As the Dark Sun Sleeps
Led by self-proclaimed “Captain” Tosh, the Dune Riders are slavers working the Tablelands. The party encountered them while cutting across the Tablelands from Nibenay to Tyr. After threatening to enslaved the party, Tosh was mollified by the presence of a Sandstone family member, and chose instead to bring the party into his camp as guests. The Dune Riders currently consist of 8 spearmen riding kanks and 15 regular footmen. They have a group of nearly 30 slaves captured in the lands east of Nibenay and bound for Tyr.
By all appearances, the Dune Riders seem to be very typical of a smaller slave-trade band. They’re fairly well equipped, and quite savvy at navigating the wastes of the tablelands. Many smaller outfits such as this choose to brave more direct routes across the Tablelands to avoid the kind of tariffs, taxes and harassment by patrols (brigands, military or otherwise) that haunt the more well-traveled lanes. If a band has a good scout, the trek across the Tablelands tends to be more forgiving as well as significantly faster.
Tosh himself seems to be a literally cut-throat businessman. Cruel and despicable, yes, but far more interested in earning profits than causing pain. His on-going professional relationship with Komic Sandstone out-weighed the short term profit of bagging handful of mercenaries.