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THIEF: The Dark Project
"'Dig your hands into the earth, and then let the clay and dirt fall to the ground. After a year's passing, can you find that clay again? But drop a stone block, a beam, a fired brick; it will persist a year, and another hundred years beside.' --The Book of the Hammer"
"'Vines will twine to drink out the life of the manfools, and where the bloods of trees is spilled the Leaf-man rises and topples the towers. His will makes the trees to grow again, his roots and branches thirsting and blood to drinks in the joy of open sky. ' --Unattributed Trickster Scroll"
"'The world is a great scale, which must stay in balance, in the face of forces seeking to skew its arms. A collection of knowledge is a set of weights, to be added to one side of the scale or the other, as necessary. Our task to place the weights, slowly, carefully, over centuries, in order that the balance be preserved.' --Excerpt from the Lectures of the Keeper Loremaster"
"'The essence of balance is detachment. To embrace a cause, to grow fond or

spiteful, is to lose one's balance, after which, no action can be trusted. Our

burden is not for the dependent of spirit.'

-- Mayar, Third Keeper"
“‘The most promising acolyte left us, not out of the lesser folly of sentiment,

but the greater folly of anger. His heart was clouded, and his balance was lost,

but his abilities were unmatched. Even then, we knew to watch him most

carefully.’

-- Keeper Annals”
M2ANTS: "Lord Bafford:
A recent delivery of antiquities from Bohn

contains several items which we felt might be of interest to you.

Descriptions follow, but you are welcome to drop by our shop to

examine them, or our other goods, in person.


An ornamental sceptre,

three feet in length. The body of the stave is weirwood, carved in

the star and dot pattern. Six inches of the ferrule, and five inches

of the grip, are bound with burnished copper overlaid by an

ink-and-glaze cracqudare varnish. The crowning feature of this

magnificent piece, however, is the six inch teardrop-cut"


"cloudstone, one of the finest of its type we have seen.
A treasure-box of two feet

by three feet, of silver birchwood. The lid is of inlaid pearline and

onyx, in a maze pattern carved into the wood. The feet are lion-paws,

each clutching a crystal globe. The inside of the box contains two

principal compartments, one with glass shelves, and one without.

Beneath the compartments is a lockable two-inch false bottom for your

most valuable treasures.
Grimworth and de Perrin,

Fine Antiquities and Precious Relics"


M2COOK: "Cedric -

Please speak to Cook about last night's dinner. While,

technically, the menu conformed to my instructions, I

suspect that the lamb was somewhat older than this spring's,

and I am in no way fooled by his practice of warming the

salad to disguise wilting. If Cook is incapable of finding

adequate ingredients, he can be replaced - and if he offers

those same excuses about the Stonemarket shortages, please

remind him that the grocery budget is a good fifty percent

above last year's figures, and even he should be able to procure

adequate victuals at those prices.

- Lord Bafford"


M2DOM: "Milordy Bafford -
Speaksie sel to Ginny, did you bid. Dreckboun, the

Hammer-hearts ha' been afoot, askulk, aferreting about,

grabbing many a one to vanish in the coldstone down

below their forgey-chained cells. Tooks they your dealer

Tarquis in their clutches night past, and two patrons as well,

named of Lisalle and Ryen, skupped up as they left - and these

not the first, cries Ginny."
"Little wonder, then, if Dreckboun grows sparse-come these days.

Of course, the lack o' blame to one hand, but I gave Ginny a

firm understandsey, blood and doom and the whole book, so he'll

be learning himmun all he can about how to turn the Hammers off

him, never you fear.
About your Victoria, nothing yet. Walks she an inch above the

ground, for all the dirt of her footprints have I found.


- Dominic"
M2GINNY: "Dominic:

A couple things I'd like you to look into.

First, if you could give Ginny a chat and put some Fear of Flattening

into him, I'd much appreciate it. I don't know who he thinks he's

taffing around with, but this Dreckboun thing is too much. Ginny's

been a good cadge for years now, so I'll give him benefit of the

doubt, but not for much longer.

Next, there's a new thiefs-pawn

turned up, operating in the north districts, name of Victoria. She's

made quite a few connections, and I don't want to think she'll be

getting ambitions of moving in. See if you can dig up any leverage

on her - best to have some insurance."


"Finally, there's the business I

spoke to you about before. I know you're a busy man, but Ramirez's

prices are a bit steep for simple matters such as debtors.

Would you consider..."


M2LEDGE: " 32434

2,342 Cash pits: Sunnyfair

734 Interest payments: Sunnyfair

(461) Ramirez: Sunnyfair

(153) Girls' shopping trip: Sunnyfair

1,491 Cash pits and dealer take: Dreckboun

320 Interest payments: Dreckboun

(272) Ramirez: Dreckboun

2,785 Cash pits, liquor net: Fendon

1,852 Interest payments: Fendon

(696) Ramirez: Fendon

7,942 "


" 4334

2,490 Cash pits: Sunnyfair

801 Interest payments: Sunnyfair

(494) Ramirez: Sunnyfair

982 Cash pits and dealer take: Dreckboun

245 Interest payments: Dreckboun

(184) Ramirez: Dreckboun

(150) Ramirez: debtor assist

2,632 Cash pits, liquor net: Fendon

1,532 Interest payments: Fendon

(625) Ramirez: Fendon

7,230 "


" 41034

2,254 Cash pits: Sunnyfair

743 Interest payments: Sunnyfair

(450) Ramirez: Sunnyfair

(200) Token: Sunnyfair guard

754 Cash pits and dealer take: Dreckboun

180 Interest payments: Dreckboun

(140) Ramirez: Dreckboun

(150) Token: Dreckboun guard

2,368 Cash pits, liquor net: Fendon

1,158 Interest payments: Fendon

(529) Ramirez: Fendon

(200) Token: Fendon guard"
M2MEMO: "To all staff
The Sir will be taking his dinner and evening out tonight, so

domestics and manservants have the night free. Housekeep is still

expected to finish the quarters and the general polish. The house

guard is not to find this an opportunity to shirk, and lapses will be

brought up with the Sir.
Cedric"
M2TAX: "Lord Bafford,
I write to you to remind you of your duties to your Baron and your

city. Surely you do not expect that the payment you sent on the first

of the month are the entirety of your taxgelt - or do you think the

Baron is unaware of your gambling houses? Let me remind you of the

example made of Lord Brynveran, and assure you that the penalties for

concealment of income are as harsh today as they were in Brynveran's

time. The main difference, of course, is that today, the inspectors

receive a bounty and are even more enthusiastic in their duties."


"The

Baron waits for the remainder of your taxgelt. I advise that you not

leave him waiting too long.

Julian Friehalt

Commissioner of Taxes "
M2TIP1: "Bafford's previous master of guards reportedly spent a lot

of time worrying about the sewers, but the current chief is more lax."


M2TIP2: "The guards Lord Bafford hires are slow and not very

competent, but there's at least fifteen of them scattered about

through the mansion."
"'Before death came, the liars were made to feast upon the hands of the thieves,

and the thieves were made to ingest the tongues of their liar brothers, and we

praised the Master Builder for his judgements.'

-- The Hammer Book of Tenets"
M3B1: "Cell Block 1
1: Wrendal, Jackablade. Flogging, Factory work.

4: Dellin, Ladytaker. Scalding.

7: Sennet, Cutthroat. Razor finger removed. Caning, Factory work

9: Issyt, Cadger. Caning and Sour Mash. Died 'neath Righteous Punishment."


M3B2: "Cell Block 2
2: Potsol, Vandal. Fingers crushed.

5: Gelland, Thief. Wrist Broken.

8: Nammon, Jackablade. Flogging. Died 'neath Righteous Punishment."
M3B3: "Cell Block 3
2: Dikket, Heretic. Sour Mash. Released upon Recantation and Informing

3: Latton, Falsetale. Tongue Pierced, Factory Work.

4: Basso, Firelighter. Branding.

7: Deirne, Whore. Shorn and Branded. To be Released

10: Tarquis, Goldlender. Nose cropped, Factory Work."
M3B4: "Cell Block 4
1: Possum, Ladytaker. Gelding.

4: Misa, Vandal. Whisking, Factory work.

5: Wills, Heretic. Meditation, Factory work.

6: Cutty, Thiefs-pawn. Palms scalded daily.

8: Tybal, Whorekeep. Died of Flux."
m3cellblocktip: "According to Dikket, a "heretic" who was recently let out of Cragscleft, Cutty's being held in cell block four."
M3FELIX: "Cutty, I gots me a big one, I does. The Horn of Quintus, Cutty. I

can be paying off some debts with this one, believe you me!


I gots me a map, drawn by some dead old bugger, which shows a way in. I

knows it's down there, in the Bonehoard, just like they always said. They

say what that the dead walk down there, but ah, it's worth the risk now,

ain't it? The way I hears it, the sound of the Horn echoing will lead me right

to the thing.
I'm leaving you a copy of the map, in case anything happens to me down there.

But more's the chance that I'll see you topside, making a toast with the finest

wine to be had. See you then!"
M3HolyWaterTip: "Word on the street is that the Hammers are eager to

take back the top level of the haunted mines, because there's a

specially-blessed holy water font there."
M3NAMMON: "Brother Keybond -

I charge thee to organize a search detail for that jackblade, Nammon.

Somehow he hath slipped his bonds whilst Brother Inquistor didst turn

for but a moment. Now he hath scaped with half the contents of the evidence box!

Brother Carpenter hath reported a commotion to the west

whilst he was repairing the stocks - start thou there.


If the wretch be not found soon, doubtless he hath succumbed to the rigors of his

interrogation. In truth, I wouldst rather find him in a search now than

by the reek later. And who knows what may become of his mortal

frame should he reach the haunted mines..."


M3PRAY: "When I was cold, Thou taught of hearth and roof-beam.

When I was hungry, Thou taught of pot and cauldron.

When I was beset by foes, Thou taught of spear and shield.
Thy hammer pounds the nail, holds the roof-beam.

Thy hammer strikes the iron, shapes the cauldron.

Thy hammer in my hand, unto my foes."
"'...And the manfools piled rock on rocks and raised a treesie roof, hammers

saws tear the skin of goodsie wood... ...and laughs at the Woodsie Lord. ...And

when learns the Lord of this, He sends His beastesses to the manfools... ...who

attacks and hammers saws their useless fleshes, and build him a house of they

rotting skins.'

-- Unattributed Trickster song"
M4Adolpho: "I've decided to take the plunge. If my records are correct, there

should be a stash of fire crystals in the lowest oubliette, which was sealed

for centuries but has been since opened up by the burricks. I'll need the

crystals for the torches, if I'm going to get the Mystic's Soul."


M4ALARUS: "ALARUS"
M4EDINE: "EDINE"
M4FELIX: "I'm so close! I hears the sound of the Horn, echoing all around.

That coward Sutter, he left me an hour ago, after Cather blundered into a

trap, but you can bet I'll be finding the prize on my own!
It seems that I'm not the first grave-robber to muck about in these halls. The

infamous Adolpho was down here, probably after one of the richer but

heavily warded treasures. It looks like he failed, the poor bugger.
This part of the tombs is filled with traps, and there's no way I'm

plundering some of these crypts, but the Horn's gonna be mine, I know it. If

the rumors are true, the sound of the Horn should be"
"keeping any local Burricks

happy and peaceful-like, with no thoughts of bothering old Felix.


My only trouble now be my dwindling supply of holy water. I thought there would

be a font in this area, but I'm blasted if I can find it. And the dead seem to be getting

restless about something."
M4HEART: "It appears I was wrong about the Mystic's Heart, and I will

die for my mistake. The ancient tablet I found said that the Heart would

be in "a room of statues, whose gaze is death," but though there are

statues here, it's clear to me now that this is not that place. I dare not

go back down -- the burricks prowl below in numbers, angered at my intrustion.

Unless they leave, I will starve in this Godforsaken place."


M4MARAD: "MARAD"
M4MARCUS: "Felix doesn't care, but we've definitely found signs that Adolpho

has been here before us. I don't know if he found that fabulous gemstone he

always said was here, but if it's still here, it's worth more than the lousy

Horn of Quintuplets, or whatever the thing is called. If I'm reading the

signs right, Adolpho was convinced something useful was deep down below the

Burrick tunnels."


M4QTUS: "Quintus"
M4QUINT: "Quintus' tomb completed today. Family complained, but they

will pay our price. An expensive construction, but well planned.

T'was fortunate for him we had space in the northwest corner.

Several novices have complained of the noise, but they have not yet

learned discipline. Ordered more lye. There come groans from the

Thieves Reward, and the unrepentant oft do not lie easy."


M4STATUE: "He upon whom the gaze of the Guardians falls, he shall be destroyed."
M4SUTEXP: "I've had enough. If Felix wants to stay and be killed,

that's his business, but the pay's not good enough to keep me down here

a minute more. We already lost Dranko to those damn belching burricks,

and Marcus didn't make the jump across that huge chasm. He probably drowned,

if he wasn't dashed to bits. (I thought about looking for his body, as he

was carrying some loot from a poorly-guarded tomb, but it wasn't worth the

risk.)
Then we watched Cather get filled with arrows from a clever trap in one of

those great octagonal vaults. Not that I cared one whit for Cather, the

bastard, but I have no intention of ending up the same way."
"I don't expect I'll see Felix again. He seemed sure that the Horn of Quintus

was somewhere north of the Vaults, but I think that was just a guess. (I

thought those strange X-shaped marks off that branch of the burrick tunnels

were worth investigating, but Felix said they were irrelevant.) Anyway,

if the traps and zombies don't get him, the burricks will. Those tunnels

were a nightmare. At least our marks were mostly still intact.


I'm almost out, but I need to sleep. I think the place I've found is out

of the way enough that the zombies won't find me."


M4SUTHAR: "I've had enough. If Felix wants to stay and be killed,

that's his business, but the pay's not good enough to keep me down here

a minute more. We already lost Dranko to those damn belching burricks,

and Marcus didn't make the jump across that huge chasm. He probably drowned,

if he wasn't dashed to bits. (I thought about looking for his body, as he

was carrying some loot from a poorly-guarded tomb, but it wasn't worth the

risk.)
Then we watched Cather get filled with arrows from a clever trap in one of

those great octagonal vaults. Not that I cared one whit for Cather, the

bastard, but I have no intention of ending up the same way."
"I don't expect I'll see Felix again. He seemed sure that the Horn of Quintus

was somewhere north of the Vaults, but I think that was just a guess. And

if the traps and zombies don't get him, the burricks will. Those tunnels

were a nightmare. At least our marks were mostly still intact.


I'm almost out, but I need to sleep. I think the place I've found is out

of the way enough that the zombies won't find me."


M4SUTNOR: "I've had enough. If Felix wants to stay and be killed,

that's his business, but the pay's not good enough to keep me down here

a minute more. We already lost Dranko to those damn belching burricks.

Then we watched Cather get filled with arrows from a clever trap in one of

those great octagonal vaults. Not that I cared one whit for Cather, the

bastard, but I have no intention of ending up the same way.


I don't expect I'll see Felix again. He seemed sure that the Horn of Quintus

was somewhere north of the Vaults, but I think that was just a guess. And

if the traps and zombies don't get him, the burricks will."
"Those tunnels were a nightmare. At least our marks were mostly still intact.
I'm almost out, but I need to sleep. I think the place I've found is out

of the way enough that the zombies won't find me."


M5BAFF: "Master Ramirez -
I beg your attention. While, as you say, there is

most certainly breach in the Dreckboun pit, my

subordinates inform me that this is due to the

incroach of Hammer patrols among the patrons, and

that my immediate Dreckboun comptroller, Ginny,

has been unable to deal with the problem. Should

this qualify as full breach, I must regretfully

insist that the breach is on Ginny's part and not

mine. I am, of course, happy to furnish all

ledgers for verification,


-Lord Bafford"
"'The ancient corruption was again contained. To do more would have upset the

balance, but we knew to remain ever vigilant lest it resurface. Neither the

Hammers nor the pagans could be trusted not to meddle.'

-- Keeper Annals"
M5BURR: "Lazy slobs -
If I visit with my babies and again find that

they have not been fed properly, I shall take

the horsewhip to the lot of you! The poor

dears must be given live food - their delicate

stomachs cannot abide the smell of carrion!

I am in no mood to hear of the shortages when

my babies are starving."
m5dossier: "Raputo

Warden of North Quarter, Shalebridge, Newmarket, New Quarter.

Bloodsports, moneylending, spywatching. Organization of

about 20 subsidiaries, 50 personal toughboys and

fireboys. Contact with Shemenovs.
Webster

Warden of Docks, Eastport, Dayport. Rooftop breakers,

protection and anti-protection services, smuggling,

coinfaking. 12 subsidiaries, 60 toughboys, 20-odd

solo contractors. Strong foreign contacts."
"Viktoria

Independent fence, previously Raputo's. Dominates

include thiefs-pawnage of exotics, medicinals. No

known organization; contact with second-tier

nobility, Grand Library, and Order of the

Vine. May have warden aspirations.


Dorcas Goodfellow

Blackbrook Underguild ambassador. Particular

(importable) dominates include magical constructs,

medicinals, and elemental crystals."


M5LEGBRK: "Boys -

While I appreciate your enthusiasm, I must point

out that breaking legs is, really, rather inefficient,

if we wish our clients to be able to pursue their

rather active lives in order to immediately repay

their debts. I encourage your initiative in this

area - perhaps you might take a lesson from the

gardener and his hedge clippers, who trims off one

branch while leaving the rest to grow... and most

of our clients do start with fingers to spare."


M5LOKPIK: "Lockpick Instruction Manual
To use a lockpick, use-and-hold it on a locked door for a few seconds. The

handle of the door will move slowly to the open position, and you'll hear a

continuous clicking, until the handle turns and the door pops open.
If you hear only a single short click, try using the other lockpick
If the handle jiggles but ends up only moving part of the way, you'll need

to switch lockpicks, and continue picking the door. You may need to switch

picks more than once."
"If neither lockpick works, it means that the lock cannot be picked, and it's

time to go find the key.


Note that you must be quite close to a door to pick it, closer than you need to be

to open it normally."


M5NAVAN: "Commissioner deNavan -
I note with displeasure that again, one of my tough-boys has been

taken to Cragscleft. May I remind you of the substantial donations I

make to your office, such that I may "pursue business unhindered by

idle scrutiny"? May I remind you, as well, of your predecessor's

unfortunate end? The rivers are so treacherous this time of year. I

trust that you will attend to this, and if the Hammers are too

difficult for your policemen, I trust as well that you will let me

know.
- Ramirez"


M5OLDCTY: "Master Vrinde:
Recall our previous conversation about untapped

sources? Can you find any precedent on going

into the Walled section of the Old Quarter?

There's all that crap about walking evil, but

you know how the Hammers are. Ten to one gets

there's all sorts of property, no known heir,

free for picking without even having to pay

gelt for lawful overlook. Anyhow, no rush on

this one; better to look into it on the quiet

rather than rile the Hammers or let Raputo or

Webster hear about it.
-Ramirez"
M5SERV: "Mina, dear,

It's not as bad as it seems. The Sir isn't so harsh if you learn his habits. When he's upstairs like the library, cosset him with tea and cakes, and chat of the household doings. When he's in the cellar with his gold, though, don't dare bother him 'less he rings for you, and then hop to it like the Trickster's on your tail.

- Lisse"
M5TODO: "Willoby Bright - Stonemarket cutpurse. Skimping

on gelt for the fifth time. Not worth the trouble - public

bounty of 200.
Garrett - South Quarter 'independent' thief. Denied cut three

times. Sent Quince and Jacow out to shorten him.


Overlord's Fancy - gambling den. Check with Raputo - is it his?

Either way, someone's not talking to someone they should."




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