Tayming was born on Kythorn 15 1457 although he does not know this himself. He was a foundling who was brought to a small monastery in the Turnstone Hills where he was raised by Long Death monks of Most Solemn Order of the Silent Shroud, an organization of embalmers, gravediggers, and other cemetery workers and craftsfolk in service to the church of Kelemvor, Lord of the Dead.
These monks seek for the secrets of life by studying death. It is the condition of being dead that concerns them most, and not what lies beyond: The afterlife holds little interest for them. Their laboratories are full of decaying, dying, and dead animal and plant specimens that they study with detached interest; they frequently purchase rare specimens that they cannot obtain easily themselves from adventurers and merchants. But such studies are only part of the monks’ daily life: They seek to understand death as it pertains especially to intelligent living beings.
After a time, Tayming moved to live in a nearby village where he served as caretaker of the dead. When the village was attacked by bandits from the Cragmaw Clan, Tayming led the fight against the villains. He became a folkhero for his actions, and is known throughout the region of the Silver Marches for his heroics.
Tayming does what seems to be a good idea within each situation. He doesn’t feel strongly one way or the other when it comes to Good vs. Evil or Order vs. Chaos. He thinks of Good as better than Evil–after all, he would rather have good neighbors and rulers than evil ones. Still, he isn’t personally committed to upholding Good in any abstract or universal way.
He is the Exarch of Kelemvor, although he is does not yet realize this as he is not Awakened. During the Time of Troubles, Kelemvor was a mortal and Tayming is born of that bloodline known as Lyonsbane.
He is one of the Magi summoned by an unknown but compelling force to the high forest on 20 Nightal, 1491 DR, during the Winter Solstice. He will have the opportunity to be a part of the spark that very well may return Light to the Faerûn.