8 Farming Village Travellers

It is a rare village indeed that sees no villagers except wandering adventurers. Merchants and traders come to make coin, bards visit to tell tales and other folk are merely passing through on the way to somewhere else.

Antero Ihalempi

Face pockmarked with acne, and with short cropped black hair, this slender man looks both ill and menacing at the same time.

Antero Ihalempi (CN male human fighter 3) dreams of a wife and family but is too wild and unpredictable to settle down. (At  least, he hasn’t found anyone willing to put up with him yet). Seemingly ill, but actually in fine fettle, Antero is an accomplished swordsman who favours speed over brute strength.

Personality: With a quick temper, and quicker sword arm, Antero is a hothead given to acting before thinking. He loves music and is an accomplished dancer. A native of the city, Antero has a reputation as a fighting man and often accompanies adventuring party on their expeditions. He rarely stays with one party for long. Antero rarely plans anything—preferring to deal with situations as they present themselves.

Mannerisms: Rarely still, nervous energy consumes Antero. He is often tapping or fondling his sword’s pommel. 

Hook: Antero is running out of money and needs to replenish his purse. Initially, he offers to school an interested PC in fencing but could join the party for an adventure or two. 

 

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Monstrous Lair #28: Smugglers’ Hidden Den

Monstrous Lair #28: Smugglers’ Hidden Den provides you—the busy, time-crunched GM—with the details to effortlessly bring to life the smugglers’ dens in your campaign.

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 adventures, dungeons and campaign to life? This short, focused compilation gives you, the time-crunched GM, the tools to effortlessly add verisimilitude and detail to your dungeons. Use the material herein either before or during play and bask in your players’ adulation.

Monstrous Lair #28: Smugglers’ Hidden Den comprises a single two-page spread designed for use either during preparation or at the table. Behold:

 


 

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A System Neutral Edition GM’s Resource by Steve Hood

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Tuomo Kalpio

Intricate tattoos cover this man’s calves. With a thick, grey beard and straggly, unkempt hair he is dishevelled, but intelligence shines in his blue-grey eyes.

Tuomo Kalpio (LG old male human paladin 4) dreams of one more glorious adventure and a glorious death battling evil. An adventurer, holy warrior and wandering preacher, Tuomo has travelled extensively but has come home, ostensibly to retire. However, the mysteries of Gloamhold, and the evil lurking within, yet call to him.

Personality: A stereotypical holy warrior, Tuomo is kind, just and patient. An implacable foe of evil, his dreams make him reckless, and his companions could find themselves in danger trying to save the hoary old warrior. 

Mannerisms: Tuomo frequently uses his once strong hands to comb his hair—to no discernible effect.

Hook: If the party includes any Darlen worshippers—preferably clerics or paladins—Tuomo approaches them and offers his services. Anyone of the faith has heard of him—he has served the church for almost five decades. If the PCs are not Darlen worshippers, he merely joins them for a drink and quickly falls to reminiscing about old times.

 

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Marke Äiniö

As skinny as a waif this young woman has a child’s frame. Blond hair surmounts her cheery, smiling face. She wears a commoner’s street clothes.

Marke Äiniö  (NE female human rogue 2) acts tough but is really frightened most of the time. A small-time pickpocket and cutpurse, Marke hangs around other adventurers but isn’t brave enough to join an expedition out of the city. Her knowledge of the alleys and lanes of the Shambles and Fishshambles is almost unparalleled. 

Personality: Selfish, and out only for herself, Marke’s early years have proved to her she can only rely on herself. She lusts after wealth and comfort but isn’t brave enough to seize most opportunities. Although a coward, she has killed before—normally when a drunken mark awakens from his slumber to discover her robbing him. She doesn’t like killing but will do so again if she must.

Mannerisms: Marke makes herself as small and non-threatening as possible in most social situations.

Hook: Marke follows the PCs on their latest carouse; if a chance presents itself she tries to steal one of their money pouches. If caught, she acts the helpless waif and flees as quickly as possible.

 

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Esko Lemmikki

With grey, sickly skin and a scraggly beard that nearly covers several angry-looking pustules, this near-bald man appears decidedly unwell. 

Esko Lemmikki (CE old male human wizard 4) delved too deeply into certain ancient, blasphemous tomes describing the Twilight City’s hideous, ancient past. What he read awoke an atavistic lust to harness the elder power yet lurking in the ruin. 

Personality: Reticent—partly because he wants to keep his knowledge to himself and partly because he dares not speak what he knows—Esko totters about the city obsessively hunting for other objects and manuscripts pertaining to the “Ancient Days of Dark Glory,” as he calls them. 

Mannerisms: Esko’s pustules irritate him—they itch horribly—and he is always scratching them; often, they burst at inopportune moments. 

Hook: Esko has heard the party possess a certain object which he desires greatly. He is not an idiot—force will likely fail—and so first offers to buy them for a fair price. If this fails, he might hire street toughs or thieves to retrieve that which he desires. (Of course, the PCs might not actually possess the item—this could be a case of mistaken identity.)

 

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Sohvi Niera

Leading a sleek, rangy wolfhound on a short leash this athletic and muscular woman looks every inch the warrior. Thick muscles and a pantherish stride to her step mark her as a predator. Her grey-green eyes seem to miss nothing. 

Sohvi Niera (NG female human ranger 3) stalks the streets looking for the idiots who lured her young son, Jussi, away to a life of danger and adventure. She knows he was seen in the city a week ago, but does not know where the group—the Company of the Golden Lion—are now. 

Personality: Direct and to the point, Sohvi has no time to waste. She is brave and fierce in battle or if angered. She loves nature and hates the city. Consumed with worry for her son—she well knows how dangerous adventuring is—she thinks of little else.

Mannerisms: Sohvi flares are nostrils when angry and has a direct, almost confrontational, stare. 

Hook: Sohvi approaches the PCs and asks for word of her son. She is clearly both angry with him and desperate for news. If they have any morsel or nugget of information, she interrogates them mercilessly for any details they may have forgotten. 

 

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This NPC is part of The Daily NPC—a series of daily posts in February which each presents a flavoursome, detailed System Neutral NPC ready for use in virtually any GM’s campaign. This month’s theme is “Adventurers about Town”. Every member of Raging Swan Press’s Patreon campaign will get a free and exclusive compilation PDF in early March comprising all the NPCs released in February.

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