Remald grew up in the city of Cairhien as the son of a minor lordling of Damodred. At an early age he showed talent in the scholarly arts and languages. By his teenage years he was being trained as a scribe in the service of House Damodred and its lord. By his late twenties he had been appointed Head Archivist of the historical sections of the Great Library of Cairhien. Most of his life has been pampered and full of people telling him how intelligent and gifted he was.