Pi-Ban was brought to the Shadowlands some time before the reign of King Lief, where he eventually joined the resistance lead by Claw.
Pi-Ban was captured during a raid on the Resistance's headquarters, along with every other member stationed there. He was taken to the Shadow Factory, where he was to be used in a demonstration of the now completed Conversion project, which would allow the Shadow Lord to invade Deltora through controlling the minds of its people.
Lief, Barda, Jasmine, and Emlis found Pi-Ban locked in a cage shortly before the demonstration was to begin. Jasmine questioned him about Faith, and the Dread Gnome told her that he had overheard that a girl with that name was scheduled to appear with him at the unavailing ceremony. When a pod of Grey Guards came to wheel his cage into the Shadow Arena, the companions hid underneath the cage, but were eventually spotted and locked up with Pi-Ban.
He was later rescued by the united Pirran tribes and brought to the Pirran Sea. He lost all memory of the sea and its inhabitants when he was returned to Dread Mountain.
Pi-Ban looked gaunt in the Shadowlands because of all he had endured there. He is small and stocky like all Dread Gnomes.