The Extortion Ring

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

NPCs:
Nyssa (bard)Silent and organized. Uses a parasol.
Lucien (guard captain)Scattered and useful. Always late.
Annell (guard)Salient and loud. Rubs eyes often.
Giles (shopkeeper)Motivated and forgetful. Rubs eyes often.
Oren (smith)Courageous and brazen. Stutters.
Locio (blowhard thug)Versatile and undependable. Has wart on hand and always keeps it covered.
Dania (shopkeeper's daughter)Hopeless and languid. Has a tattoo.
Adric (travelling merchant)Lacking and quixotic. Always rubs a luckstone or fetish.
Gareth (young thief)Loyal and neurotic. Blinks often.
Aeril (bloody merchant)Devilish and talented. Bows before speaking and after.

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