Bindi Ma'dar grew up in a mixed family, with a mother who was Mando'a and a father who was a master of Teras Kasi. Thus, she developed a slightly more philosophical view of the universe than the traditional Mando'a one. When she was of age she started earning money for her clan as a mercenary, but was betrayed by a Hapan client into slavery. While the slavers tried to break her physically, she endured, until she was saved by Maeti Distayre and Riwa Sur from her predicament. Feeling she needed to repay their actions, she joined Clan Sur.