Jake was born as the son and oldest child of Halsand, a poor farmer, and his wife Myra. One day a party led by Maddox arrived at their farm and asked for a place to stay. His father invited them to sleep in his stable and to join them for dinner, and he was asked to invade Andorhal as a guide.
His father decided to go to Andorhal and left Jake in charge of protecting the family while he was gone. Some time later, Halsand returned infected by the Plague of Undeath to see his family one last time and began transforming into a ghoul in front of Jake's mother. Jake fatally ran him through from behind with a pitchfork, mistaking him for a regular Scourge. Jake was horrified that he had caused his father's death, but before he died, Halsand told him that he had protected the family and that he was proud of him.