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Gene's Guide to Thieves' Cant

My name's Gene, but if you've come to me, you already knew that much. They said I could sell you a book on Thieves Cant? Well that makes them a liar and you a fool! Fortunately for you, I can't abide either of those things, so lets see what can be done.

Most books you turn up claiming to guide's to Thieves' Cant are tripe written by puffed up scholars. They take some old street slang they've picked up from Oerth and slap a leather binding on it. You can't learn Thieves' Cant from a book – You've got to learn it the way I did, the proper way, from the lips of a thief.

I'll talk you through it, but I've penned some scraps down for quick reference. Nothing fancy, I didn't alphabetize it like some wizard' spell book. Its in sections, you see, so you can use it on the quick. I don't expect you to memorize a blasted tome -- just fold this here paper up and keep it handy.

I've stolen the gold of a sleeping dragon, won the beard off a dwarf on a game of dice, and sold a Vistani his own elixirs back. Most canters, they aren't like us. You've got to remember, they don't have the knack. They're just common cut-purses and brigands – low lifes – but they're the folks who make it all work, so listen close...

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February 1st, 2018
Great as a starting basis for making your own thieve cant dialect. [...]
July 20th, 2017
Purchased this to use in my campaign. The various terms are nice and intuitive if you're thinking like a rogue. I would have liked to see some more of the thieves' marks and symbols to use, as I was hoping to find some way o [...]
April 30th, 2017
A brief introduction to Thieves' Cant. Wish it was a bit more exhaustive. [...]
November 12th, 2016
Short 3 page document that can be kept by your side at the table for easy reference. You can quickly think about what you want to say in thieve's cant, then jot down how to say it by looking at this guide. And when it's your turn, impress everyone with [...]
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This title was added to our catalog on November 03, 2016.