On Halloween 1993, the family convened for the annual ritual. In this year, the leader of the ritual was neither the family monarch nor her son but rather Lilith's mother, who used her labor pains to fuel and enhance the ritual. As a result, Lilith was infused at birth with a measure of the family's elemental magic. Owing to this infusion, she demonstrated from an early age a remarkable aptitude for elemental, wand-less, and other ancient magic, but has had a rather difficult time learning modern magic.
Lilith's early childhood was an uneventful one, like all Redgrave children she was raised under modest circumstances among no-majes aware of the magical world (the 90s colloquialism was "briefs," as in "briefed on the magical world"). With "appreciate the value of money, not its worth" and "disdain "blood purity," and "always be aware of the needs of others" being core Redgrave values, her pre-Ilvermorny education consisted of a basic grounding in magical theory and a thoroughly comprehensive coverage of no-maj education. From a very early age, she demonstrated remarkable intuition and aptitude for mechanical engineering and repair and so was encouraged to focus her no-maj studies in math, science, and technology.
Ilvermorny was an awakening for Lilith in many ways. In 2004, the Redgrave heiress was offered her choice of any house but Pukwudgie and opted for Thunderbird. During her first few years she came to appreciate that her family's broad and progressive values were not universally held in the wizarding world, being herself something of a pariah due to her lack of facility with wand magic in the early stages. As she came into her own as a young woman, Lilith discovered girls in a big way, falling deeply in love with her roommate. The angsty tendencies of teenager-hood led her briefly into a very quiet "like a fish needs a bicycle" mentality. She would soon find it much easier to make friends, however, and so outgrew it. In her second-to-last year at Ilvermorny, something in Lilith broke.
Whether it was a mental block or biological barrier, something gave way that made her able to take the leap forward and catch up to her classmates in wand skill. While she was able to become competent and even capable in the use of a wand, she still prefers hand and elemental magics. She surprised many by turning down an offer from the Salem Institute when they wouldn't budge on facilitating her "expeditions."
Miskatonic University in Arkham, Massachusetts was where Lilith chose to take her higher education. Considered strange by many and outright dangerous by some, mainly for being a mix of magical and non-magical both in curriculum and population, Miskatonic possesses a higher concentration of unique texts than any other extant library on Earth. For 3 years she worked and studied and poured over books you couldn't mention in civilized conversation, but it was the expeditions she loved. Lilith went on every school expedition she could while still completing her studies, magic was in high demand in risky areas like the open ocean and extreme climates like Antarctica. Graduating "only Magna" as Lilith herself puts it was nothing to sneer at, as Miskatonic awards exactly one Summa per year.
During her years working among her family's best engineers, Lilith made it a point to become as expert as she could in no-maj physics and mechanics. When, two years after their graduation, Lilith's girlfriend from school left her, she went so far as to spend a summer working as hard as any Shop Dog in the family garage of the main no-maj line. Intense constant study of very ancient magical history, no-maj religion, and elemental magic have been Lilith's devotion in the time since, interspersed with the occasional clandestine escapade. During this same time Lilith has spent her time, romantically speaking, aggressively testing the bounds of the term "serial monogamy."
Lilith is in Australia to apply for a research fellowship in Advanced Elemental Magic and Theory at the Victorian Magical University as well as to look into a number of promising artifact leads both on and off the continent. She is also recently come in to the first wave of her inheritance and is itching to do some good with it.