"So you want to know about the Chiaroscuroan Thief who lives in Nexus, huh?" sometimes bar chat picked up good conversations, and this hot little Nexus dweller had already bought Sapphire a couple of drinks, so why not indulge her? "How can I say no to those pretty eyes?" she winked and finished her next shot before settling into her story.
"Most of this is legend, or rumor, of course, but it makes for a good story anyway. She was born in Chiaroscuro, a'course, beautiful city made of glass and silk and sin. Now t' understand the way of it you have to know how Chiaro people deal with sexuality. There aren't just male 'n female, sort of. Either can choose to become the other if they want--well it's a little more complicated than that, but that's the jist of it. This means that the sexes have pretty distinct roles in society. That didn't sit so well with Sapphire Dusk. As she grew up she found herself drawn more t' the world of 'manly' things, though she was blessed with such a beautiful womanly body. She was proud of herself not because she was this or that but because she was herself 'n that's all that really mattered.
"The older she got the more they tried to hole her into one role or another, and the more she rebelled against it. Foreigners didn't mind it so much, but the locals did, so she found herself hanging around with them more and more and falling in with the 'wrong' crowd. Was a pretty rag-tag bunch of thieves and brigands she found herself hanging out with, they were from all over, moving from place to place when they needed to skip town. Eventually they let her in on a job, simple stuff at first to ease her into it. The thrill of the hunt, coursed through her blood like a fire. She was hooked.
"The jobs kept coming and she kept pushing to make them harder and harder. The easy ones just weren't exciting anymore, she needed a challenge. They found a good mark, some Realm noble who was staying in the city for a few nights. He came in on a ship that just screamed 'steal from me'. The plan was pretty simple, wait for the noble to go into town, cause a distraction on the dock and sneak onto the ship to see what they had. Well, turned out there were a couple immaculate monks on board waiting for her when she snuck into the hold. 'Haha,' she said, 'wanna talk this out over a stiff drink?'. 'Course the immaculate monks weren't too keen on that idea."
She brushed her foot along the leg of her female companion while remembering the incident on the boat. She was exaggerating slightly, but it was a tough situation nonetheless. There was a slave shackled to the far side of the room as well, and the immaculates were only very inexperienced guards. Still, she was outmatched and backed into a corner. She was just as surprised as the monks when the golden circle flared to life on her forehead moments before she went about the business of incapacitating the monks, rescuing the slave and making sure to take a little bit of money off of the noble's hands. She grinned across the table to the faintly blushing girl as she swallowed another mouthful of alcohol.
"Mmm...oh yes. No one really knows how she got out of it, but she did, with a sackfull of loot on top of it. Of course the guards had seen her, so she couldn't stay in the city too safely anymore. With her share of the take she parted ways with her friends and disappeared on a boat leaving the city. She made a few more stops along the way, but eventually ended up here. If ever there was a city for her it had to be Nexus, so much to do and so many people to steal from. Didn't take her too long to gather a few like-minded individuals to her cause. They say she has a crew of over a hundred people working for her, all hidden throughout the city.
"Course she's had a good run through the city so far, a few shipments here and there, weapons and collectors items headed to Lookshy, art being traded, nothing small, she always goes for the good stuff. No one really knows much about her though, they say she can steal a girl's virginity just by brushing up against her, or talk a eunuch out of his clothes. Never know when she might turn up next..."
She giggled lightly and finished her next drink.