One of the most successful trading cabals in a city infamous for its cabals is "The Silent Sail" of Marsember. The Sail was formed by a handful of longtime trading partners, and its membership has never changed. All eleven Sail members are aging "self-made" Marsemban merchants (not nobles or from successful old-money merchant families) who have lived well for years on their earnings from the shipping trade.
It has been said that most merchants die not of lawbreaking or lack of coin but of running afoul of a cabal—one they belong to, two or more they belong to that end up having conflicting aims or activities, or just one they happen to be in the way of. Cabal troubles, even more than angry victims of swindles, are the reason so many merchants mysteriously fall out of high windows, fall ‘asleep’ on streets where heavilyladen wagons can roll over them, or go for swims in handy harbors while unconscious.
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Ed Greenwood is the man who unleashed the Forgotten Realms on an unsuspecting world. He works in libraries, writes fantasy, science fiction, horror, mystery, and even romance stories (sometimes all in the same novel), but he is still happiest churning out Realmslore, Realmslore, and more Realmslore. There are still a few rooms in his house with space left to pile up papers in . . .