Like most of his kin, Simon's hometown isn't on any maps, nary more than a collection of families, harsh wilderness, ancient runes, and decrepit rules. As the namesake implies, the Cloud-Touched Cliffs are a reclusive formation high in the mountains of the Slyscera, with winding, narrow paths that funnel tempests and steep outcrops of plummeting death. It was the perfect place to keep other races out - particularly the flightless ones. The cold and lack of alcohol tended to handle all the rest.
Naturally, a small hamlet of survivalists was absolutely dreadful as a child. It was so dull - all they did was sit around and talk. The only other ue'drahc even close to Simon's age was still fourteen years his senior, and far more interested in hunting and fighting than playing hide and seek with a kid. As expected, Simon was ditched at least a hundred times on what were supposed to be "educational" outings.
The end result was that he learned to stop following and started getting lost on purpose. Turned out, the mountain had buried all kinds of secret treasures! Shattered stone fragments etched with partial runes; a portion of soil where the flowers bloomed year-round, even in the height of winter; an arrowhead that never lost its edge; an entire cavern, collapsed and glittering with possibility; even a flightless girl with pointed ears and the best games to pass the day...
Simon never could figure out that last one. No, not the girl - he knew plenty enough about Myal; the mystery around her was... well, whatever happened to her. Presumably, she grew up. Simon's still not so sure that he did.
However, like the gal who never could pronounce his name and called him the closest makeshift, Simon also left the mountains one day. His parents were hardly happy with it. There was a whole demonstration as he crossed the Elder Boundary for the last time, and plenty of incredibly unhappy sentiments exchanged - it didn't change what happened, and he found himself joining any academic pursuits that he could, stinting time in all the major cities and all but counterfeiting the libraries of the world.
With an interest in magical artifacts and a specialty in Proto-Draconic, he's been touring Khy'eras ever since, determined to uncover the disappearance of the dragon his clan descended from.