Across the frozen wastes that border the village of Skaljard, the Laird Alastair Dunmarle resides in a castle, recently restored from a centuries-old ruin. With a large household, an retinue of mercenaries hired from the ports of Moonshae and the Sword Coast, there is some mystery as to both his origins, and his intentions on Skal.

Disfigured, with a face hidden by an ivory mask, he is nevertheless reputed to be a benevolent leader, and plays willing host to many of the adventurers of Skaljard village.