When Norma was young, she lived on the Mainland and learned from her teacher, Sven. Sometime later Sven discovered Norma's ability as an eren and so enrolled her in an expensive school. Norma was more serious and often did not believe in what her teacher said. Eventually Sven left in search of the Everlight and did not return, sometime later she found out the news Sven was found dead on the Legacy. This caused Norma to leave her home and runaway to the Legacy to find the Everlight and complete her teacher's work.