Gaedren Lamm
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Gaedren Lamm is an infamous, petty crime-lord in the Gwynnish city of Ashara, who preys upon city orphans for use as spies, smugglers, whores, or worse. Many of the orphan children in his 'employ' are addicted to Khat.


Lamm appears as a jaundiced and bent corpse of a man, his eyes yellowed and skin speckled from age. His left leg carries a pronounced limp as he shuffles about (from an old wound suffered in childhood). Lamm can’t stand the chafe of armor, and thus he typically wears only the finest leather and silks. Lamm is extremely vain; despite his old age, he dyes his brittle hair bright 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. Well past his prime, the decrepit thief abducts orphans and forces them to support his despicable lifestyle. Many of Ashara's lower class have had 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 guards and avoid answering for his crimes. Gaedren is a master manipulator; bribing city-guards with great skill in return for free reign over the wretched orphans found in the city.

Lamm is well-schooled in the credo, “secrets can kill,” and the miserable cur hasn’t survived to become the stinking old man he is now by letting people get the drop on him. Yet he’s also a proud and bitter man, used to fighting 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 thugs 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 assassin, 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 — he elects to stay and fight, not out of any loyalty to his men 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 messengers, 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 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.