Xanlas Perlana is a male half-elf thief, and ex-guildmaster of the Thieves Guild in Neverwinter.
Xanlas ran the Thieves Guild of Neverwinter from an unknown number of safehouses spread throughout the city, randomly moving between them for cover. Wherever Xanlas goes, his loyal bodyguard Urag Dumog can be found nearby, making sure that Xanlas remains safe and secure.
Xanlas has always taken a bit of a liking to Anakis, and for a time, employed her as a guild cleric, where she leveraged her abilities as a cleric of Corellon to both bless thieves before critical heists, and to patch up wounded members afterwards. Xanlas made the mistake of sending her along with a small group of thieves to steal a ring of peculiar magical power on behalf of an anonymous party. Upon seeing this ring, she became charmed into wearing it and was both cursed and “gifted” with her warlock abilities. Unable to remove the ring, Anakis was forced to flee the guild and the city, taking a last-minute caravan escort job heading to Phandalin.
Upon her first return to Neverwinter, Xanlas sought her out and allowed her to make a deal: if she returned the ring and did a small favor for him, Xanlas would clear her debt to the guild and allow her to walk free. With the help of the other Heroes of Phandalin, their mission was a success. Xanlas was so pleased by this, that he offered to continue their work on a per-contract basis, should Anakis and her friends ever be in the need for work in the city.
Upon her second return to Neverwinter after a few months absence, Anakis learned that Xanlas had been deposed by one of his underlings, Degran, a high-ranking member of the Guild and a rival of Anakis. The two had disagreed over selling-out the heroes to a group of interested persons – assumed to be either the Cult of the Black Star, the Zhentarim, or both. Their disagreement erupted in violence, and Xanlas barely escaped with his life, thanks to Urag’s great skill as a warrior. Xanlas now resides in hiding while Degran runs the Guild, devoting a large amount of resources in his attempts to locate the ex-guildmaster.