The Extortion Ring

A Clandestine ExchangeA clandestine exchange occurs in a dark alley.
Temporarily DetainedLucien (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 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. 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 Adric (bloody merchant) are spotted together. They are brothers and are trying to find Oren (shopkeeper's daughter).
Thug LifeEllyn (bard) is warned about paying his fair share of "insurance" by a blowhard band of thugs.
A ReprimandAnnell (blowhard thug) talks with Nyssa (travelling merchant). Something the merchant says turns the thug pale.
Chain of CommandHilda (guard captain) and Nyssa (travelling merchant) have a pleasant lunch. Their talk seems to be all business, and somewhat less than legal.
The Good LifeHilda (guard captain) wears subtle but extremely expensive adornment. Investigation reveals a lower-class upbringing and a moderate town salary.

NPCs:
Ellyn (bard)Wicked and involved. Chews grass.
Hilda (guard captain)Scattered and affectionate. Squints.
Lucien (guard)Spoiled and late. Wears clothes too big.
Liriene (shopkeeper)Rowdy and unsystematic. Polishes a buckle often.
Gareth (smith)Brilliant and hysterical. Is always eating or drinking.
Annell (blowhard thug)Unfocused and smart. Smells like horses.
Oren (shopkeeper's daughter)Hardy and solitary. Has a rash.
Nyssa (travelling merchant)Fine and dainty. Is very pale.
Gyleon (young thief)Humble and immodest. Claps hands often.
Adric (bloody merchant)Flirty and sedate. Wears a scarf around wrists.

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