Lev was the son of the Ulle, the leader of their settlement, and because of his father's position and his power as a Squaller, he bullied the other children, particularly the Tidemaker Annika and her Otkazat'sya sister Sylvi.
He insulted and threatened Annika and Sylvi when they were playing with their new friend Eryk, and in retaliation, Eryk blinded him and his two friends with shadows. It was temporary, and when he recovered, Lev came back to seek revenge on Eryk.
He found Eryk at the lake where Annika had attacked him because Eryk was an Amplifier and Annika wanted to kill him and claim his power for herself. Lev tried to kill Eryk too, but his extra weight broke the ice Annika had formed. The three children fell into the water. Eryk used the Cut on the other children, killing them, and framed a nearly Otkazat'sya settlement for the crime.