Grew up at a caravansari at the north end of the Al Wahil river. Became an apprentice to Mutamin Abdul-a-Zann when he was eleven when he was persecuted by superstitious locals. His master travelled the caravan routes between Hiyal and Muluk over the Furrowed Mountains often via Qudra (where he bought Babbosa). Later they travelled on the shipping routes between Qudra and Muluk.
In the library of Namman al-Lazan Nabil recovered the Baleful Primer of Dalerin Quillfinger and The Inconceivable Memoirs of Talterpran the Lizard Clawed.