William was the son of an air duke and a duchess, though his father was someone else. His father had the power over fire, among other things, and this is the power Liam was given. The duke and duchess had eight children together. Being the second eldest, it was often up to Liam to try and fend for his younger siblings as they grew older due to their mother dying of natural causes when he was little and his father was often out working late into the night then leaving in the early morning. He went by Will in this time.
When he was seven, the father decided to move to Moscow due to work. Not caring for Ireland, Will was apathetic towards the decision but enjoyed it better though he never confessed to it. When he was eight, he was walking to the shops around eight o'clock at night and was taken by thugs.
The thugs sold him to a cult where he stayed with for nearly seven years but eventually being placed onto a ship due to an act of betrayal against the cult. Because he was the smallest, he was picked on frequently. The other children would abuse him and tie him up so he could not get his two meals a day. However, this allowed him to realize that their captors had been drugging the food and drink. Soon Liam noticed the other kids going insane. Shortly after they began to go crazy, the ship ran into a storm and was destroyed, and he barely escaped with his life as he had grabbed a piece of driftwood. Drifting onto the coast of some Island he walked inland to find food and collapsed from exhaustion before he was found by a young woman named Jane, who took him to her little village. She claimed it was because she had a younger brother and sister about his age and couldn't bear to see him starve to death.
Jane took him in and added him to her family of four, including her younger twin siblings, Michael and Georgina, and the grandfather, this was when he changed his name to Liam. He lived with them for a period; he often spent time reading and properly learning how to fight. He thought about trying to return to his original family, but all he had to do was look at the scars on his back to know they wouldn’t be able to recognize him. During this time, he grew to care for them and wanted to find a way - legal or not - to repay them. Later on, Jane fell in love with a man, named Damien, who gave her "nutritional supplements" as the twins were rather sick but they couldn't pay for the medication, so she readily accepted into her life, and mixed it in with her food.
Liam strongly advised her "I'll do something about the money, so don't see that guy anymore!" because he didn't trust him or the 'supplements', and even Michael had begun to suspect something. Jane was touched by his kindness but refused, saying that if it was just her, then she couldn't protect her family. Jane was later killed by Damien, who murdered her because she let Michael take Georgina's piece of the supplement. After this Liam left the village to start his life of crime without telling anyone why. At one point, Michael went after him to convince him to come back, but Liam threatened him and told him to leave.
Despite the bad memories it held, Liam determinedly stayed in their village. Liam's real goal was to get enough money to pay for the grandfather's hospital fees, but he did not tell the twins of this goal, causing many misunderstandings between them. Liam, however, considered it better this way as he would not have to worry about them getting hurt. Liam joined a band of thieves and began to rob corrupted people to pay off hospital bills for Jane's grandfather. He never said if he is rich because he gave a significant amount to support the sickly old man. Eventually, the grandfather died and not seeing a point to staying he bought a ticket to another country where he was found by the academy, and they knew his secret: fire.