The Extortion Ring

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

NPCs:
Lucien (bard)Unenthusiastic and rough. Calls people by the wrong name.
Adric (guard captain)Fiery and matter-of-fact. Picks ears.
Gyleon (guard)Imperial and hilarious. Ogles the opposite sex openly.
Locio (shopkeeper)Silly and temperate. Wears flower in hair.
Aeril (smith)Dull and limited. Is sunburned.
Dania (blowhard thug)Macho and romantic. Rubs hands together.
Giles (shopkeeper's daughter)Disrespectful and unwilling. Chews grass.
Nyssa (travelling merchant)Frustrated and quick. Picks at scabs or loose skin.
Liriene (young thief)Miserly and foolish. Always seems intoxicated.
Ellyn (bloody merchant)Nurturing and evasive. Smells like tobacco.

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