The Extortion Ring

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

NPCs:
Liriene (bard)Mercurial and pompous. Quotes a religious text frequently.
Aeril (guard captain)Nihilistic and gruff. Has waxed facial hair.
Gareth (guard)Observant and temperate. Stretches often.
Annell (shopkeeper)Pretentious and overweight. Bites fingernails.
Gyleon (smith)Expansive and possessive. Is underweight.
Oren (blowhard thug)Daring and boastful. Has waxed facial hair.
Locio (shopkeeper's daughter)Jolly and xenophobic. Offers exotic beverages or foods.
Hilda (travelling merchant)Sagely and plotting. Rubs hands together.
Dania (young thief)Genial and unenthusiastic. Rubs chin.
Lucien (bloody merchant)Vulgar and vivacious. Twists a ring incessantly.

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