Paksenarrion Dorthansdotter, Paks among friends, is a sheepfarmer's daughter who ran away from home and joined Duke Phelan's mercenary company, serving for three years in Aarenis. During these years, but especially in the next few years, she was tied up in a string of events culminating with her becoming her world's greatest paladin and finding the long-lost heir of Lyonya.
Paks grew up on her father's farm in northwestern Tsaia, a half-day's sheep drive from the village of Three Firs. As Paks leaves home first thing in the first book, we have little information about her family, her father Dorthan Kanasson (son of Kanas Jorisson), her mother Rahel and her one year older brother Sedlin are the only close family we know by name, and Paks also had at least two younger brothers, two younger sisters and one older brother in addition to Sedlin.
Paksenarrion seems to have lived a sheltered life, rarely experiencing any contact with the outside world, in fact, before running away she had never been any further away from home than Three Firs. The idea of joining a mercenary company came from her cousin Jornoth, who several years earlier left and joined a mercenary company, eventually working himself up to a position in some unspecified guard company. Not content with her father's plans of wedding her off to pig farmer Fersin Amboisson, Paks waited until the end of the recruiting season the year she turned eighteen, and clad in her brother's clothes and equipped with nothing more than a dagger and 18 copper pieces left home, joining Duke Phelan's company, who at that moment were recruiting in Rocky Ford.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Divided Allegiance, ch. 10
- ↑ Divided Allegiance, ch. 20
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Sheepfarmer's Daughter, ch. 1
- ↑ Divided Allegiance, ch. 2: "She could almost hear her mother's gasp of delight, the squeals of her younger brothers and sisters..."
- ↑ Oath of Gold, ch. 3: "She felt connected once more to the eager, adventurous girl tagging after older brothers and cousins..."