— Izhim ur-Baal during the Treaty of Tyre, addressing Hardestadt
Izhim has long blond hair and a round face.
Izhim abd'Azrael was born the seventh son of a Babylonian sorcerer-king-prince over a fertile province in a time when empires had neither names nor boundaries. The monsters of that era still walked openly among men; the boy-prince was groomed for divinity from an early age by the Old Ones and kept alive well beyond any mortal span by nightly infusions of godhead. Riches and finery of every sort imaginable, tutelage in the mundane and mystical disciplines, sovereignty over a people who venerated him as heir to an inviolate power – all these things and more contributed to the fulfillment of Izhim Thrice-Blessed's every earthly desire. Without warning, barbarian hordes came from the north one night. Brutal and bloodthirsty, they swept over the plains like a merciless scourge, leaving only ashes to mark their passage. Thrust into sudden eternity by his masters in the desperate hope that some part of their legacy might survive, Izhim heeded his father and fled into the night, the flames of his former paradise lighting the way.
Izhim has since lived the lives of an Akkadian prophet, a Sufi poet, a Coptic blood-god, a Persian demonologist, and a hundred others. Ultimately ceasing his worldly wanderings, he returned to his homeland, where he rejoined his distant brethren for a time at the black citadel of Alamut until the exodus of the Unfettered. He rode with the greatest of their companies to the forgotten city of Chorazin during the last Baali War and was taken captive by the infernalists. Rather than kill them, the Baali took Izhim and twelve other Warriors and used their potent vitae as a conduit to unleash the first Blood Curse upon the Assamites, filling their Warrior Caste with a ravening hunger for vampiric blood.
It was only six centuries later, in 1242 CE, that Izhim was freed by his childe Enkara, summoned by his whispers. In the past, her sire had disappeared before her eyes when he was absorbed by the gigantic hand of Namtaru. However, when he emerged centuries later he had lost the typical dark skin of the Assamites he once had - his face was now pallid as bleached bone, while his once blackened hair was now the color of straw. Izhim drank from Enkara, and from each sip he emerged more and more from the liquid stone until, finally, he pushed her into the demonic hand to take his place. Now calling himself the Thrice-Damned, he was free again and explained to Enkara that he was the only sacrifice worthy of Namtaru, because he was the only one who truly loved someone else and was now ready to offer his on true love (as well as his name and allegiance), in a contract with Namtaru to escape suffering and to finally unleash the full potential of the Curse of Hunger upon the Assamite clan.
The saga of the Assamite antitribu began within a fortnight of the signing of The Treaty of Tyre. Several ancient Warriors felt that acceptance of the Tremere Curse was a stain upon the Clan's honor. The Sorcerers supporting these Warriors believed they discovered how to break the Curse. On their word, these so called Unconquered journeyed to Chorazin. The Sorcerers claim the place from which that curse had sprung might yield clues to the breaking of this new one. Their effort did not go as anticipated.
While the Sorcerers were able to reawaken one of the cursed altars, they also awakened something else. No two survivors of that night tell the same tale, but at its end, nearly every Vizier and Sorcerer who had ridden with the Unconquered was destroyed, their secrets lost with them. The small band that survived found the Curse was broken for them. As the Eldest, Izhim ur-Baal led his tattered followers forth in search of a new home. In time, they joined the nascent Sabbat, accepting the name "Assamite antitribu" and the chance to kill vampires of the Camarilla. Over time, he rose in the ranks of Sect and the Black Hand as Shakari and, eventually, Seraph. Following the events of the Red Star, he went silent. His current whereabouts are unknown.