Sharn Inquisitive03/06/2006

Arson Suspected in String of Shop Fires
News for Sul, Therendor 1st, 998

Arson Suspected in String of Alchemist Shop Fires

SHARN--Five alchemist shops in the Cassan Bridge district have burned to the foundation in the last three weeks, and with high winds expected this week, district residents are worried that further blazes might spread.

Four of the five shops were owned by recent immigrants from the Shadow Marches, raising the specter of the anti-immigrant violence that flared up two years ago. But the fifth shop, Elixirs of Causewary, has been doing business on Wary Street for almost a century.

Because alchemists use open flame and caustic reagents in their mixtures, uncontrolled fires are not uncommon. Investigations into the specific origins of each fire are underway by the Sharn Watch, but no conclusions are available yet.

But the frequency of the fires leaves little doubt in the minds of Cassan Bridge residents that arson is to blame.

“I’ve had bucket brigades outside my window twice in the past two weeks,” district resident Unnao Thruan said. “You can’t tell me it’s just a coincidence.”

Watch Commander Silaena Cazal said shopkeepers in the district can do their part by cooperating with the city watch during their investigations.

“Whenever the public safety is threatened, we all have to make sacrifices. I hope that all of Cassan Bridge can pull together and end this unfortunate string of fires as soon as possible,” she said.

About the Author

David Noonan is a designer/developer for Wizards of the Coast. Before coming to Wizards, he was a daily newspaper reporter in Washington state. Apparently the city hall beat is good practice for an Eberron campaign.

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