Vaea was raised in the alienage of Edgehall, which is located outside of the town; she lived there with her parents. When she was seven, she survived the Fifth Blight in Ferelden, however the darkspawn destroyed the alianage's walls. At the age of nine, in 9:32, her parents were killed when the elves residing there rebelled against the arl, Gell Lendon. Living alone, she turned to theft to survive. Her uncle Coran, a city elf-turned-Dalish, always invited her to live with him and the Boranehn clan, to no avail.
Coran often returned to the alienage to trade. While there, Coran advised Vaea that not all humans are bad, and that the problem is that humans are driven to change their world while elves are more willing with live with it as it exists, and that to do otherwise invites murder or death.
Some four or five years later, around 9:36 Dragon, the alianage's walls still haven't been fixed back from when the darkspawn destroyed them in 9:30 Dragon. When the elves asked their arl to build sturdier walls around the alienage, he ordered his soldiers to cut down the elves' Vhenadahl to put them in their place. Coran's new clan offered a sapling for a new Vhenadahl, but the arl confiscated it before it could reach the alienage.
Coran and his clan visited the alienage, and proposed a peaceful demonstration of force to compel the Arl to return the sapling. Vaea, now a rebelious teenager, disagreed with the plan and instead encouraged the elves to take up arms against the arl. They refused, reminding her that many died, including her parents, the last time the elves took up arms against their arl. Vaea decided to act alone, sneaking into the arl's keep and successfully stealing the sapling. Upon leaving the town, however, she found the alienae in flames. Some of the alienage elves, supported by the Dalish - including Vaea's uncle - decided to heed Vaea's call and attack the arl's soldiers. The elven casualties were heavy, and the soldiers set fire to the cut down Vhenadahl. Coran was among the casualties.
A knight errant, Ser Aaron Hawthorne, happened to be in Edgehall at the time and managed to prevent further violence and negotiate for the return of the sapling. King Alistair later ordered the newly planted tree to be protected and has forbidden the arl to touch it.The elves there threw Aaron a feast. Their kindness and generosity impressed so much that he took Vaea on as a squire in hopes her successes would be shared with her people.
About seven years later, in 9:44 Dragon, Vaea, now a 21-years-old woman, is still travelling with Ser Aaron. They arrive in Kirkwall for the official coronation of Varric Tethras as Viscount. Varric invites Vaea to the celebration, but she politely refuses, saying that she has things to do first. A few hours later, Vaea goes to The Hanged Man, where she meets a templar, Nevin Faramore. Ser Nevin hires her to steal a box that contains the bribes some parties had given to Knight-Commander Meredith Stannard before the Kirkwall Rebellion. The coffer is hidden in the Gallows. The job is easy, and Vaea successfully steals the box from right under the city guard's noses.
Varric, who suspects she is doing something fishy, goes to search for her and insists on his invitation. This time, Vaea cannot refuse. After the celebration, Vaea sneaks into Ser Nevin's house and steals the coffer's key from him. Instead of returning the box to him, she travels to Kirkwall Alienage and gifts it to a grateful elven family. Before she leaves the alienage, however, Vaea is approached by Leliana's second-in-command Charter, who accuses her of theft.
Using this knowledge, Charter demands that Vaea rescue two Inquisition agents who have been taken prisoner in Starkhaven, warning her that they will be eliminated if they can't be rescued. Wary of becoming a pawn in someone else's fight, Vaea declines, stating that she does not choose where she goes, but instead she follows Ser Aaron. Charter answers that Aaron can be pointed towards Starkhaven. She also says she can help Vaea with Ser Nevin.
Upon arriving back in Ser Aaron's bedroom, she attempts to wake him up to make them leave the city, before he learns of the theft. While she struggles to wake the drunken knight, Ser Nevin enters, determined to pay her back for the theft. A fight ensues in which Nevin ends up hanging from a pole, about to drop to his death. Vaea takes pity on him and pulls him up. As soon as he is safe, she hits him over the head, knocking him out. Shortly after, Ser Aaron wakes up on his own, stating that they need to get ready to travel as he's received a birthday party invitation from Sebastian Vael, prince of Starkhaven. Vaea recognizes that Charter has outplayed her and forced her hand into accepting her offer.
Varric accompanies Vaea and Ser Aaron to Starkhaven. On the way, he reveals that he secured their invitations to Sebastian's birthday party, and that though he's not officially part of the Inquisition anymore, he doesn't turn his back on his friends. He also provides Vaea with a map of Sebastian's keep. Upon arriving in Starkhaven, Vaea is mistaken for a servant by Seneschal Granger, but graciously welcomed by Prince Sebastian himself. While Ser Aaron attends the feast with Varric, Vaea successfully jailbreaks the Inquisition agents, Marius and Tessa Forsythia. They tell her that their mission was to steal a notebook of study on red lyrium from Sebastian, and ask her to complete their mission for them, as the injuries they received upon their capture prevent them from doing so. Vaea initially refuses, but after overhearing Ser Aaron's unwitting defense of her thefts, changes her mind. After safely putting Marius and Tessa on a carriage back to Kirkwall, Vaea prepares to steal the journal.
As she re-enters the Keep, Vaea hears an alarm bell ringing, which she thinks will make her job of evading the guards much harder. However, she soon discovers that some of the palace guards have already been killed by Tevinter agents. She slowly makes her way to Sebastian's bedchambers, where the journal is kept but although she reaches Sebastian's chambers and successfully steals the journal, she is caught right by Seneschal Granger. Before Granger can lead her to the cells, Ser Aaron knocks him out but demands explanations from her at sword point. However, Ser Aaron does not ask about her thefts, something he confess he was aware of all along, and also approved of, but about the fact that she is stealing from a good ruler like Sebastian. Aaron is happy to learn of Vaea's involvement with the Inquisition's cause.
Before Vaea can finish explaining herself, Cedric Marquette and a group of Tevinters interrupt their conversation. Ser Aaron orders Vaea to run with the journal and start a new life for herself, while he takes care of the Tevinters on his own. Vaea is chased by Cedric, who wants the journal, but is able to incapacitate him. With him unconscious, Vaea is able to blame him for the heist while pretending the stolen journal was purloined by one of Marquette's soldiers.
While Granger remains suspicious, Sebastian is quite taken by her exploits and believes her story over Granger's objections. Vaea and Ser Aaron quickly leave Sebastian's palace before Marquette can wake up; Ser Aaron vowing to follow the journal's thief wherever they may lead. Ser Aaron remarks to Vaea that they will have to return the journal once they are done with it. Before they leave, Vaea gives Granger's pin to the elven child he had threatened to throw out of the alienage earlier, telling him of a fence in Kirkwall that would gladly buy the pin without asking questions.While leaving Starkhaven, Vaea reads the journal and discovers that some red lyrium may already be in the possession of the Tevinters. She agrees to go there to help the Inquisition with this matter. Ser Aaron intends to follow her as well, given his earlier promise to follow the journal's thief. As they depart, Vaea takes Ser Aaron's wine and throws it away, saying that his days as a drunk are over. The both of them then agree to help each other in their new adventure in Tevinter.
- The tree featured on the cover of issue #2 depicts a Vhenadahl entwined with Vaea's image.
- Varric's nickname for Vaea is "Fingers".