The elf Nashua’s talking to is Gideon Weaveforger, a Blacksmith/Druid from the Knight Realms LARP (check it out; their photo galleries are awesome), whose player pledged for a cameo in our Book 1 Indiegogo fundraiser. (We’d originally planned for the campaign cameos to come during the travel montage in chapter 10, but his player didn’t mind waiting for a nicer cameo spot that suited the character better, so here he is… finally!) Thank you again, Geoffrey!
(edit: fixed the Knight Realms link – it had a stray copy-pasted punctuation mark in it. Should work now!)