The Clutch of Verthandi
Vance is a half-elf who lives alone in a small cottage outside of Ardyn. Since his parents were not particularly affluent, Vance has been treated poorly by both elven and human rulers of the village, leading him to embrace a solitary life in the fringe of the Feywood, trading furs and game for supplies. Despite their different places in society Vance always felt a kinship with Niamh through their mixed heritage, and he remains loyal and protective of her even after her years of absence. He has grown quite adept at disguising himself (and other half-elves) as humans, which proved useful while investigating disappearances in the racially-intolerant village. He has also mastered distilling the venom of monstrous spiders, and will prepare one dose per carcass provided within 8 hours of death.