Mercedes Lackey started her stories at a particular time in her kingdom's history.
It is interesting to speculate on the life and fate of a talented one who remained outside the Herald system, but to the best of my knowledge, this is something Lackey has yet to explore.
The Heralds of Valdemar serve in a feudal-level fictitious kingdom created by fantasy novelist Mercedes Lackey.
Lackey stretched the limits with her Heralds and Herald-Mages, with mere heralds having one or more talents such as telepathy or firestarting, and the herald-mages also being able to tap into the magical forces within the earth itself.
The lackey tossed her onto a hard couch in the rear of the house opposite a closed patio door.