Lilith is known as the Progenitor and is supposedly the "first vampire", made in God's image. She's believed by many vampires to have been created before Adam and Eve, who, according to the Original Testament, were designed to sustain Lilith; her progeny in turn would be sustained by their children, the human race. Lilith is worshipped as a god by many vampires.
In the fifth episode of season five it is revealed that the Authority possess a vial of blood that many believe to have belonged to Lilith. However, Roman Zimojic explains to Salome Agrippa that the blood is not Lilith's, and that by allowing others to believe that the blood is authentic, he boosts his own, and the Authority's, credibility. In spite of Roman's insistence that neither Lilith nor the blood are real, the blood has powerful properties when consumed by vampires, suggesting that, whoever or whatever Lilith really was, she did exist.
Although Bill gained an impressive suite of new powers from consuming Lilith's blood, including flight, stake resistance, telekinesis and the potential to remotely destroy his progeny, he appeared to have changed little in terms of personality after recovering from the initial shock of his resurrection. He continues to be haunted by visions of Lilith, seeing four images of her in his office, who eagerly and menacingly converge on him.("Who Are You, Really?")
Powers and Abilities
Lilith would possesses the normal powers and weaknesses of a vampire, such as superhuman strength, speed, healing, reflexes, agility and a natural affinity for glamouring; she might also have had access to other, rarer vampire powers, such as flight. Since Bill Compton became telekinetic after drinking her blood, it is logical to assume that Lilith possessed that ability as well. The exact extent of her abilities would depend on how old she was when she met the sun (a date for her existence and true death has not yet been suggested). It is quite logical to assume that her powers would far outstrip those of any other vampire seen thus far, including those of Russell Edgington.
Lilith's blood, if it is indeed hers, exhibits all the qualities of normal vampire blood, in addition to being an extremely potent hallucinogen. Vampires who consume her blood exhibit behavior typical of vampires in nests, as well as a greatly increased appetite and vivid hallucinations of Lilith herself. Most disturbingly, it appears that these visions endure even when the vampire has recovered from the initial effects of the blood, seeing Lilith hours or even days after consuming a single drop. Lilith's blood seems to bring out an animalistic, merciless side to vampires, even from one drop of blood even Eric and Bill were draining people; the only person who could stop Eric was a vision of Godric. Lilith also seems to possess the ability to exhale a red chemical, possibly just her breath, which also reinforces these animalistic qualities ("In the Beginning") ("Somebody That I Used to Know")
Her weaknesses would theoretically include a stake to the heart, silver and fire. However, the efficiency of any of these weaknesses might be under dispute, as Bill Compton, after drinking her blood, was staked directly through the heart with no ill effect. Due to her being the oldest and first vampire, she would burn up very quickly in the sun (and this is indeed how she met the True Death). Like most vampires she would theoretically be quite vulnerable to photokinesis, but again, the full extent of what she was capable of remains unknown, and is is possible that she was resistant even to faerie magic.
- In Jewish folklore, from the 8th–10th centuries Alphabet of Ben Sira onwards, Lilith becomes Adam's first wife, who was created at the same time and from the same earth as Adam. This contrasts with Eve, who was created from one of Adam's ribs. The legend was greatly developed during the Middle Ages, in the tradition of Aggadic midrashim, the Zohar and Jewish mysticism. In the 13th Century writings of Rabbi Isaac ben Jacob ha-Cohen, for example, Lilith left Adam after she refused to become subservient to him and then would not return to the Garden of Eden after she mated with archangel Samael.
|Season five appearances|
|"Turn! Turn! Turn!"||"Authority Always Wins"||"Whatever I Am, You Made Me"||"We’ll Meet Again"|
|"Let's Boot and Rally"||"Hopeless"||"In the Beginning"||"Somebody That I Used to Know"|
|"Everybody Wants to Rule the World"||"Gone, Gone, Gone"||"Sunset"||"Save Yourself"|