Brin was the son of Tilo, a minstrel, and Merra. When Brin was young, the family was wandering in the woods, and Brin was bitten by a spider. His parents attempted to get him to a healer in a nearby town, but the Red Paw guards wouldn't let them in without proper papers, as their commanding officer was missing.
When the lieutenant eventually returned to his post, he took the young Brin, and attempted to get him to a healer. The snow, however, hindered him, and Brin died in the lieutenant's arms.