Waterdeep News
Merchants Demand Representation
By Ed Greenwood

Waterdeep -- Mirror-maker Amblar Tharstar delivered a proclamation to the Palace this morn. Signed by more than a hundred independent (non-guild) merchants and casual-hire laborers of the city, it names Tharstar as their speaker and demands that a representative (of their choosing and answerable only to them) be installed at the Palace to advise the Lords and to speak out openly to "sway public opinion" on matters of trade and law.

In the words of the proclamation -- "We need a voice to speak the truths that must be told and take unpopular stands, in the face of the honeyed words said, year in and year out, by orators hired by the nobles and the guilds. We must be heard!"

Signatories to the proclamation are said to include several wizards of the city, the infamous courtesan Lissra of Loviatar, Mhandar the Toymaker, and the moneylender Bherekh 'Black Hand' Suldolphyn.

Amblar Tharstar is locally famous for his ornate, etched, and shaped mirrors and for his forceful and eloquent manner.

About the Author

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 . . .

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