The Unquiet Earth
The Hoary Cross – Sometimes called the Silver Star – is a guild of thieves based in the human capitol of Sagespire. No one is exactly sure how many members there are or who is in control of the guild. Occasionally, members are caught by the city guard, and they always have a sort of silvery-grey chalk in their possession. With this chalk, Hoary Cross members “sign” the place from which stolen items are taken. The mark of the Hoary Cross, most often made with two strokes (but sometimes with as many as six) is a very simple star made with the silver chalk. Some scholars believe that each line of the cross is made by a different hand, and that the number of marks indicated the number of members of the Hoary Cross who participated in the theft.
Each cell of the Hoary Cross is headed by a leader called a Baron. A Baron might control one team of thieves or as many as ten. Each Baron usually operates in a single area of Sagespire, but there is definite overlap. Barons come and go, as do thieves. A few barons have been apprehended by the city guard, but those that have been caught have been unwilling or unable to reveal information about the organization at large.
Your Baron is called Theren. Theren is a scarred old half-elf who can often be found in his tiny apartment above the storefront for Exotics. Theren is a master forger, and ensures that all of the goods sold in Exotics have the necessary paperwork to prove that they are not stolen property. When he is not at home, Theren enjoys the refreshment and entertainment at the Dappled Dog, the Trident, or even the Flagon. He always seems to be dressed for his environment, from strolling the quiet streets of the west district to drinking with the dock workers in the wave-break.
Theren seems to have his finger on the pulse of Sagespire. He is a great trader in information, favors, and stolen goods.
Theren is your contact with the Hoary Cross.