The Thieves Guild is probably the most famous as it is the one which
enforces its rule most obviously. Thieving has always been happening and
with the type of person who takes to thieving, a hierarchy or pecking order
was inevitable. The early days of the guild were very messy indeed. Intrigue
and ambition ran hand in hand and promotion was gained through a good sharp
argument. At one point the attrition was so bad that the guild
was in serious danger of being wiped out.
Luckily for the guild a half-orc with iron ambition and the skill to
match took control.
Vahknal the half-orc was able to mould the guild back into a
genuine organisation by the application of raw force. At first only fear
of him stopped a final bloodbath, but as the days and weeks went by he
showed the other side of his nature and managed to convince the best remaining
thieves to side with him and together they went on daring raids gaining
great treasure. The success snowballed and as the thieves saw how putting
individual differences aside could benefit them, they flocked to his banner.
Vahknal knew that when he died the guild would again fall to pieces.
He instituted a council of elders who watched over the rest of the guild.
Thieves joining the guild had to take part in a blood rite to bind them
into the group and this too had a positive effect as all became brothers
and sisters of the guild. He then did something no one could believe, Vahknal
stood down in favour of the council and applied to be elected when the
next change occurred. He was unanimously voted in and was a member until
his dying days.
Even now thieves invoke his name as a luck symbol when they are in
trouble. Some even believe that he watches over and protects them to this
Thieves have a wide range of useful, and annoying, skills. They are
the best when it comes to hiding and sneaking in the shadows, and are almost
as good as assassins when it comes to backstabbing as an attack form. They
are also the best at picking locks and have two skills many others would
love to have. They can peek at someone's inventory, and they can steal from
others too. This is what makes them so annoying as quite often the victim
is unaware of the theft until they try to use the stolen item.