Niallad was King of the Drenai and the son of Orien. He ascended to the Drenai throne after his father's abdication some time before the Vagrian Wars. Considered an incompetent ruler by many, Niallad favoured peace over war, and the Drenai army was vastly scaled down during his rule. The Vagrians saw this as a sign of weakness, and seized the opportunity to invade Drenai lands. Shortly after the Vagrian invasion, King Niallad was shot in the back by Waylander as he walked through his garden, as assassination ordered by the Vagrian general Kaem.