Moordek spent most of his early life as a cleric of the Temple of Avandra, keeping pious and true. However, about ten years before the events of the Critical Role stream, he met a dwarf named Kriss who caught his eye, and after a flirty courtship, Moordek left the clergy to pursue a family with her. They were wed, and, using their combined savings, they purchased the Sunset Stride Tavern in Stilben and started a family. They have two children, both boys. Because of his background in the church, his friends in town have come to call him "Father Vart".