The Extortion Ring

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

Annell (bard)Grateful and obnoxious. Is blind.
Gyleon (guard captain)Impractical and frantic. Keeps arms folded.
Nyssa (guard)Intolerant and honest. Refers to self in third person.
Ellyn (shopkeeper)Insolent and hesitant. Has a high squeaky voice.
Oren (smith)Immaculate and repulsive. Is bald.
Aeril (blowhard thug)Mature and focused. Has a perpetually runny nose.
Giles (shopkeeper's daughter)Noble and recalcitrant. Speaks in an archaic pattern.
Adric (travelling merchant)Tough and delightful. Ogles the opposite sex openly.
Dania (young thief)Selfless and unbending. Mole.
Locio (bloody merchant)Narrow-minded and gullible. Wears a scarf around ankles.

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