Redbeard was the last of eight brothers born to his father. He got his name from birth, when his father (a blond dwarf) found his mother (another blond dwarf) had magically had produced a child with dark red hair. In the few following years, Redbeard’s mother was found killed alongside the local red-haired iron specialist. Redbeard was treated as a bastard child by his father and brothers, regularly being beaten and given all the menial tasks in the family. He was often left at home while his father and brothers made trips to a valley half a week’s travel away, where a rare mineral was reputed to be. He noticed, after a while, that the longer his family spent in this valley, the stranger they acted, beating him more severely and plotting things at home against the rest of the dwarves in their clan. He came to realize that this valley was having an influence on his family, and that they were becoming an evil force that would be a danger to the rest of the clan. When his youngest brother attacked him one day, Redbeard was forced to kill him in self defense. After that, he realized what he had to do; one by one, he murdered his evil brothers, until finally confronting his father and overpowering him.
Redbeard devoted the rest of his life to destroying the evil in the valley, called the Chaos Scar. He was part of the Avenging Light, a group of adventurers that built a town on a set of ruins near the valley, calling it Restwell Keep. Not being built for government, he then spent a hundred years running a group of mercenaries to defend the keep, and make attacks on the Scar.