The Extortion Ring

A Clandestine ExchangeA clandestine exchange occurs in a dark alley.
Temporarily DetainedAdric (guard) catches Aeril (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 MerchantLiriene (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. Giles (smith) is livid, and takes his frustrations out on an apprentice. Nobody seems convinced that the apprentice is to blame.
Quenched SorrowsGiles (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 Annell (shopkeeper's daughter) has gone missing.
Family RelationsGiles (smith) and Lucien (bloody merchant) are spotted together. They are brothers and are trying to find Annell (shopkeeper's daughter).
Thug LifeLocio (bard) is warned about paying his fair share of "insurance" by a blowhard band of thugs.
A ReprimandOren (blowhard thug) talks with Gyleon (travelling merchant). Something the merchant says turns the thug pale.
Chain of CommandDania (guard captain) and Gyleon (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:
Locio (bard)Disorganized and disaffected. Quotes a famous poet, regularly.
Dania (guard captain)Unmotivated and content. Always late.
Adric (guard)Forgiving and tireless. Has leaves in hair.
Liriene (shopkeeper)Indiscriminate and chivalrous. Smells like cedar wood.
Giles (smith)Repugnant and inventive. Quotes a famous poet, regularly.
Oren (blowhard thug)Caring and quirky. Twists a ring incessantly.
Annell (shopkeeper's daughter)Quixotic and scattered. Wears rings in hair.
Gyleon (travelling merchant)Fantastic and brilliant. Has mismatched eyes.
Aeril (young thief)Dishonest and hysterical. Wears an obvious wig.
Lucien (bloody merchant)Uptight and positive. Has black eye.

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