Deerkin is a cousin of huntswoman Laurel. He associated with the Piebalds, ambushing Laurel, Fitz, and The Fool, even shooting Laurel in the shoulder before he was stopped by Fitz. Fitz was going to torture him to discover where the Piebalds had gone with Dutiful, but Laurel and Deerkin escaped during the night. When he found out about the true motives of the Piebalds, he left them and helped Laurel bring people to help Fitz and rescue Dutiful.