A Scandal in Komra
Hail, sinner! Have you heard about the string of thefts in Komra? Word has it that they haven't the foggiest who's behind them. Not a clue! They've gotten desperate to find the culprit, I'm told, pointing fingers at any who so much as sneeze in a suspicious fashion.
Why, the next thing you know, they'll be blaming their old rivals in Tomr─ Wicked white! They would do that, wouldn't they? Damn those thin-bearded blighters! Listen, sinner, you go and tell them that if they try to pin this on us, there'll be consequences...
Those bastards! How dare they theoretically accuse us of petty theft!
Yes, yes, lali-bleeding-h─ Oh, it's you. My apologies, sinner. Been under a bit of stress lately and don't really have time to chat. Although...
Perhaps you can help. I know you welcome these sorts of requests for aid, after all.
Things've been going missing, you see─at first it was just the odd tool here and there, but then the thief began making off with finds from the dig. Valuable finds. If you've got the time, I could use some help in identifying the culprit.
I don't like to think of it, but it's likely that the thief is one of our own. Hard to access the site otherwise, and I've stalk─er, investigated most of the unfamiliar faces in town to no avail.
I can't very well ask you to stroll up to folks with a, “Lali-ho! Done any crimes lately?” But do have a look around─perhaps you can find a clue that I've overlooked. I'll take anything at this point, frankly.
If you're wondering why I don't simply lie in wait by the valuables, well...let's just say that if there's one thing I've learned these past few days, it's that I'm not the subtlest tack.
I don't intend to let this miscreant run amok, though. I'll be here waiting when you have something to report.
Hmm... You don't look to have our criminal stuffed in your pack there, but I take it you've found some manner of clue?
Hold on, I think I've seen this before! It belongs to a young lady in the village, if I'm not mistaken─though I couldn't say how she came by such a valuable trinket.
Seeing as regular folk can hardly fail to notice when something jewel-encrusted goes missing, she'll like as not be wondering where it's gone right about now. You'll probably find her in a panic─all the better for getting her to spill her secrets.
Have a look around the village for any lass who seems out-of-sorts. That's who you'll want to interrogate, mark my words.
Thrice-damned beardless son of a shite-eating hob... Where, oh where could my bloody bracelet have gone!?
You found it? And you're returning it, too? Well, bugger my beard! Thank you ever so much─it was a gift, and I'd hate to have lost it.
A gift from who, you ask? You probably don't know him─he's a guard over at the dig site.
I had no idea that sort of job pays so well, but it must. When we met, he was a right bastard where money was concerned─I could hardly get him to pay for my ale─but of late he's been downright generous. In a much better mood, too. Oh, and so very affectionate. Mm, yes...
Focus on the bracelet? If you insist. I don't know where he got it, though─we don't do a lot of talking.
If you're that curious, you'll have to ask him. He keeps watch over the entrance day and night, so he's not a difficult man to find.
The dig site watch's name? It's, er...hmm. You know, I never asked!