During the Liberation of Meridian, Helis was ordered by Jiran to take Itamen and his mother and escape the city to the Citadel at Sunfall. There, Itamen was set up as the figurehead for the Shadow Carja, but the real power resided in the High Priest Bahavas and Helis himself. Avad worked for more than two years to try to return Itamen to Meridian through a spy, Vanasha. Vanasha later co-opted Aloy into this plot, as the latter had also infiltrated Sunfall for another reason. With Aloy's help, both Itamen and his mother were smuggled out of the city by Vanasha and into Avad's protection.