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Gideon Laier is the leader or "First Blade" of the Molochean Hand. He will appear in T'sen-Ang after the player has finished their dealings with M'in Gorad for the main quest.

After explaining why the Hand is after you, he will attack the player and you'll be forced to kill him. If, however, the player has uncovered the history of The Molochean Hand through Elder Joachim's in Stillwater (as well as through Torien Kel and Kerghan's journal, but these aren't required - they do however add extra dialogue), the option "The Hand hasn't always been this way... " will appear and the player can convince Gideon not to be used as a pawn by Arronax. The reputation "Friend of the Molochean Hand" will appear in the journal and their attacks on the player will cease.

Additionally, if Vollinger is in the party, Gideon will release him from his task of spying on you (this avoids the Vollinger's Meeting Place event that'd normally occur directly after this meeting once the player's left Tsen-Ang) and give him to you as a permanent ally.

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