- "...Can’t demons fall in love with human men?"
- ―Rahab Barisol[src]
Rahab Barisol, later known as the Demon of Envy, was one of the demons residing in the vessels of sin and the mother of Levia Barisol. Originally one of the survivors of the Second Period's destruction, she was sealed with her fellow kin in Sin before escaping and reincarnating as a demon. Taking dual blades as her vessel, the demon caused numerous incidents over the centuries to spread malice.
In the Second Period, Rahab Barisol became a psychiatrist and deputy director at Held Yggdra's clinic and research institute. Entertaining many, many lovers, she eventually had a daughter Levia Barisol, though she never knew who the father was. After Levia undertook her studies of the mind, Rahab instructed her in the Swap Technique. As the Second Period began to collapse due to HERs contaminating the world, Rahab and 71 other scientists, including Levia, boarded one of several spaceships intended to travel to inhabitable planets and repopulate them, theirs under the name Climb One. On the Climb One, Rahab romanced Gilles Derais, an astrophysicist who entertained several other lovers.
As they lost contact with all their fellow spaceships, the crew of the Climb One realized they were the last inhabitants of Earth and decided to create a new species in the image of earthlings. After finding a new planet to inhabit, they set about constructing the new world and species. During this process Seth Twiright, a HER who had secretly boarded the Climb One, instigated the deaths of 62 of the crew members and contaminated the new species to have a possibility of developing HER Syndrome; included in these deaths were Gilles' lovers, killed by Rahab herself out of envy. The remaining crew, including Rahab, proposed they reincarnate as gods into the world to guide the humans, unaware several among the crew were now themselves HERs.
When their colleagues Held Yggdra and Luna Hazuki disagreed, Rahab joined the ensuing fight and was killed along with everyone else when it caused the Climb One to crash, leaving behind only her spirit data. Rahab and her colleagues remained trapped in the Climb One for some time while the new species of humans began building their societies; eventually, the humans of Levianta discovered the Climb One and established it as a holy relic called the "Sin" ark.
Mantle of EnvyEdit
- "Indeed... It seems that unlike the others, I somehow became a demon while still retaining all my memories."
Later on, Rahab escaped the ark along with her fellow earthlings. Reincarnated as a demon as part of Hänsel and Gretel's Re_birthday in EC 014, Rahab became the "Demon of Envy" inhabiting the Twin Blades of Levianta, being the only one to retain her memory. Afterwards, the demons and their vessels of sin were scattered across the world, armed with the knowledge of the sun god's rules for demons. Realizing the others had seemingly forgotten their past lives, Rahab noticed that Luna Hazuki had taken a new form and that Sickle was seemingly hiding her existence.
Sometime during the EC 300s, the Levin Church gained ownership of the blades and stored them in Lucifenia. Centuries later in EC 501, church leader Mikhail Asayev delivered the blades to the blacksmith Langley in Lucifenia, requesting he destroy them. As Langley repeatedly attempted to destroy the blades using various methods, Rahab mended the vessel every time. She eventually appeared to him in a dream, asking him to stop and explaining that she was in danger of being exploited by humans. Warned by Langley not to use the child of his employee Nagisa as an "escape route", Rahab implored him to return the blades to Mikhail.
Wanting to avoid Irina Clockworker, Rahab possessed Mikhail in EC 508; under her influence, Mikhail formed Neo Apocalypse and launched numerous terrorist attacks across Holy Levianta. Following the Four Horsemen Incident, the Demon of Envy left Mikhail and returned to her vessel; around that time, Chartette Langley gained ownership of the blades. Unable to influence the carefree woman, Rahab witnessed her vessel be reforged into two pairs of scissors in Jakoku and later sealed away in a cave by Gaou Octo in the middle of the sixth century EC.
At some point, Rahab had a prophetic dream that a "pure evil" would bring about a true end when the twins Riliane and Allen met. She thus formulated the flawed theory that, should Riliane and Allen encounter each other, catastrophe would occur.
The Mermaid of OnigashimaEdit
- "...Why would you disappear in front of Kayo, and become a mermaid?"
"The earlier I disappeared, the better. Since I had lost my interest in the human world since Nagare died. But, I thought I would see my daughter’s... Kayo’s wedding first."
- ―Ma and Rahab[src]
Falling in love with the tailor Nagare Sudou in the early ninth century EC, Rahab used the Swap Technique to exchange her vessel for the body of her guardian, Kagura Octo. Fleeing to Onigashima with the vessel in-hand, "Kagura" married Nagare Sudou and settled in Enbizaka, helping her husband with his tailor shop. In EC 822, the couple sired a daughter, naming her Kayo. Sometime after, Nagare died of disease, causing Rahab to lose interest in the human world.
When Gakuga Octo came by, the family permitted him to live with them. Noticing Gakuga was pursuing a romance with Kayo, the tailor revealed the two's relation as cousins and the couple insisted on continuing their relationship. Once Kayo and Gakuga married in January of EC 838, Rahab decided to abandon her "human" life and fake her own death, leaving the Twin Blades of Levianta by the Onigashima cliff side before leaping into the sea and transforming into a mermaid.Assumed dead, Rahab observed her daughter's life from afar while traversing the sea, seeing Kayo lose her family and sanity in the huge fire that struck Enbizaka at the end of the year; she also learned Allen Avadonia had reincarnated into Kokutan-douji to meet his sister Riliane, who had reincarnated into Rin Miroku. Remembering her dream, she used her magic to keep Kokutan from regaining his memories of his past life.
With Kokutan-douji growing up pondering what his purpose was, she plotted to send him to Kayo as a distraction and to try and save her daughter from madness. Approaching the boy, she told him that his life's purpose was to meet his real mother, a pink-haired tailor in Onigashima, and instructed him to tell her that his name was "Ren".
After returning to the sea, Rahab stayed by the reef and watched out for humans as Kokutan-douji traveled to meet Kayo and move in with her. Following Kayo's execution for the murders she committed, Ma approached Rahab at the reef and confronted her over swapping Kagura into the scissors. After Rahab explained how she had swapped into Kagura's body for love, and after the two discussed the implications of Kayo being her daughter, she explained why she sent Kokutan-douji to Kayo. She then, at Ma's command, transferred back into her vessel and set free Kagura's spirit. Nonetheless, she refused to let Ma use her and instead prepared to sleep until the end times.
Rahab was later absorbed by Ma, her scissors left empty, and she resisted her will until she was set free when the mage was killed. After the Third Period's destruction and subsequent merging with the Hellish Yard in EC 999, Rahab was tasked by Sickle with helping Allen Avadonia meet Kayo Sudou.
With Allen ignoring Sickle's orders, Rahab instead gathered with the other demons in Marlon, staying there with Michaela. With the Tasan Party soldiers on the hunt for some particular sin contractors, Rahab speculated that they were targeting the contractors that were most compatible with their demons. When Riliane and Clarith met with Michaela later on, Rahab had to calm Gilles when he became incensed at Riliane's discussion with him, only to get offended by Riliane, herself.
During the confrontation between Ma and Allen, Rahab saw the dark clouds in the sky above Evil's Theater and suspected her prophetic dream about Allen and Riliane reuniting had come true, discussing the dream with Salem when he tried to refute it.
Personality and TraitsEdit
- "Miss crab demon. I leave Allen in your capable hands."
"…What a rude girl you are. How are you looking at me that you think I’m a crab?""
- ―Clarith and Rahab[src]
Befitting her role as a demon, Rahab was an envious, selfish, and eccentric woman. Caring greatly about appearances, she was easily irritated by people misidentifying her. Similarly, although maintaining multiple lovers herself, she would become envious of any competition for their affection to the point of murder. She was thus ordinarily quick to violently punish those who offended her. Likewise, when faced with a difficult or potentially dangerous task, the Demon of Envy typically opted to avoid doing it if possible; compounding this passivity, Rahab considered herself a pacifist.
At the time of taking her role as one of the demons for the vessels of sin, the Demon of Envy had no aspirations or goals save for sating her own boredom, the same as her fellow demons. Like the other Demons of Sin, the Demon found amusement in the inconvenience or suffering of others and thought nothing of stealing lives and hurting people for her own desires. Despite this, she was capable of maternal feelings and of actual love, however muted. She was also stubborn and refused to submit to someone else's will. Rahab also wasn't fond of conversation, and was slow to censor herself when speaking.
Skills and AbilitiesEdit
As a psychiatrist, Rahab was extremely knowledgeable about the workings of the mind. Possessing immense magical power, Rahab was capable of using the high-level Swap Technique to move her or others' souls into different bodies; she also possessed the prophetic dream ability. After reincarnating as a demon, Rahab could also magically suppress an individual's memories while reincarnating. She was also apparently exempt from the rule of losing one's memories while reincarnating as a demon.
As a demon, Rahab was capable of changing shape, transforming her body or even just parts of it into that of a fish. While in her full fish form, Rahab was an incredibly fast swimmer, making her trips even quicker than one of the other demons' would by flying. She could also see long distances. As a downside, her aquatic forms couldn't remain out of the water for extended periods.
As a Demon of Sin, the Demon of Envy was able to possess those who wielded her vessel and influence their personality and actions, fueling their owner's jealousy and turning it into envy. If a contract was forged between an individual and the Demon, the Demon's host would have access to powers provided by the Demon, such as growing fish scales durable enough to deflect bullets. Rahab could also communicate with her host through telepathy.
Although inhabiting the body of its host while possessing them, the Demon of Envy's true essence remained in the Twin Blades of Levianta. Because of this, the Demon's powers could be inhibited by a sealing spell; similarly, the demon was forced to abide by the "rules" put in place by Sickle until the end of the Third Period. Aside from her supernatural powers, Rahab also possessed a beautiful and alluring speaking voice.
Allen Avadonia: The Demon's temporary charge. The Demon of Envy was not particularly attached to Allen and saw no need to make unnecessary conversation with the boy. Although she saw to it that he arrived at his destination safely, she didn't care for the boy's comfort and did not wish to take the effort to oversee his journey the rest of the way to Kayo.
Sickle: A Climb One crew. Although originally fine with working with Sickle as a colleague, and willing to work with him at the world's end, Rahab appeared to hold no particular loyalty to Sickle or his cause.
Gilles Derais: One of Rahab's lovers. On the Climb One Rahab romanced Gilles as she had done many men before; during this time, she became murderously jealous of any of his other lovers. Aside from that, the two seemed to get along amiably in their interactions after the end of the Third Period.
Levia Barisol: Rahab's daughter. Despite their familial relationship, Rahab and Levia seemed to have a frosty relationship, Levia embarrassed by her mother's promiscuous and eccentric nature while Rahab became disappointed with Levia's succeeding failures after the creation of the Third Period, as well as unwilling to return to being her subordinate.
Kayo Sudou: Rahab's daughter. Although only distantly, Rahab appeared to care for Kayo to an extent, wanting to at least see her get married before abandoning her; despite this abandonment, she still watched Kayo's life from afar and, hoping to help Kayo, sent Kokutan-douji her way.
Nagare Sudou: One of Rahab's lovers. Rahab cared deeply for Nagare, moving into Kagura's body in order to be with him. After Nagare's death, she lost interest in human society.
Conceptualization and OriginEdit
- The demon's representative sin is derived from Envy of the Seven Deadly Sins.
- In medieval Jewish folklore, the name Rahab refers to a sea monster; in Biblical passages, the name was used to refer specifically to the Leviathan, the patron demon of Envy.
- The name Rahab also refers to a prostitute from Jericho who helped the Israelites capture her city, paralleling Rahab Barisol's promiscuity.
- Rahab manifests her demonic form as a fish; the Leviathan is sometimes portrayed as a sea monster.
- The beliefs surrounding Rahab's mermaid form match the Japanese myth of the Ningyo, whose flesh is believed to grant one immortality when consumed; Jakoku, where Rahab transformed herself into a mermaid, is inspired by Japan.
- Rahab's humanoid form is described as being a blonde middle-aged woman.
- A "Barisol" is mentioned to be the parent of Behemo Barisol; however, it is unknown whether they have the same first name or gender as Rahab.