Guy gets shot trying to open a gate in an early cinematic.
And not one, but THREE hot Tiefling ladies weep uncontrollably over his body. One of whom promptly a) tries to murder a goblin in a cage in cold blood and b) rushes off to fight an entire goblin camp by herself, and dies on a hilltop as a result. Not to mention how upset Zevlor seemed when he kicked the bucket. (All right, I know one of them was his sister.)
All this, plus the fact that they go to the trouble of GIVING KANON A DIGGABLE GRAVE after Minthara's attack on the grove fails, suggests he (or his memory) may be an important part of the rest of the game.
Either that, or he was a ledge between the sheets.
What think ye?