The man known as Caerne was a loyal and faithful servant of Sir Tyrne le Boeuf, a paladin of Whalin during the War of the Undead. Caerne's first wife was a woman by the name of Sarah, and through her he had three sons: William, Edward, and Michael Caerneson. Sarah died in childbirth with Michael, though the babe survived. Caerne then married an elf by the name of Kaalaenala Mournebane, and had two daughters by her: Kaatrinae and Saeles Caerndottr.
Caerne's family chose to remain in his household, even as grandchildren were born. The gruff but loving Caerne had a unique 'tough and gentle' approach that endeared him to his children and their children. His loyalty to Sir Tyrne meant that he was often away from home for his lord, but returned with stories and gifts and jokes aplenty.
In 1318, Caerne and his family relocated to Kur Maeth in a harrowing adventure at sea, along with Sir Tyrne and his lord Prelate Ilvred Kost of Yatindar. In 1329, the family once again relocated to Rakore, and there Caerne decided to retire. Taking up the plow as he claimed not to have done since his youth, the tough and grizzled sixty-something year old took to raising plants and stocks on the land given him by Sir Tyrne. His lord eventually named the farm hold Caerne's Place when he found himself unable to pronounce the elven name Caerne's wife Kaala had given the land.
In the earliest of winter in 1331, Caerne's Place was overrun by a horde of the undead. Despite a fiercesome battle, Caerne, his wife, and his children all died protecting the grandchildren. The burning of the barn created enough light to be seen in River Crown some five miles away. Sir Tyrne and a troop of men arrived early in the morning light to find Caerne's Place ravaged and defiled by the undead. Caerne and his family were given a hasty cremation ceremony before the surviving grandchildren were evacuated to River Crown and placed under Sir Tyrne's protection.