Subly was Emancipor Reese's wife of thirty-one years and the mother of his children. Unlike her husband, Subly was a woman of considerable size. According to Emancipor, her past was "dark, messy and tainted with blood".
Fear of Subly's wrath drove the unemployed Emancipor Reese to rashly accept a job offer from the necromancers, Bauchelain and Korbal Broach. The chance to leave town and get away from his family was an added benefit. When Bauchelain gazed into Emancipor's mind he thought it peculiar that he could hear Sulby's voice, but find no image.