the smuggler’s bible


The final test of a guild journeyman is to create, unaided, a piece so exquisite that the candidate’s mastery cannot be denied. Gianpiero sets the lamps and prepares his tools at the bench. Normally, it would not be irregular to reference a model, but whence to find a model of perfection?

It takes him ninety hours, sweating with toil and scorning nourishment. Finally, the masters gather in judgement.

Gianpiero whips back the tarpaulin. “For the glory of the Guild of Crypto-Numismatists, I present Dog Wearing Sunglasses.”

“Journeyman Grifter Gianpiero,” they say. “We approve your application to the rank of master.”