Axle Tones, Waterdeep - In what the City Gaard is calling an isolated incident Halazar's Fine Gems in the Sea Ward was burglarized over night. The Gaard claims that there is no connection to what appear to be similar cases at Taurntyrith Adornments in the North Ward, Baltorr's Rare & Wondrous Treasures in Castle Ward and Krabbellor Silversmiths in the South Ward. It is noteworthy that in each case the only thing taken were the bookkeeping records in at least 3 of these 4 incidents.
What is not clear is how these records could be of any use to anyone other than organized criminals. The records would only account for the incoming and outgoing purchases and sales. Each of these establishments specialize in rare objects, jewels and precious metals. So why would even organized criminals want to track these types of records?
Some theorize they are looking for patterns of who is selling large amounts of these expensive commodities. Could someone have uncovered one of the fabled lost treasures? Are the criminals covering their own tracks by taking the records? Supposedly Waterdeep has no thieves guild however many suspect that there underground networks of thrives operating in the city.
I would argue that the Masked Lords are setting us up for a collapse of our economy. This would put the citizens of Waterdeep at their mercy relying on the generosity of the nobility. Image an entire populace who were unwittingly enslaved by their masked overlords. The majority of the public would go about their business thinking they were acting on their own accord. Meanwhile the City Gaards Griffin Calvary fly above the city dropping who knows what magic substances on a unwitting populace? It is time for our people to wake up and not accept this tyranny disguised as an oligarchy.