I love the smell of commerce in the morning.
— Captain Gnashblade
Captain Evon Gnashblade is the owner and proprietor of the Black Lion Trading Company.
As a soldier of the High Legions, Gnashblade first came to Lion's Arch at the age of 20 as part of an Ash Legion operation to extort the people of the city, under the banner of the Black Lion Trading Company. Gnashblade was by all accounts a dependable soldier who never disobeyed orders—until that day. When he raised concerns with his legionnaire, Aria Gnashfang, believing that attempting to intimidate the pirates of Lion's Arch would not be fruitful, the disagreement led to a fight and Gnashfang was killed. The next day, the Black Lion Trading Company was established in earnest.
In 1326 AE, during selections to appoint a new Captain's Council member, Gnashblade purchased a vessel (making him eligible) and attempted to secure a trade agreement with the Zephyr Sanctum, but narrowly lost out to Ellen Kiel.
Following the destruction of Lion's Arch, Captain Gnashblade fled to a refugee camp in the northern hills of Gendarran Fields. Under the orders of Captain Kiel, he was conscripted into the Lionguard under General Emergency Statute 14 and forced (along with all other Black Lion Trading Company merchants), to act as a deputy quartermaster for the Lionguard, upon pain of death. Since then, he has blackmailed Heal-o-Tron to act as his spy on the Captain's Council.
Living World involvement
For previous dialogue, see here.
- "Ain't got time to talk. I got a business to run and competitors to crush. Scarlet's really done a number on trade in the city."
What's the business?
- "Ehh, durring the crisis, Kiel forced me to outfit the Lionguard with my stock. If I left, she'd have me shot on sight."
Sounds like bad blood between you two.
- "She ain't fit to lead a parade, but most merchants went bankrupt after the attack. Whether Kiel knows it or not, she made me the top merchant in the city."
For previous quotes, see here.
- Gnashblade was the only vendor of Recipe: Maintenance Oil Station.