Annika's mother was killed by drüskelle when they were living near Overut. Her father moved their family to live in the Ulle's settlement near the Fjerdan border. She was bullied by the Ulle's son Lev because she was a weak summoner and her younger sister Sylvi was believed to be Otkazat'sya.
When "Eryk" and his mother "Lena" came to their settlement, he defended the sisters when Lev threatened them and their father, temporarily blinding Lev and his two friends with shadows. They then befriended him. Eryk and Annika shook hands, which revealed he was an amplifier. Annika promised not to tell.
At dinner, Annika invited Eryk to go swimming with her and Sylvi that night. When he arrived, only Annika was there. She trapped him in ice. She planned to kill him and claim an amplifier. Eryk pleaded with her, promising to protect her himself so she would not need to do this, but she had already made her mind up.
Lev arrived. Eryk revealed her plan to Lev, who now wanted to kill Eryk himself. Lev's greater weight broke the ice, sending them all into the water. Annika and Lev fought over Eryk, who used to the Cut for the first time, fatally wounding them both. He framed a nearby Otkazat'sya village for their deaths.