Aleksi Kuutamo and his Angels

An old man, clad in ragged clothes leans heavily on a staff as he shuffles down the road. Behind him, dance two young women dressed in dirty white shifts.

Aleksi Kuutamo (N old male human cleric 3) makes what many consider to be mad prophesies which are little more the ravings of a lunatic. However, the man has gathered a coterie of followers who believe his words are divinely inspired. He wanders Ashlar’s roads and trails with his angels making prophecies and taking food and shelter from gullible peasants.

Personality: Mad as a stick, but cunning with it, Aleksi believes his words are guided by a mysterious spirit which is yet to reveal itself to him. 

Mannerisms: Aleksi capers about when making his prophecies and often screeches them aloud for all to hear.

Hook: A shrewd judge of character, Aleksi singles out the most gullible of the PCs and starts capering about and screeching about the “wings of destiny,” a “great task” and the “shadow in your past”. He is angling for food, drink and coin. Aleksi carries with him a holy object of great value (or so he says) a large (now dirty and ragged) white feather. Certainly, the feather is too large to have come from any known species of bird, but its divine provenance is anything but clear 

The Angels

Dorotea and Eeva (N female human) wear dirty, white shifts and have garlands of dying flowers woven into their hair. They are Aleksi’s angels and have good singing voices. When he prophesies they sing a wordless tune and sway as if in some kind of religious fervour (which they are). Both believe Aleksi is a messenger of the divine and are fiercely loyal to the mad old fool.

 

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Albin Ihamuoto

Pulling a handcart piled high with bags, broken bots of furniture and more bric-a-brac this muscular man makes slow progress down the road.

Albin Ihamuoto (NE middle-aged male human rogue 1/wizard 1) works as a rag and bone man, wandering between Ashlar’s settlements collecting broken, unwanted things—rags, broken furniture, bones and the like. Sometimes, he steals a little bit extra for himself and sometimes he uses the minor magics at his disposal to fix the broken items he collects, so he can sell them at a profit. 

Personality: Albin loves his job—partly because he loves being out and about and partly because he sometimes manages to steal odds and ends from those with which be deals.

Mannerisms: Jolly and friendly, Albin is a shrewd judge of character and appraises all those be meets; perceptive PCs meeting Albin may get the sense they are being weighed and measured by the man.

Hook: Albin is happy to stop and chat with the party, and to trade with them if they have things they want to sell. He marks them well, though, and seeks them out in the future if they appear gullible or too trusting.

 

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

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Feradul Aralivar

Wearing threadbare studded leather armour this tall slender, black-haired half-elf whistles a jaunty tune to himself. 

Feradul Aralivar (N male half-elf bard 2) claims to be related to the legendary bard and pirate captain Vilimzair Aralivar and constantly tells tales of his heroic progenitor’s exploits. Feradul is lonely and craves the attention and adulation of others—what luck he has encountered the PCs!

Personality: Feradul is loud, boastful and a little arrogant; much of his confidence is miss-placed, and he subconsciously trades on his (alleged) heroic progenitor’s name and deeds. For all that, he is desperate to be liked and to make a name for himself. Thus he is also brave and prone to acting without thinking things through. 

Mannerisms: Feradul speaks loudly and long. He is prone to burst into song—normally at less than ideal moments. 

Hook: If he realises the party are adventurers, he asks to travel with them so he might write songs of their deeds. If they agree, he behaves himself for a bit, but before long finds it impossible to not regal his new friends with tales of derring-do. 

 

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Ambro Tiera

Balding, with a grey moustache, this stout man has red cheeks and wears the clothes of a well-off peasant (or perhaps a poor merchant). He wears a heavy pack and leads a laden donkey.

Ambro Tiera (N middle-aged male human) travels to live with his brother after being kicked out of the family home by his wife who has found a younger, more dynamic, partner. 

Personality: Filled with bravado and—perhaps—a little overly friendly, Ambro hides his sadness and loneliness well. Ambro is stunned at how his life has fallen apart so quickly and is bitter. He wants his revenge on his wife and her younger lover and, if drunk, becomes vindictive and mean. Ambro is not a nice drunk.

Mannerisms: Ambro’s smiles and laughs are mostly forced; they are only genuine when he plots his ex-wife’s downfall and disgrace.

Hook: If the PCs seem sympathetic to his plight, they quickly find it almost impossible to shut him up. Oblivious to social niceties, his anger pours out in a stream of bile and hate. 

Ambro is a potter and dreams of being engaged by a rich patron. His search for a patron is not subtle—if the PCs seem wealthy he drops many unsubtle hints about his need for employment.

 

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

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Esteri Sotijalo

Short and weighed down by an over-sized bulging backpack and pushing a handcart this lone woman trudges down the trail. A mongrel dog dances about her ankles, its tail wagging enthusiastically. 

Esteri Sotijalo (N female human) loves her dog—Patch—who is the only family she has left. As well as being weighed-down with her pack and barrow, which contain all her worldly possessions, she is also wreathed in sorrow for recently her entire family succumbed to plague. With nothing left for her in her home village of Ashford, she is seeking a fresh start elsewhere; the where and the how of it remain—as yet—unresolved. 

Personality: Numbed by sorrow, and exhausted by her burden, Esteri skirts the very edge of depression. She has taken the brave decision to make a fresh start but doesn’t know what to do beyond that. Esteri is hardworking and possesses an inner core of strength—she just has to remember that. 

Mannerisms: Esteri speaks halting and often seems on the edge of tears.

Hook: Something is clearly wrong with Esteri, and even the dimmest PC can see she is distraught. Kindness takes her by surprise somewhat, but once she is comfortable with the PCs her whole, sorry tale comes out. She reserves her special ire for Ashford’s lord—Aelfgar Stannard—who fled to his hunting lodge when the plague struck and did nothing to help the villagers. 

 

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

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Heta Tapo

A rider, clad in mud-splattered chainmail, gallops down the trail. As she approaches, she whips the horse and brusquely gestures for you to get out of the way.

Heta Tapo (LN female human fighter 1) hurtles down the road on a fleet horse, intent on delivering the message with which she has been entrusted. A servant of a local lord, she carries a missive to her master’s neighbour. She is on important business and brooks no delay.

Personality: Brusque, and filled with a sense of her own importance, Heta has little time to stop and talk. She threatens those who delay her with her master’s displeasure. Heta is brave, but not insane. She avoids combat wherever possible and is a diligent, if unimaginative, warrior.

Mannerisms: Heta speaks quickly and with force. If she doesn’t get her way, she resorts to shouting—loudly—to make her point. 

Hook: Unless she has a pressing need to stop, Heta spurs her horse passed the party while shouting for them to get out of the way. Heedless to the mud her horse’s hooves throw up she assumes whoever is on the road will get out of his way.

 

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

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Joosef Kupias

Wearing a dirty cloak with a heavy cowl hiding his face in deep shadow this pitiful figure kneels by the side of the road his hands clasped as if in prayer. A bell hangs around his neck.

Joosef Kupias (N male human fighter 2) pitifully begs by the side of the road. His deeply cowled hood and the bell hanging around his neck alerts all nearby that Joosef is a leper, and they should not get too close. The living death has consumed much of Joosef’s face; his nose is all but gone, and pieces of his left cheek and right ear are missing.

Personality: Joosef was once a proud warrior, but his lord abandoned him when it became evident he had become infected with the living death. Joosef plots revenge against his old lord and his once-friends who left him to his fate. He is in a pitiful state—barely surviving in a small cave hidden in a dell about half a mile from the road. 

Mannerisms: With a strange, nasally voice and a bad case of the shakes, Joosef keeps his cowl up to hide the horrendous disfigurement caused by the disease which slows consumes him. 

Hook: Joosef begs for coins of food from the PCs. If they take pity on him and treat his disease, Joosef is surprised and suspicious. If the PCs cure him, they have a friend—and perhaps a man-at-arms for life.

 

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

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