The Extortion Ring

A Clandestine ExchangeA clandestine exchange occurs in a dark alley.
Temporarily DetainedAdric (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 MerchantEllyn (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. Liriene (smith) is livid, and takes his frustrations out on an apprentice. Nobody seems convinced that the apprentice is to blame.
Quenched SorrowsLiriene (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 RelationsLiriene (smith) and Lucien (bloody merchant) are spotted together. They are brothers and are trying to find Gareth (shopkeeper's daughter).
Thug LifeGyleon (bard) is warned about paying his fair share of "insurance" by a blowhard band of thugs.
A ReprimandGiles (blowhard thug) talks with Oren (travelling merchant). Something the merchant says turns the thug pale.
Chain of CommandNyssa (guard captain) and Oren (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:
Gyleon (bard)Reckless and wholesome. Has mismatched eyes.
Nyssa (guard captain)Dauntless and brilliant. Rubs palms on thighs.
Adric (guard)Narcissistic and brainy. Stretches often.
Ellyn (shopkeeper)Intuitive and loves challenge. Is sunburned.
Liriene (smith)Predictable and gaudy. Smells like soap.
Giles (blowhard thug)Vulnerable and glamorous. Never looks anyone in the eye.
Gareth (shopkeeper's daughter)Critical and sensitive. Wears a monocle.
Oren (travelling merchant)Unmotivated and uncoordinated. Picks nose.
Hilda (young thief)Surly and sociable. Wears a notched belt.
Lucien (bloody merchant)Sharp and unselfish. Stretches often.

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