A shopkeeper in Glister.
Nikolai and Andros have an intense rivalry. While Andros has the better head for business and has developed lucrative contacts among the merchants and importers of Melvaunt, Nikolai is well known to be smarter and more imaginative. Indeed, before Andros encouraged Nikolai to become a merchant, Nikolai was a doctoral student in Orcish History and Literature at the University of Allacko.
Andros and Nikolai have not spoke in three years, because Nikolai has refused to give Andros access to a wizard supplier named Amah. Amah has crafted over thirty magical rings, called the Rings of Amah Zondahtkom, which allow the bearer to trade with Nikolai’s store over great distances. The rings teleport payment to Nikolai, and teleport goods back to the customer. In fact, several merchants in Melvaunt have bought these rings home, which has fostered competition between the brothers, driving prices down. The rings, however, are fragile and unreliable, necessitating frequent trips to Glister to buy new ones. Nikolai and Amah are working to improve them.
Nikolai was captured, along with most of the population of Glister, by Smeerduk’s invading orog band. He was tortured, but (it seems) he would not reveal a password. Happily, Marielle and Brother Clement rescued him. He is recovering from his ordeal, and cannot wait to tell the party all he knows about Smeerduk. He is wracked by guilt because of the small role he played in bringing the orogs here …. but I’ve revealed too much… :)