Born in Tehran, capitol of the Territory of the Islamic States, Cala was raised a strict Ahmadiyya Muslim. Her parents moved from Tehran to Riyadh when she was 6. Her father was the CEO of a large company specializing in exotic footwear. Her mother worked at home. Cala and her three much younger siblings attended private schools.
Cala, while not athletically gifted, enjoyed sports, particularly badminton and bowling. Unlike most Psions who discover their powers in dramatic fashion, Cala’s moment occurred when she was practicing badminton alone in the gym of her community center. As a machine shot badminton shuttlecocks to her, she tripped and her racket flew from her hand. Cala immediately knew something strange and important had happened. With a few minutes of practice, she was able to duplicate the effort at will, shooting her racket across the room like a bullet. When she got home, she showed her parents.
Cala spent the next twenty-nine hours in a hospital undergoing tests until Commander Byron and Dr. Rosmir introduced themselves and offered Cala a spot at Psion Beta headquarters. Her parents, deeply set against violence in all forms, strongly discouraged her from joining. Cala wasn’t sure she wanted to go either. Despite all Byron’s efforts, he could not persuade her to join. Finally, he gave her a month to make her decision and left Riyadh. A month went by and Cala did not contact the commander. She considered the matter over. Then, to her surprise, Commander Byron arrived at her house on the first day of the next month. He entered her home without speaking, opened his hand, and used his Psion abilities to levitate a large green pill. Cala knew what the pill was and what it meant. She took the pill, held it for several seconds, and handed it back.