Ursay first appears as a very old woman living at the foot of the eastern mountain range in the southern end of the valley. She is introduced to Esmerelda by her grandfather Sterran. In reality, Ursay is an elf in disguise. She is over 800 years old. She is also Sterran’s wife, and Esmereldas real mother. For the past 700 years, Ursay and Sterran have been protecting the valley from the world outside. They have kept the valley folk isolated and unaware of the truth of the world beyond the mountains.