The Thief's Game
300 years ago the noble houses of the great city Talon’s Reach nearly destroyed themselves in a House War. To stop further bloodshed the king of Talon’s Reach called together a court to be held to put an end to the war. The five surviving houses eventually agreed to a truce.
Inside the peace treaty was a clause however, commonly called “The Sliver Lining.” While direct confrontation between the houses was outlawed, the houses would use the still young Thieves guild to carry out their intrigue. Such Contracts became the norm, and even remotely successful thieves became celebrities. Today the Peace Treaty continues to exist, as people from all over the Talon’s Reach come to the local guild to play the Thief’s Game.