Grund is the village simpleton. He ekes out a living by making pickles in vats at the end of the field.
The other vendors all pilfer from his open pickling vats, and he cheerfully lets them. He's easy comic relief when encountered at the market.
Eldras is a plain-dealing sort who knows almost nothing of the current mood and troubles in Red Larch, since he's so rarely away from his forge.
His wife Laefre, who orders metals via the merchants she deals with, hears much of the troubles, but she …