Merchant Slays Rival in Bizarre Attack
Waterdeep -- A long-standing feud between trade rivals ended in tragedy early this morn when Vlaeren Tonstal, proprietor of Tonstal's Beast Remedies (of north-front Sulmor Street, North Ward), was murdered by another natural medicines merchant, Delgor Emmerthyl of Emmerthyl's Wildwonders (north-front Tarnath Street, North Ward). Witnesses say Emmerthyl clubbed Tonstal to the ground with a stuffed dire rat, shattering his skull, and then thrust the rat into Tonstal's mouth, returning to his own shop to letter a placard, which he returned and placed in the obviously dead Tonstal's hands.
The placard read: "Here lies one of the most evil men in Waterdeep, lawbreaking and greedy to the last, who finally choked on one of his kin."
North Ward neighbors of the two (who both rented out the floors above their shops to tenants, and lived a few doors apart on luxurious Saerdoun Street) say Tonstal and Emmerthyl had waged a war of increasingly nasty pranks, hoaxes and dark rumors, and heated words for years. The beginnings of this feud are forgotten, perhaps even by Emmerthyl (who's now in Watch custody, awaiting trial).
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