The Extortion Ring

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

NPCs:
Annell (bard)Preoccupied and enduring. Bites fingernails.
Oren (guard captain)Pretty and coquettish. Spits when talking.
Aeril (guard)Meek and unmotivated. Uses foul language.
Gareth (shopkeeper)Nuisance and unreasonable. Bites fingernails or cuticles.
Ellyn (smith)Tight and resourceful. Is bucktoothed.
Gyleon (blowhard thug)Moralistic and vague. Keeps hand on weapon.
Adric (shopkeeper's daughter)Picky and unscrupulous. Regularly blows stray hair out of eyes.
Hilda (travelling merchant)Ungrateful and cutthroat. Twirls hair with finger.
Liriene (young thief)Logical and adventurous. Wears a notched belt.
Lucien (bloody merchant)Consistent and profane. Is bucktoothed.

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