The Extortion Ring

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

NPCs:
Gyleon (bard)Not trustworthy and panicky. Keeps hands in pockets.
Locio (guard captain)Boastful and right. Mixes languages.
Dania (guard)Naive and haggling. Bites fingernails.
Gareth (shopkeeper)Abrasive and fresh. Bites lower lip.
Giles (smith)Obstinate and soft-hearted. Has oily skin or hair.
Hilda (blowhard thug)Wicked and lacking. Smacks palm with fist.
Annell (shopkeeper's daughter)Hopeless and demanding. Has a high squeaky voice.
Lucien (travelling merchant)Foul and humble. Is sunburned.
Nyssa (young thief)Glamorous and embarrassed. Has a gold tooth.
Aeril (bloody merchant)Eloquent and pitiful. Picks teeth with knife or fingernails.

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