Baron Vasca was wrinkled, bald, and thin necked. He is the Chief of the Bureau of Commerce. He wore the brown robe that seemed to be almost the uniform of the office, as well as a heavy gold chain. At first glance, he appeared to be old and frail, but his eyes were as alert and shrewd as those of a vulture. Eminently corrupt -- including the taking of bribes, including from Silk and Yarblek; selling information about departure times and routes of caravans to certain robber chiefs, and selling his silence to the merchant barons in Melcene.

He was imprisoned and Zakath decided to spare his life.