Draatelhand was born in Ouwestad in Ztaft of +399, the scion of the prominent Banking clan. He chose the ways of the warrior, and participated in the War of Ÿphergund as a captain of the Dwaerkar. As part of his tenure, he led his regiment in the Borost:Battle of Pineen in +433. After the battle, he charted the land and recommended a fort in its position.
After leading the garrison for many years and observing the growth of the city, it was he who declared the independence of the freehold in +482. He was immediately elected as Raadspensionaris, a role he took from +482 to +497. He died in Aalderas of +497.