|Actual Age||Probably Older|
|Religion||Oschon, the Wanderer|
|Height/Weight||6 fulm 6 ilm, 187 ponz|
|Occupation||Peddler, Scrounger, Blowhard|
- 1 Character
- 2 Combat
- 3 Tendencies
- 4 Items For Sale
- 5 Services
- 6 Items Not For Sale
- 7 Relationships
- 8 Rumors
- 9 Fiction
- 10 Annotations
Despite consistently failing his way upward, Verad Bellveil is still a terrible Duskwight and a source of shame and irritation to everyone who knows him.
Inasmuch as an elezen can be "grizzled," Verad fits the bill, with a heavy beard and a worn face. Previously, his hair was white, with a few desperate holdouts of black strands fighting a guerilla battle against the albino tide at its tips. In recent moons, that trend has somehow reversed, and he now sports a head of dark hair with a few white streaks along his temples. His provided explanation for this is too absurd to be worth considering.
He tends to wear loose clothing that helps with the heat of Thanalan, where he conducts most of his business.
A braggart, a blowhard, and a man who plays at being a wit, Verad spends much of his time hawking his wares - his so-called "dubious goods" - on the streets of Ul'dah. He gathers cast-off and useless materials from other craftsmen, or outright scavenges them from the wilderness when necessary, and sells them at negligible prices to any interested buyer. Verad considers himself an honest merchant, and prides himself on making sure anybody who purchases from him knows that they are buying junk.
Verad Bellveil's history, as he would have it, is one of the great mysteries of the Seventh Astral Era. Between his Hyuran name, typical Duskwight reclusiveness, and the lack of any clear records related to his existence, some (read: no) experts have speculated that he sprang into being fully formed during the Seventh Umbral Era shortly after the Calamity. He is clearly aware of events that happened prior to the fall of Dalamud, however, making this unlikely.
Verad's home city-state is likewise a puzzle; he claims to have been banned from all three major city-states, Ishgard, and, at times, Garlea for "not having the proper permits." That said, his movements do not appear to be restricted in Ul'dah, and he may well be able to enter other cities with ease. It is possible that he is a well-informed foreigner.
While he does have a set of memoirs that detail of a period of some twenty to thirty years of his life as a merchant, they are filled with such outrageous claims - up to and including turning down being Halone's chosen consort - that nobody could possibly take them seriously. Further, most copies were destroyed following a stint in slavery; only three are known to remain, and none are considered reliable records.
Whatever the case, what is known is that Verad Bellveil arrived in Ul'dah several months ago and, after much scraping, bowing, and bribing, received the appropriate permits to lease out business space for Dubious Distributions in Pearl Lane. That this space happened to be in the middle of the street, and that the space was also leased to several other businesses in a form of vagrant timeshare, does not seem to have mattered to Bellveil, and he can occasionally be found scribbling in his ledger and planning the shipment of his wares in that very same space.
Verad's situation continues not to be monitored by the authorities of Ul'dah. Citizens are advised that he is no threat whatsoever save to anybody's time and, occasionally, their wallets.
The Case of the Ransacked Rug
Following the unexpected theft of his office - and, despite leaving his strongbox unprotected on a rug in the street, he continues to argue that the theft was unexpected - Verad's investigation into the robbery uncovered an illegal debt-labor scheme. While normally accepted practice in Ul'dah, a debt-trader by the name of Jeresu Resu had been forging the consent of his customers, kidnapping them, and selling them into slavery at a local mining company. Finding that one of his fellow vendors had fallen prey to the scam, Verad was driven to put it out of commission; however, when his investigations failed to provide definitive proof of this practice, he took the leap of using his own debts to sell himself into slavery in order to expose the scheme.
After spending ten days as a laborer at the Coblyn's Fancy Mining Company in Central Thanalan, Verad and the Harbingers of Dawn were able to undermine and destroy the debt-trader's income source through the use of manipulation, worker riots, and hordes of ravenous coblyns. None of this stopped him from getting stabbed, however, and, after some timely healing, he spent several days in convalescence at the Harbingers' estate. Verad was then horrified to learn that his inventory of dubious goods was liquidated as part of the forged contract's "debt reduction plan," and that his business is now devoid of stock. He isn't very happy about that, but has spent some time rebuilding his stock and taking odd and sufficiently dubious requests where he is able.
The Quandary of Quarrymill
After a scandalous article in the Tonberry's Lantern accused him of knowingly maiming a Lalafell child and plotting a coup to overthrow the Sultana, Verad was forced to take a "completely coincidental" vacation in Gridania. The Shroud, however, offered him little relief, as he was soon arrested by the Wailers of Quarrymill under suspicion of scavenging from the dead at the site of a recent ambush. He was released after members of the Harbingers vouched for his character and agreed to investigate on his behalf.
The Harbingers, led by Yune Tabrisviel, J'maaira Tuhl, and Arrelaine Fashonti, later joined by Anstarra Silverain, discovered that the camp was experiencing a burgeoning refugee crisis; Ala Mhigans, exhausted of the conditions in Thanalan were trying their luck in the Shroud, and more applicants were being denied entry than ever. Further, Wailer patrols were being ambushed and killed with frightening efficacy, and signs pointed to Garlean weaponry being used in the attacks. The Wailer captain of Quarrymill was seeking to suppress this information to avoid a panic and fears of a renewed Garlean offensive, and so it was left to the Harbingers and Verad to investigate the claims.
As the investigation proceeded and the group managed to capture one of the ambushing parties in one of their attacks, they were stunned to learn that the refugees, whose cause they had been championing to date, were the ones behind the attacks. Convinced that one of the Hearers of Quarrymill was corrupt, disgruntled veterans of Ala Mhigo had been salvaging Garlean weaponry and using them to thin the ranks of the Wailers in preparation for a larger operation, all with the aim of taking the camp and forcing the Hearer to admit to his own lies. Their leader hoped for a peaceful resolution all the same, and gave the investigators the chance to force a confession from the Hearer before their final assault was carried out.
Enlisting the aid of the Morbolvine Clan, who had proven themselves allies after Verad was seriously injured (see Recently), the group was able to confront the Hearer with their suspicions. After tense negotiations, it became clear that the Hearer was ignoring the will of the spirits and denying more refugees than needed, all out of the desire to protect outsiders from the whims of the spirits and the dangers of living in the Shroud. He was convinced to recant his actions before the refugees.
The aftermath of these actions is still playing out. The Hearer admitted his wrong-doing, and the refugees are being re-assessed for admission. At the same time, the commander of the refugees was good to his word, surrendering himself and those who had been directly involved in killing the Wailers. An inquiry into the punishment for their crimes is forthcoming.
The Scales in the Sands
Certain unpleasant revelations following his participation in the Grindstone tournament on a whim, and the continued imperilment of Roen Deneith, convinced Verad to take on the task of effecting real change in Ul'dah. Unfortunately, he was terrible at it, and While he was able to expose a stash of illegal hallucinogens in a warehouse belonging to the Monetarist noble Jameson Taeros, he suffered a swift and violent reprisal at the hands of the Brass Blades. The violence he suffered at the hands of Ul'dahn law enforcement proved to be a minor problem in comparison to another: while exposing the stash of drugs, Verad blundered and revealed another stash of Dravanian heretical artifacts of religious faith. Fearing his own arrest if he turned these in to the authorities, he left them to be looted and sold on the streets by Ul'dah's impoverished masses.
The sudden influx of Dravanian artifacts brought a number of competing factions into Ul'dah, including Dragoons from Ishgard seeking to reclaim the artifacts before they could cause harm and punish the thief responsible, Dravanian heretics attempting to recover lost property and also punish the thief responsible, victims of the artifacts who found themselves transformed into draconic forms, and independent agents working for the Monetarists and Royalists alike in an effort to double-cross both and embarrass all parties involved. Verad in particular suffered the attentions of a too-curious sergeant of the Highbridge Division of the Brass Blades, who quickly pieced together his role as the unintentional cause of the artifacts' spread.
Despite being the cause of the problem, Verad's own role in correcting it was limited; while he made early efforts to acquire artifacts where he could to take them off the streets, the attention of the Blades soon found him holing up in his estate for his own security. While he was drawn out of hiding to investigate a lead on one of the Monetarist agents causing havoc in the region through the spread of artifacts, this led to his capture and near-sacrifice at the hands of Dravanian heretics. Only the timely and appropriately dramatic last-minute intervention of friends and allies prevented his ritual sacrifice at the hands of the harriers. Later negotiations with the Brass Blades of Highbridge helped prevent him from seeing any time in gaol, despite a growing sense on his part that he seriously deserved it.
Crimes Against Nature
Having inherited the estate of Xhosa Tauzeh moons prior, Verad is currently working on expanding its front office into a storefront for days when he is not at the Quicksand. There is a definite sense of melancholy about him of late; while he is still quite capable of making a sale, friends and close associates have noted he seems increasingly sad behind the smile.
Verad favors a bow on the grounds that when he misses his shot he will at least have a head-start on his now-enraged target. He also favors keeping other people between he and danger, begging, or simply not being in a fight at all.
Despite this sensibly pragmatic attitude towards combat, he nevertheless makes a point of styling himself as Eorzea's Greatest Archer, Pending Certain Conditions. What those conditions are varies from conversation to conversation, but generally imply that as long as he can't miss, he will never miss.
Any rumors that placing a knife in Verad's hands can make him dangerously competent are just that.
- Making deals
- Selling junk
- The sound of his own voice
- That one Lalafell who keeps spitting at him and running away. He knows who he is.
- Suffering disguised as a necessity.
- Dishonest merchants.
- Spurious Logic
- Surprisingly Decent Sketch Artist
- Tries very hard to sell something - anything - to strangers who engage him in conversation.
- Cannot be trusted around bad ideas.
Items For Sale
Budget Stoneskin - A method of receiving the "effects" of Stoneskin without requiring a caster. Consists of a pot of gravel and a bottle of fish glue. Self-applied. ((Inspired by Gharen Wolfsong))
Imitation Fool's Gold - One of Verad's most-offered and least-popular items, imitation fool's gold is an excellent substitute for normal fool's gold, and also happens to be a rock Verad has painted a golden color. Five gil to the onze.
Plot Devices - Back by popular demand! The mysteriously enigmatic items of mystery that, no matter the buyer, will always prove to be of great value at just the right moment. Try one today!
Gil on a chain - A single gil with a hole punched through it on a simple metal chain. Makes for an excellent necklace. Five gil per item.
Bronco Grease - A new and popular revivification tonic best known for its increasingly racy ad campaign, and endorsed by some of Eorzea's most desirable members of all genders. The ingredients are a trade secret, but Verad personally assures all customers that they will never feel so glad to be alive as they will after they have had a vial of Bronco Grease.
Sub-Par Seduction Comment Cards - Are you a frequent visitor of the Quicksand? Frustrated by men, women, or both awkwardly approaching you to strike up a conversation in the hopes of more? Use these cards to identify in clear, unambiguous terms exactly what your would-be suitor is doing wrong for future improvement. ((Inspired by Jancis Milburga))
Commemorative Silver Fullers - Banned in Ishgard, and not sold in Ul'dah after being told it was "too soon." Verad nevertheless has a couple gross of these in his warehouse. Please get rid of them.
Taking Requests - Following a stint in debt-slavery, Verad has had his assets liquidated to offset his debts. At present, he has no items for sale, but is openly taking suggestions for new stock, and fulfilling individual orders to build capital.
Patron of the Inferior Arts - For every struggling artist waiting for the world to recognize her genius, there are a half-dozen struggling artists who simply have no talent whatsoever. Verad is willing to sell the works of these inferior aesthetes for a small percentage of the sale, in the hopes that the inspiration of a sale will convince them to improve enough to be considered average.
Items Not For Sale
There are some things Verad won't touch.
Narcotics - Omnipresent and a health hazard, and Verad's own standards would ensure they are even more hazardous.
Illicit Goods and Services - Dubious is one thing, nefarious another. While Verad will work with the criminal underclasses, he will not directly deal in slaves or contraband.
Food Services - After an ill-fated incident involving scoops of chilled bavarois during the Ul'dah summer, Verad is banned from selling foodstuffs.
Weapons and Armor - Because Verad cannot guarantee that someone's life will not be put at risk by shoddy equipment, Verad refuses to sell wooden swords, rusty mail, and other typical starting gear for adventurers.
- ♥ Romantic Interest ♥ Platonic/Familial Love $ Regular Client ● Good Standing ● Neutral Standing ● Poor Standing ● Hatred/Intense Grudge
● Alienne Sandraix - One of Verad's first bodyguards, one he didn't so much hire was find himself forced to employ when she overheard him talking about his new inheritance. She has proven to be an able, if dim-witted, guard, and has also proven herself as a saleswoman of dubious products. Her ability to say exactly the wrong thing in any situation is making Verad seriously consider a gag order as part of her contract.
● Anstarra Silverain - A fellow member of the Harbingers, Verad was quickly charmed by Anstarra's quick wits and pleasantly teasing demeanor. Even after Verad's departure from the Harbingers, she has proven a close friend and ally.
●Aya Foxheart - Verad and Ul'dah's best bartender - "The Jewel of the Quicksand" as he likes to call her - are friendly acquaintances, a state brought on by their generally positive attitudes and Verad's willingness to request bizarre drinks. He is also fond of her cookies.
●Burning Edge - The former gladiator-turned-legal-slaver played a pivotal role in the matter of Verad's vandalized "office," to the extent that a tentative relationship had begun to develop, one built around him doing dumb things and her hitting him for it. Having left the debt-trading business following the events at the Coblyn's Fancy, her own spending habits caught up to her to such an extent that she was forced to take hard labor to make ends meet. She disappeared from Ul'dah shortly before Verad inherited an estate - one he would have gladly let her reside in for free. He was left with the sense that life is not often kind to those who make the right choices.
●Coatleque Crofte - A Sultansworn with whom Verad is acquainted. While not particularly close, he is favorably inclined towards her because of her professional behavior while in service and her kindness towards Roen during her brief imprisonment. She has also read his memoirs, which can make for awkward conversation. After stabilizing him and saving his life after being assaulted, Verad feels himself personally indebted to her, but her recent choices in companionship have left him terribly confused.
● Jameson Taeros - A man Verad has seen once and never truly met, he nevertheless has what limited ire the Duskwight can muster, in part because of his actions and how they have affected Roen, and in part because of his role in having Verad assaulted.
● Jihl Wilzuun - Verad is favorably inclined towards this young Miqo'te through her timid but generally positive disposition. However, his interest in Anstarra may be putting a strain on any real friendship.
●Kiht Jakkya - Matron of the Shroudwolf Clan. The two initially resolved to work together to help Roen out of their mutually-held esteem for the woman, but their relationship has become a friendship of its own. Kiht has offered Verad materials for sale, a safehouse when his actions against Taeros turned sour, and aid when investigating the problems of Quarrymill. He will be among the first to defend her and her Clan to others should the need arise, and has indeed done so, offering shelter for the newly formed Shroudwolf after they split from the Morbolvine.
● Leanne Delphium - Recently saved Verad's life. Any arguments they've had in the past have fallen completely by the wayside.
●Malin Greaves - An officer in the Highbridge division of the Brass Blades, Malin started investigating Verad after a leve he undertook in her jurisdiction led her to believe he was involved with the trafficking of Dravanian relics into Ul'dah. She was half-right. She chose not to arrest Verad for his part in instigating the Scales' incident, so long as he acted as a liaison when she needed information and work done in the city. He will probably regret this.
●Misha Jinhri - A relative stranger, Misha intervened in the Brass Blades' assault on Verad, pulling him to safety along with Leanne and taking him to recuperate with the Morbolvine.
♥Nihka Mioni - The clan alchemist and healer of first the Morbolvine and now the Shroudwolf Clan, Verad first encountered her when seeking aid and equipment from the Morbolvine in seeking equipment during his robberies of Taeros' warehouse holdings. The two struck up a very quick friendship, and Verad has started to see himself as an increasingly parental figure in her life - a position that, if recipcrocal, he would be happy to accept.
♥Odile Dornier - A folk-healer from Gridania, Odile has ruined Verad's ability to sell non-medicinal snake oil by pointing out that it's actually quite useful. He still thinks she's a stunner though. She has recently accepted a post in Dubious Distributions as an in-house healer and a source of folk magic - an offer made in part because Verad recognizes the nature of some of her practices as a placebo.
$●Osric Melkire - One of Verad's "regulars" - that is to say, someone who has purchased his goods more than once. Verad thinks highly of the Sergeant for his open and accepting attitude towards dubious goods, though he hasn't quite sorted out why the man is always laughing in his presence.
●Spahro Llorn - On the one hand, Ul'dah's top reporter has written libelous articles about Verad and forced him to flee the city on at least one occasion. On the other, she has also proven that her desire for a story can be turned to good ends with the right circumstances. Verad remains leery and treats her as a business contact more than a friend.
●Renae Lecuyer - Upon inheriting Xhosa Tauzeh's estate, Verad also inherited control over Ms. Lecuyer, her servant and retainer. She currently serves around the estate to perform various odd jobs and security and to act as a deadpan straight-person to Verad's more outrageous ideas.
●Roen Deneith - Verad met this former Sultansworn while temporarily on vacation in Limsa Lominsa after a misunderstanding regarding accidental cactuar smuggling in Ul'dah. Over time, he has come to see her as an exemplar of what an Ul'dahn ought to be, and has offered his assistance with her troubles out of personal loyalty. That loyalty was strained, however, when it became clear to Verad that the intentions of Deneith's allies might harm Ul'dah more than help, and a betrayal of her confidence has led to a split between the two and the realization that idealizing her did not let him see her as a person. Time will tell if this can be mended.
$●Xhosa Tauzeh - One of Verad's few "big clients," he met Xhosa while trying to sell a stash of burnt books. She not only accepted the entire stash, but has established a regular large purchase of many of his goods. After several months away from Thanalan, Xhosa stunned him by bequeathing her estate to him in its entirety upon her return.
●Y'mheena Pahsj - Y'mheena represents something Verad both dreads and desires - a competitor, at least in the Cactu-Puncture business if in none of his other goods. Their conversations can range from the cooperative to the caustic, depending on moment-to-moment goals. Following Y'mheena's shameless theft of his Cactu-Puncture services, they have recently come to an understanding regarding their separate spheres of influence.
●Yune Tabrisviel - A new member of the Harbingers, Verad's attempt at thanking her for healing an injury suffered in archery practice led to the initiation of hostilities with another member, but also began a strong friendship between he and the Miqo'te keeper.
●Z'zhumii umi - Verad happened to encounter the young courtesan while she was inadvertently using his original office space to practice a dance routine. After striking up a friendship borne of being unable to afford her, he now finds himself wealthy and within her price range and sights alike. It's terribly confusing for him.
- "Who ever heard've an Elezen with a last name like Bellveil?" - Random Astute Person
- "He once tried to sell me a marital aid, claiming it had been tested by the Greatest Lover in Eorzea - himself. I slapped him unconscious and I still don't feel I hit him hard enough." - Unidentified Courtesan
- "Bellveil? The peddler? He may smile and play at being a trader, but if he were any good he'd have a stall here in the market with the rest of us." - Textile Vendor
- "He's a good man, and you should buy as much from him as possible, especially the imitation fool's gold!" - Obviously Verad Wearing A Cheap Disguise
- "He's been hurt, you can tell. You can see the pain behind his beard. Isn't it romantic?" - Possibly Fictional Admirer
- "I heard him saying he was at Cartenau, and if he'd had just a minute more that the City-States would have won the day. He's lucky the Blades were around." - Veteran of Cartenau
- "If you buy enough of his junk, he'll take special requests. Then you might get somethin' good instead of his usual crap. But why not just buy from a vendor?" - Equally Perceptive Passerby
- "I tried reading his memoirs and had to throw the book in the fire. Far too racy. Far, far too racy." - Woman Suffering Buyer's Remorse
- "I thought he was clever, and his salesmanship was ingenious. I offered to place him highly in the company to help him on his feet, and he turned me down! Perhaps he has no business sense after all." - La Noscean Entrepeneur
- "Hey, you want an Ishgardian rug? Dirt-cheap. Fell out the back of a warehouse. Just look at the weave on this thing!" - Opportunistic Resident of Pearl Lane
- "Nah, nah, it makes sense, y'know. Bellveil, 's an anagram. Villebeie or somethin' elezen like that. Gotta look between the lines." - Idle Drunk
- "Saw him draw his bow, proud and noble, like he knew what he was doing, and then, get this - he shot the bow, not the arrow. What an idiot! No idea how he disarmed that woman afterwards, for I was too busy laughing to notice. Probably luck." - Grindstone Spectator
- "And so it was foretold that should the Forsaken of Nald'thal ever be prevented from saying his holy word, disaster would tarnish the Jewel of the Desert." - Desperate Street Prophet
- "I had a good thing going. He ruined it. He'll get the same." - Lalafell Overheard In Gridania
- "Master Bellveil's wares saved m'life, they did. Call 'em 'worthless rubbish' again. Go on. See if I don't gut you where y'stand." - Osric Melkire
- "He's a trader, I guess, but he beguiles with such honesty that I can't imagine he makes a living. I'd serve him, just for the amusement and cheer he brings us though; if Momodi would allow." - Aya Foxheart
- "Someone slipped a Fantasia in my drink of all things, and I walked around as a Moonkeeper for a few days. He told me he had a way to turn me back, and presented a Hyur roleplay kit of sorts. I told him to go fuck a carbuncle." - Lilithium Altair
- "A fixed point in aether, he said. But I let it go. Perhaps that was a mistake. I think... we might be making our way back to becoming friends again." - Roen Deneith
- "I overheard him talking about a theft from his office. He has a hard enough time as it is, who would steal from him?" - Aya Foxheart
- "Sir Verad approached me and offered his.. questionable valued goods. A-At least he's honest unlike some merchants! Or is he?.. Does that mean his goods are actually of excellent quality?" - Vynka Lanore
- "Whatever you may have heard is not true. Master Bellveil is a simple merchant and not possibly capable of any crimes levied against him. The Brass Blades have no business trying to squeeze blood from a stone." - Coatleque Crofte
- "Ser Bellveil... He is a drake amongst ganders, no? An honest merchant in Ul'dah; I hope only that his charm does not see him pecked to death for that good heart." - Xhosa Tauzeh
- "I fear his head is growing too big for his britches." - Aya Foxheart
- "Verad is a good man. Some boar-brained people do not see it, but they will soon." - Kiht Jakkya
- "They say behind every laughing face lies a weeping heart. True or not, the brightness Verad brings to this world - and to me - I will not suffer to be lost. No matter what it takes." - Anstarra Silverain
- "I heard someone say that he's just a fellow who sells little devices that nobody really understands!" - Aya Foxheart
- "The Dubious Duskwight? Oh yes! He used to be a regular here. But since he moved on up he's found himself too many things to keep his attention. *thoughtful pause* Honestly, I think he has given himself over to fancies; I'm not sure he's even really in the dubious business any more." -Aya Foxheart
- "Strange guy, Master Verad. I'm not sure if his involvement in things helps or harms, but it certainly makes things more interesting." - Evangeline Primrose
- "Just... I don't know. Got himself into a fine mess of trouble, last I heard. Brought it on himself really. Irresponsible, melodramatic fool." a pause "Though I mostly hope he manages to find himself out of all that trouble." - Jaques Guillaume
- "Verad is like a fine wine. Aged to perfection and best kept in a cold dark room to gather dust, only brought out to entertain the pompous." - Spahro Llorn
- "Eccentric! Fixated with the word dubious! Nearly launched me skyhigh alongside a shark! Owner of questionable logic! I love being around him~" - Leanne Delphium
- "Somehow, he continues to keep more legitimate paperwork than product. Also, I am afraid I do not find the same amusement over self-aggrandizing trees than he does." - Coatleque Crofte
- "A madman placed in charge of a madhouse... but I admit to a certain fondness for his wares, and an appreciation for his shenanigans." - Tengri Geneq
- "I missed him for a time, but now he is a regular again! These days I think he does it out of love, rather than need. Its not quite the same, but he still makes me smile every time I see him." - Aya Foxheart
- "Oh this gentleman sold me some low end cheap art. I would recomend for cheap gifts for your acquaintances." Amandine Gerraldieux
- "Don't let his trivial products fool ye, the old man is well endowed." Brynnalia Callae
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The Case of the Ransacked Rug - In which Verad gets a firsthand look at the debt-labor industry.
Broken and Rusty Things - In which Verad plays at being a thief, assisting and assisted by those of overlooked value.
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