The Rock of Bral, Part Duex
The Underbarons are enigmatic crime lords that sit at the center of a web of deceit, racketeering, gambling, theft and extortion. In any given area, the shops and craftsmen are under the protection of one guild or another. The cost of “insurance” is seen as just the cost of doing business on The Rock, and the crime lords are also known for their largesse to the commonfolk, offering interest free loans and reimbursement for loses caused by a competing underbaron. Don’t be fooled though, a merchant who seeks help will be making a deal with the devil.
Each underbaron is the master of his or her own Thieves’ Guild, though their ranks include warriors and mages. Ozamata controls the docks and most of the Low City, smuggling and shanghais are his province. Meredin rules the district of craftsmen, watching over common burglaries and extortion. The Juggler supervises the various swindlers, minstrels, and con men, as well as provides security for the noble estates. A faceless underbaron is believed to operate in The Rock’s underdark, overseeing the illegal slave trade.