Vinesse was born shortly before the First War. His mother was a mage of the Kirin Tor, and his father, Lorados, a soldier in the Alterac 23rd Combat Battalion. His father was given the nickname of 'snowsword' partially because he could move so quickly in the snow, but mostly because he broke more swords in combat than a soldier has in a life time. Vinesse idolized and loved his mother, but felt no small bitterness at his father, whom he rarely knew, when Lorados died in battle, feeling that his father had abandoned them for glory.
His life after that is somewhat shrouded in mystery, but it was then he developed his assassination skills. He himself avoids remembering those days, and such suppressed memories rarely resurface; Vinesse is quite adept - though he does not know it - of throwing up mental walls within his mind.
When he began adventuring at the age of twenty-four, his moral compass directed him away from his darker past, and tries to help others - most of the time. His mother taught him to respect law and order, but Vinesse lacks faith in the unstable governments of the present day, and prefers to devote his skills to those that would take him - such as the guild of Broken Innocence. Vinesse has a sharp tongue - much like his blades - and a glib wit, but is extremely loyal to those that befriend him. He treasures his friends, because few people ally themselves with him for reasons other than for his darker skills.