Stella and Shirley were born in a Village of the Ferines on the Mainland, one presumably within the borders of the country of Gadoria. Shirley was born to become the Merines, the hailed savior of the Ferines, and Stella, her older sister, protected her with her life. When Shirley was ten, Senel, a secret agent sent by Vaclav Bolud to kidnap the Merines, infiltrated the Ferines village. However, the peaceful, loving atmosphere of the village was everything Senel wished for, and he abandoned his mission and fell in love with Stella, swearing to protect Shirley along with her. Only two years passed before Vaclav found and attacked the Ferines village. Stella used her Teriques to protect Senel and Shirley both, but was badly injured and, to all appearances, died in Senel's arms, begging that he promise to protect Shirley and never reveal his initial mission to her.