Claude Maric is the only known treasure hunter besides the player and is in Lord Umbacano's employ. He is an all-business mercenary who doesn't care for much except money. He can be used if the player has difficulty finding Malada in the Nothing You Can Possess quest. After the player finds an item in Malada, Maric and three friends will attempt to take the item away from you.
Assuming he hasn't been killed, he will later join the player as an ally in the Secrets of the Ayleids quest.