Before her experience with the goddess Tiamat, Dar was just another girl in the barbarian tribe called, Horse.
Before Dar's experience with Tiamat, Dar was just another human, the 200th generation in the Tribe of Horses. The fire breather Alerius saw her as 200 generations of failed potential.
But, she heard Tiamat's voice during her test. Many of the tribespeople had heard it before when Alerius hunted them, pushing them to reach beyond themselves. Until Dar, they all dismissed it as the terrible awe they felt in Alerius' presence... as his prey. Dar heard Tiamat's voice. She prayed to Tiamat. The difference (compared to all the others) was reaching out to the unknown with hope. For Alerius, it changed everything.
The tribespeople had always been beautiful to him, like a ruby even if rough. Dar became - in that glorious moment - the fulfillment of thousands of years of protective watching and nudging. Faceted by her faith in Tiamat, Dar came alight with fire and power. Alerius holds her forever in his mighty claw. Together they contemplate the world of Tehra, rightfully Tiamat's throneplane. The tribespeople are still rough... and it falls to Dar to cut, facet, and polish them.
This is where the Forsaken Isles begin.