The Extortion Ring

A Clandestine ExchangeA clandestine exchange occurs in a dark alley.
Temporarily DetainedGareth (guard) catches Adric (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. 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 Lucien (bloody merchant) are spotted together. They are brothers and are trying to find Giles (shopkeeper's daughter).
Thug LifeLocio (bard) is warned about paying his fair share of "insurance" by a blowhard band of thugs.
A ReprimandEllyn (blowhard thug) talks with Aeril (travelling merchant). Something the merchant says turns the thug pale.
Chain of CommandLiriene (guard captain) and Aeril (travelling merchant) have a pleasant lunch. Their talk seems to be all business, and somewhat less than legal.
The Good LifeLiriene (guard captain) wears subtle but extremely expensive adornment. Investigation reveals a lower-class upbringing and a moderate town salary.

Locio (bard)Perserverant and systematic. Always late.
Liriene (guard captain)Puckish and detached. Has braided hair.
Gareth (guard)Harmonious and rambunctious. Sneezes often.
Gyleon (shopkeeper)Coy and sisterly. Tugs on ear.
Oren (smith)Engaging and overwhelmed. Avoids crowds.
Ellyn (blowhard thug)Bewildered and sarcastic. Rubs calluses on palms with thumb.
Giles (shopkeeper's daughter)Indolent and inactive. Rubs palms on thighs.
Aeril (travelling merchant)Realistic and insensitive. Always wears a "lucky" hat..
Adric (young thief)Loves challenge and unconcerned. Has a high squeaky voice.
Lucien (bloody merchant)Sloppy and feisty. Smells like sweat.

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