Drystan and his sister Tegan were two farmers in the Dalelands until, five years before the Rage of Demons[as of when?], they were captured in a orc raid. They were sold to the yugoloth Maram il Vass as a slave in its lair in the Deep Wastes. During the Rage of Demons, they managed to escape but were in very poor condition until they met an adventuring party that saved Tegan. For Drystan, however, their escape had come too late and the torture had driven him mad. He shoved the only weapon they had—a pointed stick—into both of his ears.