Azla was an officer in the Cormyrean army and member of a prominent family. However, her patrol was attacked and destroyed by Zhentilar soldiers and in face of certain death Azla escaped.
She never forgave herself and, while she was believed dead with all her companions by her superiors and by her family, she went to the Pirate Isles hoping to meet her death. Instead, however, Azla thrived and in time she rose through the pirates' ranks, aided by information against some Sembian targets. Slowly, around her grew a group of supporters that wanted Azla as the new pirate lord.