Shael Ash is born in Sedera- a small village on the edge of the Lasna forest outside Ma'akdi in Rusatar.
Now in Fargur, in southern Rusatar, Kiha is having a lucky streak during a card game against a couple of local guards. A fight breaks out as the Guards accuse her of cheating, and Kiha is arrested. When he attempts to intervene, Shael Ash is arrested as an accomplice.
While in jail for several months, awaiting to hear what the Guard Captain wanted to do with them, Shael Ash begins having visions. In them, Corellon offers is aid if he swears service to him. Despite insistence by Shael, Corellon doesn't agree to aid Kiha. In the end Shael agrees anyways and leaves Rusatar- setting sale for Tolara.
Shael is saved from a bandit attack by Kod Zuzagar. Under Corellon's guidance he decides to follow Kod, hiring on at his post office in Keskala; officially his position is to escort postage during runs. But Kod and Shael's real work lies in their smuggling business, moving goods and people across borders. Feeling compelled to help out those less fortunate, the majority of their personal cargo consists of escaped slaves trying to settle down in a safer place.