The Coterie is the principal thieves' guild of Kirkwall. Its activities range from extorting money from local merchants to assassination contracts. The Coterie has many associates throughout Kirkwall and the organization is composed of several groups, each with their own directive and leader.
Background[edit | edit source]
There are many criminal empires within the city, some of which have been around since the Imperium used Kirkwall as a hub in the slave trade. Alliances, spying, manipulation, betrayal, and open warfare is all commonplace in the never-ending struggle for power.
The Coterie is a thieves' guild that has been around for almost a century, but until recently was never a major player in the underworld. Some twenty years ago, the strongest of the local criminal empires was an ancient guild known as the Sabrathan, but its leader was betrayed from within, and during the turmoil the Coterie made a successful grab for power.
Since then, they've sunk their claws into almost every level of Kirkwall, including the city guard, the Dwarven Merchants Guild, and some of the most influential citizens in the city. It's safe to say that the Coterie gets a slice of every pie, and very little goes on in Kirkwall that escapes their notice.—From In Pursuit of Knowledge: The Travels of a Chantry Scholar, by Brother Genitivi
—From Codex entry: The Coterie
Known members[edit | edit source]
- Four-Fingered Eddie
- Harlan – apparent head of the Coterie with joint ownership of the Blooming Rose; possibly a mage
- Gallard – an elven member of the Coterie who deals in gambling and debt collecting; he sometimes collects his debts in the form of human ears
- Varric's editor
Codex entries[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Varric Tethras' second published work, Darktown's Deal, is a serial about the Coterie. It received some critical acclaim upon publication in 9:20 Dragon.