Galvan was born in Thay and had aspirations to be a Red Wizard but his magic skill was not great enough. He joined the Cult of the Dragon and served for a long time. When Severin entered the Cult, Galvan saw him as a charismatic leader and soon allied with him. He always maintained contacts among the Red Wizards and under Severin's leadership Galvan acted as a link between the two groups. There was a secret family connection between him and Rath Modar, the lead Red Wizard allied with the Cult. Galvan also plotted against Valindra Shadowmantle hoping to acquire or destroy her dragon's orb.