A Searing Burst of Light
Dreesen is a wealthy merchant, in Ketterdam. He came in from West Ravka with a prisoner, which he took back to his estate. Inej finds out that Dreesen needs a gang to cross the Shadow Fold into East Ravka to find something. He later asks for a Heartrender, which both Kaz and Pekka Rollins know about since they both intercepted notes about it for the owner of The Orchid. When Kaz and his crew arrive with a Heartrender, Dreesen calls them criminals and denies Kaz the demand for the job. Kaz offers him the services of the Heartrender, and Dreesen tries to cut the Crows out of the deal. Kaz blackmails Dreesen, and promises a trade of the Heartrenders abilities, in exchange for an exclusive on the job. Dreesen takes them to the prisoner, Alexei Stepanov, telling them the boy crossed the Fold on foot, and witnessed an event when his skiff was attacked. Once Stepanov reveals he was saved by the Sun Summoner, Dreesen asks him who the Sun Summoner is, promising to free him after. He tells the merchant that the Sun Summoner is Alina Starkov, and after checking the records for confimation, Dreesen shoots the prisoner in the head, killing him, as to prevent anyone else from finding out the information. He then addresses the Crows, telling them that he has a ship ready to sail to Ravka at dawn, and that they can use it if they find a safe way through the Fold before dawn. The job will be a million kruge, to capture Alina Starkov.
Personality and traits
He has gray hair and blue eyes.
Skills and abilities
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