I'm beginning to think 'The Flame' has somewhat exaggerated his skills as both a master thief and ladies' man. (Which would make Pellan's whole excursion here even more pointless, but that might just be further reason to believe it).
Hmm, just because he's not as good as advertised doesn't mean he's not one of the best, and to be honest I'm pretty sure he's at least decent, if not far more talented than that. Although I'm inclined to agree with you on the ladies' man part.
Cool elan (no not that kind) Illithid Slayer by linkele.