Selv's family was forced to evacuate the Malazan garrison at Orbal in the face of the Seven Cities Rebellion. The column of retreating families and their military escort was struck by an Army of the Apocalypse as it marched south. Their lives were spared by the unexpected arrival of Kalam Mekhar, who rescued the family from bandits, then escorted them to safety in Aren.
Before the uprising, it was Selv who discovered that Minala was being beaten by her husband Colonel Tras. She informed Keneb, but before the captain could intervene the garrison was betrayed by the Whirlwind Legion.
Keneb mentioned that Selv had found a new man in her life away from him.