The Extortion Ring

A Clandestine ExchangeA clandestine exchange occurs in a dark alley.
Temporarily DetainedAnnell (guard) catches Locio (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 MerchantAeril (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. Ellyn (smith) is livid, and takes his frustrations out on an apprentice. Nobody seems convinced that the apprentice is to blame.
Quenched SorrowsEllyn (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 Lucien (shopkeeper's daughter) has gone missing.
Family RelationsEllyn (smith) and Giles (bloody merchant) are spotted together. They are brothers and are trying to find Lucien (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 Hilda (travelling merchant). Something the merchant says turns the thug pale.
Chain of CommandGareth (guard captain) and Hilda (travelling merchant) have a pleasant lunch. Their talk seems to be all business, and somewhat less than legal.
The Good LifeGareth (guard captain) wears subtle but extremely expensive adornment. Investigation reveals a lower-class upbringing and a moderate town salary.

NPCs:
Oren (bard)Humble and pushy. Stretches often.
Gareth (guard captain)Entertaining and small-minded. Has arthritis.
Annell (guard)Mean and honorable. Spits when talking.
Aeril (shopkeeper)Skillful and boorish. Smells like cheap cologne.
Ellyn (smith)Considerate and incoherent. Closely examines everything.
Liriene (blowhard thug)Sheepish and insensitive. Is tanned very dark.
Lucien (shopkeeper's daughter)Polite and inimitable. Always late.
Hilda (travelling merchant)Dorky and cheerful. Wears an obvious wig.
Locio (young thief)Handsome and rich. Sucks on teeth.
Giles (bloody merchant)Shy and curious. Has a tattoo.

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