Half a year before the Serenes Massacre, Rafiel was captured by beorc slave-traders in Serenes Forest. He was then auctioned off to be a pet to rich and powerful beorc. Catching the eye of one particularly influential senator, Hetzel, he took him into his care and treated him with hospitality. Nursed back to health, Rafiel temporarily regained the use of his wings upon regaining his vigor. Hearing of the massacre, Rafiel fled Hetzel’s estate in a flurry of confusion and attempted to embark on a flight towards Serenes.