Selczek Gobayuik, Guildmaster of Embalmers and Gravediggers

Selczek Gobayuik, Guildmaster of Embalmers and Gravediggers

Selczek is a half orc with great relish for his chosen profession, Selczek is 36 years old, with short cropped black hair and dark brown eyes. He has oily skin and thick black hair on the back of his hands. Preferring to tress in thick black robes, Selczek is unspeakably ugly, even for a half-orc. The social acceptability accorded to other guildmasters has eluded Selczek—a guest who reeks of embalming fluid ceases quite rapidly to be a novelty at society cocktail parties, and perhaps he shows a little too much professional zeal in measuring up potential clients when they are all too fit and healthy. Conversational gambits such as a fixed glare and an utterance of “Didn’t I stuff your uncle last month?” also fail to increase Selczek’s appeal. The half-orc and his wagon load of coffins and ghoulish apprentices also have an unnerving habit of being the first one on the scene whenever there is a serious accident in the city, and he is well known for his dislike of priests and their nasty habit of healing and curing people. Despite his considerable wealth, selczek still lives over his store in the seamier part of the River Quarter.

Without question, the most successful half-orc in the city is Selczek Gobayuik . Now quite old (45) but in good health, Gobayuik is the guildmaster of the Embalmers’ and Gravediggers’ Guild. Hideously ugly and always dressed in black, he is quite wealthy and keeps his money invested in various enterprises with the Union of Moneychangers and Pawnbrokers. He has no known friends, and other guildmembers follow his directives only because they fear him. They also hope he will include them in his will. Gobayuik hates good clerics because they are bad for his business (they heal and resurrect people). Various jokes about the guildmaster, most involving improper romantic involvments with the undead, have been circulating in the city for decades.

The guild maintains civic cemetaries in the city and purchases land to set up new plots. Because of the city overcrowding, the guild is about to buy a large tract of land east of the city along Ery Trail for a future burial ground. The guild has a monopoly on the (legal) disposal of corpses in the city, and only a certificate proving the death and burial of a citizen, issued by the guild to the Inspector of Taxes, Glodreddi Bakkanin, will remove that citizen from the census and guild rolls; otherwise, the deceased’s family members must pay the deceased’s taxes. Because of this, every relative of a dead person wants the deceased to be certified by the guild and buried. The guild works with all legal religions in Greyhawk to organize funerals, mourning ceremonies, and so forth, though the churches almost universally despise the half-orc.

Membership Fee: 20 gp per year.

Member Count: 43

Selczek Gobayuik, Guildmaster of Embalmers and Gravediggers

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