|Class||Aristocrat 5 / Expert 2|
Source: Rise of the Runelords Anniversary Edition, pg(s). 384
Ethram Valdemar is the aging head of the Valdemar family and is the only original member of the Sandpoint Mercantile League still alive. He is dying from a lung infection that resists permanent curing.
In an attempt to overcome death, Ethram has become obsessed about a book of poetry called Songs at Sun's Ebb, written by a poet named Vumeshki. The book included poems about a place called Ilvarandin, which the poet claimed was a hidden paradise where citizens would stay forever young. Learning that Vumeshki often took a drug called midnight milk, Ethram began taking it himself believing that it might help his dreaming mind locate Ilvarandin. He secretly enlisted his son, Kaleb Valdemar, in procuring the substance, and he is now an addict.