Murder in Baldur's Gate
The Wide, a sprawling marketplace, is the eponymous landmark of this Upper City district.
During the day, the steamy aroma of roasted, spiced meats mixes with the wet, earthy smell characteristic of Baldur’s gate, Bright, multicolored awnings cover stalls in which tools, textiles, foods, luxuries, oddments, silks, scarves, tobacco, and all manner of creature comforts from every corner of Faerun are bought and sold. Prices are lower in the Wide than elsewhere in the Gate, which means negotiations are usually sharper.
The Beloved Ranger stature is the only permanent structure in the marketplace. All others are collapsible, movable, pitchable, or temporary. Competition for the best stall locations is fierce. Upper City merchants have the upper hand, of course, as do those with plenty of cash to grease the palms of the Bailiff of the Wide, his officers, Watch Solders who provide security, and the dozens of other outstretched hands bearing pemits, charters, and signet rings of office. A prime location in the Wide can turn so much profit that almost any amount of graft is justified in obtaining it.