“The Silence had an interesting reputation in those days. Although many tellers of tales spoke of a mysterious Thieves Guild working in the shadows to rob the rich and give to the poor, they were not such noble men. Nor were they as ignoble as the constables of Gerring’s Landing – their reputed home – would have you believe. While official policy was to deny the existence of the group, every seasoned watchmen had seen his share of trackless, seemingly meaningless burglaries pulled off with such precision that many suspected magic. There were doors, heavily bolted that had nonetheless been circumvented, and tales of shadow-men who could scale walls like insects.
”...among all the things a thief could steal, among all the treasures and riches of the world, none was more valuable than information. This was the greatest misconception about the Silence and one that they closely guarded. As accomplished as they were as burglars, money was of little concern. The real value came from the information they stole, and the secrets the kept. A silver bell is a precious thing, but the sound it makes is more precious still.”
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