Realk grew up in Vestoras. One of several children, he left home to fend for himself at a young age, relying on his keen intellect to stay one step ahead of trouble. Winding up in Skein, he briefly worked as an apprentice evoker to a wizard from Redguard. His tenure as a wizard's apprentice didn't last long however as he became fatefully addicted to tarburst seeds. His addiction eventually cost him his apprenticeship and lead him to Wynstport where he met a Tiefling named Dagon Grimhold and found a new calling as a "cleaner" for the Hell in Hand thieves guild.
He and Dagon followed a lead that the chieftain of Stokkseyri on Hatchet Isle had come into a sudden fortune and they traveled to the island to relieve him of it. Unfortunately, they walked right into the middle of a war between the islands human population and the local fey. They learned that the chieftains riches had been looted from the nearby Rimeclad Keep on the Northern part of the island and traveled with a group of mercenaries to fill their pockets. The keep was not abandoned however, as a frost hag had made it her home. The party chose to side with the humans by slaying her and unfortunately this choice had dire consequences as other hags, seeking vengeance for their fallen sister, soon claimed the island as their own and no one ever heard from the villagers again.