Not more than a week after the foul murder of Abdel Adrian and the beginning of persistent rumors about the watch intimidating and interrogating the merchants of Baldur’s Gate the following is posted around the city with town criers declaring the new laws aloud for the illiterate.
By decree of the Council and with concurrence of Parliament:
To preserve the decency of citizens and promote the general
weal, all citizens of Baldur’s Gate must attire themselves
in a manner befitting their station. Furs, silks, damask, velvet,
samite, and satin are forbidden to all but those numbered
among the patriars, as is jewelry incorporating inlaid gems or
magical properties. Those who violate these terms are subject
to fines or imprisonment.
That day the Watch tore through the Wide and began to tear the fine jewels and furs off the very backs of the wealthy merchants. Not to mention the poorer citizens just trying to stay warm in the Gate’s almost constantly dreary conditions. Not a day later the city has changed. Gone are the bright and varied colors of that had shown more than anything the prosperity of the city. Instead now the citizenry is all about in the drabbest of colors with much reviled burst of colors that proclaim the presence of a patriar. While so far the law’s enforcement is limited to the upper city (the Fist seems to be ignoring the law, claiming if asked that they have pressing matters elsewhere to deal with) most of the merchant class will find themselves in the upper city, particularly the wide, at some point in the day.