|Art by Lester|
There's a new crime boss in the Hell's Commot neighborhood of the City. He's connected to the Hell Syndicate but not (as far as is known) an infernally "made man" himself. They call him (strangely) "the Mermaid," but his real name may be Marbendlar.
He holds audiences at the Iceberg, a new club off the Circus, where the bright-lights bleed into the darkness of the Commot. The interior of the club is like an ice cave, all white and glittery with stalactites. The band plays on a stage that looks like an white ice flow on an indigo night sea.
What power does this weird wizened and legless homunculus have to command the respect (well, fear) of hardcases and tough guys? No one is sure. Some say that (though he's new to the City) "the Mermaid" has been around a long time, and is used to being in charged. Some point to accounts of an odd little idol snatched from gill men in skirmish in the last century. No pictures exist, but the description is similar.
If you should meet Marbendlar (or whatever his name is), don't call him "the Mermaid." He hates that.
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