The city of Ariador sits nestled within the kindgom of Celanson, the faintly glimmering jewel shard in a worn and battered crown. For those who travel to sell their honest wares at the fair price, the city is a marvel of timeless beauty. Built when Celanson was wealthy, the castle stands above the buildings near it at the direct north. In a ring, the city spreads from the castle, noble homes near it and merchant shops as one goes further south.
Tucked within the center, however, is where the blood of the city is spilt, along with the gold and tears. The poor, those who struggle and steal to survive, live here. There are whorehouses, some near the noble homes are finer than others, but all house warmth for sale. Crumbling buildings shelter huddled masses of children while the men venture to steal or find labor for a penny.
The king of Celanson is but a pawn, a privledged figurehead. His lineage rules in a special form of oppression, because the true ruling class is a trio from the underworld of Ariador. One of these trio is the true master of it all, but none but the trio known which. The identities of the three are essentially hidden, though they control the aspects of the city.
Lord Mystlin, the noble of the trio, is also called the Specter. He is the inside view of the nobility without effort. The master of the death, he holds power over the Penuai, the elite assassins, as well as the more common of them. Of the Penuai, there are only three and each is only allowed one apprentice. Specter is the voice of who is ordered to die. Also the weaponsmaster.
Amaranth Vistille, the mistress of delight, who goes by the name Belladonna. She is the one who controls the brothels, and the spy of the group. The ladies are faithful to her and her wishes, thus they report anything that they hear.
Prist Dervile, the thief. Prist oversees all gambling and organized thievery in the city, keeping tabs of all shipments and keeping the Tangan Kematian supplied with money. A strategical master who analyzes the economy.
As the prostitutes, Penuai, and common thieves, you have power. Belladonna, Specter, and Prist do not leave the safety of their confines to act, they only direct and few are as honored to know their identities.
A new king has ascended the throne and his plan is to eliminate the Tangan Kematian. The dice are not yet cast and the options are open. The fertile kingdom neighboring Celanson has no established order and the minor one it has would be easy to eradicate, but the ruler's policies and strength is largely unknown. One could try to assassinate the king, but the lands neighboring could use it as an opening for attack. Could you persuade him, bribe him with the lucrative spoils of the underworld?