20 Evil Fane Major Features

Redolent with evil the foul acts of veneration perpetrated in a fane of evil irredeemably leave their mark upon the fabric of the place. The design and decoration of such a locale mirrors its patron’s abhorrent proclivities.

GM’s Miscellany: 20 Things IV

Tired of your campaign lacking in verisimilitude and the cool little details that bring the world alive in your players’ minds? Do you want to make your dungeons feel more realistic, your treasure more compelling or your overland travel more interesting?

Then GM’s Miscellany: 20 Things Volume IV is for you! Packed full of tables designed to take the hassle out of running your game, GM’s Miscellany: 20 Things IV takes care of the little things so you can focus on the big things.

By Matt Morrow

20 Things #38: Torture Chambers

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.

20 Things #38: Torture Chambers comprises the following 20 Things articles along with ancillary information:

  • Notable Torture Chamber Features
  • Torture Chamber Dressings
  • Notable Instruments of Torture
  • Lesser Instruments of Torture
  • Torturers
  • Major Prison Cell Features
  • Prison Cell Dressing
  • Prisoners

 


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Klaus Ihamuoto

Trim and well dressed and sporting a carefully-tended short, black beard this man wears an open smile on his face.

Klaus Ihamuoto (NG middle-aged male expert 2) knows Dulwich and much of the surrounding area well and speaks several languages including Common, Halfling and Orcish. A useful and trustworthy dragoman Klaus is available for the princely sum of 1 gp a day to act as an interpreter and guide.

Personality: Pleasant and likeable Klaus prides himself on both his local knowledge and his ability to get on with almost anyone. He enjoys meeting new people and is gregarious. Able to deal with a certain level of hardship if travelling, Klaus is also a hard bargainer. He knows his worth and isn’t afraid to ask for it.

Mannerisms: Klaus has a firm handshake and often claps people on the back—sometimes in a somewhat patronising fashion.

Hook: Klaus isn’t particularly brave and won’t enter obviously dangerous adventuring locales, but he does know where several such places lie. If the PCs search Dulwich for a guide, Klaus’ name inevitably and quickly emerges. Klaus has an array of high-quality travelling gear for use with his job.

 

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Willithar Azarian

With short, severely cut black hair and a lean frame this middle-aged half-elf woman wears the white and gold robes of a priest of Darlen. 

Willithar Azarian  (LG middle-aged female half-elf cleric [Darlen] 7) styles herself as an alienist, but her true purpose is deeper and more terrifying than any commoner could dare to understand. Willithar believes some ancient, terrible and ineffable doom hangs over Ashlar and its folk. She further believes this doom manifests itself as madness and psychosis among the weaker-willed members of the populace. Thus she hunts down the insane to save both them and Ashlar from this terrible doom. Sadly, many of those she tries to save die due to Willithar’s unorthodox methods.

Personality: Single-minded and utterly devoted to Darlen, Willithar has walked her self-imposed path for decades. She is prepared to make hard decisions and to sacrifice the few for the many. The weight of many such choices rest heavily on her soul, and she is becoming harsher and wearier every year.

Mannerisms: Willithar has no filter; she is forthright, honest; she says exactly what she means—which some people find disconcerting.

Hook: Willithar hunts for those afflicted with madness when she encounters the PCs. She is searching for a particular person—Esteri Sotijalo (see Travellers on the Road #12)—and asks the PCs if they have seen her. If in the subsequent conversation she detects the possibility of madness or psychosis in the PCs she switches her attention to them (but she won’t forget Esteri).

 

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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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Albin Koveri

Clad in finely tailored clothes of the latest fashion, this handsome man struts along displaying himself to all who would gaze upon his magnificence. With long brown hair, sparkling blue eyes and a strong, manly chin dusted with stubble this man is sure to turn heads.

Albin Koveri (NE male human rogue 7) stalks Dulwich looking for wealthy, gullible women to seduce, exploit and ruin. A cad and a bounder, Albin is a wastrel of the first order always on the lookout for the next pot of (someone else’s) gold. Recently arrived in Dulwich from Dunstone, Albin is already cutting a swath through Dulwich’s society. 

Personality: Obsessed with himself and too good for—shudder—a job, Albin views the rich women of Dulwich as his harem. Handsome, charming and eloquent, Albin is more dangerous than he seems. A master manipulator, and a skilled bladesman, Albin is no stranger to violence, although he favours a dagger in the back to a fair fight.

Mannerisms: Albin affects a slight lisp and overly theatrical body language, but these are but an act to beguile his prey.

Hook: Albin “accidentally” bumps into a lady on the street and knocks her over. Seemingly devastated he leaps to her assistance, helping her up and immediately offering to escort the lady home or to buy her a present to make up for his clumsiness. 

 

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Ij Ano

Grey-skinned and muscular this hulking half-orc wears clothes barely big enough to contain his frame. His small, red-rimmed eyes glare at anyone getting too close.

Ij Ano  (NE male half-orc fighter 2/rogue 1) breaks legs and arms for the Shadow Spiders—Dulwich’s preeminent thieves’ guild. Loyal to the Spiders, as long as they keep paying him, Ij is one of the guild’s most feared enforcers. 

Personality: Ij delights in his reputation and enjoys the savagery his role affords. Ill at ease in anything resembling polite company Ij has the instincts and reactions of a predator. He rarely stops to think and never apologies. 

Mannerisms: An avid and enthusiastic drinker, Ij often suffers for his second-favourite hobby (his most favourite is breaking people’s limbs). When hungover, he speaks in a gravelly whisper. 

Hook: Ij is hungover and in a bad mood. When he encounters the party, he pushes through them and refuses to apologise if they object. 

 

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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.

To get your free copy of the PDF, sign up to Raging Swan Press’s Patreon campaign before 28 March 2019.