20 Things #26: Townsfolk & Villagers

Are you a busy GM? Does session prep take too long? Do you never have time to work on the cool little details that can bring your session to life? Well, fear not! That’s where the 20 Things line comes in. Compiled from the free 20 Things posts available at Raging Swan’s website, this short, focused compilation gives you, the time-crunched GM, the tools to effortlessly add verisimilitude and detail to your adventure. Use the material herein either before or during play and bask in your players’ adulation. This instalment provides five tables designed to help you flesh out and bring to life a curio shop or pawnbrokers.

20 Things #26: Townsfolk & Villagers comprises the following 20 Things articles:

  • 10 Beggars & Vagabonds
  • 10 Guards & Soldiers
  • 10 Merchants & Tradespersons
  • 10 Peasants & Serfs
  • 20 Hooks



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A System Neutral Edition GM’s Resource by Creighton Broadhurst

Released 4 June 2018; Pages 10

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Campaign Backdrop: Caves & Caverns

Campaign Backdrops give you, the busy GM, all the tools you need to run a campaign set in a particular wilderness environment. Each instalment brings together—for the first time in one place—previously released material into one handy, GM friendly package. Featuring wilderness dressing, detailed random encounters, fully fleshed out villages and even a place of power all ready for immediate use in your campaign. Campaign Backdrops are the perfect accompaniment to your wilderness campaign.

by Justin D. Russell

Languard Locations: The Shambles

Storied Languard— the capital of Ashlar and its greatest city—stands hard against Hard Bay’s turbulent, stormy waters. To the north lies the Mottled Spire’s brooding spray-drenched mass, the curse-haunted ruins of Greystone and Gloamhold’s doom-wreathed halls. Ashlar’s greatest—indeed only—city, Languard is a noisy, dirty place. Here, amid broad, muddy streets teeming with life and shadow-mantled, danger-filled alleyways there is little beneath the sun that cannot be had somewhere—for a price.

Languard Locations: The Shambles presents ten additional locations designed for use with City Backdrop: Languard. While the locales within are designed with Languard in mind, they are easily convertible for use in your campaign. This instalment deals with locations in the Shambles district.


Shambles Locations

  • S1 Raisa’s Curios1: Idle adventurers often come here to browse the eclectic range of goods on offer.
  • S2 The Bloody Eagle1: A seemingly destitute merchant runs this tavern, which is a Shadow Mask front.
  • S3 Veera’s Corpsewear: While most Low City haberdashers obscure their products’ provenance, Veera makes no excuses. The clothes in her small shop come straight from corpses.
  • S4 The Broken Elbow: A rough tavern famed for its cheap beer, cheaper women and arm wrestling contests.
  • S5 Kardagg’s Discount Emporium: This large shop is where failed adventuring groups come to sell off their equipment.
  • S6 Crier’s Corner: From this dubious vantagepoint criers read proclamations, merchants advertise wares and drunkards rail at the world.
  • S7 Kaino’s House: Here in this ramshackle house dwells the ill (or more accurately cursed) scribe Kaino.
  • S8 Mongrel Alley: Light barely reaches this dismal alley through the overlapping roofs, and the thin, rough street feels all the longer for the shadows looming over it. Something terrible lurks on Mongrel Alley.
  • S9 The Spinning Coin: Coin and valuables flow through this aged, unassuming shop, which sells everything from ancient art to newly-forged weaponry.
  • S10 The Stone Cauldron: This infamous tavern is run by the former thief, Havu, who sells the cheapest alcohol in the city.
  • S11 The Rookery: Crows and ravens perch on this building’s crumbling stone overhangs and branches of nearby trees. Here the druid Irja trains her birds.
  • S12 Well of Dreams: This is either a great place to throw away hard-earned coppers or a site where earnest wishes come true, depending on who you ask.

1: See City Backdrop: Languard, for more information.

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A Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Compatible GM’s Resource by Creighton Broadhurst, Jeff Gomez, Steve Hood, Amber Underwood and Mike Welham


Released 18 June 2018; Pages 12

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A 5e Compatible GM’s Resource by Creighton Broadhurst, Jeff Gomez, Steve Hood, Amber Underwood and Mike Welham

Released 18 June 2018; Pages 12

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A System Neutral GM’s Resource by Creighton Broadhurst, Jeff Gomez, Steve Hood, Amber Underwood and Mike Welham

Released 18 June 2018; Pages 12

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Village Backdrop: Victory Elm

Victory Elm, the glorious tree giving its name to the surrounding village, is dying, and its affliction has spread to the villagers. The once welcoming village takes its name from the sole tree to withstand an invading giantish army. The Victory Elm served as a rallying point for the beleaguered humans fighting the giants who broke the enemies amid heavy fighting around the tree. After the battle, many of the survivors remained at Victory Elm and founded the village of the same name in memory of their victory and fallen companions.