The Extortion Ring

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

NPCs:
Ellyn (bard)Prudent and doubtful. Dresses in silks and lace.
Nyssa (guard captain)Sensual and chivalrous. Talks loudly.
Annell (guard)Intrepid and logical. Regularly blows stray hair out of eyes.
Gareth (shopkeeper)Cruel and succinct. Bows before speaking and after.
Adric (smith)Sleazy and sharp-tongued. Wandering eye.
Giles (blowhard thug)Educated and exuberant. Blatantly pouts.
Liriene (shopkeeper's daughter)Tense and egocentric. Plays with necklace.
Dania (travelling merchant)Outrageous and beautiful. Has a lazy eye.
Oren (young thief)Dorky and narrow-minded. Picks teeth with knife or fingernails.
Hilda (bloody merchant)Hopeful and ornery. Fidgets.

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