She looks like a Palestinian woman dressed in modern Arab garb. Her abaya and hijab are functional and used to keep her clothes clean, like a labcoat. Habiba is farsighted and needs reading glasses. They are always perched on top of her head.
As a mortal, Habiba was a merchant and an appraiser. The relative worth of everything she saw was easily cataloged in her head. In 780, an earthquake hit Jerusalem, and destroyed the Al-Aqsa mosque. Habiba was among a group of the faithful who clambered through the ruble trying to rescue the people trapped in the debris. Qusay ibn Namdar was there as well. He was the Curator of the Sasila, who controlled all of the artifacts collected by clan Assamite. He found himself stricken with awe over Habiba's ability to preserve the pieces of artwork dug up from the rubble, and pity over her anguish at the loss of the site and lives within. He decided to take her with him on his travels and indoctrinate her into the service of the Mountain. The pair traveled the world collecting antiquities to be shipped back to Alamut. They traveled with Barbary pirates as far as Ireland, where they fell in with a group of Viking raiders. The Vikings would raid monasteries for gold and silver, leaving the manuscripts and scrolls for Qusay and Habiba. In 842, while raiding the Irish monastery at Clonmacnoise, Habiba discovered a hidden cache of hadiths and apocrypha. Delighted in the skills of his charge, Qusay gifted Habiba the embrace that night.
They eventually made their way to Alamut, where Qusay showed Habiba the entire museum of the Assamites. They spent several lifetimes cataloging and preserving curious discoveries from around the world.
When Ur-Shulgi returned he summoned the apolitical Historian, Librarian, and Curator before him and demanded they remove from Alamut and destroy any writings or artifacts related to Islam. He gave them one day to pick through the archives and create a fire in the middle of the Central Vault. First hand accounts of the lives of prophets. Religious artifacts held by saints. This was a step too far for the otherwise docile trio. They loaded all they could save onto the backs of 3 donkeys and 2 camels. Elodia, the Librarian of Alamut, and Qusay, the Curator, staged the only successful theft in the history of the archives. And they were stealing it themselves. Babur, the historian of Alamut, cast a spell allowing them to travel through the day and the scorching sun with the pain and damage transferred to his body instead. When Ur-Shulgi awoke and saw no preparations for his bonfire, he flew into a rage and summoned the archivists. Babur, badly burned and limping, came before the Methuselah to answer for their crimes. Nobody knows what happened to Babur, the Historian of Alamut, but he delayed long enough for the other two to escape. Habiba, the assistant, had to stay and protect what remains.
One of only two Sasila who are Viziers, Habiba controls the entire museum of Alamut. Since the departure of her sire, Habiba watches over artifacts and objects as old as 8 or 9 thousand years from every corner of the world. Habiba is completely apolitical. She has never taken sides in the ongoing schisms or splits within the clan. Just as Tamarind will open the library to any Assamite, Habiba will open the museum to any Assamite. Of course, with Ur-Shulgi in charge of the gates, Schismatics would have little chance to get in to see the museum. However, if they could reach it, she would hold it open as one of the few apolitical places on the mountain. If the Mountain were under attack, she would know where the most dangerous artifacts are held, and would not hesitate to use them, even against other Assamites.