Wilderness of Fallcrest
Approximately three years ago, Arden Quickfinger, Gnome Rogue, became the leader of the Wasteland Gang, a group of bandits that made their home in the ruins just west of Fallcrest. Most were disenfranchised adventurers who refused to make an honest living for themselves and instead fed on the scraps of both Fallcrest and the wilderness.
About a year after Quickfinger took over, however, there was a small but violent group of bandits who thought that taking and torturing hostages was the quickest way to make a living. Unable to persuade the bandits from within, Arden turned himself in to the guards at the gates of Fallcrest and gave them the information they needed to root out the bandits once and for all. The bandits were scattered or captured from their headquarters, Swiftden, and they haven’t bothered the townsfolk since.
After a token stint in jail, Arden joined the guardsmen and rapidly became their leader through a combination of persuasion and combat acumen.