The Whisperer in Darkness
A small man, made smaller by his hunched stance. He wears a dark green robe, with a hood obscuring most of his weathered face, though still unable to hide his large, disjointed nose which appears to have been broken several times. Long, dark hair, greasy and matted hangs in curtains on either side of his face.
Orphaned at an early age when his parents were killed by bandits while on the road leading to Raylack, Zud spent his childhood as a vagrant, stealing from farms and local businesses in order to survive. As a teenager he was caught attempting to break into Raylack Church by the vicar, Father Malley whom took pity and chose not to report him to the village reeve, opting instead to make him work as the church’s grounds keeper to atone for his trespassing.
Zud found contentment in his work, and maintained the church and graveyard for the following thirty years, building himself a shack just outside of the village.
Zud was the first to encounter the Risen Adventurers after their return from the grave, even providing them with information about Raylack, though unbeknownst to them it was hewho had buried them in the first place, at the behest of Joseph Curwen.
After the The Battle of Branock’s Gorge, he found him self overwhelmed and distraught by the sheer amount of fresh graves in the churchyard, and soon left his duties as grounds keeper, wandering aimlessly around the village for several weeks before eventually taking up residence in, and becoming the de facto owner of, The Slaughtered Lamb, Raylack’s recently abandoned inn. After proving popular with the locals, and discovering that he was in fact a rathey savvy businessman, he renamed the establishment ’Zud’s Suds’.