I’m not normally a hateful person. I have strong dislikes for things, but I often don’t have the heart to say I genuinely hate something. But like everything, there are always exceptions, and after playing a little Borderlands 1 and 2, and seeing the end to Borderlands: the Pre-Sequel, I’ve found myself someone I can justifiably hate.
Well, not just someone. Almost everyone hates the Claptrap unit in Borderlands 2, and for good reason. Being dragged through an icy hellhole for the lengthy duration of the tutorial area is bad enough without Claptrap screaming at me all the way through. Seriously, I wish he wasn’t a convenient plot device, and why couldn’t he be like the Claptraps in Borderlands 1?
Anyway, I am getting off topic. There is someone else who riles me up no end, who I want to punch in the face – Lilith, the Siren.
Just a word of warning, if you haven’t played Borderlands 2 or the Pre-Sequel, there are spoilers ahead.
Alright, Lilith was a playable character in Borderlands 1, where, like everyone else, she didn’t have that much to her. She’s that standard sexy female character who lures people to their death by being sexy and having weird magical powers. Rather stereotypical, but she’s essentially you so it’s not too bad.
In Borderlands 2, she’s given a much, much larger role in the whole story. She’s one of six Sirens in the entire universe, mystical women with amazing powers. And she’s on Pandora, scaring some bandits by pretending to be the Firehawk, after defeating the Destroyer in Borderlands 1. Not exactly the best use of her time, but as you hear echoes between her and Roland, you can tell that 1. she loves Roland and 2. Roland is hiding her, because people want Sirens for, well, stuff. At the beginning at least.
But the reason Lilith is in hiding is mostly her own fault. You see, in the Pre-Sequel, Lilith was working with Jack, to help him with this vault and the Lost Legion who were wandering around fucking things up. She only gets suspicious of Jack when he kills three scientists, one of whom was a spy. Seems she was perfectly fine working for Jack killing all those other people and helping Jack rise to power, but those three people were enough for her to betray him.
Thing is, Lilith did so in the worst way possible. At least Roland tried to come up with a plan to try and stop everyone, with the help of Moxxi and trying to destroy the giant laser inside the Helios station. But no, Lilith decided to go a step further. At the end of the Pre-Sequel, while Jack is using the vault relic, rather than go in and steal the relic, or steal the relic before Jack can touch it, or, well, anything, Lilith teleports in and punches both Jack and the relic in one go, destroying the relic and clearly driving Jack insane, as well as physically scarring him – as one would expect when you punch someone with magical energies while they’re in the middle of a magical vision.
But hang on, how does Lilith just teleport in there? I know she can phasewalk, but this is before the Eridium boosts she gets in Borderlands 2, so how the fuck does she do it? And why doesn’t she steal the fucking thing BEFORE Jack activates it? It’s not like there isn’t time, there’s plenty of time!
Her fuck ups get worse though. In Borderlands 2, we discover that Angel is also a Siren, and she’s being forced by Jack to charge a Vault Key to open this new Vault, by being force-fed Eridium. Being a Siren and knowing that Lilith is a Siren too, Angel warns her NOT to go with the Vault Hunters as they attack the BUNKER where Angel is being kept. Angel thinks that, obviously, if she dies, Jack knows Lilith is a Siren and will try and capture her instead – something he can’t do if he doesn’t know where Lilith is.
What does Lilith do? She practically delivers herself to Jack. During the battle around Angel, she teleports in and doesn’t actually do much to help. Then, once Angel dies, she pretty much instantly gets captured by Jack, because you’d think, after years of dealing with Angel, Jack knows exactly how to capture and control Sirens. And of course, Jack kills Roland. Which is also Lilith’s fault because they wouldn’t have stopped and chatted if she wasn’t there.
On top of all that, Lilith is stronger than poor Angel, meaning that the Vault Key is charged up faster than ever, and that poor Angel’s death was all for nothing.
But it gets even worse. Of course, at the end of the day, we manage to stop Jack and destroy the Warrior. Coming back to the end of the Pre-Sequel though, we’re treated with a cut scene from AFTER Borderlands 2, where Lilith, Brick and Mordekai are in charge of the Crimson Raiders. They’ve managed to capture Athena, the main character in the Pre-Sequel, and most of the game is Athena explaining what happened to them.
Of course, playing from Athena’s point of view, you see that Lilith and Roland both had a hand in Jack’s rise to power, and what Lilith did to Jack to make him personally hate her. At the end, you see Athena leaving Jack’s side, believing he’s gone insane, and Athena not wanting to deal with that.
You know what Lilith does though? She blames EVERYTHING on Athena and then orders a firing squad to KILL her, DESPITE the protests of Mordekai and Brick. The ONLY thing that stops Lilith from killing her is some magical being coming down and saving Athena, telling Lilith that a war is coming and they need all the Vault Hunters they can get. But Lilith was going to flat out MURDER someone she worked with, blaming her for things that weren’t her fault.
What sort of cunt does that?
Lilith, that’s who.