The Extortion Ring

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

NPCs:
Adric (bard)Insistent and excited. Rubs chin.
Hilda (guard captain)Grouchy and nut. Always rubs a luckstone or fetish.
Lucien (guard)Cautious and obliging. Smells like roses.
Liriene (shopkeeper)Vivacious and quixotic. Is always eating or drinking.
Annell (smith)Respectful and unhelpful. Keeps hand on weapon.
Nyssa (blowhard thug)Hedonistic and caring. Whispers.
Aeril (shopkeeper's daughter)Superstitious and generous. Plays with necklace.
Locio (travelling merchant)Primitive and guilty. Wears a scarf around wrists.
Giles (young thief)Forgiving and lethargic. Smells like cedar wood.
Gyleon (bloody merchant)Rawboned and orderly. Bites lower lip.

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