The following information is gleaned from Aunt Serenia, and she’s done her own homework in advance. It seems that this is everything available at this point to the family.
- Ortach had been working, as a House member (but not an Heir) as the leader of a team of surveyors who traveled throughout parts of the Shadow Marches looking for potential sources of dragonshards. For the last few months his team had been detailed to train new members and hired contractors.
- He had been operating mostly in the southern areas of the Crawling Swamp, northwest of where you are now. He was training some new hires from there, taking them into the swamp and tracking down potential shard fields, as well as teaching them House doctrine and whatnot. He’d had to let go a few people for reasons Serenia does not know.
- There are a few different tribes of humans and orcs in that swamp that are not aligned with Tharashk, and have at times given outsiders trouble – Ortach had clashed with them on a few occasions, with one time resulting in the death of a tribesman.
- Ortach was concerned about some of the people the House had working for them in Valshar’ak, a small city his team had used as a base of operations for resupply between forays into the swamp. Serenia is unsure of the details, but knows that Ortach was particularly troubled about what he described as “behavior unbecoming of decent men” from someone he’d had to deal with in Valshar’ak.