The Red Hounds were a ruthless gang of mercenaries, traders, slavers. and criminals that infested the city of Springdale and the surrounding area. Due to a level of caution, bribery, and manipulation of the law, the City Watch could do little to stop them. Most of their operations were small-time, but collectively they were one of the more significant factions in Springdale, and stood as one of the two largest gangs. They held a bitter rivalry with Jack Pennybrooke’s Men, the other gang, and this would often escalate into gang violence, although carefully hidden from the city guardsmen.
The leader of the gang was refereed to simply as Black. Most members of the organization had never seen him nor heard him speak, and even the higher level members would only meet with the leader in pitch black. Rumors, thus, run wild both within the Red Hounds and the locals as to his identity.