Izem, frequently referred to as Izem Red to distinguish him from Izem Blue, was one of the drafters who intended to submit to the Freeing at Garriston. A Parian, he was described as "lean as a whip and with a wit to match." He often wore a ghotra folded to resemble a cobra's hood.

Izem fought for Gavin Guile in the War Of The Prisms. During the first battle of the war, Izem distinguished himself with "lightning-like strikes" and "fireballs as fast as an arrow," decimating the enemy's (Dazen's,) ranks.