In a city where everyone watches for new opportunities to turn a profit, no news remains a secret for long. Here are but a few of the rumors currently making the rounds in Riddleport.
The Shadow in the Sky: A strange, persistent, dark cloud, nicknamed the Blot, recently appeared in the sky above the City of Cyphers. Some people say it was caused by the Order of Cyphers meddling with the Cyphergate, while others believe it's a storm being cooked up by Gozreh or some overly moral deity to wipe Riddleport off the map. It's the big news in town and everybody seems to have their own explanation.
Carnivore Carnage: Several Shadde-Quah wavecutters recently washed up on the rocks near the Riddleport Light, their hulls covered in dozens of gashes from teeth and claws. Sailors fear some new predator in the Varisian Gulf or an unseasonable migration of local bunyips.
The Devil and His Gold: The washed-up crime boss Saul Vancaskerkin recently renovated the Gold Goblin Gambling Hall and has a massive gaming tournament planned called "Cheat the Devil and Take His Gold." While this might just be a publicity stunt, some say the swindler sold his soul to some fiend and is using the tournament as a way to raise the money to buy it back.
Lost Below: Milon Chath, a cleric of Desna, left to explore several caverns in the nearby Calphiak Mountains more than a week ago and has yet to return. Several Varisians fear the priest has become lost in the labyrinthine caves said to riddle the endless depths below the mountains.
Siren Song: A band of smugglers recently tried to set up a base at Devil's Elbow, an island just south of Riddleport's harbor, but they've gone missing. Most blame Virashi, the famed siren of the haunted island, for the disappearance.