Gates was Melaka Fray's four armed spider-monkey demon familiar and shared the name with the last great Watcher who sacrificed himself at the Battle of Starbucks. Gates met Fray when she was sent on a special grab by Gunther to retrieve a box from a rigid airship. As Fray was about to make the grab, Gates sprung forth from the box, stole her Scythe and exited the airship. Fray chased the spider-monkey demon to an abandoned apartment with a stylized red Scythe tiled on the floor and shelves of old Watchers Diaries. This apartment later became her home.