In case you were wondering why Salm was facepalming so hard after he found out that the bandits wanted to keep Faerias Kernadeel's kid hostage:
This is him. The absolutely least appropriate person to blackmail.
But the reason of facepalming was a bit different: Faerias Kernadeel was sent to exile more than two hunded years ago. (His illegitimate children are a local urban legend.)
Thinking that the girl is his child and wanting a ransom for her are both an admirable combination of stupidity and ignorance.