The Extortion Ring

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

NPCs:
Gareth (bard)Talkative and deliberate. Squints.
Oren (guard captain)Lovely and disorderly. Talks loudly.
Hilda (guard)Eager and simian. Sucks on teeth.
Giles (shopkeeper)Quirky and contrarian. Always wears a "lucky" hat..
Annell (smith)Reflective and plotting. Has oily skin or hair.
Lucien (blowhard thug)Taciturn and unfeeling. Mole.
Gyleon (shopkeeper's daughter)Frank and chivalrous. Twirls a coin between fingers.
Dania (travelling merchant)Mercurial and conversational. Is sunburned.
Liriene (young thief)Shifty and unkind. Has a lisp.
Nyssa (bloody merchant)Sarcastic and abrasive. Smells like expensive cologne.

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