The Extortion Ring

A Clandestine ExchangeA clandestine exchange occurs in a dark alley.
Temporarily DetainedOren (guard) catches Gyleon (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 MerchantHilda (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. Aeril (smith) is livid, and takes his frustrations out on an apprentice. Nobody seems convinced that the apprentice is to blame.
Quenched SorrowsAeril (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 Liriene (shopkeeper's daughter) has gone missing.
Family RelationsAeril (smith) and Giles (bloody merchant) are spotted together. They are brothers and are trying to find Liriene (shopkeeper's daughter).
Thug LifeAnnell (bard) is warned about paying his fair share of "insurance" by a blowhard band of thugs.
A ReprimandGareth (blowhard thug) talks with Locio (travelling merchant). Something the merchant says turns the thug pale.
Chain of CommandDania (guard captain) and Locio (travelling merchant) have a pleasant lunch. Their talk seems to be all business, and somewhat less than legal.
The Good LifeDania (guard captain) wears subtle but extremely expensive adornment. Investigation reveals a lower-class upbringing and a moderate town salary.

NPCs:
Annell (bard)Sensitive and perfect. Smells like expensive cologne.
Dania (guard captain)Odious and steadfast. Wears an obvious wig.
Oren (guard)Zany and involved. Chews grass.
Hilda (shopkeeper)Philanthropic and patriotic. Has a lazy eye.
Aeril (smith)Philanthropic and weary. Never looks anyone in the eye.
Gareth (blowhard thug)Persuasive and grumpy. Always rubs a luckstone or fetish.
Liriene (shopkeeper's daughter)Jealous and insolent. Instructs everyone on the latest fashions.
Locio (travelling merchant)Puckish and indulgent. Belches loudly and often.
Gyleon (young thief)Dumb and unsystematic. Drums fingers constantly.
Giles (bloody merchant)Careless and ignorant. Writes down everything.

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