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.

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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