Joarn Kages is an information broker, a person whose livelihood is derived from the purchase and sale of data pertaining to all manner of personal, business, and civil transactions. He resided formerly on his homeworld of Aldava, where he was relatively well off, and where he had business premises in Barrabas Fled, the planet's capital city.
Kages dresses well, presenting a tasteful appearance which is mirrored in the lavish but not ostentatious decor of his premises. His manner though is exaggerated, with a florid and dramatic bent to his speech which tends to annoy the impatient.
Although some might question the ethical status of his profession, Kages considers himself both honourable and dignified. While he will gladly sell information about one person or organisation to another, for the right price, he is highly unwilling to divulge information about that transaction with further parties. He is apparently unable to see the contradiction, but rightly states that discussing clients' affairs would be bad for business as well as his health.
In March 3745 ELC Kages sold access codes for the Woe Tantalum orbital quarantine network to Medran Morlum. He was later questioned on this by Elm Caden during the Shard investigation into the incident at Gemen Station. Kages eventually gave up the information, in response to the threat of being labelled a traitor and left to the mercies of the local frontiersmen. He was then defenestrated by Rendir Throam (→SFTD).
A short time after their first encounter, Kages contacted Elm Caden reluctantly and requested his assistance. He stated that the Imperial Navy was placing the entire planet of Aldava under quarantine, and asked that Caden rescue him from the surface. In exchange, Kages offered Caden a list of suspected Rasas, and gave the name of Herik Pammon to demonstrate the veracity of his claims. He also revealed to Caden that the ultimate fate of the colony on Woe Tantalum was not quite as described in the official Imperial records. Kages was later extracted from Aldava by Occre Brant and Peras Tirrano, on behalf of Elm Caden (→LOTD).
Kages is currently sequestered away in a secret location. Since Caden's return from Riishi, Kages has resumed contact and has been very helpful in informing Caden's plans and tactics. It appears that he has readjusted his views since learning of Voice and the Shaeld Hratha, and he is now of the opinion that Caden is crucial to the survival of the Imperial Combine (→FSS).