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
-- 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
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
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,
"'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."
Warden of North Quarter, Shalebridge, Newmarket, New Quarter.
Bloodsports, moneylending, spywatching. Organization of
protection and anti-protection services, smuggling,
coinfaking. 12 subsidiaries, 60 toughboys, 20-odd
solo contractors. Strong foreign contacts."
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.
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
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
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.
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.