The tavern where the woman currently was drinking was not known for it's respectability. It was dank and dark, lit by cheap whale-oil lanterns that sputtered and smoked. Thieves and penny whores plied their trades in the shadowy corners, and anyone who did not want to be robbed blind kept a dagger by their side. And anyone who did not want to find their throat slit kept quiet about who they met there. Eira had chosen it for that purpose. It was safer if her clients thought she was as ruthless as the rest of the cutthroats that took their drink here.
She took another sip of spiced mead – one of astoundingly good quality, one that the barmaid Sammar had told her she did not want to know who had to be killed for them to get it. The hefty barmaid had laughed it off as a joke, but Eira knew of the shady dealings that happened in the slums of the city. She was here to make one herself, after all.
The clock tower tolled the hour, the sounds of the bells muted this deep into the Roach District. Officially, it was called the Lower City, but those who lived there called it the Roach District. The district that was cared about only when an extermination was needed. Or so the locals said. And it seemed they had the right of it.
The blonde-haired woman sank back into the shadows at the edge of her table, her cloak pulled up over her head. She tapped her fingers against the wood, waiting. Her clients would be here any moment. All she had to do was wait. Then she could go back to her shop in the Market District, and her cozy apartment above it. But for now she waited, her current set of clients providing an... interesting challenge. She didn't know the particulars, but she knew both men were merchants; both wanting a forgery of certain trade documentation. Supposedly they were in the deal together, but... Eira wouldn't be surprised if one of them was dead before daybreak. Her lips twisted into a frown. It was best not to think about it. Thinking about it meant she would be even more involved in this business now than she ever wanted to be.