The Extortion Ring

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

NPCs:
Oren (bard)Perserverant and nice. Has very long, lacquered nails.
Nyssa (guard captain)Haggling and satisfied. Coughs regularly.
Gyleon (guard)Afraid and slovenly. Is very pale.
Annell (shopkeeper)Effervescent and flighty. Has wart on hand and always keeps it covered.
Locio (smith)Sanguine and uncommitted. Is blind.
Giles (blowhard thug)Delightful and lunatic. Has gaps between teeth.
Hilda (shopkeeper's daughter)Deranged and unrestrained. Wears rings in hair.
Adric (travelling merchant)Tense and naive. Wears rings in hair.
Dania (young thief)Slutty and tough. Instructs everyone on the latest fashions.
Gareth (bloody merchant)Distressed and distraught. Has oily skin or hair.

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