Telbran was a quiet man. He saw Waterdeep as a garden, and his actions against evildoers as that of a weeder tending the garden.
By 1372 DR, Telbran lived quietly, usually under the alias of the book collector Hurlblar Corthyn.
Telbran was born in the days of ancient Netheril. He was working as a scullery knave in the kitchens of the Netherese scholar Ensul Thruin, when a rival of his master destroyed the tower and his sorcerous powers were activated. He fled with a stolen tome containing the spell Ensul's soultheft, which he used to survive. Afterward, he adopted the life of a traveling trader, using this spell to kill foes or prolong his life.
In time, Telbran decided to only target with his spell evil spellcasters whom he viewed as preying on others. Finally, Telbran arrived in Waterdeep, which he soon came to love, and so he decided to live there. With some stolen souls and the goods of a few merchants and smugglers, Telbran amassed a fortune, cultivating the image of a generous and wealthy man.
A change in his life occurred when he met Salarma Meldart, a dressmaker from Athkatla. He fell in love with her and married her under the name of Raeraeth Cragsmere. With Salarma, Telbran raised a family, which Telbran financed with the money of his victims. When Salarma died of old age, he faked his own death, but continued to oversee his descendants until the Cragsmeres became one of Waterdeep's noble houses.