nicked (Nick Dablin)
"Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops."
- Luke 12:3
The district of Highmarket has always seemed like a good place for a man like me to fill his purse - lots of rich people with sordid secrets. I've never had a good enough reason to risk it before, but last night, I overheard a conversation while drinking in my local inn - it seems the Hammerites have been boasting about the discovery of the Urn of St Tannis, a valuable ancient artifact, during the excavation of a ruined abbey outside the City. It's currently being displayed in the Church of the Builder's Grace, and should make a lucrative target.
I went to visit my fence, Grim, to ask him whether he could deal with such a prize, but the man was preoccupied with terror - it seems the infamous prosecutor, Lurinz Gastrule, is building a case against him. Gastrule is one of those dangerous hypocrites, always making shady deals with contacts in the underworld, then turning against them whenever it suits him to line his own pockets. Grim is a reliable fence, so if I want him to take the Urn, I'll need to see if I can interrupt Gastrule's plans.
As if that wasn't already reason enough to visit Highmarket, I've also got word that the fabled Codex of Alavash has turned up in the district. The Keepers have been after it for years. If I'm to track it down, I'll need information, so I've arranged to meet an old contact of mine, a jittery, nervous small-time thief by the name of Letchie, to find out more.
This won't be an easy night. I spent a couple of days preparing and buying equipment, only to find out that the Watch have established a curfew due to a couple of murders and a rash of mysterious disappearances in the district. It means I'll have to sneak into Highmarket before sundown - not ideal, but I've dealt with worse conditions.
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