War of the Burning Sky
Liberators of Hearts and Wallets
Everyone knows that thieves operate in Gate Pass, often with the aid of bribed councilmen who turn blind eyes. The thieves tend to prey on wealthy merchants, especially foreigners, and so many commoners view them favourably.
One particularly well-known rogue is a dashing scoundrel named Rantle. He came to fame because of an elaborate confidence game to steal from a female merchant. One night when his scam was near fruition, he was with the merchant when she was attacked by a trio of common thugs who intended to have their way with the woman. Rantle fought them off, then stayed around to protect her while the city guard arrived, even though he knew he would be recognized and arrested. Public support for his heroism got him pardoned, and many people have begun calling for him to join the city council. A loose association of young rogues have joined forces with him to learn from the master, meet all the ladies (or men), and of course, “liberate” unattended coin purses and the like. They call themselves the Liberators of Hearts and Wallets (though not always limited to those two).
Of course, the merchants of the city still don’t like being victimized. It is said the clientele of One-to-Go, a tavern in one of Gate Pass’s slums, is composed entirely of former thieves who have lost a hand as punishment for stealing.