The Extortion Ring

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

NPCs:
Hilda (bard)Forgetful and jealous. Has braided hair.
Liriene (guard captain)Irresolute and modern. Chews on braid or lock of hair.
Dania (guard)Opportunistic and frugal. Smells like tobacco.
Nyssa (shopkeeper)Disorganized and unfriendly. Has an eye tic.
Oren (smith)Psychotic and overwhelmed. Coughs regularly.
Lucien (blowhard thug)Imperial and joking. Is always eating or drinking.
Ellyn (shopkeeper's daughter)Useful and fine. Twists a ring incessantly.
Giles (travelling merchant)Sacrificing and patriotic. Never looks anyone in the eye.
Annell (young thief)Rawboned and orcish. Speaks in an archaic pattern.
Adric (bloody merchant)Retiring and orderly. Claps hands often.

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