The Extortion Ring

A ReprimandLocio (blowhard thug) talks with Nyssa (travelling merchant). Something the merchant says turns the thug pale.
A Clandestine ExchangeA clandestine exchange occurs in a dark alley.
Thug LifeOren (bard) is warned about paying his fair share of "insurance" by a blowhard band of thugs.
The Burning ForgeOne of the smaller forges in town catches fire. Gareth (smith) is livid, and takes his frustrations out on an apprentice. Nobody seems convinced that the apprentice is to blame.
Family RelationsGareth (smith) and Ellyn (bloody merchant) are spotted together. They are brothers and are trying to find Annell (shopkeeper's daughter).
Chain of CommandAdric (guard captain) and Nyssa (travelling merchant) have a pleasant lunch. Their talk seems to be all business, and somewhat less than legal.

NPCs:
Oren (bard)Crabby and truthful. Wandering eye.
Adric (guard captain)Dumb and impotent. Smells like soap.
Gareth (smith)Distant and ungrateful. Facial piercing.
Locio (blowhard thug)Calculating and vague. Is bucktoothed.
Nyssa (travelling merchant)Nagging and young. Facial piercing.
Ellyn (bloody merchant)Friendly and mean. Fidgets.
Annell (shopkeeper's daughter)Tacky and humorous. Is bald.

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