BORN: 18/6 1139 in FA Fril

RACE: Ortagui/Drakk Alfar

REALM: Mentalism


HEIGHT: 180 cm




1st Dark Needle


“Suddenly, eyes open in the shadowed corner of the hall. I hear what’s needed, unheard footslides occur. Either bringing them up to a target, losing treasure or life, or out and away.”

Skjald Ulrich



Fourth Age

It’s sparse what is known about Setil, but he was born in northern Fril in the Barony of Djursala where Raqim Pass allows crossing the Jarvo Mountains into Fridor. The highlander roughlands have a few settlements, but at the entry to the pass lies the town of Crastor.

Crastor is mostly a trade caravan resting spot, but it also has a thriving mining industry, unique apples called Crastallori and a large number of sheep herders. All bringing values into the pockets of all townsmen, some of course more than others. Which I guess is what birthed the Grey Hands, Purse Pickers, and more lesser thief guilds, as well as the more lethal Dark Hand and similar assassination guilds.

Setil was the fourth child of a father who worked in the Crastor Crack, famed for its Silver and Irilium purity, and a mother who dyed the cloth of their neighbours wool. His elder siblings took their parents trades, but he did not feel comfortable in the deep pits and found dying quite boring. So, when not playing, he served the people in the trade caravans. And soon realised that these were way lazier regarding labour and relied on whits to gain a coin and make up for paid services. There was far better coinage and spoils in aiding these than dying tonnes of cloth or coughing in the dark. So, when there were no caravans, he searched the rough land and mountains for valuable stones, gems, minerals, and plants.

Skjald Sejrik


As he grew, he began journeying along with caravans as guides, first merely up until the pass itself, then with them into Fridor. It was on such a trip that he experienced an ambush for the first time. Luckily for him, all the hillside crawling had made him strong and agile, and all the skirmishes with the thief’s guilds had made him quite perceptive, so he survived.

Attackers fought back; there was now a lack of guards as well as owners of goods. So, the remaining traders agreed that, as payment for quite some defending, he should have some of the excess goods if he cared to travel with them across Fridor to the town of Tanders. There they planned to sell their goods and then head back to Trov again. He agreed, and in 1159, he celebrated his 20th birthday at a campfire in Tanders with a bunch of traders. The next 12 years he spent travelling from Tanders to Birnake in Trov, always dropping out when he came to Crastor. Both to visit his family and to talk with old comrades.

Skjald Sigurd


I suspect he had been into the shadow guilds even before he began travelling, but I’m certain it was during those years that his net began to grow and their organisation Dark Needles gained its form and ranks. And as he was lucky enough to be in Tanders in 1170, when the Kinoblin anchored up and traded, He managed to direct so much of the ‘Daggers’ goods to the visitors that he gained tremendous wealth. With that wealth, he could finally launch his grand plan, spreading his Dark Needles all over Midgard and the Isles.

So as the Kinoblin left, he and a few of his followers travelled the coast, up through Fridor. Then Flaum, Falbur, Flurg, Keshon, and finally Shoak. In those lands, I know he bought houses, villas, mansions, and farms for his guild and kept leading them, even though they stretched thinner as the weeks passed. When they reached Bay of Belri, there was only him and one more left in the party. They spent some days at inns and asked around in the town of Quagmire. Then they bought a closed watermill uphill and then took a break from spreading their net. Tending the news, they received weekly or daily the Dark Needles ranks, influence, and contracts grew.

Around six months later, they learned that the Baron out at the island in the bay had just died childless. So, the Mufthan of Shoak was about to either sell it or appoint a Mufta to run it for him. I assume he got it cheap; the trade sum was never public, but Setil bought the island. Then they moved from the watermill and established their head quarter at Gleamig Isle, with harbours in all 8 directions, roads between all, and a castle founded in the middle of the island.

Skjald Ulrich


1185 was a great year for Setil. In 46 years, he had managed to create a web of Dark Needles across Midgard. He had gained friends and allies among the most powerful, even amongst Kinoblin Drakk Alfar. and T'Aurs, his castle The Lair was completed, and his wife had just birthed him a son. So, he invited a lot of friends and allies to a grand feast that was destroyed by an assassination attempt. Setil went unharmed, but the creature managed to slay his wife and child before it was killed.

It’s said that his sword is made of the assassin’s tusks.

Skjald Yell'a'Beard


When the Mammutan crashed out of the bushes and speared Setil with its tusks, everyone not used to these types of things panicked. I think that mess was what delayed the slaying of the culprit, so he managed to stomp the baby and squash the head of Setil’s wife. Zanita. Within a few minutes though, Lionel, Dogil, Skrewball and more had killed the Culprit. When Setil recovered from the nasty wound, he demanded to see the corpse of his family’s bane, and it was dug up. He studied it and cursed that it was dead, as he wanted to find the one behind the attack.

Since then, he began to shun public life, and it was said that his Dark Needles had the task of searching for information about this alongside any other. Even though I do know of sightings of him in the years that followed, they were never public ones.

Skjald El Mary



More than 60 years should pass before Setil again was recorded at a major feast, and that was at one celebrating Black Oak king of Ye Olde Zephyrs. And we all now know that he was one of the powers behind the ideas of a High King and The Realm.

After that coronation, he became a more frequent figure seen at Grimsborg. Luckily, he was travelling between Grimsborg and The Lair when The Great Invasion struck, as both places were completely razed.

He now rides aside the returned High King Black Oak in the Cleansing Crusade. Both far too old for war on horseback, but seemingly determined to deliver freedom or pay the last sacrifice.

Skjald Vinotis



Setil is without doubt also Mana Manipulator.

Skjald El Mary

Last Updated on 2024-02-11 by IoM-Christian