The Nature of Things
Leader of a group of bandits, so far little is known about Durneg. His description, as given by Bannek, implies that he is most likely of a large build and very strong. He has also been described as wielding an axe, most likely a two-handed axe from the context in which it was mentioned (Bannek said it could probably cleave him in two with little difficulty).
Durneg used to lead his bandits in raiding passing travellers, taking their things from them but otherwise not doing much else unless they tried to fight back – very rarely was anyone killed. Durneg himself apparently had earned something of a reputation, and just the sight of him stepping forth from the trees, gesturing with his axe, and requesting travellers hand over their goods usually enough to persuade them to do so. As such, despite his obvious strength and skill, it seems that Durneg rarely had to make use of it, since the fact he possessed it in the first place was usually enough for him to get what he wanted from anyone with any sense.
Bannek’s family was one group attacked by Durneg – as the others were killed, Durneg took the boy in and ensured he was raised among the bandits (though never spoke to him or paid him any direct attention during the whole of the following ten years), considering it at least a better fate than being left to die in the woods.
However, recently a group of cloaked strangers came to Durneg’s camp and spoke with him, and since this time the bandits have been taking prisoners, who have been regularly taken away in wagons, reportedly to become slaves. Though most of the cloaked strangers departed soon after arriving, one remained – a mage.
After a few weeks, the mage departed and Durneg was apparently asked (or even ordered) to go with him – the bandit leader hasn’t been seen since.