Smoakthroat was in charge of nine other stable hands. They cared for guests' oxen and horses, put them away at night, stored carts and wagons in the sheds, and harnessed them up again the next morning, for example.
Lanther was well known by most people who traveled up and down the Shind Road from Voonlar to Yûlash as having a good eye for horses and beasts of burden and being able to nurse them back to health when they were sick.
Smokethroat was a retired mercenary who once sold his services across the Vilhon Reach, Sembia, and the Stonelands of Cormyr. He had no love for the Zhentarim and once gained a bit of notoriety when a Zhent officer drew his sword on Lanther during a disagreement, thinking he could intimidate the redoubtable ostler, only to find himself tossed, armor and all, into the mud outside the stables in front of the officer's unit (which they found quite amusing).
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Ed Greenwood (April 2001–May 2003). Elminster Speaks archive (Zipped PDF). Elminster Speaks. Wizards of the Coast. p. 24. Retrieved on 2016-09-03.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Ed Greenwood (2001-07-04). Part #19: The Shield Staff. Elminster Speaks. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2016-09-21.