He is the brother of Trialin and counts Lintharel and Atropa as friends. Baenan and his sister were also friends with Vyrin Swiftwind, who often spoke about high elf/blood elf relations and her unnamed husband who she expressed a longing for.
When Li Li Stormstout was forced overboard the Elwynn picked her up and Baenan bonded with the girl. When negotiations opened up between the Horde and Alliance each side sent a diplomat to the other side- Nita was sent to the Alliance and Baenan was sent to the Horde. However soon after arriving Baenan was made a prisoner where he was watched over by Talithar Swiftwind, who stumbled upon the knowledge that Talithar knew Vyrin. Baenan spitefully told him that Vyrin hated the blood elves and all they stood for. Enraged, Talithar physically threatened Baenan with a ferocity that astounded the dwarf, though relented and broke down into tears, throwing the couple's wedding rings at the dwarf's feet and revealing that he was Vyrin's husband.
Later Chen, who been picked up by the Horde, came by to break the dwarf out of his captivity, and Talithar did not attempt to intervene. Baenan apologized for what he had said, and informed him that though Vyrin never mentioned him directly, Baenan now realized that she could only have been talking about Talithar, and she still misses him dearly. Talithar asked the dwarf to give the rings back to his wife, and tell her that he had never stopped loving her. Baenan promised to do so, and during his escape Chen and Baenan were caught by Karrig. However Talithar reappeared to assist them in their escape from the warship, distracted Karrig, who was furious that Talithar had betrayed his duty. Talithar reiterated his proud loyalty to the Horde, though also said that the Horde does not claim all of it. Talithar detonated all the gunpowder ammunition for the ship's cannons in the munitions hold with his fire-based magic, which gave Chen and Baenan a chance to flee in the aftermath.
The two quickly headed over to the Elwynn and saw Heller's body being thrown overboard, the two preceded to aid their families against those attacking. In the aftermath of the Elwynn sinking into the sea Baenan, Trialin, Lintharel, Atropa, and Nita found themselves moving towards land and Chen and Li Li returning on their quest to reach Pandaria. Baenan, discovering the Swiftwinds' rings were still on his person, vowed to safely return them to Vyrin and inform her that her husband died a hero.