Baron Samuel Farafsadel is the Baron of The Vale, a rural barony located along a major river trading route. He was a cavalry officer in his younger years, seeing service in The Char. Being the second son, he never expected to take control of the barony, but his older brother died from tainted water while Samuel was away. Samuel came back to the Vale and arranged to marry the daughter of a minor noble, but later broke off the engagement for reasons unknown.
The baron came to prominence before the Feral Risings of Ackenzal by representing the cause of emancipation in parliament, hoping to end the conflict before it became violent. He also allowed The Vale to serve as a safe haven for escaped slaves, marrying the slaves— often personally— to human residents so they became untouchable by slave catchers. He himself took up a feral bride, a leader of the Feral rebellion named Mireya, and with her had a daughter, the current heir apparent to his noble seat. His miscegenation made Baron Farafsadel a target of ridicule in the capital, severely compromising his ability to represent any cause in court. He was relegated back to the Vale, where he still remains a very popular figure for his even-handed justice and the relative prosperity of the region, especially considering the contemporary famine that has seemingly skipped over the Vale.