Current Status – Deceased
Acererak the Devourer was born a cambion, the product of a balor named Tarnhem who took his human mother by force. Apparently an ancient conjurer summoned a demon that was far beyond his ability to control. The demon devoured the wizard, and forcibly conceived a cambion son in one of the wizard’s servant girls.
Acererak’s mother survived her son’s birth, but she was killed by a torch-wielding mob ten years later. The boy was rescued by none other than Vecna, the Whispered One, who killed the advisors that urged him to kill the child and instead took the half-demon on as an apprentice. Even then, ten year-old Acererak loathed life, looking forward to becoming undead like his master. During Vecna’s siege of Fleeth, the lich was severely wounded and rescued by Acererak. Vecna subsequently promoted the cambion.
It is unknown if Acererak was present when Vecna was betrayed by Kas the Bloody-Handed in the fourth century before the Common Year, but at some point while alive, Acererak built a subterranean temple complex in the name of Orcus in the Vast Swamp, using the cult’s resources to construct a number of lairs and tombs. Some sources claim that Acererak was using Orcus’s worshipers to complete his own schemes, and that he felt no true loyalty to the demon prince.
It was during that time that he first began studying the methods and means of becoming a lich and eventually succumbed to the lure of lichcraft. Rumours surround his death, some claiming to have seen him fall from his tower, followed by mysterious strangers. His body was never found – but his tower showed signs of a great battle.