The Extortion Ring

The Good LifeHilda (guard captain) wears subtle but extremely expensive adornment. Investigation reveals a lower-class upbringing and a moderate town salary.
Quenched SorrowsAeril (smith) gets drunk, and lets some things slip. It's obvious he needs help, but he's very proud of his capabilities.
A ReprimandGyleon (blowhard thug) talks with Lucien (travelling merchant). Something the merchant says turns the thug pale.
Chain of CommandHilda (guard captain) and Lucien (travelling merchant) have a pleasant lunch. Their talk seems to be all business, and somewhat less than legal.
A Clandestine ExchangeA clandestine exchange occurs in a dark alley.
The Bloody MerchantEllyn (shopkeeper) is found badly beaten behind his shop. He blames himself for taking out the trash so late and will not press charges.

NPCs:
Hilda (guard captain)Persistent and furtive. Refers to self in third person.
Ellyn (shopkeeper)Disorderly and uncontrolled. Speaks in an archaic pattern.
Aeril (smith)Never hungry and nuanced. Talks in rhyme.
Gyleon (blowhard thug)Willing and seductive. Offers exotic beverages or foods.
Lucien (travelling merchant)Loudmouth and delightful. Smells like cedar wood.

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