Straw was a Nord stable-boy in Darkmoor estate in late Second Era. He was described as a being large and muscular in shape with blond hair. He was also seen as clumsy, gentle, affectionate, and rather simple.
He was in love with 16-year-old Barenziah and ran off with her, escaping to Whiterun. During his time there, he did a few minor jobs and earned money for Barenziah and himself. Afterwords, he and Barenziah joined a caravan and went to Riften.
He wanted to settle down, buy a farm and live with Barenziah, but his feelings were never returned. He is pivotal character to the books Biography of Barenziah, and The Real Biography of Barenziah.
After Therris betrayed him, Straw was caught. Barenziah wished a farm for him, for he was a loyal friend; however, it is likely that this wish was never granted. However, General Symmachus cut his tongue so that he would be unable to tell anyone of Barenziah's past. After Barenziah left Riften, he was never seen or heard of, but Barenziah presumed he found another love and had settled down.