Tio was born on the 12th of Ashan to Mary Silver, a traveller favoured by Syroa who went from city to city using her Sesser abilities to seduce wealthy men, married or otherwise, into taking her as their mistress and providing for her and Tio. Mary was all about living for herself and enjoying the easy life, a philosophy she passed down onto her son, and as such didn't care that everywhere they went her work caused bad rumours about her to spread. What other people thought of her didn't change the fact that they all had to slave away at work all day whilst she got whatever she wanted on a silver platter, and whenever they sneered at her she responded with a smug smirk. However her bad reputation passed onto Tio, and so the boy's early years were dominated by loneliness since the other kids his age would tend to stay away from him too.
As he grew older Tio began to act out; stealing, cheating and causing mischief in order to get attention. It quickly became apparent to him though that even when he did something wrong he never got punished for it like the other kids did; his mother found the havoc he caused to be highly entertaining, and the other kids that tried to beat him up rarely succeeded because he had a far more fierce temper than them. As such Tio developed no proper concept of the importance of laws, and became more and more devious with time. As he grew into a teenager and realized that he was pretty damn smart his mind turned from violent pranks to the more cunning and subtle arts like trickery and stealth, and his brashness and temper became hidden underneath a mask of flirtatious snark and arrogance. He learnt to satisfy his desire for attention by joining acting troupes and basking in the glory of the stage, and learnt to sate his appetite for trouble by stealing from and tricking people without them ever realizing he was responsible.
He was 14 when his mother revealed to him that neither of them were in fact humans like he'd believed, but in fact members of the persecuted Yludih race. Her reasons for travelling so often weren't just because she didn't like people getting to know her but because she never wanted to be revealed as a Yludih, and by staying on the move she could stop people from knowing her long enough to begin suspecting. She'd been discovered for the race she really was before in her youth and had suffered for it, and had instilled in him the same independence and wariness of other people that she had in order to keep him safe. She showed him how to enter Uleuda, how to shift his form into that of another race, and told him more about the immortal Syroa and the power of Sesser.
At the age of 17 Tio, desiring adventure and the chance to see more of the world, decided to strike out on his own and parted ways with his mother to start travelling around Idalos. In his quest for fortune he has had a number of professions over the years; a smuggler, a pirate, and even a spy at one point, however his main "work" has always been as a thief under his masked persona "Taboo." It was during the start of the 717th arc that Tio met a peculiar old man, Zavious, quite by chance after attempting to steal a book from him whilst he slept. Tio hadn't realized the man was a necromancer until it was too late and had been caught during the theft by one of his skeletal servants, however instead of killing him Zavoius was impressed the Tio's resourcefulness and curiosity, and offered to instruct Tio in the arts of necromancy. After a few seasons of training Tio was initiated into necromancy on the island of Scalvoris, however due to his initiation taking too long Zavious believed his student to be dead and abandoned him, leaving Tio to start his new life as a necromancer alone in the city of pirates.
Over the course of his adventures Tio has seen and done many incredible things, good and evil, which have had some form of effect on Tio's personality and perception of the world.
After the events of 'Digging in the Ruins' part 1
, Tio developed a hatred Lisirra, and fully intends to make the Immortal pay for the deaths she caused. How exactly he's going to do this without earning the ire of Syroa and Aelig however remains to be seen.
During the events of The Fortune Teller
Tio saw proof that destiny exists, and developed a respect for divination and prophecies. He treats prophecies told to him by credible sources very seriously, and heeds the 'advice' of tarot card readings and bones on important matters.
During the events of End Game
Tio was horrified to learn that Immortals use their marks to possess the bodies of their champions should their old ones be destroyed. He has become very wary of all Immortals and in some regards could be considered an anti-Immortal activist.
During the events of Fading Away
Tio received a number of curses from Syroa and Delroth. He was turned into a human, lost his reflection, and has a mask of white bone permanently fused to his face. The only way for the curses to be removed, according to the Immortals who bestowed them, is to kill Cassion.
During the events of A Crack in the Wall: The Dead
Tio witness something absolutely life changing; the rebirth of Auya Trueheart into a brand new Immortal. Now that he knows it is possible, and what elements must be present for apotheosis to occur, his ambition to become like
an Immortal has changed into becoming a real Immortal
. By discovering the secrets of The Originals Tio hopes to find a way to recreate the process that transformed Auya on himself.