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He has spent the past few years hiding from Swayne, not even contacting the Shepherds. At one point he travelled with William Black (who he refers to by his middle name of Gabriel), but this of course ended when Black sr. was captured by the aforesaid Vampire. After torturing the locations of some of Rygax's hideouts from him, Swayne kept him around as bait for a trap, later adding Zaheer to his collection.
When the party rescure his captives from Mount Pillar, Swayne intervenes personally and it is only due to Rygax's intervention that they are not completely wiped out. He later recounts the tragedy of Balvan the
Wise Millstone, implying a good deal of Shadowfel knowledge.
Rygax allows a colony of Mezania to live in two fingers of his left hand. This has given him the ability to converse with other Mezania colonies around the Shadowfel, acting as an information network.