Ressa was born, Hagressa Stonehill, in the area of the Shaleback mountain range. She grew up with her brother, G’Rog, whom she looked up to. G’Rog and his dwarf friend left to fight in the war. After he had left Ressa behind, she wrote to him religiously. He informed her of what he could without telling her specifically where he was positioned. She knew that he chose to fight for the Greystone faction. Suddenly, the communications had stopped. She tried to find out what she could about the war and her brother. She got a job at the trading company as a “go-between” dealing with the dwarfs. When she was introduced to Nead, she felt a strong need to join her in her ventures to get closer to the skirmishes and hopefully find her brother.