The Calm Alleys
The Calm Alley, and a few small insignificant streets nearby have always been calm, some would say boring. There are few people in those narrow passages, and no one looks into your eyes as you pass them...
The Alley is one of those shadier areas of town; not that there were any thieves or swindlers (visible), it is quite safe here, and if you mind only your business, nobody will mind yours.
If you are an artist that likes to paint the human body (naked of course), you will be at home here. If opium or some subsitute is your passion, you will come here. If you are from a well-to-do family, and have a secret lover, there is an appartment waiting for you. If spies want to meet in privacy, this is the place.
No one has seen anything, no one remembers. Because if you would remember, someone could start to ask, why were you there at all? Whoever comes here, has something not for the public eyes.
The Calm Alleys hide many vices and many secrets. There are no laws here, except for one principle: Stay out of the attention of guards, and you won't have any problem. Some of the silent residents are surely thieves or killers, but take no work home; the local criminals understand a need for this quiet place. And as long nothing (visible) happens here, the guards leave it in peace.
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It is a good stereotype to have around, but. Yawn. It is the thieves quarter. What makes it special?
i can see a difference between the Calm Alleys and the general Thieves quarter, as the former seems to be a very collected and quiet place where things go on in quiet, out of notice locations, whereas the Thieves Quarter is more like the bad side of town, where you wouldn't walk alone at night.
A place for criminal bosses to live.
I kinda like the idea of a lawless but civilised area of town. It could use a few twists and plot hooks, but it does have an angle.
Ah, the shortest neighbourhood of all, in the write-up at least. I hope I can give it a little more substance some day, until then, thank you for your appreciation.
I agree with Scras here. The civilized calm of The Calm Alleys is certainly different from the dark violence that permeates even the best Thieve's Quarter. There is definitely overlap, but the two certainly aren't one and the same.