The Extortion Ring

A Clandestine ExchangeA clandestine exchange occurs in a dark alley.
Temporarily DetainedAnnell (guard) catches Gareth (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 MerchantDania (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. Gyleon (smith) is livid, and takes his frustrations out on an apprentice. Nobody seems convinced that the apprentice is to blame.
Quenched SorrowsGyleon (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 Adric (shopkeeper's daughter) has gone missing.
Family RelationsGyleon (smith) and Ellyn (bloody merchant) are spotted together. They are brothers and are trying to find Adric (shopkeeper's daughter).
Thug LifeOren (bard) is warned about paying his fair share of "insurance" by a blowhard band of thugs.
A ReprimandLiriene (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:
Oren (bard)Salient and eager. Has a high squeaky voice.
Hilda (guard captain)Sisterly and uncommitted. Smells like soap.
Annell (guard)Fortunate and protective. Drums fingers constantly.
Dania (shopkeeper)Dreamer and willing. Is bucktoothed.
Gyleon (smith)Pleasant and withdrawn. Drums fingers constantly.
Liriene (blowhard thug)Dazzling and unresponsive. Is very pale.
Adric (shopkeeper's daughter)Nimble and squeamish. Hooks thumbs in belt and bounces.
Locio (travelling merchant)Unhelpful and sly. Wears flower in hair.
Gareth (young thief)Paranoid and seductive. Brags a lot.
Ellyn (bloody merchant)Tall and sexual. Smacks palm with fist.

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