Xiphos was born in Taldor near the city of Cassomir on a dismally dreary day in the year 4678AR, to Wyrthiol, of the infamous house of Kard, a thaumaturgist renowned for her cruelty and power. He was named after the elven tradition though his heritage is entirely human. Xiphos never knew his father and has no leads on how to learn his identity as his mother was murdered when he was only 4 years old and her tower laboratory was burned to the ground.
Xiphos was taken in by his uncle the Viscount Vladislas, a lesser noble from the vicinity of Zimar, and trained from a very young age in both the sword and magic. His uncle left the actual training to his slave, a bound djinni. Xiphos was never allowed to know the djinni's name so he always called him Djinn. For the next 8 years Xiphos was trained in martial combat as well as spellcraft by his new mentor. He was a quick study and learned very well.
Vladislas became concerned over the boy's bond with his teacher and decided to send him off for some real world experience. In 4690 Xiphos was enlisted with the private army of a local count who was planning to join a certain Taldan Duke invade Andoran the following year. Xiphos was added as an Aid-de-Camp and over the next few years trained as a military scout. The conflict had two effects on him. The first being an increase in physical and academic discipline, and the second being a total hatred of Necromancers.
At the height of the campaign, the company to which Xiphos was attached was attacked by a small undead contingent led by a local necromancer. The battle lasted for 4 days and half of the company was wiped out and reanimated as undead. This was the first time in his life he had ever encountered the undead in combat, but the rotting stench brought back memories from the night that his mother was killed. From that time Xiphos developed a deep hatred of necromancers and their undead lackeys.
When he reached the age of 16 he was released from his time of service and returned to the house of his uncle. His uncle insisted that he resume his studies in the arcane arts and pressed him to attend one of the colleges in Geb. This caused a great rift to form between Xiphos and his uncle. To this point Xiphos had not known of his uncle's strong interest in the necromantic arts.
He was cast out of his uncle's house with only the clothes on his back and told never to return. He made his way to Absalom with the intention to pass the entrance exams and hope he could find a sponsor. He managed to score very well on his entrance exams impressing many of the instructors at his vast knowledge of the arcane arts. When he stated his name he was immediately rejected by most of the instructors. In spite of his name his scores and dedication changed the opinion of one of the masters and he was sponsored and was given a free ride to the college.
Over the course of his studies he became obsessed with fate and the inability of Wizards to determine the future. He dedicated himself to Divination to the exclusion of Necromancy and Illusion choices that were ruled as being “marginally practical” by his instructors. He has a slightly fatalistic outlook on life because of his obsessions.
At Arcanamirium he learned at an accelerated rate and surpassed his peers in arcane abilities. He was often found on the dueling fields honing his abilities against other spellcasters. In addition he took up the crafting of lesser wondrous items in order to make a little money. While at the school he was introduced to an atheistic philosophy toward life recognizing all of the known gods as posers. He spent 8 years at the academy and graduated with honors.
Leaving the school he spent several years as a ship's mage, traveling from port to port and seeing the world on a merchant ship. His duties were primarily tied to navigation and ship security. After 5 years as a ship's mage he decided to return home to Taldor where he used his meager resources to find a job with one of the local nobles.