The Extortion Ring

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

NPCs:
Dania (bard)Quarrelsome and nihilistic. Trims or cleans nails with long knife.
Gyleon (guard captain)Naughty and debonair. Rubs large belly often.
Aeril (guard)Ignorant and high. Twists a ring incessantly.
Ellyn (shopkeeper)Facetious and deranged. Hooks thumbs in belt and bounces.
Adric (smith)Lascivious and nit picker. Spits when talking.
Hilda (blowhard thug)Unenthusiastic and receptive. Always seems intoxicated.
Oren (shopkeeper's daughter)Systematic and unscrupulous. Claps hands often.
Nyssa (travelling merchant)Immature and nonchalant. Has a lisp.
Giles (young thief)Capricious and malicious. Never looks anyone in the eye.
Annell (bloody merchant)Dashing and harmonious. Smells like cedar wood.

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