The Extortion Ring

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

Locio (bard)Restless and lethargic. Always wears a "lucky" hat..
Liriene (guard captain)Self-reliant and rational. Always seems intoxicated.
Aeril (guard)Persuasive and rigid. Smells like cheap cologne.
Oren (shopkeeper)Late and tense. Picks ears.
Nyssa (smith)Pleasant and logical. Always wears a "lucky" hat..
Gareth (blowhard thug)Mentally slow and huffy. Smacks palm with fist.
Giles (shopkeeper's daughter)Fantastic and facetious. Wears unusual jewelry.
Dania (travelling merchant)Sincere and coy. Is overweight.
Adric (young thief)Tireless and cynical. Smells like alcohol.
Hilda (bloody merchant)Pious and incompetent. Giggles inappropriately.

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