The Clutch of Verthandi
Samhain "Sam" Ferrum
Head of House Ferrum; Lord of Ogjorn.
Lord Samhain (“Sam”) is a stern but just ruler who has earned the unyielding support of his subjects. From his seat in Ogjorn, he keeps the populace wealthy and safe by ensuring that the roads are well maintained and free of brigands. He is most well known, however, for his clever dealings with local mercenary companies. By offering legal safeguards, advertising rights and tax breaks in exchange for oaths of priority service, Lord Samhain is able to maintain a standing force of favored mercenaries, leaving his house guard and bannermen available to protect the roads and keep the peace (a full-time task in a territory brimming with sellswords). As a result, House Ferrum has established itself as a powerful military force as well as an economic one. Lord Samhain passed his diplomatic savvy on to his son Breo, though his other children tend to favor military training over political.