The Extortion Ring

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

NPCs:
Hilda (bard)Silent and demonic. Fidgets.
Gyleon (guard captain)Indecisive and eloquent. Smells like alcohol.
Liriene (guard)Possessive and bewildered. Hands coppers to beggar children.
Adric (shopkeeper)Filthy and affectionate. Offers exotic beverages or foods.
Gareth (smith)Unsympathetic and pious. Carries crumbs to feed birds.
Ellyn (blowhard thug)Static and secure. Smells like alcohol.
Oren (shopkeeper's daughter)Capricious and considerate. Dresses in formal attire.
Aeril (travelling merchant)Vivacious and neurotic. Jingles coins in pocket or pouch.
Giles (young thief)Jittery and never hungry. Rubs chin.
Locio (bloody merchant)Truthful and hysterical. Blatantly pouts.

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