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Caleb Cursebound

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Caleb Cursebound is a Necromundan, whose exploits have led him to be described as the 9th most dangerous man in the Underhive.[1]

Among them is single-handedly bringing down Bone­snapper's Badrock Boys, killing the Unseen Beast of Sumptown and surviving the Blood River Massacre, where he saved the life of the Ratskin warrior Iktomi, who then became his partner. In truth, though, only the last is anywhere close to the truth, as Caleb does not have the stomach for killing and instead relies more on mis­direction and distraction in combat. In reality his foes were killed by Iktomi, who became Caleb's partner after he found the wounded Ratskin warrior days after her tribe was killed in the Blood River Massacre. He does not correct anyone about his reputation, though, as it allows their focus to be on him and leads them to underestimate Iktomi. This arrangement has proved extremely beneficial for them and has led Caleb to be sought after for many Underhive jobs. One among them was from the ex-House Delaque info-broker Kreep, who tasked Caleb with stealing the Hand of Harrow from the museum kept by the Noble House Harrow. This would be a complicated job, as it required Caleb to infiltrate the House's coming of age debutantes' ball, which was being hosted by its Patriarch Lord Harrow, as his daughter Elissa was taking part in it. Caleb would need to get close to the Noble Lord and steal Lord Harrow's ring, which was the key to the museum. Meanwhile Iktomi would have to climb the outside of the Hive and cut a path into the museum, which they would use to escape back into the Underhive.[1]

Caleb had many concerns about the job, such as Kreep not knowing what the Hand of Harrow looked like, his refusal to name who wanted the treasure and the info-broker did not give the job to his usual go to thief One-eyed Tippet. Nonetheless, Caleb and Iktomi took the job, and were able to infiltrate House Harrow's museum, filled with the grisly trophies taken from their Underhive hunts. Among them were the skins of Ratskin's with similar red tribal facial scarring that Iktomi wore. Before they could determine if the skins were her family, Lord Harrow attacked them, while wearing a Spyrer suit. The Lord explained that their was no Hand of Harrow, it was simply a lure to bring prey to him, as his advanced age prevented him from hunting in the Underhive. With that he began hunting them and knocked out Iktomi, but while Caleb continued to evade Harrow, he discovered the head of One-eyed Tippet, who had died at the Noble Lord's hands. Lord Harrow later captured Caleb, but the quick thinking Underhiver distracted him by asking if the Noble was responsible for killing Iktomi's tribe. When Lord Harrow then looked at Iktomi's tribal facial scarrings, to see if he recognized them, Caleb tore out the Spyrer suit's canister of stimulants and combat drugs. The resulting spray of gas, caused the Noble to become berserk and allowed Iktomi to kill Lord Harrow, by burying her knife into his eye. In order to claim their bounty from Kreep, though, Iktomi cut off one of Lord Harrow's arms and they then made their escape. The vengeful duo later stormed Kreep's office and explained what had happened when they ventured into the House of Harrow. While the info-broker pleaded his innocence, Caleb agreed to believe him, if the info-broker payed them for their job and then dropped the bloody Hand of Harrow onto Kreep's desk.[1]

Kreep would pay their price, but word spread that Caleb and Iktomi were responsible for Lord Harrow's death and they were forced to flee. They later found sanctuary in the remote settlement Hope's End, but a group of Bounty Hunters seeking to claim House Harrow's bounty, eventually tracked the two down. Secretly among them, however, was Lord Harrow's daughter, Elissa, who has vowed to take revenge against her Father's killers.[2]