Hebel was an old man who lived in the Wilderun, who had relations with a family of Rovers and their leader, Cephelo, who sought him out to assist Wil Ohmsford find the location of Safehold. He was later turned into a wooden figure, as was his dog Drifter, by Mallenroh during the events of The Elfstones of Shannara.

However, when Mallenroh died, the magic which had turned him and Drifter into wooden figures was undone, and they escaped Mallenroh's tower with Wil Ohmsford, Amberle Elessedil, Wisp and Eretria. Together, they traveled to Safehold, where they fought the Reaper.