The City of Eyes

Rook strikes Middlemark
Adds arson to crimes

Word has it — from drunken sots at The Gorgon in Thornwall — that Turlo the tavernkeep eyed three suspicious scoundrels who mentioned a certain merchantwife’s jewels, recently purchased with fair and true silver in Bankerslate. Witnesses were not able to identify any of the suspicious characters, though one foreigner was reported on the premises.

The three were later noted loitering outside The Twin Eels, where that sorry excuse for a watch captain, one Captain Drogo Halder, governs from the bottom of an alecup. Eel patrons said Cpt. Halder became unruly after finding something inedible in his fish stew, and left with far fewer glasses of wine that is his custom.

Nearer Middlemark center, a kind widow who wishes to remain unknown, observed a foreigner of even disposition nearby the domicile of one Torias Flager, tender of spirits and supplier of northern liquors, high in demand. This author notes that the aforementioned Turlo acquires spirits from this same trader.

Two of our city’s dimmest lamplighters approached Flager’s residence only to be accosted by this foreigner, who promptly set Flager’s liquor cellar alight. Brigades worked into small hours to control the blaze, which left the residence largely intact, but key reserves in ruin, more’s the pity.

Lady Flager then reported her jewelry stolen, and with that discovery the ever better known rook token in her bedchambers. I dare not suggest what may have transpired there, and thus remain yours, fair Cyphis,

-the Observer

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Struggle at Sign of the Serpent
Near riot interferes with legal bondsman

From the ledger of Argal Cryr
Late evening. Rook appeared with trinkets, hb, w, nk, prle. -300s
Took job for family G clientele. Will see which crew brings in first.

The Observer
What ho! fair city. No sooner than smoke rose in Middlemark, as your Observer reported prior, than did further reports of foreign agitators arrive.

I cite Halger Roark, licensed officer and bondsman of the Camirzia Trading Company , who claims these scofflaws incited riotous behavior in the tavern as he lawfully attempted to pursue his bond claim with one of the foreign individuals. This paper confesses admiration for Roark’s might and capacity for consumption, but in doubt are his faculties of observation. He made no mention of co-conspirators, nor of he strange powder nestled on his vest and britches, nor could he account for the apparent escape of said foreigner.

However, his fairer companion spoke volumes through silence when asked of other participants flight from the tavern during the altercation. We shall speak no ill of the white-haired lady, rumors of whom are sure to be false.

I will note a connection too coincidental to be the provence of chance. That mustachoied barkeep made mention of the agitators interest in purchasing liquor. Not any liquor, but Flager Spirits liquor! Why, even our dimwit Lamplighters can mend these threads! And yet …

In sum, dear reader, this Observer surmises a trio of mayhem has unleashed upon fair Cyphis a ruinous campaign. Who then, will act?

Yours, as ever, Cyphis.
-the Observer

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