Nothing is known about Asha's earlier life, only that she was a witch who became sick of a debilitating illness which no Healer had been able to treat.
Quest to the Fountain
Asha Fountain in the hope that it could cure her sickness. After the trials, she was left exhausted and near death, so her companion Altheda quickly prepared a potion that not only saved her life, but cured her affliction too. In this way, both Asha and Altheda found what they sought, and realized that they didn't need the Fountain's blessing.
Asha is derived from Sanskrit 'asa' meaning 'hope', and is also an African word meaning life.