Red Asha, whose real name is Asha d’Sturmkeep, is the only child of a minor Ganzan lord. She is currently the leader of the Gallowglass mercenaries and a graduate of the college of Aetun. She heads the the mercenaries from an outpost just within the perilous borders of The Char, and also has opened trade routes into the Char, though some accuse her “trade” as semi-legitimized looting of the scorched region.
Her climb to the top of the mercenary hierarchy was accomplished through proving her worth in business dealings, especially with The Syndicate, as well as using her noble birth to acquire a keep and contracts with lords. She has supposedly never led the Gallowglass mercenaries in battle since this would be unladylike, though many claim that Red Asha has spilled her fair share of blood in her climb to the top, especially during her brief stint captaining a merchant marine vessel.