(Adapted by Strider)
Many admirers ask, "Strider, what does it mean to be thief?"
And I tell them, "You are with your family. You make friends.
You are a part of something."
And some say, "What type of person is a thief?"
Thieves are not the dirty scoundrels we are sometimes made out
to be. We are honorable, professional, and we have
And I say, "If you want to be part of the group, you must be
like the group. We move undetected. We know about security --
locks, traps, and how to get around them. Our profession may
be thieving, but we can defend ourselves as well. We travel
light and fast, and carry light arms like daggers and
shortswords. We wear light armor, so we can keep moving, and
moving fast. Why belong? Simple.
Everybody needs friends.
The help of friends includes information. Your friendly
neighborhood thieves know where the action is. This includes
where the action is safe, and where it is not. The help of
friends includes a place to rest, and a place to buy supplies
and services --training and tools. The help of friends
includes fixing things with the guards at a discount rate.
That's where the 'honor among thieves' part comes in. Friends
stick together and help each other.
"But what about the competition?" my admirers ask.
Our competition as thieves is the Comanna Tong. And you don't
want to join them, because they don't want you. They have this
thing about outlanders. They want them all dead. So, unless
your ambition is to be dead, you don't want to join them.
And the Comanna Tong are bad people. The Comanna Tong don't
mind killing people. Heck, they LIKE killing people. We
thieves, on the other hand, thinks killing people is bad
business. You want to be a good person, right? So be a thief,
and stay far, far away from the Comanna Tong.
Being a thief is not like being a fighter. You don't just go
to the local Guild Hall and receive orders. This is about
being a group, a unit. And we don't have Guild Halls. So you
can find us in many local friendly places. Thieves like to be
where their friends are. And where are their friends? Become
one of us and they will be all around you.