Niamh originally hailed from the lands of Highever, where her father was a servant to Teyrn Bryce Cousland. As a child, Niamh met and was befriended by Aedan Cousland, the teyrn's second son, more or less growing up together. The two were inseparable, often playing with the other children.
Many people had disapproved of a teyrn's son spending as much time as possible with a servant girl, but neither Aedan nor Niamh cared.
Upon turning 16, Niamh blossomed into a beautiful young woman with a willowy figure, long hair like white gold, mesmerizing green eyes. During this time, she and Aedan began a secret relationship. On the night of Aedan's birthday, Niamh snuck into his room and the two made love for the first time.
However, she was eventually relocated to Denerim when her parents betrothed her to another elf. Niamh kissed Aedan one last time, given him a final night of passion and then spent the night in his arms. When he woke the next morning, she was gone, likely already on the road to Denerim.