Bernekes was born in the Bennu city of Kila. When he was five, he contracted Vishuddha Necrosis, which was cured, but which left his voice permanently damaged. At the age of eight, he applied to join the nearby monastery on Manandres. There, he was accepted and he quickly became a star pupil, excelling not only in religious studies, but also becoming a scientific encyclopedia, publishing a paper on soil composition at age sixteen.
When he turned twenty, he received a vision of the previous Xian of Fire declaring him her successor.