During her travels, Iola at some point lost her left eye, and took to the habit of wearing an eye patch.
She and her crew agreed to smuggle a bear from Arkadia to Kos for Sargon. However, a storm which Iola attributed to Poseidon shipwrecked their vessel on the shore of Sacred Lands of Artemis on Delos. In the wreckage, the bear escaped and mauled Iola and her crew. Iola managed to escape to the nearby Sanctuary of Apollo, where she made the acquaintance of the Spartan misthios Kassandra.
After Kassandra helped Iola deal with the bear, Iola met Barnabas at the Temple of Apollo on the island. When Kassandra met her again at the celebrations following the overthrow of the Athenian rule of the Silver Islands, Iola and Barnabas told her that it was love at first sight, and Iola swore to leave the life of a smuggler behind her. Kassandra then offered Iola to join the crew of the Adrestia to which she accepted.
- Iola shares her name with a mythical lover of Herakles, and the indirect cause of his demise.
- Iola wields a spatha.