Airen and Helmer grew up together in First Warren, with young Airen taking delight in teasing, tormenting, and bullying Helmer into various activities. These included pulling a prank on several naval officers at a party, something Helmer was reluctant to take part in. On another occasion, however, Helmer and Snoden - a mutual friend whom Airen later married - swam to Forbidden Island. Airen became furious with the pair for not including her in the adventure.
Whereas Helmer was able to escape First Warren the horrors of its time under the rule of Morbin Blackhawk, Airen was not so fortunate. Her husband Snow was killed during the occupation, and Airen herself was kept under surveillance by Daggler and his Black Band. Having given birth to twin daughters, Louise and Layra, Airen complied with the wicked regime and asked that The Resistance - led in First Warren by Captain Moonlight - leave her family alone. Sadly, the Black Band later came and took Layra away while Airen and her daughters were on an outing.
Airen made inquiries after the fate of her daughter, and was brutally informed that Layra had been killed and that Lousie would share her fate if Airen continued asking questions. This loss proved devastating to Airen, who soon confined herself to her family home. She became a shadow of her former self, and the brunt of caring for the family farm fell on Louise, who could barely cope with the yard immediately around the house.