a con. Even on their best days, the troupe was nowhere near as prosperous as they had been in previous years. Eventually, as most other traveling performers do, Lilith's family decided to move to Opral. The country was rich, but dull; the perfect place for street performers to earn top dollar. The decision was nearly unanimous, receiving protest from only one member of the family: Lilith's father. His reasons for arguing were vague, and he quickly gave in to the wishes of the group and changed his vote to yes.
By the time the troupe had saved enough money to move to Opral Lilith was eleven. At this point They were old enough to know that They had inherited many things from Their father: his nimble hands, his affinity for illusions, his eyes, and his brain anomaly. However, living a life on the road had prevented Lilith access to most forms of media, so They knew very little about the Inflicted. Their father had told Them a few things about it, but had also informed Them that They were to keep it a secret at all costs. So, to Them, it was simply a secret psychic connection that created an unbreakable bond between Them and Their father.
The troupe was stopped at the border of Opral, just as any travelers would be, and subjected to brain scans. When the scans began Lilith was mostly interested in the machine; They had never seen anything like it before. One of the younger guards had even been nice enough to show Them how it worked. He scanned himself first, then Them, then showed Them the screen displaying Their status. Negative. Shouting had interrupted the young man's explanation of how the scanner worked. The guard that was scanning Their father was trying her best to calmly explain that he needed to go with her for a routine drug and weapons check, but the rest of the troupe was arguing against separating the group. Above all of the raised voices, however, Lilith could hear Their father's voice in Their head, repeating one word over and over: run. So, as soon as the man's hand collided with the guard's jaw, Lilith grabbed Their mother's hand and ran toward the border.
Lilith is still unsure of how they made it into the country without being shot-- or, worse, captured. After a few days of laying low, Lilith and Their mother decided to go looking for the troupe. The two of them had followed the whispers about the new street performers through the streets until they found the rest of their family. The troupe had suffered casualties at the border, and was significantly smaller. Two of them had been shot and killed; another five had been captured and, presumably, taken into custody. All surviving members blamed Lilith and Their mother. A unanimous decision was made to banish them from the troupe.
Their mother grew cold and bitter after this. She had even begged the troupe to let her remain, even if it meant casting Lilith out on Their own. The woman turned to drugs to ease her grief, and Lilith turned to people. They continued performing, both to keep busy and to make money. For safety's sake, They kept to busking, so there wasn't much money to be made. Still, it helped Them practice, and kept Them out of Their mother's way. Every now and then a wealthier viewer would come by and take pity on the poor child; those nights Lilith ate well. Then, when money got too tight, They turned to hustling. They found that the best way to keep Their mother happy was to go home each night with as much money as possible.
Living in Opral made it impossible for Lilith to avoid learning about the brain anomalies.They were not yet aware that the negative result They'd gotten at the border had been false because They had been too young to be detectable. So, They quickly began to believe that the psychic connection that They had once had with Their father had been a fabrication of Their own lonely mind. In fact, as the months passed, Their memory of Their father grew vague enough that They were convinced that he had been a fabrication of Their mind; a simple imaginary friend. So, of course, when They started accidentally overhearing telepathic conversations between the Awakened in the city They assumed that They were going crazy. They tried to ask Their mother about it, but she usually ended the conversation abruptly and firmly. Most often, though, the woman was too high to have a coherent conversation.
After Their mother OD'd, around a year after they'd moved to Opral, Lilith continued on the best They could. The loft where They lived was owned by a slum lord, so as long as the rent kept coming he didn't care who was paying it. Lilith spent Their days on the streets, performing, hustling, and pick pocketing, anything They could do to make money. When the building eventually burned down, They didn't know where to go. Any attempt to go to a shelter would end in Them being detained for being illegal, and would likely lead to Them becoming a well documented ward of the state. However, the same fate awaited Them if they were caught on the streets after curfew. They decided that Their best hope would be to move uptown and steal a key to someone's guest house. This is where They met an illustionist by the name of Dr. Facilier.
They had mistaken the man for someone of wealth, judging by his attire and ornate walking stick.
So, after easily lifting his keys off of him, Lilith was surprised to be cornered by the man a few moments later in an alley way. After complimenting the nimbleness of Their hands-- and getting his keys back-- the man offered Them room and board in exchange for being his apprentice. They accepted the offer eagerly, both relieved to have a place to live and excited to once again have someone to look up to and learn from.
Most of Their "apprenticing" consisted of picking the pockets of the crowd while Dr. Facilier performed, but Lilith didn't complain. When the show was over, Dr. Facilier spent his remaining waking hours teaching Them everything he knew. He often praised Them on how quick of a learner They were, and even took to claiming the They were his child if anyone asked. After a year of apprenticing under Dr. Facilier They felt like They had found someone that They could call family. They even became comfortable enough with him to tell him about the voices that They hear.
When the guards interrupted one of Dr. Facilier's shows, Lilith assumed that they were simply there to make sure that everything being done was legal. They hadn't taken much from the crowd yet, so They simply hid what They had beneath the man's make-shift stage. When Dr. Facilier pointed Them out in the crowd They had been shocked, hurt and frightened. He yelled something about the Inflicted as the crowd panicked and scrambled away from Them. One of the guards grabbed Their arm, so They grabbed the closest thing to Them-- Dr. Facilier's walking stick-- and clubbed him with it. Then, once again, They were on the run.
One of Lilith's favourite illusions that Dr. Facilier performed was his disappearing act. He had installed a trap door which, after some flashing lights and smoke for show, he would activate with the bottom of his walking stick. After being taught how this trick worked, Lilith had been inspired to recreate it around the city. It didn't take long for Them to noticed that, with only a few minor changes, the base of the walking stick was perfect for activating the switch which opened most sewer grates. So, when They were cornered by the guards in an alleyway, They twisted the top of the walking stick to activate it's built in fog machine, then disappeared into a plume of purple smoke.
Lilith spent the next year living in and mapping out the sewers. For the first few months, They only left the underground in order to steal food. Then, after they felt safe enough to do so, they began to perform again. Their best act, of course, was Their disappearing act. The act became well known enough that Their audience would actually seek Them out in order to see it. They were eventually given the name "The Mad Hatter," and Their act became known as "Down the Rabbit Hole."
Despite spending so much time mapping out the sewer tunnels, Lilith still often got lost. One wrong turn lead to another, which lead to another, and they accidentally surfaced in the middle of Kriati's workshop. The woman had taken no time at all to point a very large gun at Their head. However, after a very long winded lecture, the woman eventually invited Them to come and live with her, and Lilith has been living with her ever since.Miscellaneous:
The hat that Lilith wears (the one which earned Them the name "Mad Hatter) once belonged to Their father. However, if you asked Them, They would likely say that it fell from the sky one day and They found it.Handler: