In 1379 DR, Valena went to a park where she met Malen Dharran. They talked for a time and then Malen proposed to accompany Valena to her house and she accepted. However, during the walk, they were ambushed by a group of Unyielding Sword mercenaries hired by the slaver Lanador. The mercenaries killed Malen and tried to kidnap Valena. Luckily a nearby adventuring party heard the screams of Valena and managed to save her.