The Extortion Ring

A Clandestine ExchangeA clandestine exchange occurs in a dark alley.
Thug LifeLucien (bard) is warned about paying his fair share of "insurance" by a blowhard band of thugs.
The Bloody MerchantLiriene (shopkeeper) is found badly beaten behind his shop. He blames himself for taking out the trash so late and will not press charges.
The Good LifeGiles (guard captain) wears subtle but extremely expensive adornment. Investigation reveals a lower-class upbringing and a moderate town salary.
Temporarily DetainedOren (guard) catches Annell (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 Burning ForgeOne of the smaller forges in town catches fire. Dania (smith) is livid, and takes his frustrations out on an apprentice. Nobody seems convinced that the apprentice is to blame.

NPCs:
Lucien (bard)Fierce and instinctive. Smells like dogs.
Oren (guard)Nervous and enchanting. Dresses in formal attire.
Liriene (shopkeeper)Unfriendly and perfect. Has hiccups.
Giles (guard captain)Humble and perfectionist. Asks often about his own appearance.
Dania (smith)Curious and lovable. Always wears a "lucky" hat..
Annell (young thief)Supportive and kind hearted. Uses foul language.

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