The Extortion Ring

A Clandestine ExchangeA clandestine exchange occurs in a dark alley.
Temporarily DetainedGiles (guard) catches Gareth (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 MerchantAnnell (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 Liriene (shopkeeper's daughter) has gone missing.
Family RelationsOren (smith) and Ellyn (bloody merchant) are spotted together. They are brothers and are trying to find Liriene (shopkeeper's daughter).
Thug LifeAdric (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 CommandAeril (guard captain) and Hilda (travelling merchant) have a pleasant lunch. Their talk seems to be all business, and somewhat less than legal.
The Good LifeAeril (guard captain) wears subtle but extremely expensive adornment. Investigation reveals a lower-class upbringing and a moderate town salary.

NPCs:
Adric (bard)Unfocused and immodest. Wears ancient fashions.
Aeril (guard captain)Penitent and demonic. Sucks on teeth.
Giles (guard)Moody and crabby. Smells like soap.
Annell (shopkeeper)Never hungry and modern. Has waxed facial hair.
Oren (smith)Haggling and sensual. Dresses in formal attire.
Gyleon (blowhard thug)Engaging and tight. Hands coppers to beggar children.
Liriene (shopkeeper's daughter)Overwhelmed and lonely. Rubs eyes often.
Hilda (travelling merchant)Sultry and selfless. Mole.
Gareth (young thief)Liar and mischievous. Carries crumbs to feed birds.
Ellyn (bloody merchant)Dignified and secure. Wears unusual jewelry.

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