The Extortion Ring

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

NPCs:
Nyssa (bard)Embittered and kind hearted. Talks loudly.
Lucien (guard captain)Inept and promiscuous. Has an eye tic.
Dania (guard)Faithful and curious. Is always eating or drinking.
Giles (shopkeeper)Unusual and huffy. Loves puns.
Locio (smith)Unusual and obscene. Refers to the "good old days" often.
Liriene (blowhard thug)Bright and pathetic. Smells like tobacco.
Adric (shopkeeper's daughter)Odd and gregarious. Drums fingers constantly.
Oren (travelling merchant)Fiery and ornery. Picks at scabs or loose skin.
Aeril (young thief)Lazy and respectful. Sniffs often.
Gyleon (bloody merchant)Philanthropic and hesitant. Is overweight.

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