Lilia was a teenager when Eiko died, and not long after her father joined the Cult. As his child, she was forced to follow their customs and rituals by Joshua, even though she did not personally follow the faith. Her frustrations grew until she turned sixteen, at which point she began to plan her escape.
At around the same time, Lilia became romantically involved with Athanasi, another Cult member. She began pressuring him to leave with her and start a new life in his native Hiberia, but he was reluctant. Seeing no other choice, Lilia prepared to go on her own.