The Welcomers are the thieves’ guild of Phlan.

Apparently established during the reclamation of Phlan, circa 1340 DR, the thieves’ guild originally primary preyed on newcomers to Phlan, leading them to adopt the sarcastic nickname of the “Welcomers”, or the “Welcoming Committee”.

Because they frequently assisted in defending the city, they were allowed to exist openly, and the members identified themselves by cutting off their left ear.

With the death of the Lord Protector and the turmoil that has followed, the Lord Regent has declared open season on the Welcomers and his Black Fist hunts them mercilessly. Now the Welcomes act from the shadows and lash out against their oppressors and those who would deny them their due; guards or guildsmen alike.

They are led by Xaxy Freyn.