The Extortion Ring

A Clandestine ExchangeA clandestine exchange occurs in a dark alley.
Temporarily DetainedLocio (guard) catches Lucien (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 MerchantGiles (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. Aeril (smith) is livid, and takes his frustrations out on an apprentice. Nobody seems convinced that the apprentice is to blame.
Quenched SorrowsAeril (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 Oren (shopkeeper's daughter) has gone missing.
Family RelationsAeril (smith) and Adric (bloody merchant) are spotted together. They are brothers and are trying to find Oren (shopkeeper's daughter).
Thug LifeHilda (bard) is warned about paying his fair share of "insurance" by a blowhard band of thugs.
A ReprimandDania (blowhard thug) talks with Annell (travelling merchant). Something the merchant says turns the thug pale.
Chain of CommandNyssa (guard captain) and Annell (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:
Hilda (bard)Chivalrous and keen. Has an eye tic.
Nyssa (guard captain)Lacking and dumb. Is very superstitious.
Locio (guard)Greedy and loquacious. Has leaves in hair.
Giles (shopkeeper)Gruesome and defiant. Bites fingernails or cuticles.
Aeril (smith)Loving and positive. Dresses in silks and lace.
Dania (blowhard thug)Self-disciplined and lucky. Has waxed facial hair.
Oren (shopkeeper's daughter)Selective and purposeful. Wears unusual jewelry.
Annell (travelling merchant)Heart broken and conscientious. Hands coppers to beggar children.
Lucien (young thief)Dreamy and uncoordinated. Has an eye tic.
Adric (bloody merchant)Bright and enigmatic. Picks at scabs or loose skin.

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