Today I bring to you the backstory of the infamous scoundrel, liar and cheat of the Southern Ward
Average looking Human, living in Waterdeep.
Be a savant in swindling, prodigy in pickpocketry, genius in glibness and master of modesty
start my day bright and early
check hidden pockets in my sleeves
make sure my knives are sharp and come free of their sheathes silently
Put coin that has heads on both sides in left pocket
and the one with tails on both sides in the right one
Lockpicks, check. Shiv, check. Back pocket full of sand, check.
Today is going to be a good day
Leave the boarding house I rent the attic in by the backdoor and make my way to work
Walking along the main road towards the market
there is money to be earned
Some people greet me with a smile on their face
and to you good Sir. Say, those are some good looking fruits
Strike up a conversation, bringing my charms to bear
Deftly swipe an apple while admiring another one
"That'll be 4 copper bits Leadhand"
*Gasp! Thievery! Outrage! Daylight robbery! I know for a fact that an apple costs only 2 bits.
"ONE apple does, Leadhand."
Why whatever do you mean good Sir?
I pay the man and move on
On my way to work I pay full price for 2 snacks I almost managed to steal
Fail to pickpocket a passerby in front of the City Watch
Succeed in helping him pick up his coins again
One Officer is giving me an even look and approaches
"You alright there Leadhand?"
Why yes. So glad you asked Mr Lawman. I was just helping this man pick up his things
Watchman looks at my hand where I am palming a gold coin. Then looks at me eyebrows raised.
Oh, how did this get there? Here you go good Sir. Anyways I gotta go.
Making my way through the busy city like this takes a while
Arrive at my place of Work, The Yawning Portal Tavern
Evening Durnan, how are things? I get my usual drink of choice
get ready to play cards with some very dangerous people
a spider is crawling along the ceiling to a spot where it can observe the group
Sit down at a table mit 1 murderer, 2 burglars and occasional thugs and 1 arsonist
The game is cards.
I pinch cards, double deal, bottom deal, fake shuffle and peak at their hands
They don't notice, I am just THAT good
Loose 4 gp over the evening. They laugh at my misfortune and talk about small things.
I take my leave in the late hours and begin to stumble home
bumping into the occasional passerby
Relieve myself against a building. What a long day. I hear steel nailed boots approach.
Good evening Officer
"Any particular reason you are pissing against the Watch-house?"
Oops. Get manhandled a bit and find myself in one of the overnight cells.
Wait till the shift changes, wait till I am unobserved
Cast Message in the direction of the Captains desk
I tell them the Xanathars plan to knock over an Alchemist Lab tomorrow
I tell them wich one and when
I tell them who abducted the daughter of the Harbormaster
I tell them that the two bodies they dragged out of the harbor last week was an internal matter
I tell them that a ship named Swiftraven arrives tomorrow morning and has hot wares on board
I tell them everything I learned today
Next day I get released after paying the fine for public disturbance
Head home, climb up to my attic and lie down.
Smile to myself. A good days work well done.
Ester the Leadhand
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