Parsifal was born in the lordship of Meritas to a family that descended from nobility generations back but had long since seen the title diluted to naught. This was not a trouble for Parsifal, as he was devoted to honest work and earning his own way in the world. He attended school and pursued coursework at the university, his interests leaning toward sociology, history, and faith. After his graduation in 486, he returned to Codex, serving at one of the temples for three years fulfilling such menial duties as scribe, groundskeeper, cook, and anything else for which he was called upon. It was during this time that he began to be known as a graceful speaker, a passionate defender of the faith, and a man of principle. He was known to volunteer time and effort to almost any task that came to hand, whether helping build a new house, work at one of the spice plantations, or shoeing horses and mucking stables. He did not take up the mantle of priesthood at this time, instead believing that there was some other purpose waiting for him beyond such. In the year 489, he returned to University, this time as a professor of religious studies, theology, and history.
When the elder Codex heirs died in 494, Parsifal left his post at the University to aid the family that had honored him with some sponsorship of his education. While he felt deep respect and homage for Kolton Kodex, it was a more personal relationship he developed with Kristian near to that of older brother or advisor. He remained as an unofficial aide to the family for years, and after the death of Kolton, Tresia insisted he remain. His work for the Codex family has been second only to his devotion to the church, and at this point in his life he is accorded the respect of a high-placed member of the Innocent Path of the Purist Faith.
Early in the year 507, life changed in a whirlwind of events for the man. Devout as he is, he acted with Kristian Codex to kidnap and exile many of the Soranus family and those close to them. When called to answer for his crimes, he plead guilty openly, and sentenced to ten lashes and two years of indentured servitude to Linette Barca. In the midst of all of this, he somehow came out of it married to Ravelle Soranus, a Baronet by marriage, and a member of the very family he assisted to exile. In the autumn of the same year, he saw the birth of his firstborn son, Valen.
He stood quietly by his wife as she stepped into the leadership role of running the barony and the faithful when Athar Soranus was said to have left on a holy quest. Only a few months later, after that sudden disappearance of Baron Soranus, he lost his wife to a ritual suicide, leaving him widowed and alone to raise their only child. It was then upon him to step forward, despite his own personal losses and struggles, to lead in the absence of both wife and brother-in-law, memorably calling for what some might call an uncharacteristic return to old ways and hard lines of faith.
Despite his actions that have caused such a stir in Ethos and beyond, he is not a man prone to violence. In fact, he's known to be quite the opposite, or was. Whatever opinions may be formed of Parsifal, none can doubt his conviction to his faith.