Palima was a popular Ventrian prostitute conducting her trade in the city of Usa. Even as she grew older, she maintained her reputation as "a whore with a golden heart". This was a part of her persona and appeal which she cultivated. In truth, Palima's heart was hard and she harboured a bitterness towards the Drenai invaders who had occupied her country. One of her regular patrons was the huge Drenai warrior Bison.