Boromar Clan
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Nature: Organization
Type: Organized crime syndicate (family-based)

Primary Race: Hobbit
Location: Sharn
Size: 260 core members

Symbol: A silver dragon perched upon the spire of a great tower, its wings shrouding its form.
Motto: "One need not be tall to stand atop the highest tower"

Leadership

Saidan Boromar: Leader of the dynasty and patriarch of the family
Mala Boromar d'Jorasco Saidan's wife and 2nd-in-command
Councilor Ilyra Boromar Saidan's daughter and representative on the Sharn City Council
Castar: Intelligence officer of the clan and Saidan's chief advisor
Halak Boromar: Chief enforcer and Saidan's illiterate cousin
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The Clan

The Boromar Clan is the most powerful criminal organization in Sharn. From a humble start as a gang of smugglers and thieves, the Boromars have risen to become one of the most influential forces in the city.

The Boromars have a stranglehold on the smuggling trade and own the majority of the gambling halls in the city. Most of the fences and thieves in Sharn either work directly for the Boromars or pay tribute in exchange for independence. They control a vast network of extortion, blackmail, and graft that extends from the slums of Lower Dura to the heights of Skyway, with its headquarters in the halfling district of Little Plains (in Middle Menthis).

But their influence reaches far beyond the criminal underworld. The early Boromar patriarchs invested wisely over the centuries, and today the Boromars are one of the Sixty families of Sharn.

The Boromar Clan owns many of the warehouses in Precarious and Cogsgate. It owns taverns and inns throughout the city, and has a considerable interest in the shipping trade. A Boromar heir sits on the city council of Sharn, and the current patriarch is a member of the Gold Concord of the Aurum.

While the Sharn Watch is well aware of the criminal enterprises of the Boromar Clan, the Watch rarely interferes with Boromar activities. The Boromars have been bribing Watch captains for generations, and this is largely taken for granted. Those councilors and Watch captains that have chosen to fight the Boromars have always suffered swift and mysterious deaths, and the lesson has not gone unheeded.

In addition, if the Boromar Clan collapsed, the underworld would erupt in anarchy as dozens of petty crime lords fought for territory and position. As much as many of the councilors would like to see the Boromar Clan destroyed, it simply hasn’t been an option … until recently.
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Recent Developments

Over the past 2 years, the Droaamite organization known as Daask has been launching raids against Boromar holdings. These attacks have been becoming bolder and more frequent with each passing month, and the monsters are also beginning to muscle in on many activities traditionally controlled by the Boromars.

The Boromar Clan is hampered by its size; Daask is a mobile organization using guerilla tactics, and the Boromars can’t afford sufficient security to cover all of their operations. The Boromars have many enemies on the city council who are happy to see them cut down to size, and these opponents have prevented the resources of the Sharn Watch from being deployed against Daask.

The Boromar Clan is a massive organization, and it will not fall overnight. But for centuries, it has been resting on its reputation of omnipotence — and this reputation is quickly being shattered. Even if Daask were destroyed tomorrow, the long-term damage would still haunt the Boromars for years to come.

Saidan needs to find a way to counter Daask, and he needs to do it soon.
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Activities & Methods

The Boromar Clan employs people of all races, but the inner circle of the organization is comprised of hobbits: 108 in all, including 32 members of the actual Boromar family.

Most of the 260 core members of the Boromar Clan are bookkeepers, administrators, or thieves. The Clan maintains a force of 30 burglars and cutpurses, but it specializes in intimidation, deception, smuggling, and similar trades. Boromar experts are more likely to have Charisma-based skills than Stealth or Sleight of Hand.

Halak commands the Clawfoots, the family’s personal guard; there are 15 Clawfoot warriors, all of whom are hobbit Barbarian 1/Rogue 1 characters.

When it comes to physical violence, Saidan usually hires members of the Sharn Guard or employs the services of House Tarkanan. The Clawfoots are called in on rare occasions, but primarily defend the Boromar holdings in Little Plains.

Mala Boromar d'Jorasco is an unmarked heir of House Jorasco, and her marriage to Saidan has formed important ties between the crime lord and the healers of Sharn.

Jorasco healers help Boromar hobbits free of charge, with the expectation that the clan will reimburse them for their efforts; this emergency assistance has saved the lives of many Boromars ambushed and left for dead by Daask brigands.

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