The Extortion Ring

A ReprimandGiles (blowhard thug) talks with Adric (travelling merchant). Something the merchant says turns the thug pale.
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 Good LifeHilda (guard captain) wears subtle but extremely expensive adornment. Investigation reveals a lower-class upbringing and a moderate town salary.
Thug LifeEllyn (bard) is warned about paying his fair share of "insurance" by a blowhard band of thugs.
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.
Chain of CommandHilda (guard captain) and Adric (travelling merchant) have a pleasant lunch. Their talk seems to be all business, and somewhat less than legal.

NPCs:
Ellyn (bard)Disillusioned and indifferent. Picks nose.
Hilda (guard captain)Whimsical and cynical. Twists a ring incessantly.
Aeril (guard)Brilliant and fun. Wears a notched belt.
Oren (smith)Overweight and odd. Speaks in an archaic pattern.
Giles (blowhard thug)Coquettish and homeless. Wears a monocle.
Adric (travelling merchant)Fretful and vigorous. Bites fingernails.
Liriene (young thief)Resourceful and panicky. Wears rings in hair.

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