Zufa had noticed that Iblis seemed to possess the raw ability needed to be a sorceress of Rossak, an ability rare on males, which however contributed to his charismatic and manipulative abilities. Using this knowledge, she calculated that a pairing of herself and him would be most likely to produce the offspring she sought.
Ticia was concieved during an intimate encounter between Iblis and Zufa while the former was still smarting from the rejection of High Priestess of the Butlerian JihadSerena Butler. The baby was born with the help of breeding mistressTicia Oss, after which she was named. Despite Zufa's advanced age, Ticia was the first healthy baby she brought to life.