Tales from the Fallen Gate
The King of Beggars
There is no such thing as a Beggar’s Guild, or so the city’s officials say. They are, of course, mistaken. Hundreds upon hundreds of beggars are organized into a wretched, disorderly mob under the leadership of a guildmaster known only as the King of the Beggars. In the slums and warrens of the Sark and the poorer quarters of the Canal Quarter the beggars ply their ancient trade—and, naturally, take advantage of every opportunity to pick pockets and cut purses, too.
The Beggar’s Guild is therefore a thieves’ guild of sorts, and the other gangs of Quodeth are happy to leave the slums to them. Unlike gangs such as the Red Furies or the Seven Knives, the Beggars’ Guild offers little protection to those in their territory. The King of Beggars can field a mob of hundreds against another thieves’ guild, but beggars are poor footsoldiers and only fight when they have overwhelming numbers on their side. Instead, they prefer to fight with rumor and innuendo. Beggars serve as the best spy network in the city, since they have eyes and ears on every street corner, and report everything they see or hear to the King of Beggars by the end of the day.