Tales from the Fallen Gate
The Bargemasters are one of Quodeth’s largest trade guilds, consisting of hundreds of barge owners and the crews they command. They control the riverfront and the canals of central Quodeth, and no trade goods move anywhere in the middle of the city without their approval—which, of course, means that the Bargemasters’s palms must be well greased by any merchant seeking to ship cargo into or out of the city.
In addition to serving as a guild of relatively law-abiding laborers, the Bargemasters are also a functional thieves’ guild. They actively patrol their territory and chase off incursions from rival guilds, collect protection money from the businesses and warehouses located within their domain, and occasionally form mobs of hood-wearing thugs to simply smash in the doors of tempting targets and pillage whatever valuables or goods are stored there.