The so-called “elven mafia,” Laésa—which means “the forgotten” in Sperethiel—got its start among the elven exiles from Tir Tairngire in the Tarislar neighborhood of Puyallup. The syndicate’s core was the Rinelle ke’Tesrae, the rebel organization looking to oust the Council of Princes. The criminal contacts they built in Tarislar absorbed some local elven gangs like the Princes of the Blood, forming a secret organization devoted to funneling information, resources, and contraband into Tir Tairngire, extracting the same, and bringing it to Seattle.
After the overthrow of the Council, rather than dissolving, Laésa found more opportunities than ever as elven refugees and exiles poured into the metroplex, many looking to get back into the country, or smuggle property or loved ones out. The more porous borders of Tir Tairngire offered new smuggling opportunities, and some ex-patriots in Seattle were willing to pay handsomely for a little taste of home, whatever that might mean for them.
Laésasa (the term for individual members of the syndicate) all speak Sperethiel and use it as a code language. Many are trained in the elven martial art of carromeleg and they’re also well supplied with weapons for their own defense. They have a reputation as protectors in Tarislar, so the locals are reluctant to provide any information to outsiders, allowing the laésasa to disappear into the community at will.