The Extortion Ring

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

NPCs:
Lucien (bard)Hard and shameless. Coughs regularly.
Annell (guard captain)Dazzling and rich. Is overweight.
Locio (guard)Nuisance and despicable. Bows before speaking and after.
Aeril (shopkeeper)Particular and irresolute. Picks ears.
Ellyn (smith)Gaudy and stately. Ogles the opposite sex openly.
Adric (blowhard thug)Harsh and scruffy. Has a rash.
Gareth (shopkeeper's daughter)Vain and pushy. Mole.
Gyleon (travelling merchant)Introspective and sloppy. Has pockmarked skin.
Hilda (young thief)Erratic and pacifistic. Smells like tobacco.
Liriene (bloody merchant)Glum and self-centered. Smells like horses.

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