Seven strangers brought together in the service of the Alderman. Each there in payment of their family's debt, but without an understanding of the price they'd pay in support of the Alderman's scheme. Surl Niop hoped to outwit them all. Instead of serving the Alderman he had an imposter take his place.
To consolidate his grip on his city of Cantoc, the Alderman hoped to join the ranks of an influential religious order and schemed to have others pay the price for his entry.
Others are caught in the path of his ambitions, and the Alderman greeted each with the same opportunistic and calculating responses.
The Alderman is a frank exposition of human weakness and a stark look at the avarice of man.