The Extortion Ring

A Clandestine ExchangeA clandestine exchange occurs in a dark alley.
Temporarily DetainedNyssa (guard) catches Lucien (young thief) in the marketplace. They go into an alley where the guard takes something from the thief and lets him escape. They seem familiar with each other.
The Bloody MerchantGyleon (shopkeeper) is found badly beaten behind his shop. He blames himself for taking out the trash so late and will not press charges.
The Burning ForgeOne of the smaller forges in town catches fire. Ellyn (smith) is livid, and takes his frustrations out on an apprentice. Nobody seems convinced that the apprentice is to blame.
Quenched SorrowsEllyn (smith) gets drunk, and lets some things slip. It's obvious he needs help, but he's very proud of his capabilities.
The Missing GirlRumors circulate that Gareth (shopkeeper's daughter) has gone missing.
Family RelationsEllyn (smith) and Liriene (bloody merchant) are spotted together. They are brothers and are trying to find Gareth (shopkeeper's daughter).
Thug LifeOren (bard) is warned about paying his fair share of "insurance" by a blowhard band of thugs.
A ReprimandLocio (blowhard thug) talks with Giles (travelling merchant). Something the merchant says turns the thug pale.
Chain of CommandHilda (guard captain) and Giles (travelling merchant) have a pleasant lunch. Their talk seems to be all business, and somewhat less than legal.
The Good LifeHilda (guard captain) wears subtle but extremely expensive adornment. Investigation reveals a lower-class upbringing and a moderate town salary.

NPCs:
Oren (bard)Facetious and enthusiastic. Taps foot constantly.
Hilda (guard captain)Brutish and shiftless. Wears a monocle.
Nyssa (guard)Dishonest and selfish. Is fascinated by fire.
Gyleon (shopkeeper)Elated and reclusive. Has a lisp.
Ellyn (smith)Easygoing and mercurial. Squints.
Locio (blowhard thug)Brilliant and sharp-tongued. Talks in rhyme.
Gareth (shopkeeper's daughter)Friendly and lingering. Picks teeth with knife or fingernails.
Giles (travelling merchant)Sarcastic and regretful. Is mute.
Lucien (young thief)Open and despicable. Has oily skin or hair.
Liriene (bloody merchant)Fanatical and verbose. Has a lazy eye.

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