The Extortion Ring

Chain of CommandLucien (guard captain) and Dania (travelling merchant) have a pleasant lunch. Their talk seems to be all business, and somewhat less than legal.
The Good LifeLucien (guard captain) wears subtle but extremely expensive adornment. Investigation reveals a lower-class upbringing and a moderate town salary.
Thug LifeGiles (bard) is warned about paying his fair share of "insurance" by a blowhard band of thugs.
The Missing GirlRumors circulate that Hilda (shopkeeper's daughter) has gone missing.
A Clandestine ExchangeA clandestine exchange occurs in a dark alley.
Quenched SorrowsAeril (smith) gets drunk, and lets some things slip. It's obvious he needs help, but he's very proud of his capabilities.

NPCs:
Giles (bard)Cheerful and fretful. Is underweight.
Lucien (guard captain)Lean and embarrassed. Has a lazy eye.
Aeril (smith)Erratic and hopeless. Smells like cheap cologne.
Hilda (shopkeeper's daughter)Neurotic and spiteful. Always late.
Dania (travelling merchant)Plotting and upbeat. Wears a notched belt.

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