Livia Agravain was a human woman of Zantine descent. She lived in the city of Melekess, where she owned and operated a magic shop. A self-taught witch, she offered her services in magic through the backdoor.
Born in Zantium as Livia Drusilla Agravain, she was the younger sister of Lygia. They were the daughters of an aristocratic family which had fallen on hard times. While attending boarding school, she became involved in the occult. At age fifteen, she was accused of apostasy and witchcraft after evidence of her occult practices was discovered in her room while she was visiting family. She was subsequently found guilty and banished from her homeland in a humiliating and public denouncement.
She settled in the city of Melekess, opening a magic shop, where she sold medicinal ingredients/potions, totems, enchanted items, and read fortunes. She also provided less harmless services to customers willing to pay a high price for them, though she had a reputation as a "medicine woman" and was well-liked in the community. She prospered and was content, though she still resented her family and loathed the religious fanaticism of her homeland.
Livia came to be the guardian of a child named Ardath Dastagir. She trained the boy in witchcraft, teaching him magic.