The Extortion Ring

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

NPCs:
Giles (bard)Ferocious and formal. Has waxed facial hair.
Lucien (guard captain)Glorious and boastful. Wears a scarf around ankles.
Adric (guard)Quiet and enduring. Facial piercing.
Gyleon (shopkeeper)Thorough and indiscriminate. Hands coppers to beggar children.
Gareth (smith)Shallow and volatile. Wears a vest with bell buttons.
Nyssa (blowhard thug)Placid and crazy. Always late.
Ellyn (shopkeeper's daughter)Respectful and dishonest. Has a tattoo.
Hilda (travelling merchant)Decisive and dishonest. Yawns often.
Annell (young thief)Sorry and petty. Always late.
Liriene (bloody merchant)Intense and undesirable. Is bald.

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