M. Laval is the most widely-known Merchant Guild leader in Acanthia, coming to the party’s attention through a chat with a slum-dwelling mercenary. His distinctive French accent (flanked by 2 platemail-clad bodyguards) regularly graces a fountainside cafe called Le Croix Rouge.
Unlike most other Merchant Guild heads he is also known and seen in the 3rd ring districts, where most assume he finds “pleasurable company” on cold, bitter days.
He resides in a lavish estate in West End 2nd ring, nestled between other similarly upstanding residents. It is under somewhat heavier guard than the surrounding properties.