Klaus Arpia

Wearing a faded, over-sized red tricorn hat, this short, stocky and muscular man stands out from the crowd. 

Klaus Arpia (NE male human fighter 2) believes his red tricorn hat once worn by the legendary bard and pirate captain Vilimzair Aralivar. Klaus loves his hat, and he is never without it.

Personality: Klaus believes he is a ferocious hard-man. Although he is a skilled warrior, Klaus has never witnessed the savagery of a frothing, berserk orc and has no real understanding of how violent the world can be. Still, he acts and dresses the part  of a veteran warrior well. Klaus thinks he is a natural leader and craves the acceptance and praise of other skilled warriors. Klaus loves music and wishes he had a good singing voice, but sadly he does not.

Mannerisms: Klaus speaks in a low, gravelly voice and often frowns (to make himself look tougher and meaner).  

Hook: Sizing up the party, Klaus swaggers up to the toughest-looking PC and introduces himself. He tries to ingratiate himself with his target and quickly begins to tell tales of his own heroics. Any story the PC tells reminds Klaus of a similar event in his life that was just slightly more exciting or daring. 

 

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Kirsti Paaso

Plump and well dressed this smiling woman is heavily made up and wears fine robes trimmed with fox fur.

Kirsti Paaso (LE female human expert 2) worked hard for her money, but not as hard as her workers. Kirsti owns a lumber business and is an influential figure in Dulwich. Her employees do not enjoy good wages or good living conditions; Kirsti pays what she can get away with—after all, money in their pocket is not in her pocket, and there are always more workers.

Personality: Ruthless, but law-abiding, Kirsti lusts for money above all else, because with money comes power—power to bend others to her will and power to live the life to which she is entitled. Kirsti loves the fine things in life—wine and food chief among them. She does not feel guilty that many of her workers can barely put food on the table—she believes in will power and self-determination; it’s not her fault they choose to work for so little.

Mannerisms: Smug at her good fortune and business acumen, Kirsti is normally smiling. A master of small talk, she is adept at saying much without saying anything of note. 

Hook: Kirsti is accosted by a ragged man who screams at her about his starving family and her total lack of conscience. She initially brushes the man away, but when he moves to strike her, she calls for help. (After this incident, Kirsti hires several tough bodyguards to keep the riff-raff away).

 

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Dorotea Ampuja

Immensely fat, and clearly frail, this elderly woman slowly shuffles along using two stout, highly polished walking sticks for support. Dressing in fine, but worn, clothes she has short grey hair and grimaces as she moves.

Dorotea Ampuja (N old female human expert 1) enjoys considerable wealth from the carting business which she sold a decade ago, but also suffers from particularly bad health. Most of Dorotea’s ailments are in her mind; thus the clerics at the Lawgiver’s Hall have failed to help her. 

Desperate to cure her various ailments Dorotea has fallen under the “spell” of several shoddy apothecaries, conmen and the like. She spends much coin on cures, relics and crystals all to alleviate her symptoms. 

Personality: Gullible and desperate for pain relief, Dorotea will believe virtually anything. As active as she can be given her “condition” she enjoys getting out and seeing old friends, and making new ones. 

Mannerisms: Dorotea speaks in a strange, oddly high-pitched voice and uses simple child-like vocabulary. 

Hook: Dorotea enjoys eating out and is often abroad at night (normally in the company of a servant or two). It is only a matter of time before she falls prey to a cutpurse or other ne’er-do-well; perhaps she is attacked as the PCs are nearby. She knows many people about town and could be a useful contact for the PCs, if they rescue her from a mugging.

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Lasse Asikka

Attempting a look of studied nonchalance as he wanders this young man merely succeeds in looking awkward. He wears fashionable clothes of good quality and appears to have money.

Lasse Asikka (CN male human fighter 1) masquerades as a member of the nobility but has humble origins as the second son of a wool merchant. Lasse craves acceptance in Dulwich’s high society, but his reputation as an indolent slacker hinders his upwards progress.

Personality: Lasse doesn’t believe in work—it is beneath him and is too good to have a trade or anything so pedestrian. Lasse enjoys carousing and attending various social events on his family’s behalf—even when not invited.

Mannerisms: Overly theatrical in his speech, gestures and emotion, Lasse speaks like he thinks a noble would speak.

Hook: Lasse believes he instinctively knows what is stylish and consequently is always out shopping for the latest fashion. He is running up considerable debts—debts his father will struggle to pay. Lasse takes a fancy to something one of the PCs is wearing and tries to buy it. Obviously, he doesn’t carry money, but his father will pay…

 

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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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Eevi Kupias

With slicked-back black hair and a set, emotionless face this well-dressed, slender woman radiates attitude and aloofness.

Eevi Kupias (N female human wizard 5) stalks the street searching for the learned and renown sage Saini Alanen (who dwells in location 9 on the Dulwich map). Saini makes his library available to the public, and Eevi wants to consult several of the sage’s historical treatise on the Forest of Gary Spires ahead of an expedition she is mounting to the area.

Personality: Eevi has grown accustomed—and weary—to the attentions of men who have ulterior motives. She is intelligent and motivated and looks down on those of lesser intellect (which is most people she meets). Fascinated by divinations and the powers of future-seeing she greatly desires to discover the truth about certain legendary seers mentioned in ancient texts describing the southern forest.

Mannerisms: Eevi is exceptionally skilled in controlling her outward display of emotion; thus her expression rarely betrays what she is thinking. 

Hook: Eevi approaches the party for directions. She prefers to speak to another woman, but if another member of the party is particularly respectful—or obviously a wizard—she turns her attention to that individual.

 

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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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Reijo Vihas

Ruddy-faced and bald this middle-aged man has a concerned look plastered across his face. He moves awkwardly, as if in pain.

Reijo Vihas (AL middle-aged male human expert 2) suffers from gout in his right foot and is in considerable pain. Reijo likes fine wine and dining and is only now beginning to regret his choices. A wealthy wool merchant, he has contacts throughout the duchy. 

Personality: Wealthy, but parsimonious, Reijo likes the finer things in life but doesn’t like paying full price. He loves haggling and thinks nothing of driving down the price. He has a younger wife, he loves very much but worries she is only with him for his money. Reijo is perceptive. 

Mannerisms: Reijo moves slowly and deliberately. He makes no sudden movements and grimaces in pain if he must stand up for too long.

Hook: Reijo is contemplating paying the clerics at Lawgiver’s Hall (location 2 on Dulwich’s map) to cure his gout, but is always on the lookout for a bargain. If one of the PCs is obviously a cleric, he totters up to the party to see if he can do a deal. 

 

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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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Emmanuel Kontio

Leaning heavily on a stout walking stick, this old, fat man shuffles down the street. His white hair and voluminous beard glimmer in the light as he moves.

Emmanuel Kontio (LN old male human expert 2) created beautifully illuminated books, title deeds and the like when he was younger, but fading eyesight has forced him to stop working. Now he wanders the town, lost and rudderless without the discipline of work to keep him busy.

Personality: Emmanuel desperately craves to be useful and to help his family make ends meet. Sadly his eyes are not what they used to be, and he can’t complete such intricate work as he once produced.

Mannerisms: Emmanuel is frustrated at being old, and can be short with people if he believes they are being impertinent or are asking stupid questions. 

Hook: As he totters along, Emmanuel slips and falls to the ground. While he tries to get up, two predatory youths—clearly up to no good—move to “help” him. Unless the PCs intervene, Emmanuel is about to be mugged.

 

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Aatso Ihalempi

Wearing ragged, dirty clothes and nursing the stump at the end of his right arm the old beggar is a pitiful sight.

Aatso Ihalempi (CN middle-aged male human expert 1) begs by the town gates in hopes of getting enough copper and—perhaps—silver, to fund his raging alcoholism. Barely 35 years old, Aatso looks to be at least 50. Once a skilled woodworker, Aatso lost his right hand in a horrible accident a decade ago and has been unable to work since. 

Personality: Consumed by his alcoholism, Aatso will say and do virtually anything to get hold of more booze. In his lucid moments, he knows he has ruined his life and wonders what became of his wife and children. During these moments, he is inconsolable with grief and sorrow

Mannerisms: Aatso cradles his stump against his chest.

Hook: Aatso pesters the PCs for money and only gives up if threatened with bodily harm. If the PCs give him money, he remembers them well and accosts them whenever he sees them. Eventually, the PCs may see Aatso sober and learn more about his tragic past.

 

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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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