Gaedren Lamm
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Gaedren Lamm is an infamous, petty crime-lord who "rules" over the Slums District of the Gwynnish city of Ashara.


Gaedren is quite infamous within the population of the Slums District. To expand his criminal empire, Lamm has long preyed upon city orphans for use as thieves, spies, smugglers, whores, or worse. Many of the orphan children in his 'employ' are addicted to Khat. He trains his child-spies not only to be able pick-pockets, but to learn secrets about potential new victims who can then be extorted.

Lamm appears as a jaundiced and bent corpse of a man, his eyes yellowed and skin speckled from age. He shuffles about with a pronounced limp on his left leg, as a reslult of an old wound suffered in childhood. Lamm can’t stand the chafe of armor, so he typically wears only the finest leathers and silks. Despite his advanced age, Lamm is extremely vain; he dyes his brittle hair a bright flaxen gold, and wears large amounts of sickly, sweet perfume.

Background


Gaedren Lamm is a despicable low-life who missed his chance at being somebody big in Ashara's murky underworld. Now well past his prime, this decrepit crime-lord abducts orphans and forces them to support his despicable lifestyle. Many of Ashara's lower class have had unwanted dealings with Lamm, and even a few members of the city’s merchant and even noble classes have had their lives complicated by this foul old man. Yet no matter what he does, he always seems to slip away from the Militia and has long avoided answering for his many crimes. Gaedren is also a master manipulator; bribing the City Guards with great skill, in return for free reign over the wretched orphans found throughout the city.

Lamm is well-schooled in the credo, “secrets can kill,” and the miserable cur hasn’t survived this long to become the old man he is now, by letting people get the drop on him. Yet he’s also a proud and bitter man, who will doggedly fight tooth and nail to keep what’s his. In his youth, a more cautious Gaedren would have pulled up roots and fled at the first sign of trouble, abandoning his hapless child-minions to their fate.

Lamm knows the streets of Ashara very well; as an orphan himself, he grew up on them. Even as a child, Lamm was a well-known thief and bully, who was greatly feared by other street urchins. As he got older, he learned knowledge was more powerful than wielding a blade, and became a ruthless purveyor of secrets. He used that ill-gotten knowledge to bribe, cajole, and blackmail, and made a handsome profit by doing so.

Today, Gaedren does not take this route; instead he elects to stay and fight, not out of any loyalty to his gang, but simply because he’s grown too mean and greedy to give up what he thinks of as his. His 'army,' if one can call it that, are gangs of orphan children who do his bidding as thieves, scouts, and spies. These poor wretches are known derisively as "Gaedren's Little Lambs."

To keep control of his 'little lambs,' Lamm has several enforcers; including a half-orc brute named Shanks, a Halfling assassin named Hooks, a human thug named Yargin, and his bastard son Rolf; a murderous psychopath. The old man is also known to keep a nasty crocodile as a pet, and rumor has it, that beast has fed on quite a few of Lamm's enemies over the years.