The Extortion Ring

A Clandestine ExchangeA clandestine exchange occurs in a dark alley.
Temporarily DetainedAdric (guard) catches Gareth (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 MerchantLocio (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. Annell (smith) is livid, and takes his frustrations out on an apprentice. Nobody seems convinced that the apprentice is to blame.
Quenched SorrowsAnnell (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 Nyssa (shopkeeper's daughter) has gone missing.
Family RelationsAnnell (smith) and Giles (bloody merchant) are spotted together. They are brothers and are trying to find Nyssa (shopkeeper's daughter).
Thug LifeOren (bard) is warned about paying his fair share of "insurance" by a blowhard band of thugs.
A ReprimandEllyn (blowhard thug) talks with Lucien (travelling merchant). Something the merchant says turns the thug pale.
Chain of CommandLiriene (guard captain) and Lucien (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:
Oren (bard)Debonair and suave. Refers to self in third person.
Liriene (guard captain)Carefree and tentative. Spits when talking.
Adric (guard)Frank and congenial. Smells like roses.
Locio (shopkeeper)Joking and keen. Writes down everything.
Annell (smith)Realistic and discerning. Smells like roses.
Ellyn (blowhard thug)Conversational and gaudy. Has a lazy eye.
Nyssa (shopkeeper's daughter)Expansive and purposeful. Smells like soap.
Lucien (travelling merchant)Lunatic and complacent. Speaks in an archaic pattern.
Gareth (young thief)Giddy and unusual. Instructs everyone on the latest fashions.
Giles (bloody merchant)Rigid and deep. Has an eye tic.

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