The Extortion Ring

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

NPCs:
Liriene (bard)Likeable and embarrassed. Has a holier-than-thou attitude.
Ellyn (guard captain)Sexual and scruffy. Blinks often.
Dania (guard)Fleeting and frantic. Smacks palm with fist.
Nyssa (shopkeeper)Temperate and childish. Is always eating or drinking.
Annell (smith)Self-controlling and shy. Has arthritis.
Oren (blowhard thug)Humble and visual. Bites lower lip.
Hilda (shopkeeper's daughter)Weak and indecisive. Claps hands often.
Giles (travelling merchant)Naive and observant. Rubs an old knee injury.
Locio (young thief)Accident-prone and preoccupied. Chews on braid or lock of hair.
Adric (bloody merchant)Fatalistic and rebellious. Smells like alcohol.

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