The first recorded Valentine was Valeria Valentine, one of two survivors of a village that was razed by enemy troops around the time of the Siege of Archeon. Valeria, and another youth by the name of Alexis Marshall, went on to gather a ragtag following made up of those displaced by the wars, and were eventually to settle the land that is now known as Wolfwater.
During their travels, they are said to have come upon a Great Beast, a large white wolf, whom they gained the confidence of by nursing back to health. The wolf, in turn, protected them in their travels and brought them to the land they would settle -- the ruins of what was once a small farming community.
In the years following, Marshall, Valentine, and their gathering of displaced peoples -- largely women, children, and men deemed unfit for battle -- rebuilt and expanded the village ruins into modern day Canterwell. Small groups broke away to create camps in surrounding areas, and when news of Xeilias' retreat, families sent for their relatives at war. While some then returned to pick up the pieces of their former homes, many more stayed, furthering the expansion of the smattering of developing villages.
Those who remained, thankful for the protection and guidance given to them by Marshall, Valentine, and the Great Beast, pledged their loyalty to them; Alexis Marshall and Valerie Valentine, in turn, pledged fealty to Clan Rhyne, dubbing their newly settled land the Thanedom of Wolfwater.
Much to the dismay of the freshly minted thanedom's citizens, the Great Beast passed quietly that same night. Citizens mourning his passing are said to have looked up and seen his likeness in the stars for the first time.