Minala Eltroeb was a young widow who had an unstable romantic relation with Kalam. Her sister was Selv, making Selv's husband Keneb her brother-in-law, until their divorce. Minala had previously been married to an abusive husband, whom she killed once the chaos caused by the Whirlwind provided her with opportunity.
She was attractive; medium-boned, with iron-streaked hair and startling grey eyes. She was also an extremely skilled rider.
She first met Kalam and despite their somewhat tumltuous relationship, she ultimately left her sister's family to follow him, taking his stallion with her. Luckily for the assassin, she was on a second ship in Malaz harbour when he was thrown overboard by Pearl. She later found Kalam and rescued him from a Claw ambush in an alleyway.
Minala and Kalam were charged with caring for a group of thirteen hundred Seven Cities children orphaned by the Whirlwind and brought to them by Shadowthrone. Unbeknownst to Minala, Shadowthrone had planned on training the children to be his warriors, and used them to protect the First Throne from the Tiste Edur.