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Diran Bastiaan is a former assassin turned adventurer-priest of the Silver Flame.
Diran is an impressive figure: tall, thin and garbed in black. He wears a black leather armor vest over a black shirt, black pants, black boots, and a black belt with sheaths for a pair of black-handled daggers. He has long black hair that he wears loose. He wears a black traveler's cloak, with the hood down. The cloak does not billow outward because it is weighed down by numerous daggers kept in hidden pockets sewn into the cloak's inner lining. His eyes are arctic blue, piercing, and set into a gaunt face with lean, wolfish features. Those eyes glitter with penetrating intelligence. Even strong men tremble when caught in the fierce, dispassionate scrutiny of Diran Bastiaan's gaze.
The priest's words are friendly enough, but his tone is emotionless.
He uses daggers as his preferred weapon, though he is attempting to learn the bow as that is the preferred weapon of the Silver Flame. He is a master of the throwing dagger, and carries many of them on his person at all times.
He was taken as a child and raised to be an assassin by Emon Gorsedd and his Brotherhood of the Blade. During that time, he was forcibly possessed by an evil spirit summoned by Quellin, a priest of the Dark Six. This was common practice in the organization in order to make the assassins more controllable and less likely to suffer attacks of conscience during a job. Diran has since freed himself of the possession.
Now, Diran walks as an adventurer-priest of the Silver Flame. When the priest thought he was on the trail of some unearthly menace, he could be more determined than a starving swamp lion tracking wounded prey.
- Ghaji, his half-orc traveling companion and friend. They are both veterans of the Last War.
- Hinto, halfling pirate and friend.
- Emon Gorsedd, his former master and leader of the Brotherhood of the Blade.
- Makala, former friend and associate assassin.
- Solus, psiforged originally tricked into killing Diran.
- Quellin, librarian and assassin for the Brotherhood of the Blade.
- Tresslar, artificer at Dreadhold and traveling companion.
- Yvka, elf member of the Shadow Network.