The Extortion Ring

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

NPCs:
Oren (bard)Immodest and gruff. Has a perpetually runny nose.
Gareth (guard captain)Talkative and impractical. Wears an obvious wig.
Hilda (guard)Shameless and poor. Has oily skin or hair.
Adric (shopkeeper)Carefree and fidgety. Has acne.
Locio (smith)Romantic and scary. Carries crumbs to feed birds.
Annell (blowhard thug)Interrupting and remorseful. Wears clothes too big.
Dania (shopkeeper's daughter)Filthy and quick. Chews grass.
Giles (travelling merchant)Quirky and composed. Smells like alcohol.
Ellyn (young thief)Insensitive and remorseful. Smells like horses.
Lucien (bloody merchant)Melancholy and talented. Is sunburned.

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