The Extortion Ring

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

NPCs:
Gareth (bard)Sensitive and heavy hearted. Quotes a famous poet, regularly.
Ellyn (guard captain)Sexual and rude. Always rubs a luckstone or fetish.
Annell (guard)Skillful and unbiased. Has oily skin or hair.
Nyssa (shopkeeper)Unresponsive and jovial. Bites fingernails.
Hilda (smith)Detached and warlike. Has a rash.
Dania (blowhard thug)Garrulous and orcish. Coughs regularly.
Locio (shopkeeper's daughter)Selfish and deliberate. Is bald.
Lucien (travelling merchant)Slovenly and bratty. Never looks anyone in the eye.
Oren (young thief)Credible and dutiful. Speaks in an archaic pattern.
Gyleon (bloody merchant)Dull and inefficient. Wears clothes too big.

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