Though Trigon ruled his dimension by young adulthood, something was missing from his life: an heir.
Every woman that Trigon seeded ended her life to prevent his power from spreading... until an earthling
named Arella entered the equation. A drifter, Arella was involved in a satanist ceremony to summon
Trigon to earth. In Arella, the cult knew they
had found Trigon a mate. Amid bright stars and
whirling comets, Arella's union with the most
golden of gods was consummated. Only then did
Trigon reveal his true form. at last, the universe
would be his.
Trigon destroyed the cult and returned Arella to
earth. Depressed and homeless, Arella found
herself in an abandoned alley with thoughts of
suicide when a portal of light appeared. a robed
figure emerged and offered his hand. Without
hesitation, Arella gave hers and entered.
Destination: Azareth. Azar welcomed Arella to
her pacifist society and made her comfortable in
the last days of her pregnancy. Azar named
Arella's infant Raven, who soon became Azar's
apprentice. Raven learned many of the mystic
arts, teleportation and to separate her soul from
her body. Upon Azar's death, Raven received
Azar's golden rings.
At 13, Raven first encountered Trigon, who
asked Raven to rule by his side. Put off by his evil, Raven said no. When Trigon threatened Arella, Raven
unleashed her soul self, the ultimate expression of her power and that which made her the demon's
daughter. Over the next few years, Raven prepared for Trigon's return. Seeking allies, Raven turned to
the Justice League. But the League's leader, the sorceress Zatanna sensed an evil within the empath and
cast her away but not empty handed. Raven had learned of the League's proteges. Raven planted a vision
of a new group of heroes in Robin's mind and with his help, along with Wonder Girl, Changeling, Kid
Flash, Starfire and Cyborg, they formed a new Teen Titans.
Though Robin tried his best to mold the heroes into a team, the Titans failed when they faced Trigon,
forcing Raven to surrender herself. with Arella's help, the team followed and, coordinated by Robin, the
Titans banished Trigon into a dimensional prison. Raven remained with the team to explore her feelings
for Kid Flash, who she had influenced into joining, but the empath's dark side was growing. During a
battle in the Vegan system, Raven lost control and barely held off Trigon. Back on earth, Raven was used
by the Brotherhood of Evil to attack Kid Flash and deliver them to the source of brother blood's power.
When the Titans' rescue attempt failed, Raven summoned forth her full power and lashed out at the
Brotherhood. Only Wonder Girl was able to bring her back.
Out of fear and conflicting priorities, Kid Flash resigned and was replaced by Terra, the Terminator's
spy. Raven sensed evil but whose was it ? Could she have prevented terra's tragic end? in the loneliness
between dimensions, Raven wept. Even on the proudest days, the wedding of Donna Troy, all Raven could
do was watch. Raven decided to it was time to bid her friends farewell, but Jericho took matters into
his own hands. Jericho possessed Raven and journeyed to Trigon's prison. Trigon punished the mute,
crushing his bones, melting his skin, damning him to a thousand deaths until Raven interceded. His ploy
had worked: Trigon had his daughter. The only trace of Raven left: Azar's rings.
With the help of Lilith and Kid Flash, the Titans traced Raven to Azareth. They arrived too late and
Azareth was destroyed. When the team returned to earth, Raven attacked. Each Titan faced their dark
side and lost. But in a turnabout, the Titans cleansed themselves by slaying Raven. Enraged, Trigon
prepared to destroy the earth. Azar, working through Lilith, ordered that her rings restored to Raven's
body. Energized by Azar, Raven unleashed her soul self, flowing with the power that of Azareth. Trigon
fell before this purifying force for good (unknown to the Titans, however, Jericho had been tainted by
Trigon's energy). Raven rose from the ashes of Titans Tower, smiled at Kid Flash and disappeared.
Sensing Raven alive, Arella found her captured in a remote swamp village, where she was forced to use
her healing power on its inhabitants. Set to rescue her, Arella was captured by Brother Blood, who
brainwashed Raven (and through her, Nightwing) into his service. With their founders in jeopardy,
Wonder Girl rallied the Titans, past and present, to free Nightwing and Raven. in disgust that she had
been used again, Raven avenged herself by blasting Brother Blood's mind. Thanks to Azrael, his winged
alien disciple, Brother Blood escaped.
Due to their time in captivity, Raven believed she and Nightwing loved each other but a heart to heart
talk with Starfire set her straight. Raven then found herself in the thrall of scourge, a bloodthirsty
villain with ties to the cosmos and the Greek gods. Again, she found herself used and again, her
teammates struggled to free her. Raven next countered Eric Forester, an evil mutant cyborg who used
her to feed on her emotions. Thanks to Jericho, Raven survived.
On the eve of their anniversary, the Titans were attacked by the Wildebeests, a group consisting of
former hive members and secretly led by Jericho. Save for Nightwing, the Titans and some associates
were captured. Aided by a ragtag band of allies, Nightwing located his teammates just as Jericho
unveiled his master plan: to infuse the captured Titans with a corrupted soul from Azareth. In the midst
of the battle, Raven and Jericho lost their lives. Finally, it seemed, the chapter in the team's struggles
against Trigon was closed. alas, it was not so.
Nightwing and Starfire's wedding had an unexpected guest: Dark Raven. Determined to complete
Jericho's mission, Raven managed to plant a Trigon seed in Starfire before she was repelled. (Unknown
to Raven, however, Starfire received a portion of Raven's pure soul). To regain control, Starfire
underwent a Tamaranean ritual which restored her warrior status. Starfire returned to her home in time
to help combat a new threat from the Psions (who were being aided by Raven). Starfire travel led back
to earth with Cyberion, a computerized being who had evolved from Cyborg) and returned with the
Titans, along with Changeling, within whom Raven had planted a Trigon seed, but they were to late.
Tamaran was destroyed.
In a cataclysmic battle, Starfire confronted Raven with the pure portion of her own soul. Dark Raven's
destruction restored Changeling and gave birth to a new Raven who existed as an astral form. The Titans
returned home except for Raven, who stayed with the Tamaranians to help them find a new planet and
Changeling, who sought to discover how much of Victor Stone was in Cyberion. Months later, from distant
outer space, Starfire witnessed the Sun Eater destroy New Tamaran. Raven since played a key role in assisting the Titans reformation in order to save Cyborg from insanity.