Jon Rye was born unlike other children. A storm had raged when Jon’s mother went into labor, and lightning had struck her at the precise moment she had birthed him.
Jon survived, his mother did not. He was taken by monks, The Meddlers, and raised as one of their own adepts. Eventually, Jon learned the most difficult and most powerful "skill" the Meddlers had to teach and to offer. Jon Rye learned to understand and speak two of the Nine Grotesque Tongues; the necrotic, murmuring and broken-chant languages of the dead, and the undead.