The World of Kyrnd
Pactlords of the Quaan
Very few people in Ptolus have ever heard of the Pactlords of The Quaan. This group formed in ancient times, as the main humanoid races began to populate the world. A few intelligent nonhumanoids saw this coming threat and resented the power of the newcomers. From a secret extradimensional realm called the Quaan, they made a pact to work together to destroy their common humanoid enemy. This pact is magically binding, which compels even the most chaotic members to keep it. Pactlords include individuals from all intelligent monstrous species: aboleths, lamias, manticores, medusas, and even dragons. Membership never includes undead and virtually never outsiders. Because only individuals join the Pactlords—not groups—one is just as likely to encounter two wildly different Pactlords together (a grey render and a naga, for example) as two of the same type of creature. The Pactlords of the Quaan frequently use such minions as trolls, ogres, giants, athach, and other less intelligent beings; they call these minions Pactslaves. Sometimes they trick even humans, elves, or other humanoids into working with the Pactslaves, and thus ultimately for the Pactlords: creatures dedicated to their very destruction.
The Pactlords of the Quaan secretly sponsor the largest slaver operation in Ptolus. The slavers, who call themselves the Ennin, operate out of an abandoned warehouse in the Docks. The warehouse is built into the cliffs and extends into the solid rock, where the Ennin keep their slaves and billet their guards and slave-catchers. Many high-ranking Ennin are Pactslaves, and the group’s leaders are Pactlords. Deep below the slave pits lie underwater caves where an aboleth dwells alongside a creature that calls itself the Eye of the Deep. These Pactlords issue commands from their murky lairs to the slavers above.