Samyl was born in the Year of God 878. When he was seventeen years old in 895 YOG, his family suffered greatly from a series of events. His father, an out-of-work sail-maker, drowned after drinking too much and falling off a wharf. Following this, Samyl's uncle Bryt's business collapsed into bankruptcy, leaving him without an apprenticeship.
- ↑ It was suspected, however, that this accident was in fact a cleverly disguised suicide, as he had recently secured an apprenticeship for his son.