Tanith was born to an ulfen couple in the hostile Nolands, the region between northwestern Varisia and the land of the Linnorm Kings. His parents, exiled criminals, were slain during a raid-gone-wrong on a passing caravan. Fortune shined on the babe when the occupants of the caravan, Shelynite pilgrims, heard his infant cries. Knowing the child was innocent of the violence attempted by his parents, the pilgrims took him with them on their holy journey. The pilgrims eventually arrived at their destination, a foundling temple in the River Kingdoms and after paying their respects and praying, left the child with the temple's priests.
Growing up among priests in the rustic River Kingdoms, Tanith was raised in a tough but nurturing environment. The priests saw to the young ulfen's education and taught him an appreciate for the arts while he'd steal away to practice swordplay and wrestling with the militia's boys. He was given the surname 'Creed' a common name for boys bastard-born in the River Kingdoms and picked up the nickname 'Kordson' after one of Shelyn's saints known for his physical prowess. As he got older his caretakers admitted that they'd never curb the boy's preference for more physical problem-solving and love for adventure - attributes of his ulfen blood. They channeled this energy into training as one of the Eternal Roses's holy warriors, a paladin.
One day he packed his things and left his adoptive home behind. He never explained if it was some kind of holy calling or that he just ran out of young girl's hearts to break in his small town, but he said his goodbyes and left. He traveled south taking odd jobs and helping folks as he could along the way.
Eventually he ended up in Taldor in Belhaim, near the Verduran forest. He didn't know it but that's where his adventure would really begin...