Solel makes a living by playing in a tavern and busking in the city. The tavern provides him room and board in exchange for entertaining their customers. He has a unreliable, cursed instrument that is constantly morphing.
He met Elqen at the tavern, and the two became friends, teaching each other a few skills. Eventually Elqen brought him into the adventuring life. Solel and Joan are rival Bards, often competing for crowds at their taverns.