She is described as having sable hair, a proud nose, sultry eyes, and regal cheeks. Her cheeks are tattooed with crossed hash marks.
As a child, Ruha would often have visions of things to come. This was seen by her tribe, the Mtair Dhafir, as a sign of witchcraft, and she was outcast by her father, the sheikh. She was then raised by Qoha'dar, a much older outcast woman, who taught her magic until she died, upon which point Ruha returned to her tribe. To avoid half his tribe leaving, her father arranged for her to marry a warrior from the Qahtani tribe, a man named Ajaman. After the death of Ajaman and the Qahtani at the hands of the Zhentarim, Ruha and Kadumi, Ajaman's brother set off to warn the Mtair Dhafir of the Zhentarim. They later came across a young Harper by the name of Lander, whose mission it was to stop the Zhentarim from opening a trade route across Anauroch. Together, the three of them saw to it that many of the desert tribes formed an alliance against the Zhentarim, although Ruha was the only one of the three to survive to see them succeed.
Sometime after leaving the Anauroch, Storm Silverhand sent her to Voonlar as part of a mission to disrupt a slave trade. Due to her inexperience, with cultures outside the Bedine, the mission failed.
- She was briefly married to Ajaman of the Qahtani tribe, before he was killed by the Zhentarim.
- Despite the Bedine's taboo of a widow entertaining any sort of romantic relationship for two years after her husband's death, Ruha and Lander briefly partnered before his death at the hands of the Zhentarim.
- Prince Tang of the Shou believed he was in love with her, but she did not return his affection.
- Troy Denning (July 1991). The Parched Sea. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 1-56076-067-2.
- Troy Denning (April 1996). The Veiled Dragon (Paperback, 1996). (TSR, Inc). ISBN 0-7869-0482-8.
- Troy Denning (February 1998). Crucible: The Trial of Cyric the Mad. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-0724-X.
- Troy Denning (Dec 2001). The Siege. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-1905-1.
- Troy Denning (March 1998). “Rogues Gallery: The Heroes of the Trial of Cyric the Mad”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon #245 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 65–68.