The Extortion Ring

A Clandestine ExchangeA clandestine exchange occurs in a dark alley.
Temporarily DetainedLucien (guard) catches Ellyn (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 MerchantAdric (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 Aeril (shopkeeper's daughter) has gone missing.
Family RelationsGiles (smith) and Nyssa (bloody merchant) are spotted together. They are brothers and are trying to find Aeril (shopkeeper's daughter).
Thug LifeGyleon (bard) is warned about paying his fair share of "insurance" by a blowhard band of thugs.
A ReprimandGareth (blowhard thug) talks with Hilda (travelling merchant). Something the merchant says turns the thug pale.
Chain of CommandDania (guard captain) and Hilda (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:
Gyleon (bard)Tentative and sharp-witted. Offers exotic beverages or foods.
Dania (guard captain)Plucky and picky. Regularly blows stray hair out of eyes.
Lucien (guard)Caring and talkative. Is sunburned.
Adric (shopkeeper)Thrifty and detailed. Blinks often.
Giles (smith)Jaded and honor bound. Has arthritis.
Gareth (blowhard thug)Inefficient and calm. Polishes spectacles; never wears them.
Aeril (shopkeeper's daughter)Rawboned and hateful. Is underweight.
Hilda (travelling merchant)Despondent and caustic. Stretches often.
Ellyn (young thief)Ill and typical. Wandering eye.
Nyssa (bloody merchant)Rugged and warlike. Is tanned very dark.

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