The Clutch of Verthandi
Former Commander of the Scarred Hill Outriders
A leathery man with a receding hairline and sunken eyes, Cotter is one of the oldest surviving veterans of House Harlow‘s outriders. Cotter’s first priority has always been the defense of citizens from the monsters plaguing the Scarred Hills; thanks to his refusal to compromise outrider training and resources, the Scarred Hill Outriders became an elite fighting force capable of slaying powerful beasts. His stubbornness also cost him his position, however, when Cotter refused to partake in Symon Harlow‘s political power plays. Cotter was convinced his soldiers would rebel, but his replacement, Val Korrick Redcliffe, proved to be an effective and honorable leader, causing the wry old warrior to fall into obscurity. He now plans to ride out alone and fight one of the cursed hills’ most dangerous monsters single-handedly: if he wins, he can restore his honor as an Outrider, and if he loses, his humiliation will finally come to an end.