Tar-Baphon was a powerful wizard-king who ruled central Avistan at the end of the 9th century AR. Killed by the god Aroden himself in 896 AR, he rose as the lich known as the Whispering Tyrant in 3203 AR, and ruled the country of Ustalav for centuries. He was finally defeated by the Shining Crusade in 3827 AR and was imprisoned within his capital of Gallowspire for nearly 300 years. He freed himself in 4719 AR and overran Lastwall with his undead hordes, creating the Gravelands. He was stopped in his attempt to gain control of the Starstone in Absalom, and retreated to the Isle of Terror in the middle of Lake Encarthan. He remains there today and seeks to spread his influence and gather his forces.