Confession in Flavauro Slaying
Waterdeep -- A Beacon Street grocer has admitted to stabbing the popular actor, dancer, and former adventurer Mistram Flavauro last month. The handsome, debonair Flavauro was notorious for his popularity with Waterdhavian ladies from all wards and walks of life, and many suspected his slaying was the work of an enraged husband, father, or brother of one of his sometimes thrice-daily conquests. If Armest Harrigo's confession is true, these suspicions were correct.
Harrigo, of Harrigo's Good Table (east-front Beacon, three doors south of its moot with Shoor Street), is a short, stout, bustling man of mild and breathless manner. Even Watch officers say he seems an unlikely physical specimen to catch and best the acrobatic, weapons-wise Flavauro in combat. Harrigo claims a customer told him Flavauro was hosting both of Harrigo's sisters (the unmarried Harrigo siblings dwell together above the grocery) in his luxurious tallhouse on Ivory Street, Sea Ward. Harrigo furiously hastened there, found this truth, and attacked Flavauro.
He says his sisters angrily bade him begone, and the naked Flavauro mocked his cleaver and turnip knife, laughing so wildly that Harrigo easily slashed the man's fingers with the one, and buried the other hilt-deep in Flavauro's belly. He says Flavauro backed away screaming and fell through a window to land impaled on the stony spears of heroic statues in his own garden below. Harrigo plundered the murdered man's wine cellar to calm his hysterical sisters, and led them home, reeling and giggling, in the dark hours -- much to the amusement of no less than six Watch patrols on the way.
Harrigo claims he'd defend his kin the same way again, and he confessed recently only because of visions sent him by holy Chauntea. Watch officers have recorded his words, but not yet said if Harrigo will stand trial. Over forty persons have confessed to Flavauro's slaying, but an anonymous Watch officer said details of Harrigo's confession make it the first to match "certain evidence" in the matter. A Watch guard remains on duty in Flavauro's many-times-plundered home.
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Ed Greenwood is the man who unleashed the Forgotten Realms on an unsuspecting world. He works in libraries, writes fantasy, sf, 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 . . .