Ran Ai Yu was a Shou merchant who traveled from Tsingdao in Shou Lung by sea. During her voyages, she arrived several times in Innarlith on the Lake of Steam to do business in the mid–14th century DR.
She spoke Common, but not very well and struggled with it. She distrusted magical means of travel and preferred to sail long distances even if the possibility of magical portals was offered to her.
She arrived in Innarlith in 1362 DR after her ship sunk in the Lake of Steam, causing her and her crew to be stranded in Innarlith. She approached Ivar Devorast to hire him to build her a new ship and he agreed. He built a unique ship that had never before been made that used cut stone and ceramic tiles on its hull, the Jié Zuò.
While Devorast was building the ship, she was contacted by the clandestine Red Wizard Marek Rymüt, who offered to transport her and her crew back to Shou Lung via magic. She declined his offer, which enraged him and caused him to issue her a veiled threat about what might happen if she rejected his help.
Three days after this meeting, the ship that was under construction was attacked by giant demonic fish that Marek had transported to Innarlith harbor from his pocket dimension, the Land of One Hundred and Thirteen. She, Ivar, and a dwarf named Hrothgar fought and killed the giant fish.
Several months later, the ship was completed and she departed from Innarlith.
Years after this, she returned to Innarlith again to find Devorast had begun construction of a canal that would link the Lake of Steam to the Sea of Fallen Stars. She gave her support in favor of the project as a representative of the Shou merchant fleet and spoke in its favor both to Ransar Osorkon and to the senators of Innarlith. She successfully persuaded Devorast, who had little social skills, to make the effort at joining parties held by the elite in Innarlith in order to get noble support for this project.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Philip Athans (October 2005). Whisper of Waves. (Wizards of the Coast), chap. 31. ISBN 0-7869-3237-6.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Philip Athans (October 2005). Whisper of Waves. (Wizards of the Coast), chap. 36. ISBN 0-7869-3237-6.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Philip Athans (October 2005). Whisper of Waves. (Wizards of the Coast), chap. 34. ISBN 0-7869-3237-6.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Philip Athans (October 2005). Whisper of Waves. (Wizards of the Coast), chap. 35. ISBN 0-7869-3237-6.