The Merchant Murders
It's not uncommon to get mugged or robbed here in Faramund, but even I had some fear for what happened when Cheapskate terrorised the city. Even now I refuse to go outside without some form of bodyguard.
The Merchant Murders were a series of assassinations on several known merchants in the city of Faramund. Having become a bit of a legend for any foolish trader on the capital's marketplace, it has also been one of the port's most infamous cases. Some have tried finding out about the murderer known only by the name "Cheapskate", with many attempts leading to dead ends.
The Merchant Murders took place around half a century ago, in the span of 6 months. Cheapskate went ahead and in total accumulated over 6 recorded murders, with potentially a few more being plausible according to missing cases.
Below is a list of the recorded murders:
The Merchant Murders have been officially now been abandoned, seeing as it has been over 50 years since they first happened. Although it is still common for a few merchants to end up murdered, none trace back to Cheapskate themselves. Many believe they have abandoned the city entirely, leaving without much of a trace.
It's actually a bit of a threat for people of the merchant guilds to go ahead and say "Careful you don't get a Cheapskate at your stall". Which often translates to their business going up in smoke due to an accident or something else.
Why did the murders happen?
Although the murderer never was caught or even identified, many grasp to the idea of their motivation to be of vengeance and anger towards the trading community. Some believe it to be a local merchant, seeing as most of the cases were traders born outside the city walls.
More extreme conspiracies link the murders to a Demon of the Infernal Realm, believing each of the victims made a pact with it to get where they got. Although background research has denied this theory.
If I have to be honest, it could fairly well be just another merchant trying to thin out the competition. All those merchants were under the Trade Wind Guild's terms and conditions, so perhaps he had a grudge with my mother... Who knows.
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